Cute, Warm Weather Dresses

Now that the warmer weather has finally arrived, it is the perfect opportunity to invest in some cute summer dresses. Whether you opt for a simple slip dress or a feminine ruffled dress, a warm weather dress in a style that really works with your body shape and personal style will keep you looking cute but chic all season long.

Slip Dress

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Slip Dress
Slightly reminiscent of the 90’s, slip dresses are going to be very much on trend this summer, especially after Calvin Klein, Givenchy and Balenciaga sent their own versions down the runway last season. The easy and relaxed silhouette of a slip dress can be brought into the modern day with contemporary details and graphic prints, bringing an edgy attitude to what would otherwise be considered as slinky lingerie.

Prairie Dress
Prairie chic is a style that incorporates practicality with femininity and has been completely embraced by a number of designers for this summer. With demure, high necklines and dainty prints, prairie dresses have a classic appeal to them, but need to be styled quite carefully in order to keep them looking contemporary. Chunky biker boots give a prairie dress some attitude, as does a leather jacket, but remember to keep your accessories and makeup quite minimal.

Ruffled Dress

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Ruffled Dress
Ruffles are a great way to balance out curves while adding volume to areas that need enhancing. When choosing a ruffled dress, keep your body shape in mind, and if one part of your body is smaller in proportion to others, choose a dress that has ruffles in that area. If you have an hourglass figure, a dress that features ruffles along the neckline, hem and sleeves are usually best, as this will prevent any additional ruffles from making your curves seem out of proportion. Ruffled dresses are extremely versatile, and can be paired with flats for the daytime or high heeled strappy sandals for an evening out.

Shift Dress
Shift dresses are both cute and sophisticated, and the beauty of a classic shift dress is that it suits just about every body shape thanks to the way in which it skims the body lightly without clinging to it. Shift dresses in linens, cottons and light knits are ideal for the warmer weather, and the varying hemlines and necklines out there mean that you will be able to find a shift dress to suit any occasion.

Cute and feminine looks always work well in the warmer months, which is why it is always worthwhile having a couple of go-to summer dresses in your wardrobe. When choosing dresses, remember that you do not want to be baring excess skin, even if it is the summer. If you are looking for a dress with a short and flirty hemline, go with a scoop neck or a bandeau neck, or, if you would prefer to have a plunging neckline, pair this with a slightly longer hemline. Try to have varying styles rather than similar looks, as this will allow you to mix and match with your accessories to a greater extent, creating some one-of-a-kind summertime outfits.

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Mixing Trendy and Classic

Classic pieces are essential in any wardrobe, as they are so versatile, and can be worked into just about any style. When combining a classic piece with a more modern and trendy piece, the results will be a truly fashion forward look that makes a bold and individual statement.

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Classic Tops
For those of you just beginning to venture into the idea of mixing classic with trendy, tops are a great place to start. Classic options could include a button down shirt, a button down soft blouse, or a denim shirt, with each of these garments having so much potential when it comes to putting together a trendy outfit. The white shirt in itself can be worn in so many different ways, whether with trendy leather pants and ballet flats, or cigarette pants and a cropped sweater. Stripes are also a classic look when it comes to tops, and can be paired with anything from a pencil skirt to slouchy pants.

Accessories
The accessories that you choose to go with an outfit that has both classic and trendy elements is quite important, as this can either bring your whole look together or make it seem disjointed. If the focus of your outfit is on one of your classic pieces, it is usually best to keep your accessories quite trendy and contemporary, picking a color that is present in your outfit and opting for accessories in this same shade.

Woman wearing a trench coat

Outerwear
Just like with tops, it is relatively easy to style an outfit with the focus being on a classic piece of outerwear. Whether it may be a classic trench coat, a denim jacket or a simple blazer, these looks can all be paired with trendier items to give them a modern twist. Try wearing a trench coat with a pair of boyfriend jeans and a clutch, or a classic tailored blazer with a pair of skinny jeans for a fashionable smart casual look. When it comes to the denim jacket, try wearing this with a pencil skirt and some strappy sandals for an elegant yet feminine look.

Contemporary Hair and Makeup
The best way to give a classic/trendy look some grounding is by ensuring that your hair and makeup has plenty of contemporary touches. Even if you take inspiration from classic hairstyles and makeup techniques, which is always a fantastic idea for a look that is truly your own, make sure that the finished look is modernized, as this will give your entire outfit a fresh and relevant appeal.

Fashion is all about individuality, and your style choices reflect different aspects of your personality. If you are finding it difficult making your classic pieces look contemporary, try working on adjusting the silhouette, and make sure that your outfit contains plenty of non-neutral color. Mixing trendy pieces with classic ones is a great way to give your look a unique twist, so if your wardrobe is lacking some of the statement classic pieces mentioned above, this season is a great time to start adding some in.