The last stop in my summer dress series is at Belle Ville; we stopped at the one in Ballantyne, but there are two other locations. Flirty dresses in every style filled the racks waiting for me to flip through them.
The khaki colored dress is $44. It has a woven detailed collar and tie for around the waste.
The $54 coral dress is lightweight and comes with optional straps for either tube top or spaghetti strap style. Just throw on a blazer and off to work you go.
This deep red dress is $52. It is lightweight for day but makes a loud statement for a night party or day at work with its shiny fabric and scooped neckline.
5341 Ballantyne Commons Parkway
My next visit was to Fresh Boutique off of Providence Road. I couldn’t have expected anything more from the choices of dresses from cute casual to sexy dressy.
This cotton dress is $160 and has coral trim along a white, coral and navy pattern. In the first picture is it by itself for a casual look; the second is paired with a sparkly navy jacket to add a wow factor; and the third picture is with a white blazer for work.
The black dress is $349, and has simple black sequin details across the front in zigzags. The dress would work as a dress or with a belt to cinch up the waste creating a tunic. It could be worn by itself, with hose or pants.
The navy, pink and cream color blocked dress is $169. It comes right above the knee and has an attached sash for around the waste. It would look perfect with a cream or pink blazer adding a little more color and also making it work appropriate.
813 Providence Road
Next on the summer dress search is Revolution, located in the EpiCentre. Even though I thought all of the clothes would have an edgier look, I found dresses that were on the cute and sweet side. There was still room for a walk on the wild side, though.
For $99, this cotton dress has bright colors splashed onto a black and white striped pattern. When you want to wear this wild number to work, just add a light weight jacket or blazer to cover your shoulders.
This shiny taupe dress is $165 with an attached belt to cinch in your waist. If you add a little bit of shine or brighten it up with color, it's a dress that can be worn anywhere.
The navy and white dress has a V-neck and is $148. The attached aqua belt adds a splash of color.
2nd floor of the EpiCentre
210 E Trade St
Continuing on in the summer dress search, my next stop was at K’la Boutique. From dark to light colored dresses, I found myself in a sea of choices.
This double-patterned dress is $48 and its slouching neck line is very flattering. With or without a jacket, it is appropriate for work or grab a cute handbag and wear it out on a night on the town.
The dress is a royal blue cotton with cut out sleeves and a cinched waist for $49. The jewelry makes it a little more dressy or without for a simple yet cute dress for work.
The $35 dress has a silk-like fabric with a pink, cream and blue pattern. The dress comes right above the knee and has capped shoulders making it a cute summer dress for any occasion.
6815 Phillips Place Court, B
Style magazines say cute summer dresses are some of the biggest trends this season. Unfortunately, with my wallet having a lock and chain around it these days, it’s hard for me to splurge on the must-have dresses I see in store windows.
But come on now, who can resist every time? That’s why when I feel the urge to scratch that shopping addiction, I look for pieces that give me a bang for my buck. Summer dresses are so “in” right now — every store you walk in has racks and racks filled with different styles of dresses. Remember, even if the dress has spaghetti strap, halter or is strapless, you can always throw on a cute jacket or cardigan and you’re ready for work. If it’s a simpler dress that caught your eye, match it with a sparkly purse or necklace and you’ve glammed it up for a night out on the town.
A popular boutique in Phillips Place, Belvello has plenty of choices when it comes to dresses. Even though the boutique showroom is small, there are dresses for everyone, whether you prefer patters, solids, sleeves or straps.
This dress is $145. The silky fabric and cute cut makes it perfect for a day date or night out. Just throw on a little jacket and you're ready for work.
This $138 dress is tube top and flashy with it's bold patter, but with a simple cardigan or blazer it's appropriate for work.
This halter cotton maxi dress is $99 and we matched it with a button up collared shirt to make it work for in the office.
6815 C Phillips Place Ct.
1135 Stonecrest Blvd., #115
9852 Rea Road
Ahhh, the weather was bearable enough this morning to actually drive with the windows down. Yes!
Guess that means it's summer sale time!
Check out JT Posh's summer clearance sale. Save up to 75 percent off!
2400 Park Road
With summer winding down, even your favorite erotic boutiques are having summer sales. Check out The Red Door's summer blow-out sale, with select styles up to 75 percent off.
200 W. Woodlawn Road, Suite 1
5301 E. Independence Blvd.
Life is about convenience, isn't it?
Not long ago, I wrote about vending machines in the UK that offer after-party slippers (which, I want to reiterate, is a great idea).
So let me get this straight. If I'm on vacation at a fabulous spot and somehow forgot my swimsuit, I can just mosey on down poolside, slip a few dollars into the good ol' snack machine and out will pop a bikini (or swim trunks for dudes)?
Of course, if The Standard wanted to offer in-case-of-emergency swimwear for guests, they could have just snagged some Walmart styles to sell and called it good, but not this luxury hotel chain! They only offer the best, and we've got to say, the styles they offer for men and women are actually pretty awesome! Women can purchase a too-cute black bikini that is available in three different sizes, and men will be able to purchase one of four different styles (depending on their location), made with Quiksilver's Diamond Dobby stretch material, which is supposed to prevent rashes, in waist sizes 30 to 36! The swim trunks will cost you $65, and the bikini will cost you $84.
Boy ... I can just imagine having to feed the machine 84 $1 bills, one at a time. Then you know that a lot of times the machines get huffy and spit your dollar back out at you.
Yeah. If I forget my swimsuit the next time I'm staying at The Standard (which I doubt will be any time soon), I'll just make the trek to the local Wal-Mart.
There's a summer clearance sale going on at Sun & Ski Sport. For all apparel, buy one get one 50 percent off. Also, take an additional 25 percent off all clearance shoes.