The Perfect Summer Dress
Guest Author: Ashlei from Chicago style blog Kinks are the New Pink
Ahh summer, there are so many pleasantries that come to mind when thinking of that special time of year – bbqs, bronzed skin, lazy days, and hot nights. There’s also the joy of stripping off all those winter layers for light, breezy summer wear. Tanks, shorts, the urge to feel the grass between your toes, and summer dresses. Yes, we wear dresses in the winter, but with that comes so many other questions – what color tights? Boots or shoes? Can I layer a sweater over it? What about a jacket? With a summer dress, however, you simply slip it on and you’re ready to enjoy whatever the day may bring.
It’s a mysterious power the perfect summer dress holds, a quintessential symbol of summer. When put on it can make the world feel like a better place. It can work for any occasion from frisbee in the park, to a casual afternoon bbq, to an evening cocktail party all with just a slight change of accessories. Wear it with sneakers, sandals, flats, or heels, you can never go wrong.
So what does the perfect summer dress look like? While some personal preferences may vary, there are characteristics that are tried and true.
After donning knubby sweaters and thick jackets all winter long, it feels exhilarating to bare your arms and shoulders again.The slimmer the straps the better, provided it supports you throughout your upper chest and back, while still showing off your sun-kissed skin. It also allows for easy layering of a light jacket or scarf for cooler summer nights.
2. Cinched/Fitted Waist
The perfect summer dress has the ability to make one feel ultra feminine no matter the occasion. From brunch to the beach to a night on the town, this is the dress you can simply grab and go. Having a fitted waist helps create and show off a girly figure, whether you’re stepping out in sassy high heels or laid-back sneakers.
3. A-line skirt
Fact, an a-line cut flatters everyone! This classic design is cut narrow at the top and tailored close to the body before flaring gently at the bottom creating an “A” like shape. This can help hide larger hips and bottoms and balance the rest of the body with the bust. It can also add curves to someone who has a straight figure as well as make you look taller and leaner. It allows for complete freedom of movement and creates the ultimate silhouette.
4. Fun Prints/Colors
The perfect summer dress should put a smile on your face when seen walking down the street. Therefore, a bright pop of color or standout print is a must. Reds, pinks, yellows, or blues; polka dots, stripes, and graphic prints too! It’s summer, so the bolder the better.
Who doesn’t love a dress with pockets? Such an unexpected, but oh-so-handy feature. It’s always exciting when stumbling upon the perfect dress and finding pockets hidden at the seams. It allows for an easy hot summer day on-the-go, when all you need are the bare necessities.
As summer seasons come and go, one thing will always remain the same – that giddy, school girl excitement you feel when the first warm days start rolling in and you dust off your sandals and pull out that summer frock. And all the promises of summer hangs right in your closet, this is the simple and pure magic of the perfect summer dress.