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How to Style and Accessorize Easy Summer Dresses

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When the temperatures heat up, you'll want easy summer dresses that go with everything from weekend neighborhood strolls to park picnics. These breezy options from Amazon feature a mix of silhouettes and styles, from smocked blouse-style maxis to tiered tiered dresses that double as beach cover-ups. A few light layers and some smart accessorizing can turn a simple sundress into a date-night look or workwear outfit.

One of the key dress styles that's a must this season is the cutout dress. The trend, which is still going strong thanks to celebrities and fashion bloggers, features slick designs with strategically placed cutouts that elongate the body for an alluring effect. A few of the standout cutout dress styles this season include a strappy, lace-up mini from Ronny Kobo and a dainty midi from Nana Jacqueline that's adorned with crystal embellishments for a romantic feel.

You can also give a summer dress some extra polish with the right shoes and accessories. A pair of heeled sandals adds height, while a pair of chic sunglasses and a crossbody bag lend a polished professional feel. To complete the look, try a lightweight women's cardigan with buttons or a light open-front sweater in a complementary color to add some sophisticated flair.

There were plenty of colorful summer dresses on the spring 2023 runways, from bold hues like cobalt blue at Akris and Rokh to powder blue at Givenchy and Victoria Beckham. To help you find the best color for you, consider your skin tone and wardrobe as a starting point. If you're naturally fair, try a delicate pink or baby blue dress that will flatter your complexion. If you have darker skin, a classic navy or black summer dress can be an easy choice that you can wear well into fall and winter.

Lastly, you can also elevate a basic sundress with fun details and embellishments that will set it apart from the crowd. A cute bow on the shoulder, a lace trim around the neckline or sleeves and some strategically placed ruffles can all add an eye-catching element to your dress.

When you're looking for a new summer dress, start with the silhouette that fits your lifestyle and personal style. For example, a midi summer dress is great for everyday wear while a maxi dress can be dressed up with jewelry and heels for a night out. If you're planning to attend a special occasion, you may want to choose a summer dress with a more formal cut or details like a deep V-neckline and slit. Depending on the occasion, you can also opt for a dress with a fun print, a sexy thong cut or a romantic lace trim.summer dresses

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