From flowy, full-length styles to short and sweet shifts, there is no denying the versatility of the summer dress. While we are slowly trying to come to terms with the fact that it is August, the temperatures are still officially warm enough to keep those floral frocks on the hangers. While the summer dress has surely been in heavy rotation already this season, we’ve rounded up 5 fresh ways on how to style and breathe new life into the ultimate summer silhouette.
1. ROCK SOME SNEAKERS
Summer is a prime time to show off that perfect pedicure in heels and sandals, but there is another way to look pulled together, fashion-forward, and best of all...comfortable. The athletic look of sneakers balances out the feminine aesthetic of a summer dress, and gives you a balanced, but slightly unexpected pairing. Bonus: you can easily run after that ice cream truck.
2. ADD A STATEMENT JACKET
While outside may be sweltering (hello August heatwave), it’s always smart to keep a layer on hand for those air-conditioned spaces. Whether you go for a floral bomber, something in a daring metallic, or a perfectly tailored blazer, adding a topper will immediately make your outfit look polished, and take you from desk to drinks in a flash.
3. ACCESSORIES ARE YOUR FRIEND
The beauty of a summer dress is how simple it is, but remember, simple doesn’t have to be boring. Accessories are such an easy way to add style to an outfit, and can completely change up a look. Pair your favourite shoulder-baring dress with some resin hoop earrings (tie your hair back to really show them off), add a splash of colour with a bright bag or shoe, or add a fun hair accessory like a scrunchie or silk scarf to top everything off.
4. TRY LAYERING
Layering isn’t just reserved for the cooler months. Wear a white t-shirt underneath a slip dress for a whole new look, or try the staple tee under a button-down floral dress, and cinch the waist with a woven leather belt.
5. BE BOLD
There’s no denying the power of a classic neutral colour, but every once in awhile it’s fun to trade in the expected and experiment with patterns. Leave that little white dress right where it is, and instead opt for something in a fun summer inspired print with cherries or tropical foliage. Too bold? Try a more classic pattern like bold stripes or gingham.
Words by Courtney Brown