Dress: Karen Millen, Shoes: Coach (old), Bangles: J.Crew

This is my favorite dress. I’ve never been a dark color kind of gal and so i’ve never owned a little black dress. Every time I have an occasion to shop for I find myself drawn to vibrant, bright colors, this dress is clearly no exception. Originally purchased for my college graduation, I am drawn to it every time a formal event comes around. Paired with either nude strappy sandals for Summer and Spring, or darker patterns for Fall and Winter, this dress has never let me down.

The peter pan collar and impecable seaming throughout or only an added bonus, and a testament to the true workmanship of a more expensive garment. Karen Millen is also one of my favorite pearshape-friendly brands. All of her dresses are roomier in the hips and fit me perfectly.

What brands do you shop for formal dresses?