Summer Essentials: Dresses

By Visitor ClementAna
You can never have enough dresses, especially in hot summer season, when it is the most easiest and comfortable item to pull of. Whether white or colorful, mini or maxi, dresses are the statement pieces and they will help you to look effortlessly laid-back.

In this article you will learn about the hottest summer trends for dresses and will find answers to these questions:
(a) what are the most fashionable dress colors to wear in summer?
(b) what kind of dresses will make me look like an it girl?
(c) how to style up summer dresses?
(d) how do fashion bloggers make it with summer dresses?

You will learn how to build up a practical summer collection of dresses for any occasions: 6 different dresses that will make you look effortlessly chic in summer.

Let's get started!


White is a right color for summer: when it is unbearable hot outside, white dress will be a perfect refreshing escape from the heat.

STYLE TIP N1: Any style you prefer, whether a vintage sundress,
a solid white dress or an off shoulder dress, a white dress should
be an immediate addition to your summer wardrobe.

Vintage off-shoulder dress is a trendy option, especially with a hint of boho style. Pair the dress with oversize sunnies and over-the-knee boots - the more chic the better. Optionally, style up the dress with gladiator summer sandals to give it more of a casual look.

Gorgeous fashion bloggers from Emilee Anne and Rosalieeve blogs prove to be experts in styling an off-shoulder white dress.

Fashion blog Rosalieeve

A white dress is like a white canvas, that creates lots of room to play with. Be creative and make your white base a statement piece by playing around with accessories, like summer hats, bold jewellery, eye-catchy bags, belts and scarves.

1. Swell Isabella Embroidered Tunic;
2. Swell June Crochet Peasant Dress;
3. Zalora Mesh Stripe Fit & Flare Dress Dresses

Get inspired by fashion bloggers on how creatively they approach a white dress: Sheryl from Walk in Wonderland blog paired a white dress with black and white sneakers, brown belt and over shoulder bag. It looks casual and classy simultaneously.

Sequins and Things

Fashion blogger Emilee Anne created a retro look by accessorizing a white dress with a scarf, chic sunglasses and a baby blue handbag.

Emilee Anne

Opt for a maxi white dress for a night out, paired with a massive necklace or a stack of gold bangles.

1. Fame and Partners Wired Cross Pleated Wrap Front Maxi Dress;
2. Jarlo Delilah Maxi Dress With Ruched Bodice & Lace Inserts;
3. Jarlo Lily Bandeau Maxi Dress With Exaggerated Frill

A white dress is a nice outfit for an office job. Pair it with a black jacket to create a contrasted look:

1. Lavish Alice Bodycon Midi Dress with Lace Up Sleeve;
2. Pilgrim Transendence Capped Sleeve Dress Dresses;
3. Warehouse 60s Shift Dress


While entirely black is not recommended for hot season, black and white prints or combination will be a good solution to look chic and cozy. Fashion bloggers from Jetset Justine, Love, Lenore and Melissa Chanel followed this trend to shine up in summer.

STYLE TIP N2: Style up you black and white printed dress
with a leather jacket for night outs.

Shop the black and white trend here:

1. Sass Sequin Magic Dress Dresses;
2. Stylestalker Florence Womens Dress;
3. Bless'ed Are The Meek Rotate Womens Knit Dress

1. GIVENCHY paneled knit dress;
2. KENZO 'Metallic Curls' dress;
3. MAX MARA 'Mambo' dress


Vibrant yellow and its different shades, especially mustard, is the biggest trend of summer. This is such a vibrant color to bring some positive mood to the life. Annabelle Fleur from Viva Luxury talks about her yellow dress:  "...something about this dress just oozed happiness".

Annabelle Fleur from Viva Luxury fashion blog wearing NANETTE LEPORE Blown Away dress

Annabelle Fleur from Viva Luxury fashion blog wearing gorgeous Banana Republic pleated halted dress

P.S.: Yellow pairs perfectly with brown or electric blue sandals.

STYLE TIP N3: Get your hands on a bright yellow or mustard dress!

1. DIANE VON FURSTENBERG 'Carrie' dress;
2. 3.1 PHILLIP LIM puckering skater dress;
3. M Missoni Racer-back zigzag crochet-knit dress

Melissa from Melissa Chanel blog jazzed up her look with a denim jacket over a mustard dress and an aviator shades.

Melissa Chanel

1. ACNE STUDIOS 'Core' dress;
2. VICTORIA BECKHAM asymmetric sleeveless dress;
3. WEEKEND MAX MARA Bray dress


When choosing a summer dress, fashion bloggers tend to wear white and navy prints and stripes. Whether it is a shirt dress in gingham print (Emilee Anne), navy dress with white embroidery (With Love From Kat) or marine stripe dress (The Style Editrix), it looks chic and fashionable this summer.

Shop white and navy dresses here:
1. SAMANTHA SUNG 'Grace' dress;
2. PRABAL GURUNG abstract print shirt dress;
3. KENZO shift dress

1. BARRIE sweater dress;
EGGS floral jacquard flared dress;
KTZ printed fitted jersey dress

STYLE TIP N1: Add a white and navy printed dress to your wardrobe to rock in summer.


Alexa Chung described denim dresses as "the ultimate chill out". While spring trends pointed out to the little denim dresses as must-haves for every it girl, these dresses remain the favorites of summer as well. The good thing with a denim dress is that it is classic by its own, so there is no need to worry much about accessories.

STYLE TIP N5: Straightly go ahead and pick your favorite denim dress! 

1.  ALEXA CHUNG FOR AG JEANS denim shirt dress
2. TORY BURCH singoalla scallop dress;
3. MOTHER drawstring denim shirt dress

1. Glamorous Tall Denim Pinafore Midi Dress;
2. Oasis Denim Shirt Dress;
3. Zalora Chambray Shift Dress Dresses


What is more associated with summer than flowers?! Of course the flowers, and that's why floral print remains an iconic pattern for summer 2015. Not only on runway, these prints are favored by many fashion bloggers:

Fashion bloggers from (1) Blog Da Thassia, (2) Sequins and Things, (3)My Style Pill
wearing beautiful floral printed summer dresses

Fashion bloggers in floral printed sundresses from (1) Suburban Faux Pas, (2) Atlantic Pacific, (3) Suburban Faux Pas.

STYLE TIP N6: Get a bright eye-catchy floral printed dress to look stylish this summer.

1. Ted Baker London Peony Chiffon Shift Dress, Navy; 2. Haute Hippie Long-Sleeve Lace-Up Floral-Print Dress; 3. Diane von Furstenberg Riviera Three-Quarter-Sleeve Dress

Now when you know the hottest trends of the coming summer, it is your turn to create your dresses collection and use creativity to jazz up your summer looks. Feel free to share your summer looks and styling tips in your authored articles on Glosty.

This article is a part of an article series "
Summer Essentials". Follow up with Glosty to read the coming articles from the set.

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