Dress Styles to Keep Your Cool
After a long winter, made longer for those of us in lockdown, spring has arrived with zero fanfare and before we could properly prepare. Looking chic as temperatures rise to sizzling isn’t an easy game. It’s about looking flawless and unbothered even on the hottest days. So, we’ve come up with the top 10 dress styles for spring and those blazing summer days. Look for your favourite dress styles in linen, bamboo, organic cotton or viscose.
1. The Gingham Goddess
When it comes to ultimate spring and summer looks, nothing is as iconic as gingham. All the rage, gingham is a warm to hot weather favourite and with good reason. It’s feminine yet fun and screams sunny days and picnics ahead.
You’ll be seeing gingham everywhere this summer. It’s less about the particular shape of a dress and more about its breezy breathable check print. Blue and white gingham is peaking in popularity, in an almost unlimited range of styles, from the tiered look to the sun dress and everything in between combined.
Perfect for brunch with the girls, gingham works best with classic espadrilles. Pair with a straw hat and rattan bag for a a farmer-meets-Byron-Bay-babe aesthetic. You can also layer up the dress into a nighttime look with a cropped denim jacket, brown leather boots and cross-body bag!
2. The Tier Dress
Tiers are one hot trend that are being seen everywhere and almost on everything, from tops to dresses and even on pants.
That’s why the tier dress is a must-have for this spring and summer. Coming in a variety of designs, the tier dress can be worn as a mini, midi or even a maxi. With sleeves or without, strappy, or backless, and ranging from just one tier to many, tiers are your ultimate style statement and one of your must-have dresses for the coming season.
3. The Gypsy Boho
Ever-popular boho dresses offer the ultimate versatility for summer. Casual, feminine and lighweight, they’re great for keeping cool. Great for that effortlessly natural look, that normally takes a lot of work. Nothing says “I love nature” more than the classic boho, when normally we all know looking effortless takes a lot of work!
4. The Slip Dress
Simple, elegant and very, very versatile the slip dress works well paired with a blazer or cropped jacket for the office and elevated with accessories for evening wear. Bold block colours, often in shiny satins with spaghetti straps, the slip dress is finding its way into every occasion as well as every day wear. Very, very popular!
5. The Mini – Free the Knee!
Going from street chic to party ready doesn’t have to be difficult when you’re wearing a gorgeous mini dress with confidence! Pairing brightly coloured prints with a white denim jacket and white canvas shoes will give you ultimate summer vibes –there’s nothing about a mini we don’t love.
Mini dresses are a perfect day-to-night solution when you’re on the run all day; from meeting up with friends for brunch to popping past a birthday party that night, there’s a mini for every occasion. Style up with a leather jacket and black jeans for those cooler nights, or wear it on its own, with secret anti-chafing shorts during the summer (psst, no one will ever know.)
6. The Shirt Dress
Cool, sophisticated, practical and known as the “Meghan Markle Dress” because it’s her absolute favourite style, the shirt dress is your perfect warm weather attire. Characterised by its full length button up front, with or without sleeves, variations also come in double breasted fronts, or ties at the waist.
Comfortable yet stylish, it’s hard to go past the shirt dress as the days get hotter and hotter. Layer with a blazer for the evening, or to elevate for a slightly more formal look. At the other end pf the dress code spectrum, just wear it unbuttoned as a duster coat over pants. The shirt dress is one of the best things ever invented for keeping your cool. Top trends are for white, khaki, camel or sky blue.
7. The Strappy Sun Dress
This sleeveless summer staple is an enduring favourite because it’s just so perfect for the hottest days. Sporting either spaghetti thin or wider flat straps with ties at the top of the shoulder, they can also come with ruffles or a small cap sleeve.
Far from being unsuitable for the office, wear your sun dress over a light summer tee or shirt to give your look that “professional” edge. Heading out for the evening? Top with a denim jacket over the shoulders. Keeping your “girls” tidy even when the mercury rises to the max, this is probably the most versatile of them all. From casual beach wear to eye catching street wear, to the office and beyond, the classic sun dress is your timeless friend.
8. Taking it to the Maxi
When it comes to summer days off that head into long sunsetting balmy nights, wearing something that covers all the bases is easy to do with a maxi dress! Going for a maxi is all about finding the right colours, patterns and shape to suit your style –they can be layered with a jacket as well as taken from sneakers in the day to wedges at night.
Whether you prefer long or short sleeves, maxi dresses are great for keeping cool whithout having to worry about what’s happening underneath (shaving your legs every week is just too hard sometimes.) The maxi will take you from a backyard BBQ to poolside lounging and warm balmy evenings that make you feel like you’re in the Greek Islands.
9. The Wrap Dress
An enduring staple, the wrap dress flatters almost all shapes and sizes. Frilled edges or plain, the wrap dress is elegant, timeless, great for air flow around the body and feminine.
10. The Little Black Dress (Revamped)
The little black dress is still a stock favourite for cocktail parties and for going from the office to dinner or a club. If you’re looking to jazz up your cocktail wear, a touch of metallic is just the thing to give your look a lift. Think accessories like statement stainless steel earrings, or polished big-link necklaces.
Accessories not your cuppa? You can still take the little black dress to the next level for a hot night out with a splash of gunmetal grey and a handkerchief hemline. Pair with a simple black stiletto and matching purse, statement silver earrings and a hairdo to tear down the patriarchy!
Whatever your style, remember to wear your summer dress with confidence, a smile, and a bottle of water in hand!
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