Although there's an endless variety of dresses to covet (florals! ruffles! pleats!), in reality a girl only needs a few well-chosen ones to sail through this season in style. Don't believe me? Check out this round-up of five frocks for all occasions.
1. A-line: An A-line style in a flattering colour is equally appropriate for weddings or the office. Pair with a statement necklace, heels, and clutch for the former; wear with a blazer and nude wedges for the latter. Shown here: Vince Camuto fit and flare dress ($170 at The Bay).
2. Silk shift: On the hottest of summer days, few dresses rival the effortless cool of a silk shift. A simple style like this one means a blank canvas for day-to-night accessory changes. Shown here: Madewell 'Scenic View' dress ($119.50).
3. Chambray shirtdress: The versatility and comfort of chambray with the crisp polish of a shirtdress—this one is a no-brainer! I like wearing mine with neon or metallic accessories for contrast. Ideal for casual or creative office environments, weekend errands, or as a cover-up over your favourite bikini when you're at the beach. Shown here: Banana Republic chambray shirtdress ($124).
4. Stripes: This dress is essentially the semi-formal version of your go-to striped tees. Wear it with a faded denim jacket, flat sandals, a crossbody bag, and cat-eye shades for Sunday brunch. Swap in dressier accoutrements for a romantic date night. Shown here: Anthropologie striped day dress ($78).
5. Maxi: A bold print and ankle-grazing hemline make for a casual-glam wardrobe staple. Ideal for attending patio parties, meeting friends for coffee, and afternoons spent window shopping. Shown here: Banana Republic 'Maylene' printed patio dress ($160).
So what do you think? Have I made my case for a capsule wardrobe of summer dresses? Do you agree or disagree with any of the choices? Are you missing one of these styles in your closets?
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