Bankers Stripes – The New Shirt Dress

I fell in love with this dress when I saw it at Tootsie’s. I was actually in the middle of writing my March Spring Trends Newsletter for Fashionomics and had to include this dress in my category: Shirting Redefined. It is just everything. We love sleeveless for Dallas in the summer. It is super flattering with the ruching in the middle. It hides all sorts of sins and really gives you a great shape. Better than Spanx!! The stripes are right on trend and just couldn’t be mixed together in a cuter way. I guess I am a little bit on the preppy side sometimes and maybe this is why this dress appeals to me. It has lots of detail and covers many trends for Spring 2017!!

Let’s talk about all of the trends this little dress covers. First of all shirts of all kinds are in style. The bankers stripes, updated oxfords, new shirting are just a few of the terms that came up when I was researching trends for this season. Shirt dresses are making a comeback in a big way and what better way to dress for summer!! Ruffles and flounces are all the rage and this dress has it covered in a classic tailored way. Just enough pizazz with not too much frilly stuff.  Stripes are on all the expert fashion lists and this dress has combined stripes in a clever and flattering way. Details have been huge for a while and this designer has coordinated so many details from ruching to ruffles. Veronica Beard is a seasoned designer who knows how to flatter a woman’s body!! We all need that!! The collar and button front placket says “business in the board room” and the flounce at the bottom says “let’s meet for cocktails”.

 Now, let’s talk about this bag!! Talk about the perfect pop of color!! This shade of coral red is one of my all time faves!! Color abounds this spring and you need something that will set you apart!! I have always been a fan of the mini bag and you have lots of great choices this season. Don’t you love this mini tote? And by the way it does have a shoulder strap for your convenience!! It will for sure hold enough stuff to take you out on the town and keep you from lugging your larger bag when you need to look sassy!! The top handle shows you know your fashion trends and I love the gold hardware. Remember that you can mix metals and so don’t shy away from this really clean look. I think orange is almost a neutral and this would be my pick for an accent color that can go with almost anything this spring. And just a little tip, neutral sandals can take you anywhere. The nude shoe has really stuck around and makes your legs look longer and helps the budget because it goes with everything!! These days designers have gotten smart and are catering to women who can’t wear high heels. Lots of choices from wedges to kitten heels at every price point. The ones I am wearing are Pella Moda and really comfortable. I have them in black suede as well. Sometimes I just want my shoe to disappear!!!


Veronica Beard Striped Ruched Shirt Dress

Sophie Hulme Coral Red Albion Square Tote

Illesteva Sunnies

 Pella Moda Sandals

Happy Friday!!! I hope you have a great weekend and enjoy this beautiful weather we are having. I am loving the spring flowers everywhere and the air seems cleaner and clearer after this rain. Hope your trees survived. I am so grateful to all of my readers and hope you know how much I appreciate each and everyone of you!! Send me your questions and suggestions. I love your comments!!!

XO Debby  

FASHION Tootsie’s Dallas – 8300 Preston Road 75225 – 214-696-9993 – Betsy Gallagher

PHOTOGRAPHY  Mary Summers Hafner