What’s your favorite kind of summer dress? A long, flowing maxi that moves with your day? A sophisticated midi with sleeves that works as hard as you do? When the weekend comes, do you reach for unexpected details like a tie-front or off-the-shoulder ruffle? We asked six of our favorite bloggers to pick the maurices dresses they loved most for our #testthedress challenge. They posted their selects online and polled their followers to find a winner — now we’re sharing the top styles with you!
Winning looks for every body
A wide variety of styles, lengths, and colors were represented in the winning group of dresses. After all, summer is the perfect time to embrace your own unique look. So whether you’re looking for an easy waist, a flattering length or a fun, bright color, there’s no shortage of effortless and pretty dresses for every body to wear all summer long in this compilation of popular styles. Drumroll please…
Short and sweet: @collinstuohysmith
Collins of @collinstuohysmith ultimately chose a yellow and white striped dress that reminded her of the lemon snow cones she enjoyed with her dad as a kid. She loved the shorter length (breeze, please) along with the easy fit and tie-front waist. Not to mention the knotted bodice with a cute keyhole and elongating stripes. She said it was perfect for a hot summer day — and there are plenty of those in her hometown of Memphis. Collins finished her look with a straw hat, sunnies and a roomy, textured tote perfect for shopping or work errands (she owns a custom-order cookie company). Sounds like a delicious choice all around.
Show some shoulder:@Emily_Soto & @jessbkr
Emily Soto of North Carolina is a mommy of two and STEM teacher. She and her followers chose a pretty blue hydrangea and white striped dress that fits perfectly with her fashion moto “style and grace”. The elasticized top hem of this flowing maxi shows just enough sun-kissed shoulder while the easy tie waist and lightweight fabric make it perfect for summer days (and nights) in North Carolina. Jess Baker, AKA the Chic Blonde, also chose this elegant maxi dress. Jess loves dresses because they’re the perfect solution on those “I have nothing to wear” days (plus, she likes all things girly). As a mom of three living overseas with her military husband, Jess needs easy dresses she can wear with sandals in the AM while chasing kids around or elevate, literally, with high wedges in the PM. Jess brought her look together with a fun straw hat, textured bag and oversized sunglasses for an easy summer vibe.
Pretty in purple: @Mskristine and @iambeauticurve
Kristine of @Mskristine, a plus-size fashion blogger from Los Angeles, calls herself “a curvy girl living in a trendy world.” Her mission is to show that curvy women can be just as stylish and fabulous as everyone else. And her #testthedress winner is definitely both of those things. A standout in Paradise Purple, this sophisticated dress features ruffled sleeves and an easy tie waist dress plus pockets (yea!). The scoop neckline begs for a long necklace and that’s exactly what Rochelle of @iambeauticurve added to her outfit. She dressed up this vibrant choice with an equally bold layered necklace, neutral ankle-strap heels and a neutral clutch. Rochelle admits that, like most of us, she struggles with outfits in the summertime because she’s trying to stay cool and not wear a lot of clothing. That’s why this mom from Little Rock loves this versatile one-and-done dress. Apparently her followers do, too, from the rave reviews she received on Insta.
It’s a wrap: @lowstoluxe
Which dress was a winner for Shaheen of @LowstoLuxe? Shaheen and her followers chose a long and lean surplice wrap maxi dress in fresh basil leaf green with rolled sleeves and an easy tie waist. The show-stopping slit is perfect for framing high wedges or comfy summer slides. Shaheen is a dentist who lives in Chicago and she has a bucket list of restaurants to try. This ultra feminine and flowy maxi dress is perfect for dinner with friends, weekend brunch or a even a candlelit backyard dinner date. Add a statement necklace and metal aviators for a sophisticated touch of shine.