It's Almost Summer -- Yay! for Sundresses!
I am so glad that summer is almost here. Ask any of my friends and they will tell you I am definitely not a winter kind of girl. I am okay until Christmas since I love the Holidays, but once the New Year hits I cannot wait for the return of warm weather. It is up in the mid-70's today -- still not what I would call a scorcher but getting better. I cannot wait to feel that hot Texas Sun bearing down on me come July and August. But with the warming weather, it is time for a girl to consider her summer wardrobe. The staple of my summer fashion is the sundress.
I like many things about the sundress. It is usually a very lightweight garment that helps keep you cool during those dog days of summer. By its very design, it tends to capture even the smallest breeze to your advantage. Since it is usually made from an almost gossamer material, it hangs softly on your shoulders and adds little to no heat to your body temperature. Definitely not what you want to slip into if trying to keep warm.
The classic sundress was popularized in the 1960s by designer Lilly Pulitzer and has been a staple of summerwear for ladies ever since. There were a few really cool sundresses at Style x 2011at the Austin Convention Center back in March, but not really what I was expecting. Sometimes sundresses seem too simple to excite most designers so they do not always take advantage of the style. But that does not mean you cannot find them from well known designers.
The sundresses to the right were designed by world famous Calvin Klein. They are 97% cotton and 3% spandex for just that little amount of stretchiness in just the right places. The pleated skirt flares toward the hem making the dress very open and airy. With its sleeveless, scoop neck design, this dress will look great on anyone and, like all sundresses, is basically an outfit in itself!
Another thing I love about sundresses is the simplicity of its design that still allows for a great deal of creativity, variety and innovation. In addition to being a garment that works in just about any color and almost any print design, the basic structure of the dress can be embellished with anything from pleats to ruffles and still maintain its basic openness. It is almost like it can be plain and fancy at the same time making it a versatile choice for a busy day.
While the traditional image of a sundress is probably a shorter style, in reality sundresses can be any length, from the shortest mini to floor-length. They can also use any style neckline or hem; be sleeveless or either short or long sleeved; use zippers, buttons, front or back ties or simple be a pullover design. And all of that is before the designers start really using their imagination. Lace, bows, frills and trimmings -- so many things can be added to the basic design to make a sundress a more adventurous choice.
To the right are two sundress from Victoria's Secret that illustrate how something as simple as ruffles added to the skirt can change the appearance of a sundress and maybe spruce it up a bit for more formal occasions. While these dresses are still very breezy and open, they also add something that implies a more serious vibe than a plain or pleated skirt might convey. It seems to say, "Hey! We got fancied up for this shindig!"
At the end of the day, what matters is that a lady looks good, feels great and turns a few heads along the way. A well chosen sundress can easily help you do that. The very nature of its open and carefree design tends to put you in a good mood that radiates and lights up the world around you. The bright colors and simple design is eyecatching and will almost always draw a few stares your way.
I hope you have enjoyed my little ode to the sundress and if you do not have a few in your wardrobe, go out and fix that right now! The shelves are filling up with summer merchandise in all the stores so what a great excuse to hit the aisles! Some of the dresses here are kind of pricey but you can find great stuff in just about any discount store or at your local mall.
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