By Gretta Monahan
If you ask me, one of the nicest things about summer is easy dressing—as in, sundresses.
On hot days, it’s a relief to just toss on a one-piece that’s simple, fun, and no-fuss. Who wants to hem and haw over matching separates this time of year? Not me. And right now the designs out there are as cool as they are pretty, and even better, they’re all on sale at deep discounts.
Head over to Bloomingdales, and you’ll see exactly what I mean. For under $100 you’ll find mini dresses like Aqua’s Floral Print Strapless Dress—perfect for any patio or pool party—at 30 % off ($61.60 at bloomingdales.com). Likewise, Ted Baker’s fabulous flower-festooned Maevea Nectar Scalloped Skater Dress, with its gorgeous short flutter sleeves, is currently 50% off ($147.50 at bloomingdales.com).
Or reach for the Vibrant Geo Tie Neck Halter Midi Dress—a stunner in a pool-blue circular print, with an open back and slinky front slit, it’s currently 50 % off ($44.99 at nordstrom.com).
Need something to wear to that rooftop cocktail shindig? The Surplus Maxi Dress in a bright, sunny melon color with its simple spaghetti straps and flows skirt, is a great choice, and it’s a fabulous price ($20.99 at charlotterusse.com).
On hot nights, I adore loose-fitting, long and casual dresses that let you move around easily and keep you relaxed. The Anika Maxi Dress is an ideal example of that; it’s lightweight with a tiered skirt that almost reaches your ankles, with crocheted lace trim and subtly colorful candy stripes. It’s 50% off right now ($69.95 at freepeople.com).
We always need a work/office version of a sundress, too, right? Something pulled-together and sophisticated but still summery and comfortable. For that, look no further than the Belted Dress in Linen, with its faded stripes and, tie belt, and light, swingy fabric skirt. It’s 43 % off ($83.99 at jcrew.com).
With any of the above, toss on some shades and easy wedge-heeled sandals, put your hair up in a cute ponytail, and you’re as summer-ready as can be.