go-to summer dress trends

Summer is officially here and that means it is time to get out and start shopping for your go-to summer dress. There are a lot of fantastic options this year, so to help you navigate the racks, our regular contributor and fashion guru Allison Patrick from Denver clothing boutique Dragonfly gives us her top picks for this summer’s biggest dress trends:

  • The Tie Dye Dress

I love the Glenda Tie Dye Maxi dress by Tart Collections for a few reasons: it has adjustable bra straps, a double-lined bodice and smocked back (in other words, you don’t need to wear a strapless bra) and the eye-catching print is fantastic for summer. Plan on packing this dress for your next vacation or a weekend at the lake or wearing it to a backyard BBQ.

Glenda Maxi in Bamboo Tie Dye, $176.00, www.tartcollections.com

  • The Tribal Print Dress

Tribal prints are having a major moment! The Yadva Dress by Trina Turk is great because it does tribal in a classy, modern way with a timeless silhouette and subtle, but fun, color combination. This dress is perfect for the office, special events and everyday wear.

Yadva Dress in Kashmir Turquoise, $228.00, www.trinaturk.com

  • The Polka Dot Dress

Polka dots are the new stripe – expect to see them EVERYWHERE especially come fall and winter. Get a head start on the trend with this easy breezy cotton dress from Splendid. Pair it with a cool canvas wedge, flat sandal or your favorite pair of Toms for a cute, casual day look.

Polka Dot Dress in Denim, $128.00, www.splendid.com

  • The Floral Print Dress

This silky, abstract floral print dress by Charlie Jade is a perfectly pretty option for all of your summer events. The color combination feels modern and chic and is a welcome breath of fresh air in a sea of stuffy retro floral prints.

Natalia Dress, $141.00, www.charliejadebrand.com

  • The Coral Dress

Coral is the “it” color of 2012, but avoid wearing this bright from head-to-toe. Instead, opt for just the right amount of summer’s must-have color with the Amy Dress from Harper Clothing.

Amy Dress in Orange Carnival, $150.00, www.harperclothing.com

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