This puff sleeve specimen from Madewell just looks like the very definition of breezy.
A cute embroidered number made of a cotton-linen combo that, incredibly, rings in under $60.
Just an easy tank dress for throwing on whenever.
A cool caftan that also comes in a very good off-white.
This gauze shirt dress is in my cart even as I type—what a simple, perfect piece.
I’m pleased to see that Mango has become more inclusive in some of their sizing of late: this sweet floral is available in sizes up to 20.
Throw on this smart-looking utility dress, and you’re chic and crisp in just one step.
Universal Standard is now offering their popular Geneva dress in this striped iteration, and I’m there for it.
A linen-blend number that looks like it’d be ideal for a scorcher of a day.
A leopard print shirtdress: two things I love, looking great together.
I know this one is a little bare, but I love the checks and you could always pair it with a cotton cardigan.
Perfect timing for me as I’m leaving in a few weeks for a Covid postponed trip to Europe. Slight change of plans will bring me to Paris for the first time in almost 40 years and am looking for some simple, chic dresses. Two in my shopping cart!
That sounds amazing, Dawn. Have a wonderful time!
I love me a summer dress but I really want to puffed sleeve trend to go the way of the dodo.
I’ll try it — thanks!
20 is not size inclusive
I hear you, Elisa, but considering that in the past they’ve topped out at size 8, I’d call this progress.
Question: all the dresses shown here are midi. Is it not kosher/cool/acceptable for a GOCA to wear an above the knee dress/skirt? If so, I’m gonna have to start shelling out for some new things!!
By all means wear whatever length feels right to you. I show midi dresses because the feedback I’ve gotten is that they’re what most of you wear.
Your response makes me sad. The reason I read fashion blogs is for new ideas, both clothes and how to style existing pieces. Being sold the same stuff over and over again is so blah blah boring.
That’s a good leopard(?) print. (Lots of times, the colors don’t look right.)
I’d love to know what everyone’s wearing under their sheer, gauzy dresses. I’m a 36C in need of support and can’t find a slip that works. I’d rather not head into shapewear territory (unless that’s the only option) since that makes the dress less breezy and cool. Thanks!
Something like this, perhaps? https://rstyle.me/+Y-TJVNs4qM9rSXNRUHeoIg
I got something similar but in a knit fabrication from H&M a few years back. It was cheap as chips but comfy as the day is long.
Thanks Kim. Just ordered the slip. Now I can concentrate on the dresses!
Eva, I purchased two slip dresses from lacausa.com several years ago––one in black and one in grey––I cut them off to the length (no hemming, just left the raw edge) I needed and they’ve worked beautifully.
I’m really happy that midi dresses are readily available now, since I prefer to cover my knees, but so many things are either spaghetti straps or puffed sleeves these days, yuck! And is it possible to make a summer dress that has a little bit of shape? For those of us with big boobs and big hips, the sack dresses just make us look like blobs.
That said, I have to put in a plug for that Paige dress — I have it in blue from a few years ago, and it’s really good. I wish all these designers would offer some good colors other than black or white or dull colors — beige and military green do many of us no favors. How about a pretty blue? Teal or turquoise? Red?
I have been on the search for what I’m calling the One True Dress ever since I saw it on a woman across the HEB parking lot a couple of months ago. It was similar to the white embroidered one above but with wide 3/4-length sleeves and a defined waist. Looking for it has become my new hobby.
I tried on one that had smocking across the chest and my daughter told me I looked like Marmie from Little Women. :/
Smocking needs to die already. I didn’t even like it as a little girl.