Summer Dresses: How to Look Hot and Beat the Heat

Summer dresses are feminine and colorful in comfortable cotton, svelte silk, wicking microfibers, and styles from sun-dresses to special-occasion-dresses.

Considerations for choosing the latest summer fashion dresses while staying cool and pretty include sleeves, hem length, and style.

An important consideration for older women when selecting summer sun dresses is how much skin to show.

Is Sleeveless Figure-Flattering?

Many women of our mothers' generation have strict ideas about how wearing sleeveless tops that show the upper arms.

Many Boomer women work out and are buff. Decide in a mirror what sleeve length works as figure-flattering summer sun dresses for you.

Show A Little Respect for You

We have earned the right to be respected. Earn the the operative word.

Ask yourself: What would Catherine DeNeueve wear? Susan Sarandon? Diane Keaton? Jacqueline Onassis? Audrey Hepburn?

There are dozens of older women whose fashion wisdom shows the way to be stylish and sexy at every age.

Take your pick of women who remained feminine fashion icons throughout their lives. You will not find a photo of any of them in a public place in fashions that are inappropriate for the occasion.

What About Your Great Legs?

Figure-flattering clothes often show off the older woman's legs.

These may be one of the last features to show signs of aging.

Just below the knee is a figure-flattering length. Wear with a comfortable sandal to complete your ensemble.

Why the Wrap Dress Works for You

Fashionable dresses come in a wide variety of styles. A cross-draped top is ultra-feminine and figure-flattering clothes for many figures.

Wrap dresses may come with surplice front or faux-wrap versions.

Any V-neck surplice front discretely show off the bosom and slenderize the waist.

Sheath Dress Flatters Many Figures

Easy to wear summer dresses include the classic cotton knit shift. The best of these are slightly shaped to stylishly skim curves that are best for pear-shaped bodies.

The classic knit dress is perfect to fling over a bathing suit.

A sheath dress can be dressed up or down. It is perfect for most any occasion in black or a conservative neutral.

Is a Summer Shirtdress for You?

The shirtwaist is a traditional style. Light fabrics such as cotton, silk, and microfibers drape to create figure-flattering designs.

Wool and heavy winter fabrics are usually not appropriate for shirtwaist dresses. Bulkiness is never a feature of the latest summer fashion.

The shirtwaist is named for its top that looks like a tailored shirt.

This style looks trim for travel, making it a perennial favorite. Choose one in a engineered fabric that resists wrinkles, odors, and stains.

Subtle Princess Seams Skim Feminine Curves

Subtle princess lines will shape the shift for more figure-flattering look by skimming over feminine curves.

An A-line skirt is a feminine figure-flattering look for many female body types. A princess line with gores or panels often drapes in ways that move when you do.

Summer dresses come in silk for weddings, a gala evening out, or professional wear.

Summer sun dresses are usually perfect for beach, resort, and patio wear. Many are flirty, fun, and relatively inexpensive.

Halter top and strapless dresses are the skimpiest summer sun dresses. The linked page looks at what you need to know about how and where to wear these appropriately.

Long white dresses are another popular summer style. Are they age appropriate for us? Find out on the linked page.

Cotton and cotton blends are longtime summer fashion favorites. Today, blends includes cotton-linen, cotton-rayon, cotton-silk and a list of engineered textiles that is sure to keep growing as research continues.

Whatever kind of summer dresses and summer sun dressesyou want, you are certain to find something just right at a price you can afford.

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