The little white dress, a summer staple

We chatted with Sara Mueller, a fashion blogger from A Dose of Pretty, to find out how she manages to stay cool during hot summer months.

Garnet Hill Signature Summer Sundress in White Cutwork Stripe

Photos by @ananewyork

I’m currently living in Miami with my husband and two kids, so I know a bit about this endless summer thing. As a mom of two, lifestyle blogger, and aspiring photographer, staying cool in the summer is not just preferable – it’s necessary. My happy place is when I am with my family, surrounded by pretty things, styling, creating content, taking photos, and traveling. You’ll pretty much find me with my camera everywhere I go. If I had to tell you about three things I can’t live without (aside from my family), it would be my camera, a good cup of coffee or tea, and my love for creativity.

One of my favorite things about Miami living is how it’s al fresco weather all year round, regardless of the heat. Since outdoor entertaining is the norm, I’ve learned that the key to staying cool (besides simply being in the shade) is dressing in light and flowy pieces of clothing. This summer I’m loving this little white dress.

Afternoon Tea - Laduree

Photos by @ananewyork

Garnet Hill Signature Summer Sundress in White Cutwork Stripe

Photos by @ananewyork

Afternoon Tea

Photos by @ananewyork

Another thing I love is Parisian style – yes, I’m a Francophile. So of course, I picked Laduree as the place to debut this beautiful Garnet Hill dress. We were in Paris last summer, so being here at Laduree brings back fond memories of our trip.

Garnet Hill Signature Summer Sundress in White Cutwork Stripe

Photos by @ananewyork

This little number looks great dressed up a bit for an afternoon tea date with a friend, or to jaunt around the town running errands. And since I love my summer whites, I have a feeling this dress will be in constant rotation this season.

What do you have planned for the season?

Dressing for Special Occasions

Adri, blogger of Adri Lately, shares her tips on how to effortlessly dress for every special spring occasion.

With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner, this season often becomes packed-full of special events. It almost seems that all at once, the invitations for weddings, graduations and birthdays clutter our mailboxes. Though there is nothing better than celebrating with those you love most, now is the time to make sure you have the right outfit in your closet so that, when the time comes, picking it is just as effortless. Because, really, the focus should be on making memories – not stressing about your clothes.

Even though you might have several events on your calendar, simplicity is always key. In my book, you can never go wrong with a good dress. They’re a one-and-done, and are wearable for years to come.

Keep It Basic: Pick a classic dress and it’ll never let you down. Not only will you be able to wear it more than once, you won’t regret looking back at pictures in the next 10 or 20 years later. Neutrals, even with prints, are my go-to, like this Twist Detail Knit Dress! The print is neutral, but unique.

Adri of Adri Lately in the Garnet Hill Twist-Detail Knit Dress

Comfort Level: Choose the length and cuts that feel best. There’s nothing worse than having to sit through a wedding in a dress that you have to tug down the whole time. If this is happening, chances are you will never wear it again and all your attention will be on the dress rather than the celebration.

Adri of Adri Lately in the Garnet Hill Twist-Detail Knit Dress

Dress Up or Down: A dress that can be styled up or down opens up so many more options on where you can wear it. It’s also a good indicator that you can wear it to more than one of your events this year.

Adri of Adri Lately in the Garnet Hill Twist-Detail Knit Dress

Whatever special events you have coming up, I hope these tips help you find the perfect dress!