Monday, May 5, 2008

Change Of A Dress

Who says your crazy jam-packed calendar is only Monday through Friday? Last Saturday you squeezed in a surf in the morning, shopped for and showed up at a baby luau in the afternoon, then headed straight out to meet friends for dinner.

Sandy shorts on the couch fit right in with the kids at the afternoon party. But that bikini-top-as-bra at dinner wasn’t your classiest moment. The entire day was a wardrobe malfunction.

Dressing for the occasion – or all three – is a lot simpler with dresses that go with both slippers and strappy sandals from local designer Roberta Oaks.

www.leichic.comNot long ago Oaks was selling vintage dresses she altered and embellished from a tent at craft fairs and North Shore surf meets. But her designs have evolved into simple and feminine original dresses now stocked in sophisticated boutiques. Many are made from bamboo and organic cotton fabric and all of them are sewn right here on O‘ahu.

And her new spring collection – in stores now – runs the gamut from flirty cocktail frocks to simple slip styles that look as appropriate at the beach as they do dressed up.

Now that’s dressing for success.

Available in boutiques statewide. For a list of stores, or to buy online, visit


Posted on Monday, May 5, 2008 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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