For today’s dressed up style post, we’re helping Reader L find the perfect dress to wear to a couple’s anniversary celebration.
In April, my husband and I are attending a luncheon at Maglieaux’s on the Cane River in downtown Natchitoches, LA. I would like to wear something casually elegant. Do you have any suggestions?
21st Century Steel Magnolia
Dear Steel Magnolia,
Wow! The venue looks gorgeous and the menu delicious. I’ve spent the week looking for dresses that are perfect for a springtime special occasion in the town that inspired the 1989 movie Steel Magnolias.
For starters, when I think about Southern Style I always start with a pretty print. With that in mind, here are five dresses perfect for a casually elegant lunch with dear friends along the banks of the Cane River.
Top Left: I love Nicole Miller’s Birds in the Birds Linen Lauren Dress! Linen is an ideal fabric for sultry spring days in Louisiana, and the print is divine! ($355, sizes 0-12, free shipping)
Center: If money were no object, Roberto Cavalli’s Bird & Floral Jersey Dress is my favorite. ($770, sizes 2-12, free shipping) Yea, I know it’s not gonna happen, but the botanical print is exquisite and the lines are so elegant. Sigh….
Top Right: The combination of stripes and florals on Clover Canyon’s Seaside Horizon Stripe Sheath Dress is so contemporary. (Made in the USA, $277, sizes XS-L, free shipping) You would be bringing just a nod to mod to Natchitoches. No one would ever mistake this dress for one from the 1980s!
Bottom Left: Continuing with the stripes and florals theme is Catherine Malandrino’s Randy Floral Print A-Line Dress. ($98, sizes S, L & XL, free shipping) The dress’s color palette is festive and the length is perfect.
Bottom Right: Florals that evoke the Far East have always been dear to my heart so Ivanka Trump’s Floral Print Scuba Sheath Dress may be my ultimate favorite of the bunch! ($138, sizes 2-14, free shipping)
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