Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Summer Style Note - Dresses
Summer sun dresses were staples in my wardrobe as a child. Many were made by my grandmother who was a skilled seamstress. Rick-rack, daisy chain trims, pretty buttons, and deep hems were some of the lovely features of those dresses. And because I am a twin, Nana made two of each!
I still remember some of my little-girl dresses: a white pique with a hem-full of bright flowers and verdant ferns, a soft sorbet seersucker in creamsicle. My mother had excellent taste. She knew that there is nothing prettier than a little girl in a sweet summer frock. I knew that too, when I ordered a pink and grey Liberty print sundress from the iconic London clothier for my daughter. It cost a pretty penny but it is lovingly and carefully stored in tissue paper and boxed alongside her Christening dress awaiting potential future inhabitants.
For years, I never wore summer dresses. I simply couldn't find many styles I liked. But the last few seasons there has been a plethora of selections and I have been able to amass a new little collection. One of my favorites is a periwinkle blue number with coral blooms in crisp cotton broadcloth. The ease of pulling on a perfect summer dress cannot be underestimated on a torrid summer day. Of course, I no longer wear the traditional sundress but there are dresses out there for women of a certain age too. And if one doesn't want to show off arms, a fitted coordinating cardigan over a sundress can be very '50's elegant and tres charmant!