If you’ve been reading for awhile, you know I’ve been a fan of my Shoreline Converse for well over a year now. But the papyrus color I originally purchased sold out almost immediately and was never restocked. And I know that many of you, like me, were scared to get the white ones. But when Nordstrom asked me if I would talk about their selection of spring and summer shoes, I finally quit stalling and ordered the bright white ones for spring and summer. And let me tell ya, they’re good. Really good.
So I got the shoes, and I immediately started scheming an outfit. I mean, I knew I would wear them like crazy with jeans and shorts, but I also loved the looks I’d been seeing all over Pinterest where the Converse were paired with dresses. I’d never done it before, but I always loved it when I saw others doing it! See my Pinterest board HERE for inspiration, and I promise you’ll want to pair Converse with a dress as well.
Sooooooooo……I had tried on THIS dress at Nordstrom several weeks ago, and I wanted to love it, but but the regular x-small was too fitted for a casual dress, and the regular small was too long and just baggy all over. I remembered the dress when I ordered the shoes, so I looked it up to see if they carried it online in petite, AND THEY DID! WooHoo! I threw it in my cart in a petite small and hoped for the best. AND Y’ALL. DRESS PERFECTION.
When I put the entire outfit together, I felt like I was able to totally pull off the dress and sneakers combo! #sportyspice
It just worked!
Side note: since my legs are showing, I thought I would let you know that I’m using AND LOVING the tan towels. My sister told me about them years ago (she used to work at Nordstrom) and I remember using them then and really liking them! But then, for some reason (probably because they were cheaper), I tried several different lotions…but I never liked the results as much. So now, after seeing Shay talk about them as well, I’m back to using the towels. The color develops slowly over about a 4-5 hour period, and it’s very natural looking! I apply the color by wiping the towel in a circular motion over my entire body (usually right when I get out of the shower). When I’m done using a towel, I put it in a plastic baggie to keep the moisture in, and if I notice that I’ve missed a spot, I just go back and correct it with the same towel at a later time!
Back to the outfit. This outfit made me happy. Really happy, apparently (see pic below). Ha! Another side note: Chris told me I looked a little bit crazy in this picture, and he thought I probably shouldn’t post it. #whatever #thedressandshoesmakemehappy #yourenotthebossofme 😉
For those of you that aren’t familiar with Shoreline Converse. Let me tell you why I like them so much more than my regular Converse. First, they are gathered across the back (which makes them comfy and easy to get on and off – you just slip them on and off like you would a flat!). Second, you don’t have to tie them! As you can see in the picture below, the laces are perfect just as they are! Finally, they don’t make your feet look as big as I think regular Converse make them look.
Oh. And one final reason, which is a very important reason. They’re cool. 😉
Sizing on Shoreline Converse is a bit different than sizing on regular lace up Converse. People suggest to go down a whole size in regular Converse, which I found to be true. When I bought the papyrus color Shoreline, I bought my regular size at the advice of the salesperson. However, in these white ones, I found that I had to size down a 1/2 size. The website officially says they are true to size, but there are several reviewers (and several readers of mine who commented on Friday’s post) who said they had to size down a 1/2 size as well. Click HERE for the shoes.
When I got my first pair, I went with the papyrus (a really dark khaki color) because I felt like the color was more year-round…..and because I felt like they wouldn’t show dirt very much. And I did (and do!) love them. But when I would put them on with my spring and summer outfits, the color seemed to pull the outfits down. I knew white would look great, and after hearing how easy they are to clean with a magic eraser, I decided to give them a whirl.
So it’s been established that the shoes are awesome. Now let’s talk about THE DRESS. Like I said earlier, it’s pretty much dress perfection. Again, I’m wearing a Petite Small (and I’m almost 5’4″). The online reviews are fantastic. The only one that isn’t good is actually reviewing the grey dress saying the material isn’t nearly as soft as this striped one. I received this dress on Wednesday, I met Cassie for lunch on Friday and she took these pictures…..and even though I haven’t owned the dress long at all, I’m still tempted to name it a MUST HAVE. Yeah, it’s that good. If it proves itself, the official label will come later, so stay tuned for that! (If you are new around these parts, hop over HERE to check out my other MUST HAVE items!)
The material is super soft, yet still manages to be substantial. And it’s not see through at all, so you wouldn’t even need to consider a slip. The dress is definitely thicker than a normal t-shirt, but it’s not stiff, it’s stretchy and comfy! It is a great casual dress to just throw on, but still look completely put together. And it has pockets. COME ON! POCKETS!
More Specific Sizing Information: I like my dresses short, but if you prefer a longer length and/or are 5’5″ or over, I would suggest getting the regular (not petite sizing). I’m usually a regular small, but I often buy petites in dresses and got a petite small in this one. The regular small was WAY to big on me, but the regular x-small was too fitted.
And stripes get me just about every single dang time.
And navy stripes? Well. I love them.
Get The Entire Look For Yourself Here:
You know what else these Converse would look good with? The racerback tank maxi I talked about a couple of weeks ago! They would also be cute with something like THIS plaid boyfriend shirt dress. And just one more shot of my shoes. Because they deserve a proper close up.
If you bought the the $34 dress from last month, try it with Converse! Click HERE if you want to see what other readers had to say about the dress on facebook (and to see a pic of me in the striped dress with a denim jacket and turquoise necklace!). At almost 5’4″, the small fits me best. Click HERE if you want to see the post where I style the black dress 4 different ways!
And since this is a Nordstrom spring and summer shoe post, the shoes below are all shoes that I personally own AND LOVE from Nordstrom. I’ve added them to my closet over the last 2 years or so, and they are all still available! I ONLY wear shoes if they are very comfy, so rest assured that all of them are. And look, the cork wedges are on SERIOUS SALE! One more thing, although I don’t personally own THESE neutral suede wedges (that just slip on!), I adore them and think many of you will as well.
Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post and to Cassie for grabbing the pics! See you girls back here on Wednesday!