I’d love to have three months of non-stop warm weather. A dry and sunny 28 to 33 degrees Celsius would be ideal, but that’s unusual in Seattle. That’s why I don’t wear dresses all that frequently, and often sport them over cropped pants and jeans, with some sort of topper and closed-toe shoes.
But I LOVE dresses. So this ensemble was inspired by my fantasy Summer style in which I would wear a breezy and pretty dress every day and avoid arctic air conditioning. Some styles would be dressy and some casual. At best, I would need a denim jacket when it’s a little fresh in the morning and evening, but nothing heavier than that. I’d wear the dresses with flats like fashion sneakers, sandals, loafers or ballet flats. I’d wear neutrals, brights and pastels and enjoy every minute of having what I call a proper Summer.
Here are the components of the ensemble:
Fab Frock: Choose a dress that makes you feel fabulous. It works with your body type, lifestyle and sartorial preferences. Go solid, patterned, bright, neutral, pastel, muted, jewel-toned or earth-toned. Long or short. Sleeved or sleeveless. Fitted, fluid or oversized. Dressy or casual.
Optional Topper: I like a short and fitted denim jacket over some of my dressier Summer dresses, but enjoy them best unlayered. Clients enjoy layering cardigans over sleeveless dresses. Or fitted blazers, big wraps, and kimono jackets over dresses with sleeves.
Footwear: Think sneakers, loafers, sandals, mules, sandal booties, ankle strap pumps and flats, thong sandals, ballet flats or wrapped styles. You do NOT need to wear heels with a dress, especially when it’s a casual style (which to my eye tends to look more fashionable with flats). Remember that dressy flats do exist, if you want to pair dressy shoes with a dressier frock.
Accessories: Choose a dressy or casual bag that works with the outfit. Finish off the look with scarf, jewellery, headgear, watch and eyewear as desired.
I hope to see lots of fabulous Summer dresses on the forum.