Feminine Florals

Confession: I don’t think I’ve ever shopped at New York & Company before. But when I take the subway to work, I walk by the NY&Co windows between the subway stop and my office. When I saw this dress on the mannequin a few weeks ago, I stopped dead in my tracks. I instantly started reminiscing about this Red Valentino trench from last Spring that I was OBSESSED with. The amount of times that I tried that jacket on at Nordstrom on Michigan Ave. was a bit ridic. I OBVI couldn’t (and can’t) afford to spend $1200 on a trench, but I was head over heels for that drifting floral print. So spotting this dress in an almost identical print, yeah, I just about died!

The store wasn’t open yet, so naturally, I got on my phone to see if the dress was available online. Negative. I had to wait until after work and it was basically meant to be… one dress left, in my size (Well, it was a size bigger, but I made it work!), and everything in the store was 50% off. So yes, I got this beauty for a mere $35. I could hardly contain my excitement!

Which is probably why I was twirling through Madison Square Park when I first wore it… ๐Ÿ˜‰

New York & Company Dress (similar on sale!) / ASOS Belt (similar with a bow) / Report Bow Flats via DSW / gifted BCBG Sunglasses / J.Crew Bracelet / Sequin Bangle

(PS- new Red Valentino version here: jacket / dress)

Photos:ย Hallie Wilson

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  1. 4.24.13
    Rachelle said:

    Love that dress, I usually don’t go to that store either. But this dress is perfect.


  2. 4.24.13
    Lauren said:

    Love that you paired that mint belt with it. I think it really livens it up and makes it look like a more expensive outfit.

  3. 4.24.13
    Kimberly said:

    Yay – we are twins today! Love the floral print and the bow detail on those shoes is too cute! ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. 4.24.13
    christin said:

    it was fate!

  5. 4.24.13
    Chris said:

    Looks fantastic on you… I can see why you were instantly drawn to it!

  6. 4.24.13

    That’s such a cute spring dress!


  7. 4.24.13
    Annick said:

    I love it! I love drifting florals as well! And the dress fits you perfectly despite being a size too big! Love your sunnies as well!

    Bold Subtlety

  8. 4.24.13
    stephanie said:

    such a cute outfit!
    xx Stephanie (www.stephaniesstyleblog.blogspot.com)

  9. 4.24.13
    Kasey said:

    You’re by my office now (in those pics)!
    Love the dress.

  10. 4.24.13
    Emily said:

    I love when things like that happen! Great findโ€”this dress looks so cute on you!


  11. 4.24.13
    Sam said:

    Meant to be! Love that dress on you. Perfect for spring!

  12. 4.24.13
    Rachel said:

    In love with this dress! I saw a similar one by Lauren Conrad for Kohls and fell in love.

  13. 4.24.13

    Very cute! Can’t wait to break out my floral dresses too!

  14. 4.24.13
    Chelsea said:

    I have really been loving all the florals lately, and this is by far my favorite! I may have to stop off at NY&Co this evening, because this dress would be perfect for a wedding I’m going to this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. 4.24.13
    Lacey White said:

    This dress is GORGEOUS!!!! I love floral dresses right now. Too bad they don’t have it online though! That’s where I do the majority of my shopping.

  16. 4.24.13
    Kodi said:

    I’ve found NY&Company to be hit and miss most often, but I’ve got a great maxi dress from there that I wear all the time. Convenient that you walk past it on your way to work, if there’s something awesome to be found, you’ll see it! This dress is super cute.
    grey et al

  17. 4.24.13
    Megan said:

    That dress is adorable! Love it paired with that mint colored belt.


  18. 4.24.13
    Kayla said:

    Never a better moment than when a dress or shoes is meant to be!

    Memoirs & Mochas

  19. 4.24.13
    Meg said:

    The minty belt really adds some pizzaz to the outfit. Super cute!


  20. 4.24.13
    Kayla said:

    This is so super cute! I love the bow on the back of your flats! : )


  21. 4.24.13
    Olivia said:

    I haven’t been there in years, but judging by this dress I might have to stop back in! Your ASOS belt matches perfectly with the green in your dress. Gorgeous!

  22. 4.24.13
    anngelik said:

    I am loving your dress! Not too long ago I was considering buying a dress similar to this one, but for some reason it did not fit me by my shoulders. Super sad that day.


  23. 4.24.13
    Agi said:

    Loving this dress. I totally voted/liked!! Good luck.

    Don’t forget to link up tomorrow and to enter my Stella & Dot giveaway.



  24. 4.24.13
    Chelsea said:

    I love, love, love this dress Jessica. I adore how the flowers are more concentrated in the middle and gently fade away! The belt is the perfect touch.

    Chelsea & The City

  25. 4.24.13
    Jennifer said:

    I love that dress!

  26. 4.24.13
    Nikki said:

    Love that dress! Don’t you just love when things are obviously meant to be? It is fashion fate!


  27. 4.24.13
    Lindsey said:

    You are just too precious. Loving those flats!!! Can’t believe they are from DSW. Look just like the Carven bow flats! #needthem


  28. 4.24.13

    Such a sweet dress and the belt really adds a lot! Gorgeous!


  29. 4.24.13
    michelle said:

    there used to be one in my mall but now it’s gone. ps i went and liked all of your photos! i wish i could like your new york fucking city one like 18 times.

  30. 4.24.13
    Stacey said:

    You are just posting so many perfect girly outfits right now, I am in love!


    Five Minute Styleย 

  31. 4.24.13
    Kayleigh said:

    I am loving all the floral prints this spring! This dress is adorable!


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  33. 4.24.13
    Sarah said:

    This dress is stunning! You have to love finding something so perfect!

    The Purse Snatcher

  34. 4.24.13
    Sabrina said:

    Love the dress, it doesn’t even look like it’s a size bigger, the belt really made it work and matches it perfectly!!

  35. 4.24.13
    Shira said:

    Such a beautiful dress and love the mint accents!

  36. 4.25.13

    I love how you paired the mint belt with it, really polished off the look! very cute


  37. 4.25.13

    What a gorgeous dress! I just LOVE your blog! You’re always such a vision of femininity and class. Beautiful look…and I want those flats!


  38. 4.25.13

    I absolutely love this dress! New York & Company was my go-to in college. Surprisingly great stuff and inexpensive!

  39. 4.25.13
    Andrea said:

    Beautiful dress and I love the way you styled it…from the belt, the the jewelry, to your nails…PERFECT!



  40. 4.26.13
    Natalie said:

    I’m so glad you were able to pick it up because it’s really lovely!