This feels like something Kimmy would wear once she grows out of her “seventh-grader in the ’90s” styles:
Then again, practically everything Ellie Kemper wears looks like something Kimmy might. She’s got the same girly, brightly colored vibe to her style. But this is clearly more sophisticated than the Trapper-Keeper aesthetic of Kimmy Schmidt. We really love the play of the bright flowers against the black. It’s dramatic and it works really well with her own coloring. The only part that bugs a little is the shape of the skirt. It’s just too full and stiff for our tastes. Instead of looking fresh, like the bodice does, it tends to make the dress look dated or vintage. Ellie, like Kimmy, is someone who needs freshness in her style, but she also needs a little modernity to keep her from lapsing into retro cosplay. Slim down and hem that skirt. After that, this would be perfect.
Reem Acra Black Floral Embellished Sleeveless Dress from the Resort 2017 Collection
[Photo Credit: JOHN NACION/startraksphoto.com, Courtesy of Reem Acra]