Outfit of the Week: A Summer Dress and Flats

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Photo: David Urbanke

How many of your funny stories begin with a hot summer night? Probably plenty. There’s something about heading out into the hazy sunset with no real plans except to do something that winds up being incredibly silly in hindsight. You’re wearing next to nothing — though it’s a very carefully thought-out skimpy outfit. Maybe it’s the Game of Thrones route in the form of Missandei’s freedom crop tops or Daenerys’s array of going-out tops. Or maybe your game plan is simply something short enough to ward off the sweat.

If you’re leaning toward the latter, consider a bright off-the-shoulder dress that definitely fails the fingertip test, like this Sonia Rykiel style. Skip the high heels in favor of evening-appropriate flats — you’ll be thanking yourself at 3 a.m. when you’re the only girl not hobbling home in bare feet.

i. DRESS: Sonia Rykiel ruffled satin mini dress, $920, Net-a-Porter; for a similar look, try MISA Los Angeles off-the-shoulder gathered dress, $195, Saks Fifth Avenue

ii. SHOES: Dior crackled patent and tejus printed caflskin ballet flats, $1,060, Dior locations; for a similar look try Giorgio Armani ballet flats, $450, Yoox or Zara golden heel leather shoes, $89.90, Zara

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Photo: David Urbanke