Most of my summer dresses have only the shoulder seam for structure . No waist definition at all. I wore this one out today to run errands and wanted something to take along for the air-conditioned places I would be in . I feel like I've asked this question in past years, but I still haven't solved this issue: what do you wear as a topper over longer dresses that lack waist definition ? And why is the lack of waist definition the defining (sorry) factor here? Because from the back, your average jean jacket sits at my (and I'm sure others' too) high hip (widest point along with my shoulder line) and provides a solid blocky visual from shoulder to hem. Not attractive at all. The only solution I've come up with is to wear the jacket over my shoulders (as if it's just tossed on - hahaha) but that's a little precious for real life activity. A cargo jacket is fine with shorter dresses, but I'm finding these longer midis a little hard to style flatteringly.

As this is not a work-professional look, I wouldn't expect to wear a blazer, or even a cardigan (can see that skewing matronly VERY quickly ).

I don't experience this issue with tailored shirt dresses (my other summer go-to), as they are usually slimmer and have a belted waist .

Does anyone have any creative and stylish options for topping a casual dress? I want modern, edgy, and interesting.

Thanks in advance if you can help!

(this dress is much longer on me, and I tied the two front panels together to create some shape in front, but left the back to drape as is)

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