At the beginning of summer, I always start my hunt for a very special “birthday dress” to wear on my big day in August, and, along with a fancy special occasion dress, this year I’ve also been scouring for some lightweight, easy-to-wear cotton frocks to supplement my summer wardrobe. Here are some of my favorites I’ve discovered so far:
J.Crew Stripe Derby Dress – $138
I’m always such a sucker for stripes, and the thin red and black pattern on this sundress is a little more interesting than the usual navy and white or black and white combinations. And I love the little diagonal stripe trim at the waist, which adds a perfect little contrasting pop.
J.Crew Dizzy Anchors Dress – $168
Novelty prints are another weakness of mine, so it’s no wonder that I’m smitten with this anchor-covered dress, cut in a flirty a-line shape and made from a thin cotton that’s perfect for sweltering days. It’s maybe a tad short for my tastes, but otherwise adorable enough that I’ll give it a pass.
Tracy Reese Digital Print Dress- $348
Loving the lush colors and dramatic, oversized floral print of Tracy Reese Dress. It comes replete with pockets and a delightfully Victorian-esque row of buttons down the bodice.
BHLDN Garlands of Lace Dress – $180
This lace maxi dress from Anna Sui’s resort collection is so feminine and dreamy, and it’s on sale for a total steal of a price. It’s already mostly sold out, but intermittently keeps popping back in new sizes.
Modcloth Strolling Through Sunday Dress – $109.99
This dress by Knitted Dove (helmed by a former Anthropologie designer!) is a visual scoop of neapolitan ice cream. I can’t decide if it’s maybe a *little* too saccharine with me, what with all that pink (never my favorite shade to wear), but you can’t deny how adorable it is.
kate spade selita dress – $578
Oh kate spade. This red lace dress is *amazing,* but you are killing me with that price.
kate spade sonja dress – $226
This tennis-ball covered dress went on sale earlier this month, but, while completely adorable and flattering, when I tried it on in person I discovered the material was a little thin; I know kate spade’s sale cycles well enough to know it’s going to get a further markdown, so I’m waiting patiently for a fairer price. But when that second cut happens, I plan to pounce immediately. Too cute.
dorothy perkins turquoise/pink midi dress – $69
My love for novelty prints rears its head again with this quirky flaming-print dress, which I haven’t been able to get out of my mind since I saw it on the lovely British Anthropologiest. It’s already winging its way over to me, and I hope I can look half as fantastic as her in it!
Anthropologie Scalloped Stripes Dress – $128
While Anthro’s designs generally continue to stray alarmingly further and further from the mark, once in a while there’s still a total home-run for me. This dress is one of those. It has adorable stripes that are made from little pieces of scalloped ric rac, so there’s a lot more visual interest than a normal striped pattern. Plus it comes in comfy comfy jersey and is pullover style — no annoying zippers to fuss with. It comes in white and navy, but I love this red/white version I spotted online even more (though annoyingly it only comes in petites currently, and this dress is already verging on a bit short on me…).
Anthropologie Mariposa Lace Dress – $248
Last but not least is this lovely by Tracy Reese, which I’ve already drooled over at length in my last Anthro wishlist post. So incredibly gorgeous, with the lace and the slight sparkle to the material, it feels like a fairy princess dress to me. Think this be my top choice at the moment for my birthday dress :)
Any favorite summer dress of yours lately? Feel free to share!
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