Ronni Covington is wearing what she describes as an "cool summer dress" with an "old school feel."
Though she recently got it at Macy's, she likes that it has a bit of a vintage shape.
"My style is really vintage with a bit of a jazzy feel," she says. "I'm kind of a curvy girl, so I like to wear clothes that are fitted, and a-line dresses and skirts with a lot of flare."
This dress has a great neckline, and the belt draws the eye down. And, really, it takes a special brand of adventurer to wear that much white. Especially to an outdoor event. I'm in awe.
Melissa Jouskey told me that she's had this cute brown print sundress for years.
"I found some stuff in a box," she said.
When I asked her about her necklace, she said she's had that for years, too, but that people always comment on it. (It's true; I did!)
"I just keep refinding my stuff," Jouskey said.
Not a bad philosophy. I'm tempted to put some of my stuff in a box, just so I can find it again. Of course, chances are I'd put it in a box, forget about it, and give it to Goodwill by accident.
I'd also like to point out her very cute accessory, 5-year-old Killian. (Yes, people, I know animals are not accessories. But she is cute.)
I am of the opinion that not every girl can pull off a pair of high-waisted trousers.
But there is no doubt in my mind that Brittney Boyd definitely can.
"I'm going to church after this, so I wanted to be kind of snazzy, but kind of casual," she said of her Charlotte Russe trousers and Old Navy tank.
To dress it up, she added maroon pumps from Shoe Carnival and a matching necklace from Wet Seal. I think the red accents pull it all together nicely without making it feel fussy.
Let me tell you: When Justin and I hit the Music Commission show Sunday at the Levitt Shell, we saw a lot of orange clothing in the crowd. We saw apricot, peach, something that can only be described as traffic-hazard orange, and this lovely tangerine. (Yes, I know this sounds more like a fruit salad than a day at the Shell, but what are you going to do?)
Keshia Williams told us she got both her summer dress and her purse at a thrift store.
"That's about all I shop," she said. "I can get more clothes — and better quality clothes — for my money."
Sometimes, an article of clothing just takes hold of you. It's like love at first sight.
That's what happened to Karen Brown with this patterned maxi dress.
"I wanted this dress," she says.
She's not kidding. She first saw it in a Macy's in Atlanta, only they didn't have it in her size. The salesperson called several other stores and found one in stock in Cleveland, which was then shipped to Tennessee.
We love love-stories that go like this: girl meets dress, salesperson is super helpful, girl gets dress, and everyone lives happily ever after. The end.
The day we caught up with 22-year-old Chelsea Day was the first time she had worn this breezy aquamarine ... dress? shirt? thing?
"My best friend gave this to me last year," she says. "She used to wear it as a bathing suit cover-up. She's like 7 feet tall and she said this would be a good dress on you."
Memphis, this is what we're talking about: Unique, personal style, where you can wear a dress as a bathing suit cover-up, or a bathing-suit cover-up as a dress.
We liked the color and the scalloped edges with the floral embroidery. It's just so ... fluttery (is that a word?) and easy. The sides have two small slits that caught the breeze, and the day we met Day, it was — is this not the refrain of this blog or what? — stiflingly hot, so any breeze catching was very welcome.
We ran into Denver resident Natalie Dunn checking out downtown with her mom and thought she looked very sporty and put together — kind of like the Kennedys at Hyannisport.
Turns out there's a good reason:
"I'm here for a tennis tournament, so I just packed some easy stuff," she told us.
Sometimes you just can't go wrong with easy. Both the shorts and the maroon tee are from Abercrombie. The sunglasses are Ray-Ban aviators.
Sometimes you don't have a lot of time between work and whatever you want to do afterward.
Brittany Myers solved this problem with a little ingenuity. We ran into her at the Flyer's Work It Wednesday event at the Silly Goose (which was, coincidentally, Wednesday evening), and she told us that after work she changed into shorts from Banana Republic.
"I wore the top to work," she said of her colorful blouse, also from Banana Republic. "I did not wear the shorts."
She also added the over-sized Jessica Simpson earrings to her ensemble after she got off work, completing her day to night look.
Folami Uimana's denim, empire-waist dress is a great staple for summer. With its classic lines and fitted bodice, this Calvin Klein dress can just about go anywhere, from a picnic to drinks downtown.
In this case, Uimana paired the dress with bangles, shoes, and earrings, all in purple — her favorite color.
"I thought it would be breezy and comfortable," she says of the dress she got at Macy's a few months ago. "And it's flowy, so the humidity won't kill me."
This is one of the cutest stories I've ever heard. And it's about shoes, which makes it even better.
Jessica Neal saw these Jessica Simpson gladiator inspired sandals at Macy's, but she didn't buy them. Not at first. She made a tour around the mall, and then came back and got them.
But then she needed something to wear them with.
"I normally don't go for khaki," she says of her safari-inspired shirt dress. "I bought the dress because it went with the shoes, actually. I needed other outfits to wear the shoes with, other than just jeans."
Nayha Patel's look is a mix of '60s counter-culture and a more current fave — especially with Lindsay Lohan — leggings. It's easy and, I think we may have mentioned how important this is for Memphis in the summer, cool.
"I just got home from work and threw it on," Patel told us. "I didn't want to wear a dress or a skirt."
Tara Strong had never paired her American Apparel dress with this belt before, but she says she was inspired after listening to Michael Jackson and dancing around her room.
Her outfit has a lot of great color, but we especially loved her heart-shaped sunglasses. So cute! And her neighbor got them for her at a dollar store, so it sounds like they were a budget-conscious buy, too.
22-year-old Taylor Nelson calls her personal style "relaxed and funky."
And we can totally see it.
She paired Citizens of Humanity denim capris with an American Eagle wife beater and a cute little sparkly tank on top.
It's sort of hard to see here, but the top has a smattering of gold sequins across it and matches her gold flip-flops.
Nicolette Overton bought her cute two-tiered purple skirt at Urban Outfitters last summer, but hasn't been able to wear it that often.
"I go to school in Boston, and it's a little chillier there," she says.
Her top is also from Urban Outfitters, from one of their up-and-coming designers collections.
We ran into Leigh Gernert in Cooper-Young and loved her Tory Burch tunic with sequins. So cute!
She wore the tunic with shorts from Old Navy and explained to us how to wear them, admittedly one of the summer's hot trends, for a night out on the town.
"You can wear shorter shorts if you wear a longer top," she said.
We don't know the exact ratio of the shorts to the top, but we think that's a good rule of thumb.