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Sporty summer dresses - best brands and where to find them
Are you an athletic woman who prefers to wear a dress with a sporty yet feminine appeal? If you do, then this article will help you to find a summer dress that is versatile enough to go from beach to sand while making you feel unstoppable!
I grew up loving the outdoors; but that has never detracted from my need to look and feel feminine. For several years I travelled with suitcases filled with clothing that catered for individual occasions; and carried around hefty suitcases that often provided comic relief for my family and friends. Well, about a couple years ago, I decided to fix that problem. I started travelling with mostly sporty summer dresses. From my personal experience, I have found that my selection of dresses offer me the luxury of wearing them in or out of the water, hiking, strolling, shopping and even to dinner.
I now have a collection of what I like to call “sporty summer dresses”, and have taken the time to research and shop around for brands that offer me the following features:
- · High quality
- · Stylish
- · Wrinkle- phobic
- · Light weight
- · Flattering
- · Quick- drying
- · Comfortable
- · Supportive
- · Travel- friendly
- · Easy- care
I decided to write this article so that I can share some of my recommended brands with you. I have listed them in an order that puts my favorite brand first. I also gave a description of my top five below.
I love the fact that Prana dresses are very flattering, and available in pretty summer prints. My only problem is that the prints tend to be antiquated at times. However, I get many compliments when I wear Prana dresses.
Athleta dresses are usually very comfortable and stylish. I like the fact that their short- sleeved dresses are just as appealing as their thin-strap dresses. Also, most of Athleta's dresses are suitable for both in-water and out-of-water adventures.
Dresses by Patagonia are the most versatile to me. The only down side is that they do not always offer support.
The North Face
I love the soft, wrinkle-free material of most dresses by The North Face. I am average height, and I have found that some of these dresses tend to end way below my knees- I usually prefer my dresses to hit just above the knees. However, dresses by The North Face are very figure- flattering, and are hence some of my favorite sporty summer dresses yet.
In 2011 I found some Columbia dresses with some very beautiful prints. I like the support I get from most of Columbia’s dresses. However, the chest area can be a bit revealing at times.
Where to find sporty summer dresses
Apart from the Brand- name stores themselves, the above mentioned brand name dresses can be found at the following sites online: Zappos, 6pm, Title Nine, Backcountry, Rei, Campmor, Sierra Trading Post, Amazon, Altrec, Mountain Gear, Rock creek, Moosejaw and a few other sites.
I hope this article was informative and provided you with a dress that suits your preferred comfort and style. For me, I like the idea that my choices of sporty summer dresses make packing for long vacations quick and simple; and that I feel confident when I wear them. The bonus is that I get many compliments when I least expect!
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