Summer Styles

As the temperature continues to increase, and legally we must wear something to cover our bodies, now is the time to bring out the natural-fiber dresses.  My favorites are cotton and/or linen.  Sometimes a blend is okay because it may help the cotton or linen wear better.

Pants, waistbands, jeans and the like are all hot, multi-layered (think of the two and four layers that go into the seams of the crotch of pants and jeans) and HOT!  So the best alternative is a dress, preferably with a loose silhouette, natural fibers, and a built in slip (that is one less layer around your waist!).

Some of my favorite retailers for summer dresses are all over the price range as well as range of styles!  This summer, I am particularly enjoying H&M dresses.  The price point is pretty affordable for all, and the designs have been spot-on!

I have to share some of my favorite retailers for these cool and comfy dresses!


Each of these dresses are under $40.  I find that all four of them look better with a belt.  My favorite affordable belt is listed below.

Tie-Detail Dress (Blue and White dress)  This is the dress I am wearing above.  The fabric is so soft and cool.  Even though the sleeves are bracelet length on me, it is comfortable to wear on hot days.

Raglan-sleeved Dress (florals)


Wide-cut Cotton Dress (Blue floral)


Smocked -waist Dress (Blue)



I am also in love with the Anthropologie dress named Somerset.  It comes in a maxi and a mini length, with the former being my preferred silhouette.  I have two solid colors in the style and three multi-colored with the blue and white being my latest purchase.  This dress comes in a variety of sizes as well as both regular and petite.  It looks great with or without a belt.  The elasticized waist is very becoming even on my figure which is losing its hourglass shape!

If you do need to hem it, the pleated detail has been a lifesaver for me.  I am able to use the pleat as the new hem which means it is straight and uncomplicated.  For this reason, I order the regular size, which fits me better in the torso area, and then hem it.

They now offer it in eyelet and linen fabrics as well.  This one is a keeper especially since it runs $170 and under depending on the style.

Somerset in Ivory:


A great raffia belt that is also affordable is from Amazon (  This belt looks great with a neutral wedge and just about every dress you try it with.


Of course my favorite underpinning for a dress is slip shorts or pettipants.  My favorite pairs are:

Underworks Pettipants Nylon Culotte Slip
I like these for shorter dresses and skirts.


Velrose Snip-It Pettipants
These are great for knee-length and longer dresses.

What are your tips for staying cool in the summer heat?

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