{dress: akris punto via gilt (similar); shoes: aldo; necklace: c/0 sorrelli; handbag: cole haan; bracelets: top shop & gilt}

I snapped these pictures in our new apartment before heading to work yesterday morning.  The beautiful view of the city gives me a renewed energy and passion.  But, more on the apartment later…

I love shirt dresses because they are so easy to throw on, but you still look and feel sharp.  The little extra coverage the sleeves provide make the outfit feel complete for a day in the office, no need to layer over a blazer or cardigan.

Of course, I think accessories are the best part of the outfit so I played up the purple with colorful jewelry and my yellow work tote.  Accessorizing is another great way to test the color-block trend.  Pair your solid color dress with another bold color shoe and an even different color handbag to change up the feel of your dresses this summer.  (I can’t wait to wear this dress with my new green shoes!)