Dresses are simple. Their one-piece nature gives you the option of grabbing a pair of shoes, a handbag and some sunglasses and you look put-together…at least from the neck down. From the little white dress to a flowing maxi, dress styles for summer are versatile. Here are some of the must-have summer dress styles for 2014.
The Skater Dress
The typical skater dress has a slightly fitted bodice and a short flared skirt, otherwise known as the fit and flare. It is a nice, casual day dress but could also be worn on a date. The skater dress has a youthful look. However, if you choose one with sleeves and a longer hem, it can work for more mature women. The colorful flowers on this floral knit skater dress works well for summer.
The Maxi Dress
Maxi dresses vary from simple casual tank dresses to flowing dresses that look very elegant. Some maxis have a sheerer panel on the bottom half of the dress. These dresses look great with gladiator sandals and go from day to night nicely. If you are on the shorter size, look in the petite section of the store. This maxi dress from Free People isn’t too long and it’s perfect for a beach getaway.
The Shirt Dress
The shirt dress is modest with an easy shape. It comes in collared, sleeveless and ¾ sleeve versions (among other styles). It can be dressed up with wedges and jewelry or dressed down with flip flops and simple accessories. A printed chiffon shirtdress is light and airy and perfect for summer.
Knife Pleated Dress
Knife pleats feature narrow, usually overlapping, pleats all in the same direction. This feminine look works well for nights out. Paired with a short-sleeved blazer, a knife pleated dress with a longer hem can be work-appropriate. This embellished version from Victoria’s Secret also channels the 90s slip dress trend.
Little White Dress
With a toddler in the house, a LWD makes me nervous. When wearing a white dress, underwear lines, marinara sauce, and, eating in general, also makes me nervous. However, an inexpensive little white dress like this sleeveless option from H&M, makes me a little less anxious.
The High-Low Dress
This is one of my favorite styles for summer. The higher hem in front is great for showing some leg while still being modest. This style comes in both short and longer dresses. Personally, I’m not a fan of having the front hem drastically higher than the back hem…but that’s just me. I like this feminine ‘ray of sunshine’ lace dress in light yellow.
Try one of these must-have summer dress styles on for size!
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