How to: Climb a Tree in a Dress (and make sneakers work for you)

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The ease with which I could once climb a tree has officially got me stumped (pun intended). While trying to get some interesting pictures, it seemed like a good idea until I was half way to where I planned to perch. This is a how to go about climbing a tree in a dress: don’t be afraid of heights at all, because you have to climb it standing (no inch worm crawls). I was only about 8 feet from the ground and had a freak out. I guess I will never to go the top of the Eiffel tower.

Let’s talk about the dress though and the fact that in half the pictures I’m wearing it with sneakers. This has been one of the trends this summer that I have had a struggle with. For functionality, I love that sneakers are making an appearance in street style, but aesthetically I’ve had objections. When I look down at my feet wearing sneakers with a dress I have flashes to middle school uniform jumpers with runners on PE day. Not cute.

That being said, I wanted to give it a shot and I am SO glad that I did. After having the look photographed, I sort of fell in love with it. I think, like in most fashion situations, you have to be confident in what you wear; take a selfie in the mirror if you don’t trust what your eyes are seeing. It may persuade you and give you just the self affirmation you need!

This dress also happens to be one of my summer favorites. I will reveal a little trick of mine: order petite. I’m 5’6″ which is technically not “petite”, but I find that maxi-dresses run long and drag. Now that the mini to maxi lengths are all considered acceptable and fashionable, pick the length based on what you like best! Just be careful when taking body type into consideration!

This dress isn’t on sale yet, but it’s sister color is as are the sneakers!!!

1. My dress

2. The same dress, different color

3. Sneaks

4. Necklace

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My go-to photographer and great friend, Minh of Instant de Vie Photography asked me a few questions. After you learn a little about dressing for a photo shoot with multiple subjects, head over to Minh’s website and look through her work! It’s beautiful and inspired!

Q: What inspires you?

A: I’m inspired by people that have unique personal style. That may be a little bit confusing, or backwards, but I think people can get lost in what everyone else is doing. It’s always refreshing to me to see people that like what they like aesthetically and are unapologetic about it. It inspires me to wear what I like – even if it’s not be the popular choice. I am also inspired a lot by European style. I think that, generally speaking,the fashion is practical, yet effortlessly chic.

Q: What’s a trend you love?

A: I am pretty obsessed with the monochromatic trend. I think simplicity is underrated and one color is the definition of simple. Keep in mind when executing this trend that it’s perfectly acceptable if the hues don’t match exactly.

Q: What’s a trend you can not stand?

A: This is a tough one for me, because I can honestly say that I appreciate all sorts of different styles, but personally, very bright prints scare me.

Q: How much time do you spend styling an outfit?

A: I have loved style and fashion for so long that it’s become part of my routine that I don’t think about. I lay in bed a lot at night and think about different items in my closet and how they could be styled to create an entirely different look than I originally intended. Some days, I put on what I imagined and am ready to go, others I stand in a pile of clothing in my closet and freak out because I have “nothing to wear”!

Q: What would you suggest a family wear for a photo shoot?

A: The biggest tip I can give for a family photo shoot is to not be too matchy-matchy. Finding a cohesive color palate and mixing patterns in a smart way can be dynamic and create a really beautiful canvas for your photographer. Use the same rules of mixing patterns as if they were on one body. Another point is to not buy items specifically for that photo shoot. It will be a more memorable photograph if your little girl is wearing a dress that she always begs to wear around the house; if it happens to be a pink dress think about all of the creative, coordinating color possibilities!

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