Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Day Lilies and Day Dresses

An early spring has set my garden alight with color. First, the fuchsia dogwood trees burst into life and now my day lilies have raised their yellow heads to the sun.

For some, it’s the daffodil, but for me, it’s the day lily that turns this not-so-young woman’s spring fancy to the bright and breezy day dress.

Like the day lily, which folds its petals at dusk, the bright colors and prints of the day dress come to life during the day.

And so will you in any of these lovely spring dresses.

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This sweet floral dress from BCBGeneration in machine-washable rayon has side pockets, and the capped sleeves add a bit of feminine, frilly camouflage for upper arms, should you need it. The short length adds a bit of sass and will show off your toned and tanned legs. Throw this great little number in your tote bag and off you go for the weekend. Wrinkles? No worries. And at $88, it’s a steal.

The belted print dress (“Millicent”) by Trina Turk in floaty chiffon (dry clean) is fully lined and has a cute polka dot belt that is removable. Doesn’t the watermelon color just make your mouth water? The gathered neckline and oh-so lady-like hemline make it perfect for the office. A bit pricey at $348, it is a classic spring/summer day dress you will wear for years to come.

This green floral print dress by Jessica Simpson in polyester/spandex (dry clean) has the sheen of satin. The blouson top is very figure forgiving where you need it, if you do, and the buttons on the sleeve are a great touch. The drape of the tulip skirt is also designed to be figure flattering and forgiving, should forgiveness be needed. And it looks much more expensive than its $128 price tag, and so will you in it.

Of course, the hot color this spring/summer is turquoise. It’s everywhere. The color turquoise, also called aquamarine, is a blend of blue (a primary color) and green (a secondary hue). The shades range from soft to intense and there is a perfect shade out there for just about everyone.

 (l to r)

This sleek, turquoise crêpe, sheath dress by Tahari in polyester (dry clean) has a retro feel to it. The defined waist with buttoned tabs shows off a slim waist, and the banded, round neckline is universally flattering. At $118, you can definitely afford to add this classic day dress to your wardrobe.

Nothing flatters like a wrap, be it vrai or faux. This turquoise Milly “Madeira Palm” print in silk (dry clean) will definitely get you noticed. A faux wrap, it has a cascade of ruffles from the neckline and a slim tie over an elasticized waist and is fully lined. At $325, this is a statement dress.

Color blocking, so hot in the 60s, is adding some sizzle to this season’s day dresses. This Donna Morgan turquoise dress in lightweight crêpe de Chine (dry clean) has a rounded neckline and a tie sash over an elastic waist. The slight blouson of the bodice softens the square blocks of color making the dress feminine and fashionable. At $135, you can afford to add some 60s chic to your dress collection.


Unlike the day lily, the day dress will not fold its bright petals at night.

Meeting someone special for cocktails after work? No problem.

Just top off your day dress with a jacket in a deep, sophisticated neutral to tone it down……….

Or go bold with a jacket in a slice of citrus -- orange, lemon or lime.

Just add an icy Margarita and you have the perfect pairing.


All dresses available at Nordstrom.


  1. always enjoy reading about fashion, as a fashion stylist from Calgary, I appreciate such knowledge and talent in others(: ciao Z

  2. I'm really enjoying the design and layout of your site.
    It's a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come here and
    visit more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your theme?
    Great work!


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