Summer has technically only just begun, but the temperatures in the retail world are quickly shifting to fall. If you are discovering some holes in your warm weather wardrobe while managing a full social calendar this summer, fear not! We’ve rounded up some easy-breezy, fail-proof frocks for all of your upcoming summer soirees and the best part is, you just might get them on sale! Our fabulous local boutiques have you covered in style for weddings, back-yard barbecues and everything in between.
We’ve learned that there’s much more to Bella Bridesmaids than beautiful gowns for your best gals on the big day. They’ve outfitted stylish Memphians for festive events from proms to cocktail parties. They even keep track of who is wearing what, and to which event, so that you don’t see yourself coming and going! We love this silk crepe dress by Dolly Pearl in a beautiful lilac. It will look great with a little summer glow and strappy metallic heels for your next cocktail occasion.
Sorelle Boutique is brimming with chic summer dresses for all occasions. We like how light, airy and figure flattering this hi-low dress by Gypsy is … a perfect match for this season. You could literally wear it for almost any occasion under the summer sun: as a stylish cover-up that takes you all the way to dinner; a cute, cool (temperature-wise, that is) option for basking in the music of Live at the Garden or a concert at the Levitt Shell. Day or night this dress works double time, and it would pack perfectly for your next beach getaway! We also love the collection of Splendid wedges available at Sorelle that take this frock from smart casual to a dressier mood!
The Helene dress by BCBG captures just about all of the trends we’ve seen this summer in one pretty printed package, available at Ella. We love the combination of a feminine floral coupled with color blocking and an asymmetrical hem. Depending on your destination, this dress could easily be dressed up or down simply by changing your accessories. Dainty and demure by day, effervescent and unforgettable by night. Ella has a great selection of jewelry to help you make a statement!
The LBD is something every woman needs. We like the clean lines and the all-season style of this minimalist tunic dress by Vince, available at Lavish. Heat things up for summer with some tan strappy sandals, big turquoise jewelry and a bright bag … then bring out the boots and wear it through the fall. This dress is a smart investment and an easy option for countless occasions. And for those who likes a little more coverage, wear this one with slim-cut white pants in the summertime or pair with jeans and leggings as the weather turns cooler this fall … this LBD is truly a year-round option.
For that poolside party when you want to wear a dress, this one would be perfect. A summertime, anywhere option to replace shorts and cover-ups. And are you sitting down? It is only $53, and the necklace is $30. All at More Therapy in Chickasaw Oaks Village.
This one shows the dressier side of the More Therapy boutique. A great color and flattering silhouette … only $51. Wow! Purchase a pair of strappy sandals to go with this snappy dress while you are in More Therapy, and you will be ready for the next cocktail party for under $150!
The Pink Door
Summer 2014 is the year of the maxi, and a post about summer dresses would not be complete without a mention of Lilly Pulitzer, a brand that epitomizes summertime with punchy hues and patterns. We love this flattering Parrish halter maxi in a new vibrant print, available at The Pink Door. We always love a dress that not only packs well but washes well, too! Hand wash and go … go on vacation, go to dinner with friends or just simply celebrate summer!
You’ll be firework-ready in this watermelon dress by Splendid at Southern Couture. We love how the ladies have styled it for a chic night on the town. Also, this is another option that can be paired with slim white pants or jeans for more coverage. Looks like you could really do some walking in those awesome chunky heels too! This ensemble is a great buy and would be perfect for your festive Fourth daytime plans as well!
Israeli-born, New York-based fashion designer Yigal Azrouel creates showstopping dresses that always grab our attention at Joseph, and with their spring and summer merchandise up to 40% off, this dress with it’s higher price point and others like it just might be within reach for your next special occasion. Hurry in for the best selection and pick up a fabulous pair of shoes, too!
We’ve got at least until Labor Day to wear white, and the Trixy dress by Tory Burch, available at Joseph, would be perfect for your buttoned-up daytime events.
Step it up for a special summer occasion at Kittie Kyle. These elegant ensembles represent the year-round style offered at this Memphis boutique. Some of the dresses at Kittie Kyle are so special and pretty, you may want to pick the dress and then come up with an occasion! And even better, items throughout Kittie Kyle, from casual to formal, are marked 20% to 75% off for a mid-summer sale.
Summer Dresses on Sale
Many of our favorite boutiques are either starting to mark items down or currently hosting end-of-the-season sales to make way for new merchandise. Stores need room for fall, but we know that Memphis will be wearing lightweight frocks into September! Summer dresses are ripe for the picking right now! It’s (a shopper’s) paradise!