We all need simple these days, don’t we? Dresses caught on like wildfire about 10 years (or was it more?) ago because once women discovered the one and done lifestyle, there was no turning back. No matter how hard the fashion industry has tried to get women to go back to the blouse and skirt combo, they have refused. Summer is coming, our lives are only getting busier and our need for comfort even greater. The one and done sheath dress for work is a thing of the past with all of us working from home during the Covid-19 quarantine. I propose finding your “dress style type”, just like we encourage you to find your “fashion style type”. The dress style types are Chic and Simple, Whimsical Patterns & Flowy Boho.
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Chic and Simple
This entire blog was inspired by my receiving an email with the super chic The Reset Silk Midi Dress below. I just couldn’t get over how simple yet stunning it was. I thought, I could wear that style every day with different accessories and be so happy. Similarly, and at a better price point, I feel the same way about the Uniqlo U Crew Neck Sleeveless Dress. By far the easiest dress to wear and buy is the Amazon Essentials Tank Swing Dress, which is offered in multiple colors and patterns. Why not pick it up in your Power Color?
A whimsical pattern can mean many things, from tie-dye to Indian block print, to florals. These patterns can also be represented on different styles of dresses, from more to less structured. If you like whimsical patterns, it is best to narrow down exactly which ones fit your personal style type, then whether or not you need structure. This category is for people who, like me, need a bit more structure to go with their whimsical patterns. The Zuri dress, which I own in a blue batik pattern, is a great example of structured whimsy. If you need less structure, check out the next category, Flowy Boho.
Flowy Boho is the category to which I aspire, and I may even get there this year as we work from home! I have boho silk caftans, but they really belong in the above category. The flowy boho dresses I am lusting after are both dresses below from Mille. The Jasmine Dress in Double Gauze is to die for, although I would get it in a different color. As a lover of Indian block prints, I have also been obsessing over the Saffron Dress in Blue Vine. I have to be honest with myself though and admit that I am trespassing into the wrong dress style type category!
Lani Inlander is a personal stylist who has been working with clients who want to feel their best and look put-together every day for over 20 years. You can find her in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Learn how you can train with Lani to become a personal stylist at The Stylist Studio.
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