Dressing for outdoor events is a challenge. There are so many scenarios to consider — heat, wind, rain, potential tan lines, hours of standing. And finding an outfit that can transition into clubwear later in the night is almost impossible. But Molly Ralston, a waitress at Sickies Garage in Fargo, pulls it off, balancing a vivid tangerine dress and bold accessories with natural hair and melt-proof make-up. (Some friendly guys we met in the parking lot insisted that the matching bike would be the ultimate accessory and pointed us in the right direction. It was awfully pretty – and an exact match! Who knew bikers had such an eye for color?)
Want to try Molly’s look? Start with a sundress with a simple silhouette, like Molly’s super affordable belted number (only $17!) from JCPenney. Just click here to get your own!
Add drama and movement with accessories that won’t compete with a ruffled neckline, like these swingy feather earrings and sunglasses from Charlotte Russe…
…and a chunky cocktail ring from 3 Chicks Boutique, a local shop inside Baker Garden & Gift in Fargo.
Finish with nude platforms – like these cute Steve Maddens from Herberger’s, Molly’s favorite shoe spot – to make your legs look a mile long. Normally I’d recommend strappy sandals, but Molly was totally right to show off her tattoo. (It’s by Justin Zaun from Independent Ink in Fargo, if you’re curious. Sadly, their website is broken at the moment, or I’d send you all there to ogle pretty pictures immediately.)
What’s your go-to outdoor event outfit?