No matter how far ahead I start scoping out the warm-weather trends or how diligent I am when it comes to fleshing out my summer wardrobe, accessories included, I know what will inevitably happen. When summer actually hits — in all its sunny, sweltering glory — I’ll only actually end up wearing the smallest possible fraction of my new clothing, opting instead for whatever’s most comfortable, familiar, and flattering… and saving the rest for the rare special occasion when I’m willing to branch out. That’s why this time around, I’m attempting to narrow down my seasonal shopping to investment pieces that are stylish, comfy, and totally versatile… and what’s more versatile than a convertible skirt-turned-maxi-dress? I spotted this Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent floral skirt/dress at Bloomingdales and instantly fell in love. It’s romantic and pretty, but unlike many of this season’s show-stopping maxi dresses, it’s not the kind of outfit that you can only take pictures in once and then must keep in hibernation until everyone forgets you wore it. It’s pretty without being too conspicuous, and can easily be dressed up and revamped into a totally new look, whether you’re rocking it as a skirt with a pretty blouse, as a halter or strapless dress with a pair of platform espadrilles, or even over a swimsuit at the beach or poolside. With so many different ways to wear it and dress it up or down, a convertible skirt/dress like this one can easily become your summer 2011 style staple!
– Alex Gambardella
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