Top trends this summer include dresses in bold floral or geometric prints. Florals in particular are everywhere, running the gamut from demure prairie flowers to enormous blooms that look like an Impressionist canvas run rampant.
Geometric prints featured this summer emphasize abstract, tribal, and batik patterns in bright colors. For example, this cotton dress by Fish Fry evokes stained glass with its bold teal, magenta, and orange shapes edged in black.
One major trend this spring involves maxi dresses, but be certain the print flatters and doesn’t overwhelm you, particularly if you’re on the petite side. We like the knit-jersey maxi dress with a smocked empire waist, by ECI, which features an arrowhead pattern in summer-forward colors.
If you need more inspiration, try the Delphine dress, from New York-based designer Amy Smilovic’s fashion label, Tibi. The sweetheart neckline, belted waist, and a bold lilac silk print combine for a lovely frock perfect for a summer wedding or other dressy event. Famed for its eclectic prints, the label has numerous celebrity fans, including Scarlett Johansson, Madonna, and Reese Witherspoon.
Fancier frocks best for weddings and formal events include an off-white, cap-sleeved dress overlaid with a splashy hot pink-and-apricot floral print, by Muse.
At the more casual end, Title Nine’s Moxie dress in two contrasting pumpkin and rose cotton and xx prints is perfect for any outdoors activity, from a beach wedding to sunrise yoga.
For the wee one, try a bright butterfly graphic dress from Tulleshop. The all-cotton shift features pinks, yellow, and purple, with a smattering of aqua twined throughout. Choose your size, from 18 months to 4T.
And for the budget-conscious fashionista, we love the Calypso St. Barth line now available at Target. Zero in on offerings like the cotton voile shift that skims the knee and features a turquoise fan pattern. It's the perfect summer frock. Wear as a dress, as a tunic with leggings, or as a beach cover-up!