Sundresses for summer? How inventive, right? But let’s take a minute to put aside the preconceived notions and focus what really makes these single silhouettes great. Sure, they’re feminine and flirty. And they’re also just easy.
The sundress is one of few pieces where “throw-and-go” results in a look that works and can sometimes even be show-stopping. And it’s not just about the old floral frocks for the weekend picnic. (You remember those — the fitted sleeveless number your Mom bought to match your little sister or maybe your cousin. Good times).
If you’re down with a little dress action, but hoping for something a bit more tailored to your personal style, read on to discover a warm-weather design for every style. There’s a whole new summer sundress world out there, ready to make your season, weekend after weekend, BBQ after BBQ.
Sundresses — 4 Styles
For the Bohemian
Modern boho babes, share your free-spirited vibe with the world in an embroidered, a-line sundress. Look for an airy silhouette and girly details. A tassle or a bit of fringe wouldn’t be out of place in your look, either.
Finish this outfit with a floppy hat and gladiator sandals or, on cool evenings, reach for an edgy bootie and moto jacket.
For the vintage girl
Retro prints and silhouettes of years past fit the vintage enthusiast’s sunny summer pursuits. Checks, stripes and polka dots channel the old-school grace of ’50s and ’60s — without the boredom or stiff personality to match. Button-up fronts and tie waist details seal the deal for the gal looking for a chic dose of nostalgia.
For the girl next door
If classic is where your tastes lay, than a traditional sweetheart style is where it’s at. Made for backyard bashes, garden parties, relaxed weddings and more, a flirty little flower number suits all of summer’s easygoing occasions. Choose citrus hues for an extra punch of fresh flavor.
For the sporty girl
Maybe you’re not feeling bright and girly. Or, you’re just looking to switch up casual events with a trendier type of one-piece-wonder. Either way, sporty and minimal is the way to go.
A sleeveless jersey number still mostly falls in the sundress category — but it has a laidback, athletic vibe too. Wear it with your favorite sneakers and a denim jacket if it’s cool.
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