Spring is just around the corner. Although I must admit that this winter has not been at all winterish. In fact as I type this it’s 55° and the sun is shining. That is just not right for mid-February in Montana. While the eastern part of the nation is buried in snow and experiencing yet another blizzard the hubby and I went on a picnic. We visited a new place! We drove to Hot Springs, Montana, and took a walk around the town. We had a nice little lunch in the community park and picked up a couple of fresh baked cookies to munch as we toured Main Street. It was a truly delightful day. On the way home we stopped at a scenic spot on the Clark Fork River so I could show off my pretty new spring dress from Monroe and Main.
I love this red knit maxi dress. It’s basic in style and made from a cotton/spandex blend that travels well and wears like a dream. It’s very pretty all on it’s own as I’m wearing it here accented simply with a strand of pearls (my mother’s) and my dress cowboy boots. The beauty of a piece like this is that it can be dressed up or dressed down to be worn for so many occasions from a day out shopping to a dinner date with the hubby.
Speaking of just that I wore this out to dinner for our 33rd anniversary with another great piece from Monroe and Main – a beautiful flower knit cardigan. I love red and purple together, it’s one of my favorite color combinations. I accented this outfit simply since the colors were so dramatic; my basic cowboy boots and a beautiful dichroic glass necklace from BPR Designs.
The night we went out to eat it was a little bit chilly. The sweater is wonderfully warm and soft and since the dress is so long I could get away with wearing my silk long underwear bottoms underneath so I stayed nice and toasty. For someone who is always cold that was wonderful – and no one could tell!
This maxi is so versatile. I brought along several different pieces to wear on top and with each one it looked like a completely different dress. Here it goes slightly Boho with a patchwork jacket from Free People (thrifted) and my gold ballet flats from Tieks. It really doesn’t need anything else to make the look work.
The whole look changes to one of casual comfort just by wearing my GAP denim jacket (thrifted) and would be perfect for lunch out with friends. I put on a necklace full of carved totem animals that my brother gave me probably 35 years ago. It’s still a favorite of mine. I’m also playing the movie star with bold turquoise sunglasses from Monroe and Main.
I rarely go out in a sleeveless anything due to always feeling chilled so I will often just add a blouse over a sundress. In this case the choice of a bright, plaid shirt from Foxcroft (thrifted) and my suede cowboy boots changes the look to a country casual feel. I put my hair back in a pony tail and I’m ready for the rodeo. Or the Target.
If Spring is late you can still wear this bright red dress, Just top with a boldly patterned jacket like this one from Garnet Hill (thrifted) and a goat. Sherpa the Farm cat felt he was the BEST accessory I could possibly have. Are you going to disagree? The scarf was handcrafted for me by a friend. I think I might love this look best of all – it does make a happy and bright statement for a day that might be grey and cloudy – don’t you think?
I think I’ve shown you how far one beautifully simple red dress can go this spring (the Everyday Knit Dress is also available in charcoal grey) with just a few simple changes. I know this dress is going to be a staple in my wardrobe for years to come as it is timeless. It’s also a Spring fashion piece that I can make work for all four seasons because of its color and it’s layering possibilities. It’s a great basic for building any wardrobe.
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