One of my favourite things about summer is the wonderful fashion styles that come with it. In particular, a classic summer dress is the piece of clothing that I wear the most throughout the warm months. I love that you only need a few simple styles in your closet to showcase a variety of different looks and that it can transition easily from day to evening. I enjoy browsing a few stores in the spring and picking out three or four basic dresses that can be added to my existing wardrobe. I look for styles that I can easily accessorize accordingly with shoes, handbags, scarves, blazers and jewellery.

Here are my top three recommendations when picking out your summer dresses this season.

Classic White

My first choice for a reason! Like the ‘little black dress’, I recommend having a simple, classic white dress in your closet. The length and type of fabric is up to you to explore, although linen is always a great choice for summer since it’s light and breezy for those humid nights. For a casual evening look, add some wedges and a light denim jacket. During the day, its perfect to pair with some cute sandals and a bright clutch.

Maxi Style

A summer essential for every woman’s wardrobe, you don’t need to sacrifice fashion at the price of comfort with a maxi dress! This style of dress is extremely stylish and flattering for a variety of different body types. The floor length aspect of the maxi makes it a great choice for a chic, evening look especially when you add a summer blazer or wrap. Since your legs are covered, don’t be afraid to experiment with a bold nail colour or a statement jewellery piece.

Short and Versatile

The third summer dress style I love is an above the knee A-line sundress. Cute and casual, this type of dress is perfect when running errands with the kids, but is also great if you need to change from a daytime to evening look fast. Throw on a pair of heels, leather jacket and dark lipstick to give your relaxed look some edge before hitting the town!

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