The main points of summer dresses, or sun dresses (which is a rather more limiting term as you immediately think of the beach) is that they have to be shoulder baring, figure enhancing, holiday friendly, lunch to drinks-worthy, pretty, sexy and flattering.
These summer dresses leave little to the imagination, as they bare your arms, frequently show off your cleavage, offer support (some times) are fitted round the waist (some times) and above all are perfectly suited to wearing in the sunshine. Anywhere.
Styles vary from retro Marilyn bustier pencil style to full skirted Broderie Anglaise and ‘pull me on’ simple jersey’ and all will work with gold or nude slides or sandals and something much, much higher if you want to wear them later on. These summer dresses are double duty with just a simply change of jewellery and shoes.
Avoid your every-day wrapped jersey dress here, you’re looking for something pretty and summery to show off those toned arms. Read the reviews and if the dress you’re coveting reada small around the waist go for a size up and be prepared to take in the top if needs be. Shortening straps or hems doesn’t matter. Fit matters or you risk losing the effect of your perfect summer dress, which may have been designed for someone 5’ 6” when you’re 5’ 2” or 3”.
If you’re curvy avoid wide skirts in woven fabrics unless the fabric is very soft, they will make you look wider. Look for fabrics with stretch in them, and where possible narrower skirts.
Many of this summer’s prettiest dresses are selling out fast particularly in the stores, so as usual don’t wait, particularly in the stores, which makes buying online the perfect alternative.