Essential Summer Dresses

Even the most ardent denim fan has to acknowledge that from June through August it’s difficult to imagine an easier or more appealing element of clothing than a dress. Having a few classics hanging in your closet that you’re able to throw on in an instant will make getting dressed feel effortless and result in a decidedly sophisticated look (not to mention allow you to keep cool when temperatures peak). The above Trina Turk tank dress, available from  Chel Bella in Hingham, Massachusetts, is a perfect example of this summer staple. Thanks to clean lines and a crisp color combination paired with sparkling—yet subtle—embellishments, this shift is sure to be a go-to all summer long.

Stripes are as summery as flip-flops and Fla-Vor-Ice. The drawstring style, available from K :: A Boutique by Katherine Roberts in Chattanooga, is perfect for trips to the pool; Susana Monaco’s blue scoop neck version, available from Juxtapose in Tampa, is ready for lunch on the patio; the black-and-white Joie t-shirt dress, available from Nellie George in Richmond, is ideal for days spent running around town. 

A white linen dress is simply a must. Atlanta’s W. Port carries the above version, captured in a summery shot shared on the boutique’s Facebook page. Classic comfort with the cuffs rolled up pretty much sums up our summer motto.

Another take on white linen, available from Scarpa in Charlottesville. This version could easily be dressed up or down, and either way will portray effortless elegance.

The A-line silhouette and stripe placement of the Rag and Bone linen dress, available at Beanie + Cecil in Wilmington, and the buttons and unconventional hemline of the Rachel Comey dress, available from Denver’s Goldyn, make these dresses the perfect choice for those who favor a more modern look. Both allow wearers to look seasonally appropriate without losing their edge.

Halters are always flattering and fit for a fun occasion, whether from day or night. The striped Ulla Johnson frock, available from Blithe and Vine in Jackson, Mississippi, is bold yet breezy, while the strikingly modern dress, available from Edit by LBP in Baton Rouge, is a white hot statement-maker.

This photo, courtesy of Edit by LBP, demonstrates why a floaty frock is essential for the season. Add painted toes and a smile and you’re ready to go. Call store for details.