Thursday, July 7, 2011

Things Every Girl Needs: A Go-To Party Dress

Today I'm excited to get back into the guest posting routine and welcome the lovely Emmy from the blog Sprinkles on Everything.  She has great style and I encourage you to check our her blog - it's full of preppy, girly inspiration! 
Hi everyone! I’m Emmy from Sprinkles on Everything and I am so excited to be a part of Things Every Girl Needs. I love Haley’s blog and especially this series. It is so cool to find out what other people deem as a necessity.
There are many things that I could write for this blog as I am a creature of habit and therefore have a lot of “needs” and things I use/eat/wear on a daily basis. This summer I am going to be a part of my first wedding ever. You know those people who are your “aunt” and “uncles” but they aren’t related? Well my “cousin” is getting married! I would actually deem her more of a “sister” as I am lacking a biological one but you get the point. If there is one thing I think every girl needs it would be a go-to party dress, one that can be dressed up for formal events or down for a more casual occasion.
I have learned over the years that shopping for a dress for a specific reason never proves productive. Instead, I now follow the motto that “if the dress fits, buy it” and somewhere down the road you will find a use for it. Whether it is for a sorority formal, a holiday cocktail party or an unexpected fancy date night, knowing you have the perfect dress stashed away provides peace of mind. Here are a few of my picks that I would love to keep on hand:
This J Crew dress is perfect in so many ways. The color and cut make it perfect for a summer night. I could see it being more formal when paired with a black heel and diamond studs or dressed down with a metallic pair of Jack Rogers and pearls. 

I love Lilly Pulitzer and it has become my go-to store for summer dressing. The single shoulder on this dress adds drama which can be dressed up with a pair of nude heels or dressed down with gold flats. Though this dress doesn’t need to be belted, it sharpens your figure and ultimately makes it more flattering. 

Michael Kors is a power house. There is little this man designs that I don’t instantly lust over. A little black dress is necessary in every girl’s wardrobe and I love LBD’s that are different. The side ruffle on this dress is fun and flirty. I would wear this dress all year long. In the winter with a sparkly statement necklace and bold heels or fun wedges in the summer.
Every person’s body is flattered by a different cut, color and fabric. My best advice I can give you is if you find a dress that makes you look drop-dead-gorgeous, buy it. Chances are when you need a pretty party dress the universe will be working against you but if you keep a small stock pile you will always be prepared.
Thanks so much Haley for having me guest post! Head on over to my blog to check out some other things that make me happy!
Thanks so much for stopping by, Emmy!  I am in love with that Lilly dress.  I got my first one-shoulder option this year and am loving it!
If you'd like to take part in this series, please send me an email and let me know!  (No companies, please.  This series is intended to offer exposure to other independent bloggers.)


  1. great post! love the one-shoulder dress. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  2. These are great dresses, especially the pink and black ones. I love that they can be worn as party dresses or even at work with the right accessories :)

  3. I really like the pink JCrew dress! That is such a great summer special occasion dress! This is a great series and I look forward to reading future guest postings!

  4. love the black dress!! cute post.

  5. Definitely some great picks! I'm completely into the pink one (duh) and I really wish I was a one shoulder kind of gal, they always looks so lovely!

  6. Great dresses! Especially the pink J Crew one. I used it as my wedding dress, but in Pewter. It was perfect for my casual wedding in the San Antonio spring!



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