Well, it’s officially September, readers, which means that sweaters, pumpkins, and scarves aren’t too far off. However, I’m taking in however many days we have left of summer (even the humid days that I complain about), and am enjoying the sun in my favorite rainbow bright summer plaid sundress.
Speaking of bright rainbows, one time I dressed up like Rainbow Brite for Halloween when I was about 4 years old. That costume was super sweet; my mom has some awesome sewing skills and made me the coolest poofy rainbow outfit. For those of you that aren’t familiar, Rainbow Brite was a cartoon character in the 80s and she rode a unicorn (see below picture). I mean, it doesn’t get any cooler, in my book.
While I may not have a unicorn (sigh), or a super sweet Rainbow Brite costume anymore (double sigh), I’m still paying my respects to the coolest rainbow unicorn-riding blonde around in my all grown-up rainbow plaid dress; this is my ode to Rainbow Brite. You go, Rainbow.
Dress: Lux at Urban Outfitters ($20 marked down from approx $100)
Shoes: thrifted ($8, unclear retail price)
Necklace: Urban Outfitters (…years ago, maybe $18?)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) As many of you mentioned, based on my last post, these blue shoes would look awesome with shoe clips. If you missed the last post, check them out! I’m officially on the hunt for vintage brooches or vintage clip-on earrings! I also thought about using wire cutters and cutting off the post of a “post” earring and using non-clip-on earrings as shoe clips. Don’t forget about Pinterest for more shoe clip inspiration! The shoe clips I’ve seen online thus far are about $20 a pair, but I’m pretty sure you could make a pair for under $5 if you have a glue gun. Go, DIY!
2) This is clearly a weekend look (especially with back cut-out on the dress). But, I’ve also worn it at work with a blazer. Here’s how I last styled this dress for work:
This is one dress that I actually haven’t styled for winter…so I’ll need to give that a try this winter and see how it goes!
Anyone else thinking about busting out their old wedding or bridesmaid shoes? I hope everyone had a great weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by!
45 replies to “mad for summer plaid (aka ode to rainbow brite)”
I love it! Using shoes clips would definitely be an advantage, you can take them off whenever you like or you can change them for a new look! Xx
What a gorgeous dress! It goes perfectly with those beautiful heels!
what a fabulous dress!!! great find!
I LOVE that dress! Such an amazing print! You look great!
Well, even though your outfit is so colorfu and bold, I think its still effortless. 🙂
Such a cute post! Lovin’ the rainbow theme!
LOVE the plaid pattern on your dress!!! It’s a great transition to fall.
Gorgeous dress! Absolutely stunning. Love the blue shoes too. Summer isn’t over yet!
I understand what you mean! I love the Fall, but these last days I am enjoying even the humid days. Anyway, it is a cute Summer dress! Enjoy wearing it while you can, it is what I am doing! Have a wonderful week! xoxo
Same here! Thanks, you too!! XO
OH, Darlin’, that outfit is Sooooooooo cute! And those shoes. Melissa, you are making me drool again. First the HOT PINK pumps not the blue. You are making me nutso, wishing I could walk in heels again. You are just so beautiful, my friend. Love, Amy
OOPS I should have proof-read my reply ….. NOW instead of NOT in front of “the blue” … smile ….
:)!! I’ll bust out some of my favorite flats again soon!! Thanks so much Amy, for all of your support and kind comments~~!! xo
You are SO welcome, Melissa. You and your shoes are driving me bonkers. *sigh* OH to be able to wear heels. (((HUGS))) Amy
You look stunning. Love the back detailing of the dress and those shoes– just love them.
LOVE this plaid dress and those vintage heels are so sleek – amazing!! I have a similar vintage plaid dress that I like to think of as my “picnic dress,” mostly because it reminds me of a picnic blanket haha! These kind of dresses make me happy 🙂
Ha! Yes, totally a picnic dress!!
Rainbow Brite is so cute!! And so are you in this dress!! x
Very cool outfit!
OMG! so FAB! and your shoes is to die for. 😀
April of: http://beybiapril.wordpress.com
U beauty! love the dress and those shoes are great! 🙂
What a colorful dress and electric blue pumps !
Gorgeous, as always! 😍
I just got so incredibly excited when I saw this dress, the colors and print… gaaaah amazing! Loving your hair like this too!
Thanks!! I’m growing it out :)!!
i loved Rainbow Brite too when i was a kid! 😀
also: your dress is just awesome! i waaaant!
YAY! I love that other people remember her ;)!!
Supppper cute! Haha loving the Rainbow Brite reference. Loving those shoes, shoes clips now thaw a neat idea!
*That’s* haha my fingers get ahead of my brain sometimes (aka often)
She was the coolest, right!?! xo
That lovely dress goes perfectly with these fresh heels ! Gorgeous look, as always !
I just thrifted this dress this summer! The bodice is a little too small for me, so I’m going to make it into a skirt. Looks great!
WHOA! Too cool!!!! I bet it looks great~! Share a pic!
I love the vintage style of the dress. Only you could pull off rainbow checks that chicly! Blue shoes were a nice punch of color and more fun than just a neutral 🙂 Definitely, definitely gonna try out shoe clip diy’s as soon as my feet aren’t swollen and I can wear my cute pumps again. Hope you had a great weekend!
Aww I hope you can wear them soon 🙂 I’m still working on my DIYs, but it’s officially on my list~!
WAY cute dress! Perfect for summer (which I am gearing up for down here!).
I totally want to see photos of that costume now, btw. 😉
Idealism never goes out of fashion
I’ll try and dig it up~!!
Great pictures and a wonderful outfit! I love the picture of you sitting on the chair with the sun ray glistening in the background, so ethereal and beautiful! 🙂 – Lena
Absolutely gorgeous!! I love your dress, so fun!
Thanks so much, readers, for the Rainbow Brite love!! XOXO
Love the dress looking forward to seeing how you style it for winter 🙂
Nice Dress love ! Looks great on you xoxo
Rhaya @ http://www.thelifeofrhy.com
Eeek! I loved rainbow brite too! Love this dress, so fun and perfect for summer. You’re making me miss summer already 😦
Those are some fab heels you thrifted. Nice score!
This print is to die for!