dfw 5 31 11 jaclynwelch DFW Street Style: Shopping For The Summer

Photo Credit: Jaclyn Welch

You know the temps are rising in North Texas when colorful, wavy dresses start sashaying down every sidewalk. Our Person on the Street, Andrea, shows us how effortless & chic a strappy, ruffled Maxi dress can be for an evening of foodie feasting on Henderson Ave.

dwf 5 31 11 nordstrom DFW Street Style: Shopping For The Summer

Photo Credit: Nordstrom

The Maxi Dress
Whether you are saturating your ladyfingers with Cajun seasoning at the Charity Crawfish boil, showing off your greatest dance moves this wedding season, or in need of a simple dress for brunch, it is time to bust out the Maxi. Obviously, the potential for this floor length number is endless. You will feel free, relaxed, and beyond glamorous as you fistfight the Texas heat. Of course, there is no doubt you will win in this summer staple.
Andrea’s dress is from JC Penney, but you can pick up this playful variation at any of the 4 Nordstrom locations in North Texas:

8687 N Central Expy Ste 2000
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 231-3900

5220 Alpha Road
Dallas, TX 75240
(972) 702-0055

2613 Preston Road
Frisco, TX 75034
(972) 713-3794

1101 Melbourne Road
Hurst, TX 76053
(817) 590-2599

Classic Clutch

dwf 5 31 11 francesca s faux DFW Street Style: Shopping For The Summer

Photo Credit: Francesca’s Faux

With your Maxi dress already showing off rich colors, feminine frills and bold patterns there is no need to overdo it with your bag. Keep it simple, sleek, and classic. As you transition from your desk to happy hour minimize your clutter and only take the necessities for a relaxing, uncomplicated evening. Andrea is carrying a thrifted snakeskin clutch found at Lula B’s on Main St. But, if there is no time to dig around for that one-of-a-kind vintage gem, then check out new looks that feel just as timeless. Francesca’s Faux Snakeskin version is $18.Francesca’s Collections
10720 Preston Rd
Dallas, TX 75230
(214) 891-9866

Flat Sandals

dwf 5 31 11 jcrew DFW Street Style: Shopping For The Summer

Photo Credit: JCrew

I know as the days shift toward a carefree ambiance it becomes easier to grab for the same flip-flops you have now worn five summers in a row. I get it. I have been there too. But, it’s time to just say no, put them down, upgrade your look by slipping your feet into sandals laced with a soft leather composition, leopard patterns, and trend-setting straps. If you aren’t feeling daring with your footwork, stick with a nude or gold option. Choose these cuffed flats from J Crew and secure a splash of style to your daytime garb. I promise, your newly neon painted toes would love a lively partner in crime.

J Crew
3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy #202
Grapevine, TX 76051
(972) 355-1067

J Crew also has 6 other North Texas locations to serve your style

Stacked Bracelets

dfw 5 31 11 kate spade for nordstrom DFW Street Style: Shopping For The Summer

Photo Credit: Kate Spade for Nordstrom

If you remember one thing as you mosey into these blistering months, remember this. Stack your wrists like your stacking your morning pancakes. Drizzle your wrists with gold, threaded, sparkling, stretchy and beaded bracelets. The more the merrier. Also, don’t be afraid to layer on bangles that are already lounging around your house (aka your 9th grade friendship bracelet on top of that Forever 21 leopard jewel). It’s an unexpected statement that can be remixed a million ways. To start, try Kate Spade’s colorful blend from Nordstrom.

Summer Sunnies

dwf 5 31 11 forever 21 DFW Street Style: Shopping For The Summer

Photo Credit: Forever 21

As the Texas Sun blasts us into deliriousness, a plethora of lustrous sunglasses will sure to be super glued to each and every face. Since they will be on constant display from one steamy day to the next, why not choose a style that screams Superstar. Wayfarer styles will continue to elevate the cool factor throughout the Summer, but oversized round frames standout just as nicely. Plus, if you are like me and eventually lose every pair ever owned it is comforting knowing these items aren’t breaking the bank. You can purchase any style for under $20 at Forever 21.

Forever 21
1972 Green Oaks Rd
Fort Worth, TX 76116
(817) 763-9370

Forever 21 also has 6 other North Texas locationsto serve your style

Jaclyn Welch is a Style Blogger & Photographer for Sparklebirds.com and Streetsofsparkle.com, which are dedicated to personal style, inspiration, street fashion & creative ventures in the Dallas area. She has worked in publishing for magazines such as Bon Appetit, Conde Nast Traveler, Teen Vogue, Vanity Fair, MORE, and The New Yorker.

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