Breezy dresses are a necessity for summers in Southern California. As the temperatures rise, you can feel as each bead of sweat trickles down your face. The merciless heat of the sun makes your skin sticky from perspiration. Although those form fitting, body hugging outfits are gorgeous, they won't do you any favors in the peak of summer. They're suffocating. 

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Top: Rue 21 // (similar)
Dress: Thrifted // (similar)
Shoes: Tommy Hilfiger // (exact)
Purse: Unknown // (similar)
Nail Polish: China Glaze // (similar)
Hair Clips: Scunci // (similar)

That's why I live in dresses during the summer, particularly loose ones. I've come to enjoy the array of styles fashion has graced us with, whether it's relaxed, baggy, oversized, or cropped. It's all about finding garments that works well for your body, not what critics or influencers deem "in."


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This is black dress with petite yellow flowers is one of my favorite dresses. I picked it up at the thrift store several years back & have worn it too many times to count. My boyfriend, bless his heart, shrunk it recently when he put it in the wash.

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Top: Rue 21 // (similar)
Dress: Thrifted // (similar)
Shoes: Tommy Hilfiger // (exact)
Purse: Unknown // (similar)
Nail Polish: China Glaze (similar)
Hair Clips: Scunci (similar)

It's a bit too short to wear as a dress & I couldn't bear the thought of giving it away, so I've come to use it as a layering piece. For this look, I pulled it down & used it as a flowing skirt. Voila! I love revamping old clothes into something funky fresh.

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What's your summer staple? :]

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