SUMMERTIME FINE: SIX SUMMER DRESS STYLES

The summer is the best season to get fun and flirty in a pretty little sundress number. For nearly all occasions, whether it is work, a wedding, or just wandering around the city, you can find a dress that works for you and your activity. If the weather deems the day hot and sunny or the night brings about a cooler chill, dresses are the perfect base layer for different jackets, blazers, and shawls but are also suitable as a standalone piece.

Here are six dress styles you should rock this summer!

The Floral Sundress

The floral sundress is my go-to summer outfit. I tend to lean towards the pastel colours for this print as they show off the beautiful sun kissed glow of summer and parallel the blossoms in full bloom during this season. You can pair a floral sundress with almost any footwear from strappy sandals, to killer heels, to cowboy boots, to cute little kicks, the options are endless depending on the style you are going for.    

What I’m Wearing:

Dress: Billabong (purchased at Cottage Toys)

Shoes: Call it Spring

The White Daytime Dress

White is my favorite shade for summer because it illuminates tanned skin by standing in contrast with your golden glow. There is a shade of white for every skin tone and typically I follow the rule that the darker the skin the whiter the white you can wear. ‘True’ or stark whites and champagnes tones (with pink or gold undertones) are typically better for darker complexions, while natural white (a shade off of shark white), ivory, and eggshell whites (with yellow undertones) are typically better for pale skin.  

What I’m Wearing:

Dress: Rip Curl (purchased at Cottage Toys)

Shoes: Call it Spring

The Backless Halter Dress

Showing off the shoulders and back is really “in” this season and extremely sexy. I opted for a lighter tie-dye maxi dress with a peek-a-boo front cutout. I prefer longer flowing dresses with this style to elongate the body and romanticize the look.

What I’m Wearing:

Dress: Billabong (purchased at Cottage Toys)

Shoes: Aldo

The ‘Going Out’ Wrap Dress

The perfect ‘night on the town’ dress for me is the wrap dress. I own the same maxi wrap dress in both black and red and a similar style that is knee-length. They are the perfect going out because the look is a bit sexier with thigh-high slits and a deep plunging neckline. I also find that the wrap style dresses are flattering for petite figures (I’m 5 feet tall) as the deep V parallels the thigh slit and elongates the body creating a long vertical line which in turn lengthens the look of your body.

What I’m Wearing:

Dress: Maxi Black & Maxi Red – American Apparel

Midi Black – Urban Outfitters

 

The Patterned ‘Work or Nighttime’ Dress

I love a good patterned dress for work. This off the shoulder, gingham, flared sleeves, button up is one of my favourites for the season as it mixes a country-esque style with garden party flare. 

The basic tight striped pencil dress is the perfect work to night outfit; for a more work appropriate look I paired it with a solid pale pink ankle length blazer and once 4:00PM hits, I simply remove the blazer, toss on some more jewelry, swap the mug out for a wine glass, and am ready for those after work happy hour drinks.     

What I’m Wearing:

Dress: Gingham Dress – Top Shop

Stripe Dress – Zara

Blazer: Dynamite

Heels – Aldo

The ‘I’m not really a dress, I’m a Romper, but I look like a dress’ Romper/Dress

Rompers and jumpsuits have swept the nation and funny enough a lot of them look like they are dresses even though they are not. So, although they are not technically dresses, they get a special little call out on this summer dress list!

What I’m Wearing:

Rompers: SaboSkirt.com

 


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