Sundresses are arguably one of the best parts of the summer months. After all, you’ve been covering your body up with uncomfortable jeans for the past nine months, so let those legs breathe! Effortless, chic and undeniably comfortable, there is a summer dress that’s appropriate for any event or environment. Here are a few of the best looks for the summer:
For the office
- A mod-inspired dress: Thanks to Mad Men, mid-century modern clothing is becoming easier to come by, without having to dig through the racks at trendy vintage shops. Channeling ’60s icons like Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick, many mod-inspired dresses have shorter hemlines than you’d usually wear to the office, but can still be modest with high necklines and a loose fit.
- A classic wrap dress: Wrap dresses are possibly the most flattering dress on almost all body types. Loose and flowing toward the bottom, while still complementing your waist by cinching around your tiniest point, wrap dresses give everyone the appearance of an enviable hourglass shape.
- A traditional sheath dress: Sheath dresses are perfect for the office, as the hemline usually falls to the knee or just above. Just because sheath dresses tend to be a conservative length, however, doesn’t mean they can’t be stylish for the office. Dress a traditional sheath up with a statement necklace or even a brooch for a retro look.
For weekend errands
- A flowy handkerchief dress: Handkerchief dresses have asymmetrical hemlines, usually ranging from mid-calf to just above the knee. For a hip, bohemian look, invest in a light, chiffon dress with either cap sleeves or spaghetti straps.
- A casual maxi dress: It’s not just tall people who can rock a maxi dress! The trick is to find a hem that hits your ankles, to keep the dress off the ground, even with flat shoes. If you can’t find a hem length that’s short enough, mixing it with ’70s-inspired platform heels or consider knotting the bottom for a carefree way to show off a little leg.
- An A-line sundress: A classic, A-line sundress is a traditional look that will always be in style. Flattering for most body types, a tailored cut camouflages thighs while drawing the eye upward. Every woman needs at least one A-line dress in her closet!
For date night
- A breezy tiered dress: Bandage styles aren’t the only dresses for date nights or girls’ nights out. Tiered dresses manage to be flirty while still being comfortable. An ethereal chiffon dress with tiers can flatter your shape while keeping the attention off of your bust.
- A one-strapped dress: One-strapped dresses are fun and funky, perfect for a night out on the town. Many people stray from one-strapped dresses out of fear that they can’t wear a bra with them, both strapless and convertible bras work great with this kind of neckline. They also pair well with many different dress shapes, from a flowy tunic to a form-fitting cut. So let loose and show some arm.
- A flattering tunic dress: Tunic dresses are great because they can be classed up or down. You can wear them with opaque tights for the office, or go-bare legged on a Saturday night. Dress them up with a belt, or keep it casual by letting it loosely hang off of your hips. Tunic dresses come in all sleeves, from spaghetti straps to long sleeves. Consider investing in a tunic dress solely for the versatility, comfort and fact that you can manage to wear it all year round!