Perhaps it’s because this is the summer of going nowhere... but these days I really find myself pulled toward palm print. It has a way of transporting you away from your current reality and offering a beeline to the beach. Sure, it’s unlikely that beach is literal. For example, we are stuck at home in the throes of potty training our little guy. However, slipping on this easy-breezy palm print dress is an escape nonetheless.
It offers relaxed, resort chic — no resort required! Best of all, the boldness of the print makes it super easy to style. You can do a statement earring, but it’s a showstopper all on its own. Pair it with a neutral wedge + straw bag and you’re set!
Fun fact: Palm print first rose to fame as a wallpaper. A decorator created it exclusively for the Beverly Hills Hotel in 1942. The Hollywood crowd quickly embraced the quirky, escapist pattern. Now, you can now find it on everything from bedding to ballgowns!
I found my dress at Chicwish and stalked it for quite a while before ordering. Ladies, this is the real deal! It has stellar reviews for a reason. This palm print beauty is equally cute and comfortable, flattering on all body types. First, it has an elastic waist, exposed zipper and modest cutout detail. Chicwish also just stocked it in two additional colors, lemon print and a tropical garden pattern.
In my opinion, the elastic waist is critical because it prevents the cutout from creating any unflattering bulges. The fabric and construction is great quality for an under $60 dress. It also has a secondary lining, so you won’t deal with any sheerness issues. For sizing reference, I’m just shy of 5′ and wearing the XS.
Here are a few additional palm print finds. Click on any item for info. Don’t you love the retro vibe of the golden yellow dress? It’s a major steal right now—50 percent off. The other must-have is the candle. It’s from Tommy Bahama and smells just like vacation. Whenever I need a mood boost, it’s the first thing I grab. Lighting it and breathing deeply brings instant relaxation.
As you might have guessed from the “anchor” in the name of my blog, I have a penchant for anything that exudes a coastal, nautical, or seaside vibe. This pleated, contrast-waistband skirt definitely offers some of that flair. It has wonderful movement. Trust me, you’ll be twirling around even if you aren’t a dancer! The material feels quite light and breathable—perfect for hot days. Again, like the palm print dress, the skirt’s waistband is elastic for maximum comfort.
As for the top, it’s extremely versatile. I’ve gotten a ton of use out of it so far (you can see it styled another way in this post). The only negative is that is does wrinkle easily. I just keep my iron handy because it seems to work with everything in my closet.
Now the shoes… Can we talk about the shoes? I swooned the minute I spotted these beauties from Ann Taylor. They are incredibly unique and the block heel offers a great deal of stability/comfort. Better yet, they’re on final sale. Plus, you get an extra 70 percent off! You won’t get a better price than this.
Finally, you can bring a bit of summer-ready pizzazz with a pop of red. Boho babes are sure to adore this exquisitely finished crochet detail maxi dress. The voluminous sleeves and nipped-in waist create a beautiful silhouette. Seriously ladies, this style has a way of making you feel tall and slender. (I’m under 5′, so that’s saying something – ha ha) And how gorgeous are these covered buttons? They are functional. So, they take some time to button but the look is worth it.
The dress is also available in white. Be aware the fabric does not have any stretch, so you will need to read the sizing guide carefully. If you are between sizes, size up. I’m in the XS but would have preferred the S.