Summertime — I want sleeveless, open shoulders, open back. I want to feel the sun, the breeze, not worry about clothes wearing me down. Hence the slip dress with spaghetti straps, loose torse, and a gem just above the knees. Pinko (www.pinko.com) is an Italian clothing retailer with a store in Miami and opening one in LA next year. I like the Pinko brand because it is pretty, comfortable, fresh — and affordable — not cheap, just a good value for the quality (like my favorite French clothing retailer, Joie). This red plaid slip dress is a cotton and polyester blend (soft) and sweeps me away with its lace borders.