By: Staci Rutherford
I currently have one maxi dress that I wear to death! I challenged myself to style it differently each time I wear it so no one else recognizes that it’s the same dress. It has a very distinct print so it’s relatively easy to remember. I wore it once with a navy and white pin striped button down shirt, another time with an olive green short sleeve hooded top over it, and most recently, with a gray v-neck sweater. The v-neck sweater received the most attention, because it accentuated the jeweled neckline on the dress.
It soon occurred to me that I never wear dresses, and for the life of me, I could not figure out why. Summer after summer, I have been missing out on all of the pretty dresses because of reasons that add up to my own silly insecurities. This time around, I am determined to wear more dresses because they are easy to shop for and extremely versatile. If you want to update your summer wardrobe with a few new dresses, check out my top five favorites, all priced under $100!
V-back Dress, Price: $89.90 at Zara
T Tahari Samara Dress, Price: $88.00 at Bloomingdale’s
Evan Picone Sleeveless Paisley Printed Dress, Price: $99.00 at Macy’s
Donna Morgan Flame Print Blouson Dress, $64.99 (original price: $94.00)
The key to making a dress versatile is to experiment with how you wear it. For a daytime look that is appropriate for work, throw on a cardigan or cotton blazer to cover up bare shoulders and arms. For evening, add a bold statement necklace or metallic accessories. Don’t be afraid to switch from your everyday tote to a clutch or from a flat sandal to a platform pump so your dress has a totally different personality.