Dresses are liberating, from their variety of silhouettes to their never-ending color and pattern options. Moreover, fans can be overjoyed that the most unconventional of dresses are having their moment right now: think gothic florals, off-the-shoulder necklines and 3-D embroidery that remind even the most naysaying frock-haters that there is a way to integrate these exciting pieces into your wardrobe.
There is no item that makes you feel as good as the perfect summer dress and there is so much more to it than the ‘throw-on-and-go’ mentality. Here are some sartorial suggestions below for you to wear the piece of your dreams.
Dress things down: There is something pretty amazing about the juxtaposition of a cool pair of kicks with a fancier frock, it works. For a more subtle take on your footwear, opt for a one solid, and one patterned piece; and for those daring to go all-out, double the prints means your look is twice as good.
You can also try pairing a loud and colorful pair of sneakers with an equally vibrant dress. The look is eclectic and interesting. If you want to emphasize the feminity in your dress embossed with flowery print or bright colors, go for minimalist sneakers.
Embrace wacky prints: Establishing your personal aesthetic is all about experimentation, and what better way to do so than by playing with loud patterns, like florals and tie-dye. Though the two may seem expected, opting for colors and cuts that tread outside the typical pretty pastels and A-line dresses will feel fresher for summer.
Innovative sleeves: Spaghetti sleeves. Bell sleeves. Balloon sleeves. If there is one thing you have to learn this year, it is that the style of your sleeves doesn’t go unnoticed. For example, a one-shouldered dress gets a more casual feel with a short sleeve, and a simple white dress is made more modern with some lampshade-style ones.
Play up the neckline: If prints or out-of-the-ordinary sleeves aren't your thing, getting creative with the dress' neckline can also help your piece stand out. For sure the ruffles on the collar can be both stylish and flattering. This is one of those low-maintenance outfit additions that will leave you surprised by how universally flattering it is.
Pull inspiration from decades past: With a chiffon overlay and a print, like polka dots, you can get a vintage feel which can look pretty exciting. Modern summer dresses that give the slightest illusion of being from a past decade can help you stand out from the crowd.
Accessorize: Some dresses really take almost no effort to look put-together. But when you want to add a little oomph, splashing some accessories into the mix can go a long way. Sure, a printed or colorful summer dress can say so much on its own — but just think of how much more creativity, self-expression, and fun comes into play with anything from a layer of funky statement necklaces to neck scarves. Accessories are a way to add even more of an edge and personal element to an otherwise simple piece: a lapel pin or a pair of shoes. It is the little things that make clothing truly feel like your own.