All of a sudden, it’s summer. You turn your back on the weather for one second, you turn back around, and it’s singing an entirely different tune than the one it sang into your ear a moment before. Like being the unfortunate babysitter of a bug-eyed, tricksy little lapdog that wags its tail while you pet it and then defecates on the carpet the moment you leave the room, so we descend from autumn to winter; like sending the dog back to the home where it belongs, so we shed the accumulated refuse of the days of darkness and launch eagerly through spring towards the full light of summer, where the burning midday sun permits no shadows and the blessed heat scorches all vestiges of thickly caked-on grime from the earth. Too romantic? Nah. We love summer, we love dressing for it (read: undressing), and we LOVE red.
The Minny dress is an exquisite addition to our summer collection. As sweet as strawberry shortcake and as streamlined as a cherry ice pop, it gracefully walks the narrow and exclusive path between too much and too little. In a durable ponte knit, this one is not one of the flimsy, ubiquitous summer dresses that need to be replaced as often as they need to be tugged, adjusted, and ironed. It’s a classic, knockout, Jessica Rabbit sheath with a serious peplum that injects an almost lethal dose of playfulness into an otherwise gorgeous but very standard number.
With a dress that pops this loudly, forgo the lipstick in favor of something a little lighter: Smith’s Rosebud Salve has been an American beauty staple since 1892. That should be enough said, but here: it’s light, non-greasy, and incredibly emollient, it smells faintly of rose petals, it goes on glossy but not your-hair-will-get-stuck-to-it glossy, and aside from pampering your pout it can also be used as a salve for dry, cracked skin and minor burns.
When it’s hot out, less is more. Less clothing, less (or no) makeup, and less jewelry. Keep it simple with a small, elegant cow skull pendant, a classic tiny totem that symbolizes the impermanence of life. Or what happens to an animal if it perishes in the desert. Or what a tough cowboy you are. Or how much you like barbecue. You know what? YOU pick what it symbolizes.
Barring a few select occasions and events– a vintage car show, a very hot date, your evil stepmother’s funeral– heels should probably not be paired with the Minny dress. Doing so might land you somewhere between trying too hard and trying to make bail after you have to literally beat people away with a stick. Summer is for walking, strolling biking, beaching. Summer is for flats. And this summer, with this dress, summer is for the most sweetly embroidered, most Audrey Hepburn-ish flats in the western hemisphere. With strawberries, cherries, silver bells, cockleshells, and candy stripes peeping from the toe, you’ll do well to plant Amy’s Flowers in a prominent row of your wardrobe. Slip them on, step out, and one foot after the other, keep walking the straight and narrow on your golden tightrope in the sunny June sky.