Just because it’s getting really hot and sticky out—and wearing lighter colors just makes good practical sense— doesn’t mean I will stop wearing my default shade. I will take care, however, to make sure that the black dresses I choose are on the flowy, un-constricting side, and that I go for accessories that are bright and lively, like for instance these No. 6 clog sandals. I feel like I would live in this knit caftan dress, because it looks so cool, breezy, and also pricey, though it isn’t that last thing.
A gauze dress from my favorite purveyor of gauzy pieces, Xirena.
I dig the deconstructed vibe of this little number—I feel like it’s a super-sophisticated take on the shirtdress.
This polo dress from The Great feels like just the thing to lounge about in on a lazy Sunday.
There is a subtle tonal gingham print on this comfy-looking dress that I’m very much a fan of.
This is Universal Standard’s Geneva dress, which I own and love—the shape is nearly universally flattering and whenever I wear it, people ask me if it’s Maria Cornejo.
The lace insets on this shirtdress make this a nicely feminine choice, but the lines are so clean that it doesn’t come off prissy.
A linen shirtdress that so totally looks like it belongs in my closet.
The graphic black and white stripes and smocked waist on this option make it standout.
Also from Universal Standard and headed for my shopping cart: this striped tee dress, which is about as appealingly tomboyish as a dress gets.
This polka dot dress just seems deeply versatile to me: I think it could totally work for the office—where I’m guessing at least some of you will be returning soon—or for a weekend sojourn to the greenmarket.
I own a version of this T-shirt dress, and it is absolutely genius for travel: it packs down to nothing and doesn’t ever wrinkle.
And finally: I actually kind of like the puffy arms here, which is not something that is usually true.