It’s summer, it’s hot, and we want to be comfortable while looking great, because today will be filled with picnics, grocery store runs, or maybe just reading a good book under your favorite shade tree. Before you pull out those ever-trusty cropped pants and your favorite tee, consider a dress for the day.
When styled right, a summer dress can actually be more cooling and comfortable than the alternative- jeans.
We are especially enjoying the more relaxed look of the dresses on the market today, because relaxed look = relaxed you. And a relaxed you that looks and feels fantastic is the best you! The summer dress takes form in many different shapes and styles, so let’s dive into our favorites!
How to style it:
- Classic styles. Though a summer dress is supposed to be more comfortable for warm and breezy days, look for a classic silhouette that will maintain a flattering shape as well. Classic examples include shirt dresses, sheath dresses, and shift dresses with a waist tie.
- Fit and flare. As we mention here, a fit and flare dress is a great way to keep your look tailored yet comfortable. The breeze-friendly skirt will help you stay cool, while the more fitted blouse will highlight your figure, thus avoiding the frumpy look altogether. Another great twist on this style of dress is a wrap dress. The belted, adjustable waistline works wonders for creating a tailored look.
- Maxi dresses. A comfortable length that will block the sun’s rays, and still help you stay cool. Pull out your favorite floppy hat for another helpful sun protector.
- Nice footwear. An open ballet flat, a simple and light gladiator sandal, or some low-heel wedges will be perfect for your outdoor activities. They’ll be a reliable walking shoe and keep you from sinking in the grass.
- Simple accessories. After all, what is the point of looking comfortable and relaxed if you are not actually comfortable? Some flashy diamond studs or a light and low-profile necklace will complete your ensemble without the fuss.
- A word on the t-shirt dresses. This style of dress is having a moment right now, and while the upper torso area is fitted, the waist often gets lost in the flowy fabric. And all the fabric without the hint of a shape underneath can actually do the opposite of slimming. Stick to the fit and flare style dresses that stay fitted through the waist and then flare for a similar, more flattering look, plus the same comfort.