With this spring seeing temperatures fluctuating by twenty degrees on a nearly daily basis, trying to plan my wardrobe over these past several months has been a struggle at the best of times. It’s enough to drive a girl crazy, but with the promise of summer days and, hopefully, a slightly more stable climate path ahead, I’ve been day-dreaming of my tried and true warm weather staple, THE DRESS. Now, I know what you are thinking pretty birds, “A dress for summer, groundbreaking.”, but these fabulous frocks are the one-stop fashion must-have, perfect for getting you through these pesky noncommittal temps, as well as the scorching days to come.
But what trends should you search for you might ask? With this being my preferred summer ensemble year after year, to say that I have accumulated quite a varied collection would be an understatement, and I would like to consider myself an expert when it comes to these gorgeous garbs. So after scouring the shops and taking a little inspiration from our resident Chief Lover Tamu, I am rounding up the ultimate trends on the market most likely to not already appear in your wardrobe. From polka dot perfection to some seriously chic cutouts, I’m sharing the best of the best, so read on pretty birds and maybe do a little shopping while you’re at it.
Perhaps one of my favorite pattern choices, polka dots, have that unparalleled quality of making something feel classic and stylish but also whimsical and youthful at the same time. Combined with interesting details like ruffles, bows, and of the shoulder silhouettes, this print has elevated its status to summer essential. I was particularly inspired when this exquisite shot of Tamu wearing this Self Portrait stunner came into my email the other day #summerstylegoals.
For the last couple resort and summer collections crochet has been popping up here and there but designers are dialing this trend up to an eleven with a plethora of brilliant options this summer. From See By Chloe’s multi-hued retro iteration to Jonathan Simkhai luxurious tonal creation, there are endless ways to wear this trend no matter what you’re aesthetic. Pair with an amazing heel or sandals and chic accessories for the perfect breezy summer look that can get you through weekend brunching to rooftop cocktails in style.
There is nothing that I love to just throw on more than a flirty slip dress. Whether worn by itself or layered with a button down or tee, this fashion chameleon is so multi-purpose that you can wear it to almost any occasion. This summer try elevating your classic look by choosing a version with some unexpected details like this sunny Kenzo multi-tiered version or this Zara gingham number with knot detailing. Remember it’s sometimes the smallest accents that make the biggest impact with these simplistic styles.
Now I know that we are all no strangers to cutouts, it has perhaps been the biggest warm weather trend for the last couple seasons between peep shoulders, keyholes, and backless iterations. But this summer it is all about that waist pretty birds. The key to rocking this style is to look for options with slits along the side or front part of the dress that line up with the smallest part of your natural waistline. Not only will it make you look slimmer and give you that perfect hourglass silhouette but also some extra ventilation on those steamy days ahead.