May 2021

3 must-have dresses for summer by Jessica Camerata

Jessica Camerata is the fashion and lifestyle blogger behind An Indigo Day. We love the way she creates versatile, elevated looks, using essential wardrobe pieces that transcend night and day, workday and weekend, out-and-about or comfy-at-home. These are Jessica’s picks for must-have summer dresses. 

As a style blogger, I always want to help readers look and feel put together with my easy tips. Having a few essential dresses in your closet is a must. Ones you can pull out, put on, and style a multitude of ways. These three dress designs will effortlessly help you look great and feel comfortable all summer long.

As warm weather approaches, I gravitate toward all the dresses in my closet. The jeans and leggings get put away, and I reach for breezy pieces that are light and flowy. When I think of must-have dresses for the season, these three simple styles instantly come to mind:

1 | The comfortable T-shirt dress

First up, an easy T-shirt dressin comfy fabric. I love that this design has a cinched waist with a knot on the hip. You tie it yourself, so you can make it as fitted as you would like. It’s flattering and feels a little more elevated than a classic, boxy knit dress. I’d pair this with sneakers and a denim jacket for summer-day exploring. For an evening out, I’d layer it with a long cardigan and slip on a block heel. This dress is extremely versatile and oh so comfortable. And the fabric is so soft, it feels like you’re wearing pajamas.

2 | The effortlessly versatile linen dress

Summer and linen dresses just belong together. Linen is a light, breathable fabric, making it ideal for hot days. This sleeveless shirt-style dress is a classic design that can be worn many different ways. It can be worn as a beach cover-up, left open over a tank and jean shorts, or as a dress. I like to belt it to define my waist, but it also works just fine without it, flaunting a flattering A-line shape that isn’t too boxy. Add a pretty straw bag and you’re ready for any summer outing.

3 | The long-on-style maxi dress

Maxi dresses are always a chic choice, and they’re ideal for those breezy, cooler nights. The longer length helps keep you covered at night for a bit of warmth. I love the button detailing on this dress. A maxi like this just needs simple sandals and you’re good to go. But you can always dress it up with a nice belt to cinch the waist and add color and texture. This style also looks great layered. I’m a sucker for a good jean jacket, but a cashmere cardiganor utility-style jacket will also work nicely.

What’s your top dress pick for summer? How would you style it? For more inspiration and additional dress styles, visit our current collection.

Photos were provided by Hannah Lozano.


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