It’s getting hot and while I can’t speak for you, I can say with conviction on my own behalf that the moment temperatures rise above the 80-degree-Fahrenheit mark, I lose all sense of looking cool in favor of, you know, cooling off. And cooling off is a hard sentiment to execute when you’re consumed with the trivialities of pairing the proper skirt with the proper blouse, under the proper vest–made cooler by the proper bracelets, socks, sandals and so forth. So what’s a girl, stricken by the plague of fashion’s banalities to do? Settle on a dress, duh. But not just any dress–there’s a science circumventing how to function practically while still maintaining that whim of decadence so below you’ll find five different silhouettes hand-picked for you, by me, which is either awesome or terrible.
I won’t tell you that in order to accomplish the looks you need the precise dresses as shown above–no, no–this is far more about understanding what will help you maintain your cool without compromising your, erm, cool.
Just punch me in the face now. Go ahead. Do it.
Look 1: A cotton, long sleeve mini dress is gr8-with-an-8 in light of several circumstances: while wearing calf length wicker booties for example, but also with plain old white sneakers or a pair of flat booties. This one is by Isabel Marant and you don’t have to wear a choker but I still think you should. (Booties by Sergio Rossi, necklace by Pamela Love).
Look 2: And this is an important one. Is anyone else beginning to feel insatiably hungry for mid length skirts and dresses? I’m not sure how much clearer a nod to 90s paraphernalia I could possible make (Spaghetti strap? Check. 3/4 length? Check. Floral print? Check. Plaid? Check. Back slip? Check again) but frankly, I don’t want it to end. Furthermore, nothing else seems quite as right, fresh, or now. (Dries van Noten dress, Isabel Marant heels)
Look 3: The layer of tulle permeating the inside of this pale blue, off the shoulder party dress leads me to believe it was likely designed for prom or some blazon of event in that vein which is also precisely why I would only ever wear it with beaten up sneakers and sunglasses–even in doors or at night. This particular guy is from Topshop but the gamut of big-little dresses made for parties, waiting to be used at supermarkets is extensive and all around you. All. Around. You. (Sneakers by Golden Goose, sunglasses by Ralph Lauren).
Look 4: It’s not a summer dress round-up without one of the white variety, is it? This PJK number is something of a chameleon–pair it with high tops and look cool. Layer it with a leather jacket and look cooler. Try a panama hat, enormous necklace, and gladiator sandals that hit you just below the knee and pretend you’re back at Coachella, but only for a couple of hours before meeting your step dad, Indiana Jones, at his friend, Caesar’s abode.
Look 5: Here is the seemingly casual, bathroom wallpaper print dress featuring fun caveats like a cut-out back, skater skirt and floppy sleeves. I know it’s not entirely convenient to suggest pairing this particular dress with a suede fringe jacket but when all is said and done, I suppose beating heat, practicality and making sense aren’t really my bag. Also, seashells. (Dress by The Reformation, jacket by Isabel Marant, sandals by Charlotte Olympia).
Photos by Naomi Shon and the backdrop bike does not come included. So, what do you think?