Dream Collection: Inspired By My Swimwear


Dream Collection Inspired By My Swimwear Inspiration One Dream Collection Inspired By My Swimwear Inspiration Two

About two years ago, I found this adorable swimsuit at JCPenney in the clearance section. I still can’t understand why it was marked down since it was way cuter than what they had in the full price section, but I digress. After going through some laundry today, I took a look at this swimsuit and it struck me how much I loved the combination of the pink and white polka dots and the navy and white stripes. So I decided to sit down and sketch some clothing that not only incorporated the combination of these two prints, but the detailing of the ruffles and the bow. Here’s what I came up with:

Dream Collection Inspired By My Swimwear Outfit One

1. Stretch Knit Maxi Dress

I love the idea of a maxi dress in these prints, this is actually one of two I sketched. I imagine wearing this on a breezy summer day with a pair of sandals.

Dream Collection Inspired By My Swimwear Outfit Two

2. Separates # 1, Cotton Top, Pencil Skirt, And Circle Skirt

I love the choice that having seperates offer. Do I feel like rocking a pencil skirt? Something a little shorter and spunky? For this outfit I wanted to present a choice of bottoms. The pieces here would also match the ones in the next batch of separates I sketched, but here I imagined wearing a cute button-down top with ruffles, and picking a pencil skirt or circle skirt to complete the look.


Dream Collection Inspired By My Swimwear Outfit Three

3. Scoopneck Dress With Peter Pan Collar and Empire Waist

For this dress I’m not quite sure if I prefer it in a stretch knit or a woven fabric. But I’m a sucker for a peter pan collar, and an empire waist. So here’s the marriage of two of my favorite things! I think this dress is casual enough to be worn during the day with a pair of flats, and dressy enough to look great with a pair of heels in the evening.

Dream Collection Inspired By My Swimwear Outfit Four

4. Stretch Knit Maxi Dress With Ruffle and Bow Detail

Maxi dress number two! Like the swimsuit top, this dress has a ruffle along the bust, but unlike the swimsuit top, the bow is a bit further down. I like the idea of breaking up the maxi with the stripes along the hem.

Dream Collection Inspired By My Swimwear Outfit Five Dream Collection Inspired By My Swimwear Outfit Six

5. Separates # 2, Cardigan, Sleeveless Top With Bib Yoke, Sweater With Ruffle Hem and Peter Pan Collar, and Leggings

My other batch of separates, I focused on tops since I had already sketched two bottoms. Instead of a skirt, I decided a pair of leggings would be great for going casual. For a cold day, I sketched a pretty little pink cardigan (which could pair up with any of the seperates, or one of the dresses) and a blue sweater. I couldn’t resist adding another peter pan collar. They’re just so cute! And the ruffles on the hem of the sweater gives it a feminine feel. Something else I adore is a bib yoke, so I added it to an otherwise simple sleeveless top.

Dream Collection Inspired By My Swimwear Outfit Seven

6. Cotton Skater Dress With V-Neck With Ruffle Hem

My last outfit is a v-neck skater dress with a ruffle along the bottom hem. This is the most casual of the outfits I sketched, but I think the cardigan would dress it right up. I imagine wearing a pair of sneakers with this dress, and going out for a casual lunch with friends.

I decided to tone down the pink in these outfits for a more feminine feel. I love how the soft pink blends with the navy blue. I’m really excited to start on this collection, and once it’s complete, I’ll post about how it turned out!


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