5 Must-Have Summer Dresses

5 Must-Have Summer Dresses

Dresses make getting trendy in the summer so simple. Here are our recommendations.

By: Sydne Summer

Dresses make getting ready in the summer so simple. It's one garment of clothing to throw on that’s also sure to keep you cool. The only tricky part? Deciding which style to wear! Here are our top five recommendations for a most trendy summer.

1. The Shift
With its sleeveless and roomy silhouette, a shift dress is ideal for the sweltering months (see: the loose style won't cling to your body in the heat.). Look for flowy fabrics and a moderate hemline, that way you can wear it to work with a blazer. For a night out, pair the frock with the highest of heels. If you want to be extra on-trend for the season, try this dress in a popular print like Mod checkerboard or global tribal.

2. The Maxi
Maxi dresses are continuing to make a resurgence this summer as they did the last. For this season, try investing in two styles: One for casual errands and one for stylish nights out. Your first maxi should be made from a comfy cotton that hits just below the ankle. Throw it on with flat sandals as a chic alternative to sweats when completing your weekend chores. Your second maxi should look a little more luxe (try chiffon or a more gauzy fabric) and be long enough to wear with a pair of heels for date night. To edge things up, layer it with a denim or leather vest.


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3. The Ice Skater
Ice skater-style dresses feature a fuller skirt that mimics the costumes of those eponymous frozen water dancers. The fitted high waist shows off your shape, while the voluminous skirt helps you beat the heat while hiding any problem areas. Choose a solid color, and then switch it up all summer long with different belts and shoes.

4. The Shirt
A shirtdress is a must for warmer months. If you don't own one already, try a chambray version. This on-trend fabric will keep you cool as long as the denim is lightweight. The best part? It goes with everything! Try pairing it with neutral, neon or red and navy accessories.

5. The Caftan
Caftans are the perfect vacation dress. You can slip one on over your bathing suit, add some gold bangles and beaded sandals, and you instantly take your look from the beach to cocktails. Embrace the summer spirit by choosing a caftan that has a colourful print. You can even wear it when you return from your trip over a pair of skinny jeans for a more city-appropriate look.

As the founder and editor-in-chief of SydneStyle, Sydne connects with her readers through her inspirational yet achievable style, while providing how-to solutions, trend spotting and styling advice. She currently lives in West Hollywood with her very chic rescue dog, Bunny.

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