February, February – the month of love, right? How about, simply, the month of love yourself? These past few weeks, my RSS feed has been inundated with articles and blog posts from this fashion authority and that, on how to style the perfect look for the perfect date. And while all the chatter has quieted down, post-Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share one of the sweetest looks I’ve styled for LILA Fashion International this spring, that can be styled for any occasion… not just for a special someone! And is especially perfect as we embrace those warmer days of the season.
The lovely Flora Frock (also available in GREY in the web shop) is definitely an investment piece for spring, and a darling choice for an afternoon outing – be it solo, with your best girlfriends or with your beau! Made with a lightweight fabric that lends an airy, romantic feel to the garment, the Flora Dress is one of those pieces that will get you through those tricky transitional months, and well on your way to the glorious summer season.
Granted, it’s still frigid outside, so a cozy jacket is very much in order! I’ve paired it with the Betony jacket, which I like to consider a much-needed closet basic. As both a solid and a neutral, it complements the dress without competing with its pattern. Instead, it stands out with a unique layering effect and button detailing. For extra warmth, a neutral scarf in black or grey and gloves, would complete this ensemble.
I adore accessorizing. It adds that extra layer of polish (and pizzazz) that you can’t achieve from your attire alone. There’s a fine line between ‘overdone’ and ‘just right’… so it’s important to find that happy medium, and stick with it. I’ve paired pieces that accentuated my look, without overpowering it.
I paired a skinny gold belt (you can opt for something a little chunkier if that is your preference!) and a darling Saddle Bag in burgundy to play up the canary yellow of the dress and the pink hues in the floral print. Both pieces handmade by Athens-based designer Vice Versa, and are available in a variety of colors in our online shop!
For jewelry, I selected pieces from LILA’s own collection, handmade in Athens. The necklace is fashion with tiger eye beads, Swarovski crystal pave beads and gold plated sterling silver accents; the Tiger Eye bracelet set also features a playful Eiffel Tower charm (for those of us who still have Paris on the brain! **sigh**). The studs in popping lime are fashioned with Swarovski crystals and come in a range of equally spring-inspired colors. So fun, right?
Black booties wrap up the ensemble. I wanted to keep this aspect of the look relatively low-key, so I compromised with the color, but had a bit of fun with the rhinestones. On first glance, the boots appear subtle, but in the light – gosh, do they sparkle! What do you think of this outfit – would you style it for your afternoon outing or day date?
Betony Jacket | LILA Fashion International; available in-store only
Flora Dress | LILA Fashion International; Yellow Flora is available in-store only, but shop it in Grey!
Saddle Bag (Burgundy) | LILA Fashion International
Skinny Leather Belt (Gold) | LILA Fashion International
Crystal Studded Earrings (Lime) | LILA Fashion International
Necklace | LILA Fashion International
Studded Ankle Booties | Zara