OK, so we gave you the skinny on leather the other day and its prevalence through the fall runways. Although we're not going hard core with leather here (like was seen by many of the designers) we decided to go more Zara-ish and give you the contrast of hard and soft. We must admit that this dress has been sitting in our "stage clothes" closet for years. It definitely needed to be resurrected since it's such a fun dress to wear - feeling so flowy and warm weather-ish. But it's very tempting for many of us to pair something like this with a cardigan or even by itself (which is totally fine when you want a more formal look), but it goes back to what we were talking about on the Valentino post. Those things would make this look feel pretty dressy (I mean, c'mon, we did initially buy this dress for stage). So here we've shown you kinda how to take a dressy look down to a casual one... it's all in what you pair it with. For instance we wore this out one weekday night to a tulip festival in spring and felt totally comfortable. So the moral is, if you live by the ocean or at a high altitude right now, or come late summer when the night air starts to chill, why not pull on a more casual jacket over your dressier dresses?