Little White Dress

white lace dress, cognac booties

gold bracelet from sweet and spark

I know what you’re thinking. There is no way she could ride a Citi bike in that dress. But au contraire! For while I have not yet taken advantage of New York City’s latest and greatest public transportation method (I refuse to take on any other New York things until we’re moved into that effing apartment), I would bet at least ten dollars that I could ride a Citi bike in this dress. Because I used to ride a beach-style cruiser very similar to the Citi bikes during college, while wearing dresses and skirts — yes, even those awful flouncy ones that were so popular in the early aughts — without ever revealing anything (well, at least not to my knowledge).  Get more after the jump!  

I bought this dress last summer when I saw it on sale at Banana Republic and was desperately seeking rehearsal dinner dress options. As it happened, I decided white lace two nights in a row was boring, so I wore something else completely, but it worked out — this dress became my go to on our subsequent Mexican getaway, and has been a staple when I want something easy and comfortable, but can be dressed up or down. I mentioned previously how we have been living from reduced wardrobes that we’d packed for an anticipated two weeks back in mid-May, and part of that reduced wardrobe includes absolutely zero belts for me (I considered packing one or two when we were closing up shop at our SF apartment, and then thought to myself, “No, I’ll be good and pack lighter and do without a belt. It’s only two weeks!” Let this be a lesson that the voice in your head that tells you to overpack is always 100% right). So I stole this belt from Joe, who thought I was crazy, and made it work. It’s uptown polish meets downtown and slightly southern cowgirl accessorizing. With maybe a hint of hippie thrown in, due to the hibiscus tea. Yep, that about sums me up.

little white dress

green bib necklace from bauble bar

white lace dress


Dress: Banana Republic (old, similar here and on sale, or here) | Booties: Elizabeth and James |
Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim | Necklace: Bauble Bar (sold out, similar here)
Ring: Bauble Bar | Bracelet: Sweet and Spark | Sunnies: Prada

{Image Credits: Lydia Hudgens}

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  1. 7.10.13
    Kimberly said:

    LOVE the dress and the pairing here with the booties – great idea to borrow your man’s belt! :)

  2. 7.10.13
    Rachelle said:

    you look gorgeous that dress is such a great find. Most of all I’m in love with your booties.

  3. 7.10.13

    I love the way you styled this! The green is awesome.

  4. 7.10.13

    Love the belt, great improvising!

  5. 7.10.13
    Abby said:

    Such a cute yet totally work appropriate outfit!

  6. 7.10.13

    LOVE Citibike and I feel so much better that you have taken it in a dress too! I look forward to riding before or after work, it makes me feel like a kid again. Now if my password code would work each time!

  7. 7.10.13
    Ailee said:

    Too cute! I also like the belt borrowing – it looks perfect. Houston just started a bike sharing initiative too, which is a great idea (if you can stand the summer heat).

  8. 7.10.13
    Lindsey said:

    This look is perfect for summer! I love how you dressed the look down for a casual look.

  9. 7.10.13
    Shira said:

    You definitely made that belt work! Genuis!:) When you ride the bike in that dress,aren’t you showing your underwear off to the world? I ask because I pretty much only wear dresses and skirts and have been debating those bikes…

    • 7.10.13
      vmacandcheese said:

      Like I said, I haven’t tried Citi bikes yet…but I had a cruiser just like them in college and no, I never did. The key is to never bring your knees past a certain level, then nothing ever shows. It only works on bikes like this, when you can bike upright.

  10. 7.10.13
    Tanvi said:

    Super cute outfit. Love the dress.

  11. 7.10.13
    Alyssa said:

    You look SO fab, Victoria! I love your LWD, and those booties are shooting right to the top of my “must buy” list.

  12. 7.10.13

    You definitely made that belt work! I’m always stealing my husbands things to incorporate into outfits and he never understands it haha

  13. 7.10.13
    Elizabeth said:

    Love those booties! Elizabeth and James makes the best shoes.

    Elizabeth of The Corner Apartment

  14. 7.10.13
    Peyton said:

    Cute little dress!!


  15. 7.10.13
    Kayla said:

    How cute are you?! LOVE those boots!!


  16. 7.10.13
    kelsey said:

    so cute! love that dress
    kw ladies in navy

  17. 7.10.13
    Meg said:

    LOVE this combo!
    Your necklace is amazing.

  18. 7.10.13
    Dana said:

    Great combo! The belt works really well :)

  19. 7.10.13
    whitney said:

    this is the perfect LWD! love how you wore it with the booties. I keep reading/seeing about the Citi bikes…are they everywhere? or just certain random streets? i haven’t been to ny in too long!

    • 7.10.13
      vmacandcheese said:

      Kind of…both? It’s strategically random, but it also feels like they’re everywhere. You see people on them everywhere, for sure! The program just launched in June.

  20. 7.10.13
    meghan said:

    so cute and I love the styling with it you did, v!

  21. 7.10.13

    please stop it with your cuteness.

  22. 7.10.13
    chelsie said:

    those-booties! drool.

  23. 7.10.13
    Kendra said:

    Ok love the look, the white dress, the bag. But the stand out piece for me….that necklace! Dynamite! Kx

  24. 7.10.13
    Noor said:

    Oh I am loving those shoes you have on.

  25. 7.10.13
    rox said:

    loving those shoes girl.

  26. 7.10.13

    Hey V! Loving the whole ensemble! You look darling! So chic. :)

  27. 7.10.13
    Kristina said:

    Your dress is adorable, way to make it work! Bikes like that have been popping up all over the place, they recently showed up in Chicago and I saw some during a trip to Madison last weekend. Haven’t rented one yet but I definitely will soon!

    Kristina does the Internets

  28. 7.10.13
    Alexa said:

    Gorgeous Little White Dress and hooray for riding a bike while wearing it!

  29. 7.10.13
    Catherine said:

    Love that necklace with the dress!


  30. 7.10.13
    Larkin said:

    Love that bracelet – gold, square – in contrast to the round green beads of your beautiful bold necklace. It’s so fun to see Spark in the world!

  31. 7.10.13
    Chiara said:

    Ahah, love the belt! It’s actually very cute with the dress and boots.

  32. 7.11.13
    Vashnie said:

    Wow! You totally rock this entire outfitt. I will definitely try to re-create in in our South African summer.
    PS. I totally love your blog :)

  33. 7.11.13

    You look fabulous! Is that the I-am-almost-in-my-apartment glow? ;)

  34. 7.15.13
    Lana said:

    Love your outfit! Stunning bag too.

  35. 7.15.13

    I really love your fashion posts! You look so happy in NYC! I mostly love that you borrowed that belt from your hubs. My guy and I just bought matching belts, sounds weird but we were in Italy….and you probably had to be there. Anyway, we bought the same size! I was kind of horrified, but I wanted one big enough to wear low on my hips (which are pretty curvy) and my dude is VERY fit. So we have the same exact belt in the same exact size. UGH. Before you know it we will be wearing matching airbrushed T-Shirts to the amusement park.