Sometimes my clothing purchases are very thoughtfully considered, practical choices. But in the case of this Mara Hoffman dress, it went more like this: love-at-first-sight moment on Shopbop.com, followed by a pouty-lip holdout, then a gleeful grab when I found THE DRESS at Bop’s summer sale on Friday. The pattern reminds me of a kaleidoscope, and the colors scream summer. And the lattice waist? I never thought I could pull that off, but I LOVE it. Just a peek of skin, balanced by a full, long skirt, and I’m ready to twirl. I had to put the dress on at home immediately, and I can’t wait to alternate it with heels and flat sandals for the rest of the hot months ahead.