The Perfect Summer Cocktail Dress

Summer Cocktail Dress

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Belk Southern Designer Showcase at the Sheraton Hotel in Uptown Charlotte, where up and coming designers competed to be selected to carry their designs at Belk Department Stores.

Belk’s moto is Modern. Southern. Style, and the invitation said “dress your best” for this late afternoon extravaganza. This dress from Sara Boo arrived just mere days before the event, at the point where I had no clue what to wear for it, and as soon as I tried it on, I said to myself “OMG, this is perfect for the event!”

This is the perfect summer cocktail dress to stand out in a sea of LBDs. I got so many compliments on it and someone even asked if it was Trina Turk. And yes, it does look a lot like some of her signature psychedelic designs, but at a much lower cost.

I really like the crystal embellishment on the neckline so that you’re not having to think of a necklace to wear that might end up competing with the already busy pattern of the dress. The waffle-like material stretches just enough to hug in all the right places and the trumpet hem gives a fun flair that creates more of an hourglass look. Get 20% off at Sara Boo using code STYLE 20

Because the dress is the main focal point, I wanted to keep the accessories and shoes simple. The ear jacket and the shoes are old and both from Forever 21, and the clutch is from Charming Charlie.

Summer Cocktail Dress

Summer Cocktail Dress

Summer Cocktail Dress

Summer Cocktail Dress

Summer Cocktail Dress

Summer Cocktail Dress

Summer Cocktail Dress

Summer Cocktail Dress

Summer Cocktail Dress

Thank you for stopping by!





**Dress c/o Sara Boo USA. Clutch c/o Charming Charlie. All opinions are 100% my own. 

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  • Reply Cassandra

    I adore the print on this dress! It’s so cute!! Xx

    2017-07-20 at 2:33 pm
    • Reply Anna

      Isn’t the print just fabulous? Thanks doll! Xo

      2017-07-24 at 6:28 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    It does totally look like TT! You look very pretty and summery.

    xx, Nicole

    2017-07-20 at 2:42 pm
    • Reply Anna

      Thank you Nicole!! And yes, doesn’t it?! XO

      2017-07-24 at 6:28 pm
  • Reply Liz

    Love all the colors and the truck in the background!!!

    2017-07-20 at 3:05 pm
    • Reply Anna

      Thanks Liz! The truck was pure coincidence! Xo

      2017-07-24 at 6:29 pm
  • Reply Linda

    Wow, your dress is absolutely gorgeous!


    2017-07-20 at 3:07 pm
    • Reply Anna

      Thanks so much, Linda! Xo

      2017-07-24 at 6:30 pm
  • Reply Andi

    This dress is colorful happiness perfection! I have several parties coming up and need something just like this!


    2017-07-20 at 3:19 pm
    • Reply Anna

      Its such a great dress, Andi! And so flattering on anyone! XO

      2017-07-24 at 6:30 pm
  • Reply Mandy Arraiz

    What a perfect dress! I love the way you styled everything. AMAZING!

    2017-07-20 at 4:05 pm
    • Reply Anna

      Thanks so much, Mandy! XO

      2017-07-24 at 6:31 pm
  • Reply Shruthi

    Gorgeous photos! I especially love all the colors in your dress!


    2017-07-20 at 5:13 pm
    • Reply Anna

      Thank you, Shruthi! I love the brightness of it too! XO

      2017-07-24 at 6:31 pm
  • Reply Brianna

    The print and color of the dress is quite timeless in my opinion! I love it! You wear it very well!!

    2017-07-20 at 5:21 pm
    • Reply Anna

      I totally agree with you, Brianna! Thank you! Xo

      2017-07-24 at 6:32 pm
  • Reply Laura Mitbrodt

    Your dress is so cute, I love it with the vinatge car

    2017-07-20 at 6:45 pm
    • Reply Anna

      Thanks Laura! The truck was pure coincidence! It was perfect! Xo

      2017-07-24 at 6:32 pm
  • Reply Annie

    I love this dress on you, Anna!! And the backdrop is so cute. I agree, the neckline works really well with the busy pattern so you don’t have to wear a necklace. 🙂

    2017-07-20 at 7:05 pm
    • Reply Anna

      Thanks so much, Annie! Its become a favorite now! Xo

      2017-07-24 at 6:33 pm
  • Reply Nikki

    I love this dress its so chic!! It makes me think of the phrase why fit in when you were born to stand out!!

    2017-07-20 at 8:13 pm
    • Reply Anna

      OMG! Yes girl! And what’s funny is that at first I was concerned about standing out to much because I was in a room full of strangers, but everyone loved it and I relished every bit of it 😀

      2017-07-24 at 6:34 pm
  • Reply Stephanie

    Love that dress! The shoes with it are perfect! – Stephanie |

    2017-07-21 at 9:49 am
    • Reply Anna

      Thank you, Stephanie!

      2017-07-24 at 6:35 pm
  • Reply Ilse

    So stunning! You totally rocked that dress!

    xo, Ilse

    2017-07-21 at 4:23 pm
    • Reply Anna

      Thanks, Ilse!

      2017-07-24 at 6:35 pm

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