Dresses don’t need to be “dressy”. While frocks are my first choice for formal occasions, there are plenty of casual, comfortable and practical dresses that can be worn to work and play every day.

Day dresses are best…

  • in durable, casual fabrications like thick cottons, jersey knits and viscose blends
  • in A-line silhouettes because they allow you to stride feely. Straighter styles restrict your movement. 
  • when they cover up enough of your upper body that you don’t feel exposed.

The best thing about a dress is that you can slip it on with a pair of shoes and possibly one accessory and you’re done. You don’t need to worry about layering, mixing-and-matching or pulling clothing straight. If you can get your head around the fact that dresses needn’t be saved for special occasions, you’ll enjoy them as another practical daily ensemble (especially when it’s hot). Pretty pear body types look particularly good in A-line frocks and should make the most of our dress season this Summer.

Maggy London Printed ShirtdressMaggy London Printed V-neck DressINC International Concepts® Safari-Print Shirtdress
Tahari by ASL Printed Dress With TieDonna Morgan Printed Cap-Sleeve DressDonna Morgan Matte Jersey Wrap Dress

An assortment of A-line day dresses in jersey and cotton from Macy’s and Dillard’s.