Fashion Friday: Dresses

I wasn’t feeling inspired to write a fashion post this week, so I put out a call on Twitter for some suggestions.  This post is dedicated to Darcie and Courtney, who wanted to see some dresses.

Now I’ll say it up front.  I’m not crazy about dresses on me.  I rarely find one that I actually like.  And on the rare occasion that I do buy one and wear it, when I see pictures, I’m usually disappointed.  Give me a pair of rockin’ designer jeans and a cute sweater any day.  But I do envy those who can look cute and comfortable in a casual dress, and dress shopping for someone else turned out to be a heckuvalot more fun that dress shopping for myself.  So here’s what I found.

Darcie asked for sundresses, and she specifically mentioned she wasn’t feeling the love for LOFT this year, so I started out at my other favorite shopping destination, Banana Republic.

I could never wear this, but I think Darcie would look adorable in it.  It could easily go day to evening, which is nice too.


If you like the patio dress, this is really cute, but I’d like it better in another color.  Most of their dresses are on the fancier side this year.  Let’s move along.

Old Navy always has a few casual dresses, and they are usually pretty affordable, especially if you wait till you get a coupon.  The Broomstick Gauze Sundresses could be cute.  I know the maxi dresses are still fashionable this year, but I much prefer a dress that hits at the knee.  It’s a universally flattering length b/c it divides the body into thirds, and proportion is everything.

Old Navy Womens Broomstick Gauze Sundresses

Athleta is a little spendy, but they have really cute dresses.  Like this and this and this.  (And this comes in lots of gorgeous colors, not just black.)


And then I recently discovered that Nine West makes really cute dresses.  Who knew?  I thought Nine West was just for shoes, but I was wandering through Steinmart a few weeks ago and they carry a lot of them.  Like, how cute is this Dot Dress?  (I’m such a sucker for black and white.)


Courtney has just had a baby, and she asked to see shirtwaist dresses.  Those are a bit harder to find.  Macy’s has a few.  Like this one.  It also comes in black.


Target has a cute one.  Unfortunately only smaller sizes are available, but it might be worth taking a trip to the store to see what they have.  I like their Converse brand.  I have a cute navy blue cargo skirt in the Converse brand from Target that I got a few years ago.  I still wear it a lot during the summer months.

And here’s a sleeveless one from Lands End that could work.  You might be able to find it at Sears.  (I hate mail order.)


And finally, this one is a little dressier, but if you need a special occasion dress this summer, this might work for you.


Keep in mind, these models are usually about eight feet tall, so it probably won’t be that short on you.

How about you, where do you find cute, casual dresses for summer?  Help Darcie and Courtney out.

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