Ruffles, ruching, and pleating amp up the feminine factor.
AT LEFT, ruffles and seersucker texture add curves to a straight figure. Buttons create a vertical line for petite ladies. Dress by Nanette Lepore, $348, from Nordstrom, Mall of America, 952-883-2121, nordstrom.com
AT RIGHT, the ruched, halter style—plus the defined waist and lovely drape—will flatter curvy ladies. Dress by Diane von Furstenberg, $365, from Nordstrom
If you love your collarbone or shoulders, halters will accentuate your upper half.
AT LEFT, linen is the go-to cool-comfort texture, and with gold sequins and gladiator sandals, you’ll be channeling Cleopatra. Dress by Ralph Lauren, $170, Bloomingdale’s, Mall of America, 952-883-2500, bloomingdales.com AT RIGHT, the fresh, summery bias plaid is slimming and playful. Red lips and espadrilles would finish the look. Picnic perfect. Dress by White House Black Market, $160, Mall of America, 952-854-2006, whitehouseblackmarket.com
You don’ t need ruffles or lace for impact. Classic shift shapes with architectural details do the trick.
AT LEFT, the tweedy texture adds structure and visual interest to this power dress. Dress by Trina Turk, $298, from Nordstrom, Mall of America, 952-883-2121, nordstrom.com
AT RIGHT, the asymmetrical neckline and draping make a cool-as-a-cucumber combo for a Tilda Swinton wannabe. Perfect at an art opening. Dress by Theory, $365, from Nordstrom
Pull on a cotton tank dress if you’re heading to the beach.
AT LEFT, the free-floating shape is kept in check with vertical pleats. Converse One Star for Target, $30, target.com
AT RIGHT, crochet detailing plays up the surfer-girl vibe, but the thick hemline keeps the dress from going too hippie. Keep accessories minimal: Hair goes in a ponytail or beachy side braid. Add mascara and bright lip gloss. Cue the Beach Boys. Dress by Ella Moss, $159, from Nordstrom
Trend of the summer? Summerofdresses.com, where local ladies have been photographing their frocks—and elevating style in a neighborhood near you.
Tracy Kosko ~ Minneapolis|
Nicole Weiler ~ Minneapolis|
Nicole Crosbie ~ Lakeville|
Jasmine Stringer ~ Minneapolis|
Liz Bastian ~ Minneapolis|
Abby Stavig ~ Minneapolis|
Diana McKeown ~ Minneapolis|
Beth Mammenga ~ Roseville|
Chelsey Mona Carter ~ St. Paul|
Sasha Westin ~ Chaska|