Summer Lovin’

As the temperatures rise and I begin to feel my toes again and see the grass reappear under the thick sheet of bitterness, also known as snow, I always seem to do the same two things every year. The first is turning on country music and setting it to non-stop, while the second would be running as fast as my size 8.5 feet can take me to my favorite stores to start stocking up on summer dresses!

While I am in love with the comfort of Ponte pants, warm tunic sweaters, and chic tall boots; at heart, I love to go pant-less!  You will find me during the warmer months constantly wearing skirts and dresses followed by more skirts and more dresses. 

I always find it odd when I meet up with friends or family for dinner and they look at me and remark, “Why did you get so dressed up?” when I’m wearing a simple, cotton, button-down, shirtdress or a floral print jersey knit skirt and cotton tee.  I simply reply, “I don’t understand. I’m wearing a summer dress and it is summer!” Now, I know…I know…we are quite a few months away from summer and I can’t use that line just yet; however, I can’t help but get excited thinking of sunshine and warm weather, outdoor concerts, baseball games, and all of the taste filled cookouts soon to come!

So, as I was celebrating shaking off the past few months of winter blues while trying to tame my excitement for the upcoming season this past week, I browsed local venues to see what they had in stock already and what might be found soon “in stock” in my closet.  What I truly love about the 2011 fashion scene so far is the idea that there are so many options available in terms of trends! 

I know I have discussed in past columns the popular-to-be trends from minimalism to color blocking to retro theme, but what I love for my summer dresses are prints! The bright colors and intricate patterns catch my eye and have the ability to help set my mood.  While these features are favorites of mine, prints are very personal to each individual, so I would expect you to have your own take on whichever color and pattern you like. 

I do however, believe that adding basics like a double wrap or thick weaved belt to your look is a must!  Depending on where you are going and what you will be doing, I would throw on a lightweight cardigan and grab a good jean jacket to take along! 

Derek Lam Spring/Summer 2011

In past seasons we have seen the maxi dress take a dominate frontier in the dress world and I wouldn’t expect that to necessarily go away.  Dresses ranging in every hem length possible are going to be available this season.  From maxi cut (where the hemline hits the floor) to tea length (the hemline will hit approximately your calf area) to knee length (just above or below the knees) to the coveted mini (thigh high) you will be able to find every option this year.

Rebecca Taylor Spring/Summer 2011

Paul & Joe Spring/Summer 2011

Milly Spring/Summer 2011

 

Not only are multiple hemlines present, but different fabrics are in the mix.  I love the look of multiple layers of sheer fabric in a dress, especially if attending a wedding or formal event, while the retro seer-sucker halter dress is more appropriate for a casual day of shopping.  Open your eyes and you’ll notice silks, synthetics, lace and the always present cotton all around as well!

If you are as excited for summer and warm weather as I am, I suggest skipping to your favorite store for a quick therapy session as well and seeing what pattern and hemline suit you best.  The only thing left after the dress would be your favorite shade of lipstick, chic shades, and stylish footwear. 

Dior Spring/Summer 2011

Don’t worry, we’ll tackle the sandals and wedges soon enough!  Oh, and if you can’t wait long enough to wear your new purchase, go ahead and throw it on tomorrow with some confidence and a pair of thick tights and you’ll be good to go!

Some more of my favorite looks from Paul & Joe! Designer extraordinaire!

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