Essence of Style: Prints

While I not-so-silently wept through the aisles of Target when I overslept the day Lilly Pulitzer for Target launched (aka: The worst day of my life), I had no idea that things would be much better a week or two later when I popped into my other favorite affordable fashion giant, Kohl’s, and discovered Milly by Michelle Smith’s much anticipated line for DesigNation was in stores.

Kohl’s collaborations have certainly come a long way since Vera Wang became the first designer to launch an accessibly-priced line in the store, and since launching in 2012 the DesigNation collabs are recently better than ever, with Derek Lam, Catherine Malandrino and Elie Tahari all launching capsule collections for the line.

And Milly is the latest. I’ve been a Milly fan for so many years and have collected, worn, thrifted, sold, and purchased new again so many times that I haven’t had a new piece circulated in my closet for awhile. With my impending move to Baltimore, I was being budget conscientious, which was fine, because the pieces were classic Milly with an amazing price tag, plus Kohl’s offers cardholders amazing deals, and while they aren’t paying me to write this: You should get a Kohl’s credit card. Seriously. I’ve gotten clothes there for free because the deals are so good.

Anyway, back to Milly. #MillyForKohls, inspired by the island of Capri, (yes, take me back to the Mediterranean now!) most of the collection features my favorite color combo, blue and white, with eye-catching prints and simplicity. And if you have a mini-me (daughter) the collection offers several mini-versions, so you can be #twinning with your little one. I purchased several pieces to take to Baltimore, and wore my first must-have over the weekend.

Not my best fashion-photo effort, but I forgot my tripod and my camera in Massachusetts, so iPhone pictures for now. (Sorry!)

I loved this dress so much (and got so many compliments on it!) I’m thinking about purchasing the other pattern it comes in as well. You can never have too much of a good thing!


Dress: Milly for DesigNation, Necklace: Francesca's Collections, Shoes: Mossimo, Bag: Kate Spade

Dress: Milly for DesigNation, Necklace: Francesca’s Collections (similar), Shoes: Mossimo Esme braided sandal in cognac, Bag: Kate Spade Celina Bow Crossbody (similar listed on ebay)






More of my favorites from the collection:

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