Choosing great summer dresses means that you have lots of styling options when it comes to seasonal looks. A few tips and tricks can help you dress your favorite dress up or down so you can wear it for different occasions all season long. Here's our advice on dressing up and dressing down your summer outfit ideas.

The First Step: Choosing Flattering Summer Dresses

There are so many summer dress styles to choose from: A-line, fit and flare, sleeveless styles, shirt dresses, wrap and more. From full-length flowy maxi dresses to simple spaghetti-strap summer sundresses, browsing or trying on a number of different dresses will help you find favorites you can turn to time and time again. A subtle print or solid color is versatile enough to be worn for almost any event. Once you have a few favorites in your closet, you can use style strategies to create fabulous looks.

 

Add a Cute Jacket

Cute spring and summer jackets are a great way to transform the look of a summer dress. Try a cute cropped jacket, a casual shirt jacket, or a lightweight motorcycle-inspired jacket for a dressed-down look. To amp it up, try a smart blazer or structured jacket to change the look.

 

Get Creative With Hats

Hat might seem like a subtle accessory, but it can really take your summer dress to a new level. Try using big and bold coloured hats to get a unique casual style. Or use small and bright hats to add a tiny splash that makes it just a little more dressy.

 

Shoes Seal the Style

Shoes are another accessory that can really direct the style of a summer dress. Even the most casual dress becomes a dressy favorite when worn with elegant high heels and a light summer sweater. Gladiator heels and a worn denim jacket can take that elegant sheath down a notch or two and make it ready for a summer evening picnic. Try different shoe styles, like canvas tennis shoes, embellished flip-flops or flats, fancy espadrilles, or smart slingbacks for a variety of looks all with the same favorite summer dress.