Street fests, patio soirees, and pedicured toes may seem like the quintessential signs of summer, but as we all know, the season has truly only started once the ladies reach into the depths of their closets and break out the breezy summer dresses. Whether you’re the type to opt for a flowy maxi, or you prefer to show off those freshly bronzed stems (you didn’t struggle through 6 weeks of boot camp for nothing!), we all have that go-to frock that never lets us down, no matter what the occasion.
There’s one problem, though. Every true fashionista has a distinct personal style that sets her apart from the crowd. From the girly girl who loves a bit of frill, to the trendsetter that’s always on the cutting edge, she doesn’t want to stray from the style that makes her, well, HER. Here are some of our picks from the tip-top merchants on Giftbar that will keep you feeling cool and looking hot, hot, hot. Caution: you will turn heads.
This one’s for all you hippie-chic gals with arms to rival the First Lady’s (we’re still wondering if she’s even human). This cobalt blue maxi from our Dallas darling, Nicole Kwon, is the perfect piece for a day-to-night transition. Throw on this dress with a pair of flat sandals and killer shades for a comfy-casual look perfect for your family BBQ, or simply swap out the sandals for open-toe stilettos and finish it off with the statement accessory of your choice — we suggest an eye-catching gold choker — for after-party cocktails with your guy.
Still not sure what to wear for this week’s boozy brunch with the girls? Umm, look no further because Giftbar’s ever-cool Miami merchant, MVM Miami, has you covered. This lace dress is ideal for the most feminine of fashionistas who won’t roll out of bed for just any old outfit. The lace detail on the dress is perfectly pretty, but the short hemline and peak of skin will keep your look casual. Pair it with a bright lip to really stand out, and throw your hair up into a flirty pony to let the dress do the talking.
Farmer’s markets scream summer, and so should your look as you’re perusing the veggie stands. This flowy frock from one of our LA faves, Jill Roberts, will certainly keep you cool on a sunny summer weekend, but you’ll also look even cooler. The 100% linen dress comes in Ombre or Pewter, so it’s the ideal neutral basic for edgy dressers who love to layer. Top the look with a brimmed straw hat and a gauzey, patterned scarf to protect yourself from the sun… and add your own personal style touch, of course.
‘Tis the season for wedding, after wedding, after (you guessed it), yet another wedding. With a calendar jam-packed with showers, bachelorette parties, and the big days themselves, you’ll need a new dress for every occasion — if only to avoid the dreaded label of “outfit repeater.” Our DC merchant, Britt Ryan, is the authority on polished prep attire and will guarantee that you look flawless for all of the upcoming celebrations. This piece is a true statement-maker, so we suggest finishing it off with your favorite pair of killer nude heels and keeping the makeup look light and natural to keep the spotlight on YOU.