Every woman has that go-to dress that makes her look and feel great. Whether it’s a classic little black dress, a fun, flirty floral print, or a flowing, ethereal number, one thing’s for sure: it feels like you. It’s one of your signature outfits, and when you wear it, you look (and feel) amazing. With an emphasis on comfort and classic wearability, these dresses are a great jumping-off point for a fabulous wardrobe all summer long. Want to take your favorite dresses to the next level this season? Here are a few quick and easy tips on how to style your favorite dresses this summer and beyond.
First thing’s first, decide which dresses are your summer staples. They should be light and breathable fabrics since the summer can have you struggling to stay cool on its hottest days. Cotton and linen are ideal for days when the sun and heat just won’t quit. Next, find the fit, length, and style that’s right for your body and personality. There are so many styles out there, but you can usually tell what you like best by what you find yourself wearing the most. If you find yourself always coming back to the same pieces, these are your go-to dresses. Pick a couple of dresses that are versatile and can be taken in different directions. Whether they’re simple standards or statement dresses, your favorite dresses can be the foundation for outfits that will fit in a variety of settings. No matter the style, your favorite dresses are the ones you look and feel your best in.
For cooler evenings and rainy summer days, comfy layers are the key to staying at your ideal temperature. While you want to be comfortable, sometimes you need a little extra warmth on the chilly summer nights by the ocean or in the backyard. Your favorite dress can be casual and cool by adding a flannel shirt or denim jacket. For a casual, comfortable look, pair your dress and layer with your favorite pair of sneakers, flats, or sandals. The look is all about you and your comfort, so style with a no-fuss ponytail or a headband. Whatever feels good to you!
Want to elevate your style and take your favorite dress up a notch? One easy way to dress up an outfit is to add summer cotton cardigans or leather jackets. They’ll help you stay warm (but not sweaty) for those summer occasions you want to dress a little nicer for. Thinking about work outfits? This trick works with blazers too! Pairing your summer dress with a cute blazer will give you the extra boost to get everything done on your to-do list. Want to take your fancy feeling even further? Strap on your favorite heels to take the outfit that much higher. Whether it’s a wedding, shower, or work event, you can enhance your favorite summer dress with these simple styling hacks.
Once you’ve got your dress and outer layers decided, you can focus on your pieces of personal flair! An easy way to elevate your dresses this summer is to accessorize with jewelry, belts, and hats. Summer is all about bright colors, fresh florals, and bold patterns. So keep this in mind when picking accessories. This will also help you dress your outfit up or down to match the social event. A big floppy hat can set you up for a glam beach moment, while a baseball cap can dress you down for sporting events. The right pair of sunglasses can make or break your summer outfit, but once you find your pair, you’re a vision. Another styling staple is jewelry. Your earrings, necklaces, and bracelets will add flair to your dress, and a belt at the waist can help with your silhouette and accentuate your figure. As with any outfit, the opportunity to accessorize and show off your personality is always there and can be as much or as little as your taste. A purse or bag can also be a personality piece. It’s all about how you approach your style.
No matter your favorite dresses, they can be styled to perfection this season. Whether you’re dressing down for comfort, up for dressier occasions, or simply rocking your signature look, you can adapt your dress to whatever comes your way this summer. By styling your dress to match the setting, whatever it may be, you’ll be looking and feeling your best all summer long!