Actually, I think any time of year is perfect for retro, but the fine thing about summer is that it's the perfect time of year to bust out the bright mod-style prints like this one. It just seems to fit, doesn't it? Mod prints are really eye-popping and fun, wonderfully suited to the brighter, longer days and fun things that happen in summer.
Besides, mod flowers and Christmas don't usually go together all that well...
Anyhow, I really like this pretty flower-print dress from Crafty Like A Fox. It's a restyled vintage dress from which she's removed the original 3/4-length sleeves and gathered the shoulders with spaghetti ties. The result is a lovely, flowy summer sundress that's perfect for barbeques, parties, church, a date, even the office if you throw a sweater over it (should your office be so silly as to frown on bared shoulders when it's 90 degrees out). It's so pretty and feminine, isn't it?
If you're larger-busted than the model, you should still be all right but it's easy enough to pin the neckline a wee bit higher if you like. Wrap dresses are always flattering and feminine, a classic style and probably the best fashion to come out of the sartorially hellish 70s. Pair this with a pretty necklace - the beads shown are perfect, and only $10! - and some fab black strappy sandals and you're good to go just about anywhere. Espadrilles might work, but they'd have to be black and a little more formal looking, I think; flip-flops would be insulting to this dress, but slingbacks or mules would be very pretty and charming.
Best of all, because Crafty Like A Fox is focusing more on jewelry, she's pretty much liquidating her vintage clothing stash by pricing everything really well. Exceptionally well, since a dress like this would easily set you back $50 or more in a department store. Instead, it's only $22! With the beads, you practically have an entire outfit (sans shoes, of course) for a pinch over $30. Where else can you do that - and find a completely unique, one-of-a-kind outfit besides?
There are all kinds of wonderful things at Crafty Like A Fox; in addition to her clearancing out of the vintage clothing, there's a lot of really fabulous and fun jewelry - vintage, restyled, and new - as well as fun things for your home, vintage handbags, and other treats (like this terrifically awesome find. Owner Erin has a great sense of style, and I really like the fab collection of things she offers, and I know you'll have a great time looking at all the goodies!