Stay cool and stylish in the heat with these fashionable summer style dresses.
The cardinal rule of summer chic: Be comfortable. You don’t want to wear anything too tight or clothing that reveals areas
you’d rather keep hidden. Nothing conceals a tummy better than an Empire waist, and the soft, draped sleeves of this pretty
African-inspired dress discreetly hide upper arms.
Dress, Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit, $78, sizes 6–16; at Boscov’s. Earrings, $30, and bracelet, $20, A.V. Max; avmaxaccessories.com.
The twisted neckline and trendy watercolor print set this simple tank dress apart. Always look for a flowing fabric, such
as lightweight cotton or thin-knit jersey, so the dress falls fluidly instead of clinging to every curve.
Dress, Ronni Nicole, $96, sizes 6–16; at Palais Royal. Earrings, $16; alltherageonline.com. Blue bracelet, $24; robertrose.com for stores. Gold bracelets, $9 for set of 9; at Icing.
There’s something so summery about a halter dress! The high neckline offers plenty of coverage for a large bust, and the nipped
waist with subtle embellishment lends just enough detail. The skirt’s slight flare allows room for hips and thighs.
Dress, $30, sizes XS–2XL; avon.com. Earrings, M. Haskell, $18; at select Dillard’s stores. Bracelets, $9 for 6; at Icing. Bag, Chinese Laundry, $48; www.chineselaundrybags.com
For a trend-right piece that’s easy on the wallet, the hunt stops here. An ankle-skimming maxi is a must-have this season,
as are graphic Moroccan-inspired prints. Combine the two, and you have a style that will look pretty day and night.
Dress, $38, sizes S–L; trampny.com for information. Earrings, A.V. Max, $30; avmaxaccessories.com. Cylindrical-bead necklace, Carol Dauplaise, $20; at Macy’s. Round-bead necklace, M. Haskell, $32; 212-764-3332. Hat, Wallaroo, $36; wallaroohats.com.
This abstract print puts a modern spin on summer florals and is a great buy-it-now, wear-through-fall addition to your wardrobe.
Come autumn, simply throw on a cropped, fitted jacket and low heels for a cool-weather update.
Dress, $60, Apostrophe, sizes S–XL; sears.com. Necklace, M. Haskell, $22; at select Macy’s stores. Bracelets, M. Haskell, $22 for set of 3; 212-764-3332.
Looking for a one-stop frock for work and play? Try a simple wrap dress, like this preppy, collared one with elongating vertical
stripes. Insets in the skirt add movement without excessive fullness, and a little stretch in the fabric gently hugs your
Dress, $86, sizes XXS–XL; shabbyapple.com. Necklace, $10; shop4sparkles.com. Bracelet, A.V. Max, $20; avmaxaccessories.com. Bag, $75; meliebianco.com.
When the mercury soars, staying cool is a priority. Opt for soft, breathable fabrics like the airy cotton of this embroidered
dress. The full skirt creates a beautiful bell shape, hiding the hips while emphasizing the bust.
Dress, Blue Plate, $76, sizes S–L; blueplatefashion.com. Necklace, Carol Dauplaise, $28; at Macy’s.
Look your laid-back best in this easy-fit shift dress. The embroidered neckline gives it a handcrafted appearance that might
make you want to kick off your shoes and run barefoot in the park. Cinch the waist with a woven belt for a more polished look.
Dress, $98, sizes S–XL; sohocompagnie.com for information. Earrings, A.V. Max, $30; avmaxaccessories.com. Bracelet, M. Haskell, $12; 212-764-3332.