The second I saw this festive linen off-the-shoulder dress from LOFT, I knew it was MADE for the islands! The material, the colors, and the ruffled neckline just beg for a breezy, beachy outdoor soiree. And the style is super flattering – perfect for showing off a little suntan! Being linen, this dress packs well because it’s lightweight and still looks fine when it gets a little wrinkled in a suitcase.
The villa we stayed in on our trip to the Virgin Islands had the most incredible outdoor living spaces. From reading nooks and dining areas, to little corners for sitting and catching up around the expansive pool deck, the place was designed for entertaining in the salty air. Instead of eating out, we cooked dinner at the villa every single night of our trip and ate in the beautiful outdoor dining room. We figured there wasn’t a single restaurant on the island with a better view! Surrounded by hot pink bougainvillea and towering palms, we looked north out over the Leeward Passage and the uninhabited island of Hans Lollik, as the sun set in the west. With the sound of waves crashing on the rocks below us and the warm winds blowing in off the ocean, it was the coziest, most perfect table in the world! We laughed and lingered over our dinners of freshly-caught grilled fish and yellow rice, and sipped on homemade margaritas until well after a blanket of a million stars hung in the sky, tucking the islands in for the night.
This dress was the perfect choice for a night of cocktails, dinner, and dancing outside in the summer air, and it kept me cool for the most part; however, by the end of the night, I was feeling a little overheated. I felt like the dress was a bit too heavy up top, with the extra fabric from the ruffle. I think, though, that if I had spent a little more time inside in the AC, I would have been just fine… but after hours in the humid, tropical climate of the Caribbean, I was ready to slip into something a little cooler. Other than that, it is hands-down my favorite new dress and will definitely be worn on repeat this summer!
Unfortunately, this dress is currently sold out online, but there is a pant version here. LOFT also has another super cute off the shoulder style here, but I’d check your local store to see if they have of the striped linen dresses any in stock.