The Signature Summer Dress, By Day and By Night
– by Alex McLean, author of the Lex What Wear blog

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Garnet Hill Signature Summer Sundress in White. The Signature Summer Dress, by Day and by Night. By Alex McLean, Lex What Wear.

Like many Garnet Hill pieces in my wardrobe, the Signature Summer Dress is suitable for a variety of occasions and any time of day. Depending upon your personal style, the versatility of this easy summer dress will inspire you to keep things casual or glam it up.

I’ve had my eye on this feminine number, with its fit-and-flare silhouette, for a while. When given the opportunity to style it, I had already imagined wearing it to a few events related to my upcoming wedding. It’s an ideal choice for this bride-to-be.

First, I wanted to style the Signature Summer Dress for a daytime event. It’s easy to layer, so I added a dark-wash denim jacket, and a green necklace for a pop of color. The white lace details become the main focus – and why wouldn’t they? The detail work at the bottom of this dress is stunning.

To get the most bang for your buck, wear the dress with a denim vest, a light cardigan, or a hint of leather to spice things up for the day. The denim jacket adds a low-key element that makes the dress seem more casual, fun, and flirty.

The wedges I chose for this look are easily the most comfortable shoes I own. They add just the right height to all of my summer dresses, and pair nicely with just about any color. You can see these wedges in both the day and evening looks I’m wearing.

They can also be worn with jeans, distressed denim, skirts, and jumpsuits.

In the evening, this dress takes on a fresh new look with the addition of a few accessories. I tied a fun animal print scarf to replace the necklace. Animal prints are a nighttime look – a little feisty, but classic. I picked out a little black handbag to finish it off. I would typically shy away from wearing white at night, but I’ve actually fallen in love with this entire outfit.

Styling one look for day and night is challenging, but if you plan ahead and accessorize well, you’ll get two looks from one dress, and feel confident in your purchase. I love that this dress is now part of my bridal event wardrobe.

Xo, 
Alex

What do you call a group of…

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What do you call a group of…

  • A group of Kashmir goats is called a herd.
  • A group of Garnet Hill cashmere sweaters is called a good start.
  • A group of parrots is called a pandemonium.
  • A group of colorful Garnet Hill tops is called a delight.
  • A group of flamingos is called a flamboyance.
  • A group of Garnet Hill shoes is called not enough shoes.
  • A group of bitterns is called a sedge.
  • A group of Garnet Hill flannel sheets is called a snooze.
  • A group of mosquitoes is called a scourge. (The mosquito is sometimes said to be the New Hampshire State Bird. In actuality that is the Purple Finch.)
  • A group of random, unmatched socks in the drawer is called inevitable.
  • A group of guinea fowl is called a confusion.
  • A group of Garnet Hill linen tops is called a summer.
  • No official word on what a group of groups is called. Probably a group.

Stripe a pose:
the story behind nautical stripes

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Originally called a marinière or Breton-stripe shirt, the classic navy-and-white-striped tee has rocked the boat for decades as a timeless design that’s reminiscent of a seaside resort.

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Here are some fun facts about everyone’s favorite seafaring stripes:

  • The Breton-stripe tee was born in 1858 as part of the Act of France that named the navy-and-white striped knit part of the uniform for French navy seamen in Brittany.
  • The original design had 21 stripes to signify each of Napoleon’s victories.
  • After a visit to the French coast, Coco Chanel was inspired by the iconic stripes and introduced them to the fashion world as a design element in her collection.
  • Celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Pablo Picasso, Brigitte Bardot, and Jean-Paul Gaultier helped put the style on the fashion map.
  • Hollywood spotlighted the tee on James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Cary Grant in Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief (1955), and Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face (1956).
  • In 1965 Andy Warhol filmed Kitchen. It starred Edie Sedgwick, who wore the striped top with black tights. The outfit became synonymous with Warhol’s signature style throughout the ‘60s.

These clean, simple stripes remain a classic go-to pattern in our women’s apparel, kids’ clothing, and home collections. What memories do nautical stripes conjure for you? How do you wear your sailor stripes?

Quote/Unquote: 15 compelling quotations on
design, fashion, and style

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Garnet Hill Eco-Cashmere Fair Isle Sweater

“Style is when they’re running you out of town and you make it look like you’re leading the parade.”

-William Battie

“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“I’ve always thought of accessories as the exclamation point of a woman’s outfit.”

-Michael Kors

“Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends.”

-Kate Spade

Fashion is something that goes in one year and out the other.”

-Author Unknown

“I firmly believe that with the right footwear one can rule the world.”

-Bette Midler

“Confidence is the best fashion accessory.”

-Vivienne Westwood

“Simple. Sensual. Timeless. This is the essence of our design philosophy.”

Eileen Fisher

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I know white clothing is supposed to enhance that summer glow, but writers don’t tan.”

-Diablo Cody

“I am anti-pants.”

-Lena Dunham

“I base my fashion taste on what doesn’t itch.”

-Gilda Radner

“Never wear anything that panics the cat.”

-P.J. O’Rourke

“Life is short. Buy the shoes.”

-Author unknown, but look for someone in new shoes

“Brevity is the soul of lingerie.”

-Dorothy Parker