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Summer Day Dresses.

By: Jen Shoop

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A few of my favorite daytime dress finds for summer —

01. Julia Amory’s Betty. I was wowed by this dress when it arrived. It’s a heavy-duty, structured cotton with incredible attention to detail, including a wide row-stitched hem and deep pockets. It looks like a million bucks and feels like something that was made years ago — the quality is absolutely incredible. The fabric is a cotton-spandex blend that gives shape and stretch and does not wrinkle easily. I have it on good authority that these dresses are running very low in stock, FYI. (I’m wearing above with my Dans La Main bag! And, heads up, the Dorsey Clemence necklace I wear daily — you can see it in the last photo above — was just restocked! I love this style so much. I find it easy to dress up and down and wear it around the clock to layer with one or two other necklaces.)

02. This chic $128 (!) striped popover dress. I love the contrast green stitching. Pair with leather sandals or flats and be on your way.

03. This breezy Marea. Love the shape and the sweet print! Adorable!

04. The HHH Cosima dress. Try to get your hands on one of these! Each time they’ve launched this early summer, they’ve sold out. The silhouette is so flattering and easy to wear. Currently available in a tile / floral situation, and limited sizing of the seashell print I own here, or hold out for restocks of some of their more mixable pieces, like stripes or the solid brown I really wish I’d snagged. HHH also released the dress in a limited edition coke bottle red lace that would be spectacular for a dressier event (only a few left). You can get a similar look to the Cosima for less with this Madewell.

05. Doen’s Marianne dress. I’ve been noticing a micro-trend of drop-waist dresses and I love this one, or the sister style, the Mallory, which is sold out at Doen but still available in a few sizes in trending gingham at Saks. Look for less with this Gap x Doen dress in denim or white eyelet.

06. Mirth Vienna dress. Can be worn with or without the belt — so easy but pulled-together. J’adore.

07. Mille Saffron dress. I own this in several patterns and frankly wish I could wear them daily. They are ultra-light and comfortable and Mille has the best patterns. I like these dresses styled with either my Ancient Greek Eleftherias or Birks. Mille also has a mini version of the Saffron, and I also adore their Garden dress. This brand runs really big, so go down a size. 15% off with JEN15.

08. Printfresh x House of Lars caftan. I own this in the blue/red pattern (but all three options are SO fun) and cannot wear it without receiving questions and compliments! Such a head turner and so easy to wear. Not exactly the same, but this $140 dress gives me a similar vibe/feel in terms of bold pattern and easy shape.

09. Cleobella Ingrid dress. I absolutely love the pattern and sash waist. So chic with leather sandals (<<reminder that MAGPIE35 gets you $35 your first order — this code is only valid through June 14!), tortoise shades, and a big straw basket bag.

10. Jenni Kayne’s Day dress is quiet luxury / minimalist chic / elegance personified. I’d pair this with a trendy raffia sandal. You can get the Jenni Kayne look for less with this or this.

11. There’s something about this vintage-inspired Ciao Lucia dress that has my attention. It’s sold out once already and is currently available in very limited sizes for pre-order. It looks so effortless but fashion-y, like something Alice Pilate would wear while vacationing somewhere in the Mediterranean. This J. Crew linen mini is similar in ethos.

12. Anything by Juliet Dunn (more styles here). They are spendy but so, so comfortable (lightest, airiest, softest cotton — I save these for the dog days of summer) and beautiful. I love the tie-shouldered midi (20% off with YOUROCK) best.

13. Emerson Fry’s Frances dress — universally flattering and elongating. I adore this dress. I find it so easy to style up and down — could wear to a child’s graduation just as easily as a backyard hang.

14. I love the pieces from Loretta Caponi — elegant but easy enough to wear for everyday. How gorgeous is this, worn with or without belt? Heads up that this is a good brand to stalk on TRR. Look for less with this Free People!

P.S. My favorite white jeans and white tops for summer.

P.P.S. Styling white shorts.

P.P.P.S. On being a joyful witness in motherhood.

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2 thoughts on “Summer Day Dresses.

  1. I just bought my first Loretta Caponi on sale at Halsbrook and it won’t be my last. GREAT quality. If I am going to spend more than $300 on a dress, it must be good quality so I shop mostly on sale – Ann Mashburn and European vendors like Caponi.

    1. Oo la la – so chic!!! I am constantly stalking The Real Real for gently used Caponi, too!


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