Blargh I'm supposed to be sleeping right now but I am so, so bad at sleeping. Really. It's top 10 on my list of things I am terrible at. So instead I've been trolling the J. Crew website, and I found these two adorable dresses.
Paradisa Dress, $168 at jcrew.com, Ramona Dress, $225 at jcrew.com: This first dress...so.cute. So cute. I wants. I like that the shape is very simple and lingerie-inspired, a little 1940s, a little slip-like. The basic cotton is simple and versatile, but the coral-red floral embroidery adds a whole other level of luxury and visual interest. I love that the pattern is at once classic and modern in how abstract and geometric it is. It's like a deconstructed toile. Plus the fitted, with the close-cut bodice and fit and flare skirt, is extremely flattering on almost any body type. J. Crew styled it nicely, with the slightly masculine belt. I'd add a fitted little cardigan in say, a cobalt or navy blue, and maybe a set of skinny bangles. As for the other dress, J. Crew totally owns when it comes to versatile, flattering bridesmaid-esque dresses. This is a fab bridesmaid dress. The cut is insanely flattering. A deep-neck elongates the neck, flatters existing cleavage, and emphasizes cleavage if you don't have as much, the wrapped waist creates and hourglass silhouette, and the ruching hides a multitude of sins. I'd get this in black. I like the idea of black bridesmaid dresses, and you could style them adorably with crystal/rhinestone jewelry and jewel-tone heels. Plus it's the kind of dress you can wear to work, to cocktails, to a wedding, etc, etc.
Images via jcrew.com.