Bright & Bold

donna morgan ikat print fit and flare dress

Happy Friday! On one hand, this week has felt extremely long, but on the other, it went by in the blink of an eye. After my furniture got delivered on Monday, I tried to settle into a bit of a routine the rest of the week. Most days, Hallie and I were at Lyfe Kitchen or Le Pain Quotidien plugging away at our computers, trying to catch back up on life, work, and emails after the move. When I’ve been at my apartment, it’s been a seemingly endless task of unpacking boxes and finding a home for all of my things. I feel like I’ve made countless trips to Target and The Container Store to buy various organizational contraptions, but I still have a ways to go. This week was pretty mundane and left little time for exploring my new neighborhood, but it was in the 60’s all week in Chicago so I guess I was better off indoors!

coral clutch, sequin bangle, ikat dress

When I do get back into the rhythm of having a social life, I’ll definitely be pulling out this dress again! I love the colorful ikat print, as well as the fit and flare shape. (Read: Extremely forgiving!)

I always associate summertime with floods of all-white or with lots of bright, bold colors. This dress definitely falls under the latter category! Subdued, it is not. The vibrant colors definitely make a statement, but it’s not too much to wear during the day. Toss on a denim jacket and a pair of sandals and you’re good to go for brunch, lunch, shopping, you name it!

coral ikat dress summer wedding

Let’s talk about these shoes for a second, shall we? I purchased these at Zara a long time ago… Like spring of 2013? That’s pretty long for a pair of shoes that only cost $50! I’ve worn them constantly because they’re such a closet staple, but sadly, they sold out pretty quickly that year. If you’re in the market for a wear-with-anything-and-everything pair of nude strappy sandals, I’ve found a few similar options at various affordable price points!

This pair is probably the pick I would gravitate towards! Comfortable heel height (great for work or summer weddings) and under $100!

This pair is under $60!

This pair is a great option under $80, but the front strap is a little bit thicker.

This pair is the most expensive ($145) from the similar options I found. I love the mushroom suede color, though!

This pair isn’t neutral in color, but the style is almost identical. Plus, the pops of color are fun! Comes in Cobalt, Coral/Red, and Black.

donna morgan ikat dresss

donna morgan dress

bold ikat pattern dress

colorful summer dress

Donna Morgan Dress c/o
Zara Heels (old, similar here)
J.Crew Envelope Clutch
Sequin NYC Ombré Bangle
Coach Sunglasses
Capwell + Co Necklace (old, similar here)

Lydia Hudgens Photography

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  1. 7.10.15
    Renee commented:

    I love this dress on you! So pretty!
    Thanks for the tips on nude heels. I am totally in need of a pair!

    xoxo Renee

  2. 7.10.15
    Natali commented:

    Oh wow!! The pattern of this dress is so fun and colorful. Love it!!

  3. 7.10.15
    Red Reticule commented:

    Such a fun and bright summer dress!
    Red Reticule

  4. 7.10.15
    Ann-Louise commented:

    Such a lovey dress, the print is stunning! I love to read about your move to Chicago, it’s so fun!

  5. 7.10.15
    Emma commented:

    Beautiful summer print!

  6. 7.10.15

    I love this dress! You look so pretty in it!

    Her Heartland Soul

  7. 7.10.15
    Annie Reeves commented:

    LOVE the bright colors on you – such a fun dress!!

  8. 7.10.15
    Bev commented:

    What an amazing dress and it looks stunning on you.
    You portray a glow of “summertime” as you move down the street!!

  9. 7.10.15

    Such a gorgeous dress on you – perfect color for the summer!

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

  10. 7.10.15
    Maddy commented:

    Love this color on you, and the ikat print is so fun and sophisticated!

  11. 7.10.15
    Susie commented:

    How exciting that your apartment is starting to come together! That is always the best feeling! Can’t wait to see photos!


  12. 7.10.15
    Lauren commented:

    That dress is absolutely gorgeous! And I have the same Zara sandals in black and wear them non-stop! Nothing better than purchasing something that’s lasted forever!


  13. 7.10.15

    you look so pretty, jess! love the dress!

  14. 7.10.15

    I love this vibrant dress! The pattern is beautiful.

    Happy Friday

  15. 7.10.15
    Julie Blanner commented:

    Adorable look! I’m in love with it.

  16. 7.10.15
    Kate commented:

    Love the print!

  17. 7.10.15
    Vera Sawicki commented:

    What a pretty dress!!

    Blonde in Cashmere

  18. 7.10.15
    Lauren commented:

    Love this dress! The colors are perfect for summer time too. Good luck moving! I’ll be doing the same thing in a month so I know the hassle with that!!

  19. 7.11.15
    Jessica commented:

    Girlfriend…this outfit looks flipping amazing on you!!! I’m not really a big fan of patterns but you make me want to wear ALL the patterns for summer!!


  20. 7.11.15
    Leeanne F commented:

    Such a gorgeous look!
    I’m in the middle of moving in to a new a condo as well – so I totally feel ya! Whenever I am actually in my apartment I am just trying to get a handle on the zillion items lying around everywhere! I have definitely been spending more time than usual at coffee shops this week haha

    Lee | LegalLee Blonde

  21. 7.11.15
    Nicole Walker commented:

    What a gorgeous dress, I’m loving the bright ikat print! Hope you’re having a great weekend and settling into Chicago 🙂

    xoxo Nicole

  22. 7.12.15
    Meagan commented:

    That dress is gorgeous!

  23. 7.13.15
    Lindsay commented:

    Love that Donna Morgan dress!!

  24. 7.13.15
    Julia O'Hearn commented:

    Wow I love all of the bright colors in this outfit!! Obsessed with the dress.
    xoxo, Julia

  25. 7.14.15
    Sophie commented:

    I love that dress! The colors and pattern are amazing.

  26. 7.14.15
    melissa commented:

    Love that dress!

  27. 7.16.15

    This dress is amazing! Love the bright colors and print.

    xo, Laura

  28. 7.22.15
    Rebecca commented:

    Love the colors in this dress!! A great combinations!