The sky is blue, the sidewalk is sizzling, and the parks is full of live music, outdoor festivities and fun to be had. That’s right ladies, it’s summer! Time to bust out your beautiful bright sundresses!
This June, sundress season has been given an official title by sportscaster and Twitter friend Bomani Jones. He explains the concept in this blog post, and it’s further explained here. The hashtag #SundressMonth on Twitter reveals that yes indeed, people are thoroughly enjoying it thus far.
Now here’s my thing about Sundress Month. I love the theory of it, but I don’t love the official website that’s been created to celebrate it. I had hoped for something more along the lines of The Sartorialist, but what we’ve got here has become quite pin-up inspired and I’m not really down with posting my photos to be rated with a 5 star system by anonymous oglers. But I am down with the sundress as a general rule. Here’s why.
Sundresses are light. Airy. They make me feel carefree and feminine. They remind me of growing up in Trinidad, and living in Miami. Sundresses make me feel sexy. When I wear a sundress, it isn’t even ABOUT the male gaze. It’s about feeling free, lighthearted, and summertime chic. And busting out the bangin’ accessories.
What IS a sundress? It can be short, it can be long. It should be made from a light, breathable fabric. To me, preferably, it’s breezy in style and/or colorful. The determining factor for me is: would I wear this dress to an outdoor street festival?
If the answer is YES, then it’s a sundress.
So having said that, here are some of my favorite sundresses on the store racks right now. Plus sizes only (because that’s my particular field of expertise!)
First stop – ye olde LB. Up above you see Lane Bryant’s tie front knit sundress, which is swingy, cute, and made of a super soft and lovely fabric. I just wish it came in more colors than just Juniper and ugh – Andorra. Might I suggest a bright sunshiny yellow or sunset-inspired orange, friends at LB?
I LOVE me some stripes, especially if they’ve got a crisp and slightly nautical flair. There’s something very 80’s yet modern about Faith 21’s Fresh Striped Dress. I love the shape, and I’d probably rock this with a cropped denim jacket. Too cute!
While we’re on the topic of stripes, can we talk about Ashley Stewart’s adorable striped dress ? Love the scoop neck and smocked waistband. This would be equally cute with flats, gladiator sandals, or heels if you wore it somewhere fancy.
I love a long maxi length solid print dress, and this Old Navy embroidered tiered sundown gown doesn’t disappoint! It’s the kind of dress you can take from day to night with a change of accessories, and it’d be a great timeless basic addition to your closet. But again – Juniper. WHY is this the only color choice available? Step it up, y’all!
I’m feeling the florals, and the B and Lu Rambling Rose dress is adorable. Love the ruffles on the bodice, and the timeless pattern. Follow B and Lu on Facebook for discounts and the scoop on new items!
There’s something very early 90’s chic about this floral maxi length ASOS dress. If you ever want to go wander through an orchard, this is the garment you should be wearing when you do it!
Talk to me, bellas – will you celebrate Sundress Month? See anything you love up above? Found THE ideal sundress for the season? Share with me!