It’s finally here! The season where we can just throw on a lightweight summer dress with sandals and be on our way. I love buying summer dresses and get them anywhere from Target to Nordstrom. The versatility in these summer dresses and ability to dress them up or down, is so appealing to most people. And over the years of collecting these dresses, I’ve learned a thing or two. So here are a couple tips!
1- Know what you are buying. When you know what you’re buying you will know how it’s going to fit. Bottom line, KNITS CLING
So for example the dress I’m wearing below is a knit dress from Target. The name is Women’s Sleeveless Rib Knit Ballet Dress. If you see something with knit in the description that tells you that the material is probably a bit stretchy and will cling to your body. This is neither good nor bad. But it should signal you to be aware of the fit. I’ve heard a lot of people complain about these dresses either that they hug their tummy too tight or they highlight every little midsection crease. If you’re looking for a garment that is more flowy or glides across your midsection, a KNIT dress is not it! Here is a picture of me in a knit dress from Target. This isn’t as clingy as some because it has that fit and flare cut. But I still didn’t like the way it sat on my tummy so I ultimately returned it.
Here is another knit dress from Target. I really like the fit of this one so I kept it and have already worn it multiple times. Another thing a lot of women to help with the cling of these dresses is to size up. That can help with the midsection cling.
2- The other main type of summer dresses is a “woven”. All the rest of the dresses below are all examples of a “woven dress” or a summer dress that is not knit. These dresses are usually more flowly and have more ability to glide across the body.
3- Accessorize. Adding a belt, scarf, statement earrings or necklace can all really elevate the look of a sundress. After getting a sundress, I like to level them up by adding a belt. Look at the difference adding a belt made to the green dress below. And bonus, the belt is also from Target.
Hope this helps to broaden your knowledge on the beloved sundress!
Summer is right around the corner, which is why if you’re going to buy a couple new suits , you should start shopping for them now. Shopping for swimwear is a lot like shopping for jeans. It takes a lot of effort to find one that fits great.
When we hurridely buy a couple suits a few days before our vacation we are way more likely to keep something we don’t actually love. We say “it’ll do” and throw it in the suitcase. But then the next time we have a fun poolside day planned , we open the swim drawer and aren’t excited about any of the suits we see. To avoid this I have a couple quick tips.
Shop for suits EARLY. I start shopping for swimwear in Jan and Feb. Which may be a little early for your taste. March and April are great months to start your search while the stores have their biggest inventory of swim. After the end of April, there’s not near as many sizes left.
If you’re shopping for suits online buy at least 5 in hopes to secure 1 that you love. Don’t shop for swim online unless you’re prepared to deal with shipping back a return. Online shopping has a return rate of 50%. So half of all clothing that is purchased online is returned. I predict this number is 4-5x higher for swimwear. So if you’re planning to buy your suit online, buy a lot of different cuts and a lot of different sizes, and hopefully you’ll secure 1 suit that looks and fits great! SEND ALL THE REST BACK!
Here are a few of my favorite places to buy swimwear.
My 1st pick for a conservative, well fitting, affordable suit!
Revel Rey- amazing quality, long lasting, lux suit
Montce- designer suit, trendy with good fit
Outnet- collection of designer suits at a fraction of the cost
Here’s to hoping you find that perfect suit!