Summer is the perfect time to add color and maybe even a bit of whimsy to what we wear. A fun summer dress can get all those fashion juices going.
One of the most important features of a summer dress is COMFORT! The last thing you want on a hot summer day is a dress that feels heavy or binds someplace. This fun dress is super lightweight making it one of the first things that comes to mind when I’m planning what to wear on the high temp days.
Color and Print
I’m not such a colorful dresser during fall and winter. And my “print tolerance” is on the low side typically. However, once we are in the full swing of summer, I start scouring my closet for color and pattern. Do you do that? After a long season of neutral and dark colors, I’m so ready to perk up my looks.
A couple of considerations about color and prints to keep in mind. As we age, incorporating prints and color into our looks provides a bit of “camouflage.” Print and color gives the eye a place to focus, rather than on any wrinkles, lines, and crepey skin. (I don’t want to think about this either, I’m just trying to be honest here.) I’ve noticed that as I’m getting older, I’m naturally drawn to clothes in interesting colors and with prints and texture. I especially like architectural details that are appealing, like diagonal or unusual lines, beautiful draping, asymmetric features. These details also provide interest and ways to draw the eye. These are attributes to keep in mind when you are shopping.
Accessorizing a colorful print dress opens up all kinds of possibilities! Pull out one of the colors for shoes or a cardigan. For this post, I paired the dress with red sandals and yellow-gold sandals for two different looks. You can see how the bright red sandals draw the eye whereas the lighter color sandals are more neutral and let the dress take center stage.
The Art of Texture
Let’s talk texture. Texture is a way to add another layer of interest to clothes. Like color and prints, texture draws the eye and pulls focus away from some of the aging effects we may not want to highlight.
This dress plays with texture with the vertical design for the bodice part of the dress and then jumps right into a crinkle texture for the skirt. (This kind of texture is also great for a travel piece – no worrying about wrinkles! We will travel again someday, so crinkle texture is a feature to consider for a travel wardrobe.)
Accessorizing with Jewelry
A print also opens up an array of options for jewelry. I paired a multi-color necklace (see close-up above) for this post. Another necklace option would be something chunky that follows the neckline, which could dress up the basic crew neckline.
When choosing earrings for a print dress, top, or skirt, I sometimes like to mirror the shape of the print. For example, I chose hoop earrings with a hammered texture to mirror the circles in the print and the texture of the fabric.
This beautiful summer dress is the Smash Pocket Dress by Alquema, an Australian company in Sydney. It’s sold on the Alquema website (linked) as well as through boutique retailers. For Dez & Dot followers who are local to Sonoma County, I found this dress at one of my favorite boutiques, Shunzi (locations in Petaluma and San Rafael). Owner Shunzi has a very creative eye and curates a wide assortment of clothing with beautiful design elements. The dress comes in a variety of colors and prints (I don’t see this particular print on the website). Sizing is 0, 1, 2. I’m wearing a size 1, equivalent to a medium.
PRINT AND COLORFUL SUMMER DRESSES
Interested in exploring print summer dresses? Here are some options. If you have a favorite boutique, especially small local shops, support them by perking up your summer wardrobe with a new dress or other summer piece. Many small boutiques are open and customers are welcome (with masks). Our local small business owners are SO appreciative.