What better way to dress up your Summer wardrobe than with just that — the season's prettiest lineup of warm-weather dresses. We watched dresses in every color of the rainbow take a spin down the Spring '12 runways. Not to mention, these feminine frocks ran the gamut from ultra-diaphanous and flowy to edgier asymmetrical hems and colorblocked silhouettes. Now, we're transplanting those styles to our own closets, with a focus on the biggest trend takeaways and coolest details. From a '20s-inspired drop-waist shape to flirtier ruffled necklines and floral prints, we honed in on the hottest dress styles. So, let this roundup act as your guiding light for all things dress-related. Whether you're ready to make a serious investment or just want to amp up your Summer sheath quotient, we promise we've got what you're looking for. Click through to find the perfect dress to wear right now.
With clean lines coming down the Spring '11 runways at Max Mara, Max Azria, and Alexander Wang, we were newly inspired to embrace minimalism with our Summer dresses. Lean silhouettes made fresher with bright palettes and seasonal stripes remind us that sometimes less really is more. We've rounded up our favorite styles — maxi lengths, easy day dresses, and chic cocktail shifts that speak to that perfectly minimalist style sense. Click through to shop our editor's picks.
We can't help but crave the kind of curves Christina Hendricks is blessed with. Of course, if like us, that figure doesn't come naturally, there are also tricks and tips for creating happy illusions, like the womanly curves of an hourglass shape. To hint at the right proportions, look for dresses with fitted bodices and cinched waists to help create the right structure and form. You'll want the fit to hug your curves and reinforce that hourglass illusion from the bust to the hips — and steer clear of empire waists and sheath silhouettes that can lose your shape. Look to curvy icons like Scarlett Johansson and Christina Hendricks, both of whom are clad in Dolce and Gabbana at left, or take cues from Jennifer Lawrence, who works a belt to maximum effect, for inspiration. Ready to shop? Click through for our editor's best dress picks to create that curve-perfect shape.
With its endless sunshine and balmy evenings, Summer is the ideal time to show off your feminine side. Try ruffles, bows, and lace — and whatever you do, don't skimp on the floral prints. We've rounded up 10 delicate frocks perfect for weddings, bachelorette parties, or any outdoor cocktail fete guaranteed to get you through Summer looking femme as can be. Click through to see and shop our top 10 picks for feminine dresses.