why i love summer dresses | the maxi dress

last week, i told you why i’m still dress obsessed this summer. it was so much fun to go through the archives and pick out my favorite summer dresses from last summer, that we decided we’d make a whole week out of it.  we’re launching dress week here on the blog, and all week i’m featuring my favorite dresses from this summer.  today, we’re talking why i love summer dresses: the maxi dress.  

why i love summer dresses

in Athens it can get hot.  although we’ve had a mild summer so far, there are days where pants—whether they be jeans or slacks—are just too hot.  shorts are an obvious alternative, but not every woman of a certain age loves shorts as much as i do.  that’s where the dress comes in.  there are so many styles and fabrics to choose from.   from sheath to a-line; tweed to denim; the possibilities are endless.  what’s your favorite type of dress to wear during the summer heat?    

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the maxi dress 

i’m loving this new satin ruched maxi dress from Banana Republic.  the fabric is divine.  and i chose the muted olive green because of my skin tone, but the dress is also carried in a golden yellow which is quite striking.  add some metallics for some subtle class; or add a patterned scarf for visual interest.  there are so many interesting ways to elevate a summer dress. 

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dress up when you’re feeling… 

earlier this spring, we talked about dressing up when you’re feeling down.   it’s such a good way to get out of those ruts which seem to be more prevalent these days.  and there’s no easier way to get dressed up than in a, well, dress.  the maxi dress is one of my personal favorites:  so airy, making it perfect for those warm summer days.  but also so classy and chic—perfect for evening drinks on the patio.  

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23 Comments

  1. Jan wrote:

    I still like your cute looks, but think the short hair was so much more flattering on you…..I wear my hair similar to your currant style…wondering if the shorter hair would be better for me!
    Jan

    Posted 6.22.20 Reply
    • remember, i haven’t had it cut in four months. i am going for a longer length but the ‘do’ hasn’t been put into a proper haircut.
      but there will always be team short as well as team long. pick a side any side ‘cuz one things for sure, i always have a fab stylist
      that keeps me at the top of my game.

      Posted 6.22.20 Reply
  2. shirley simkus wrote:

    love the dress…..a love floating dresses are so chic…..and comfortable…..

    Posted 6.22.20 Reply
    • perfect dress all summer long. good to hear from you, Shirley!

      Posted 6.22.20 Reply
  3. Laura Tiegs wrote:

    I love this look! You wear it beautifully. Thanks for keeping our spirits up with your posts. Your fashions give me a sense of “normal” and inspire me to take joy in taking care of myself. I copy your outfits all the time. Thank you very much!

    Posted 6.22.20 Reply
    • we are nearing our new “normal” so hangeth thou in there.

      Posted 6.23.20 Reply
  4. Andre wrote:

    I’m known for the one who will turn up in a dress summer or winter. They are my favourite resort wear as you can walk in the surf, use as a coverup and be appropriate in the eating areas – is important. So many women view dresses as too dressy for everyday, but they are versatile, chic and budget wise. Add a jean jacket, a shawl or dress up with jewelry- easy, chic, affordable. More importantly, during Covid19, it brings a bit of playfulness into our days🥂

    Posted 6.22.20 Reply
    • all of your style tips are spot on! thank you.

      Posted 6.23.20 Reply
  5. Eve wrote:

    It’s a really pretty dress and you are rocking it but I couldn’t wear this look. We need to feel comfortable in what we wear so I stay away from sleeveless. Is there any look you avoid now that you wouldn’t have ten years ago? You appear to be able to wear anything and look great.

    Posted 6.22.20 Reply
    • at this point in time i haven’t changed my style from ten years or even twenty years ago. i think that’s the beauty of classic style – it’s ageless.

      Posted 6.23.20 Reply
  6. Cindy Woods wrote:

    You look stunning and so airy and carefree in this post. I will rethink dresses now, as the weather is getting hotter in NE Ohio. Love your style so much.

    Posted 6.22.20 Reply
  7. Suzanne Smith wrote:

    I so agree–a dress is excellent because it truly is “one and done.” In the heat we’ll be seeing soon, here in NC, I rely on them. And I have a few simple skirts that are cotton and comfortable in the heat, too. I like that dresses can be super casual or dressy, depending on stylng, fabrics, how they’re accessorized, etc.

    Posted 6.22.20 Reply
    • the heat has made a reappearance in Georgia. and i think it’s here to stay. and accessorizing is half the fun! stay cool my friend.

      Posted 6.23.20 Reply
  8. Sue wrote:

    I think there is something so classic and elegant about this dress while at the same time fresh looking. A gracious style that suits you.

    Posted 6.22.20 Reply
    • thanks so much, sue! and it’s a forgiving silhouette with an elastic waistband.

      Posted 6.23.20 Reply
  9. Lisa wrote:

    Very nice dress! I actually think you are one of the rare few who can wear short or long hair. You are always on point! Frankly, my hair has a solid two inches of gray showing because I cannot go to my hairdresser. Love your blog!

    Posted 6.22.20 Reply
    • i just had my first visit to my fabulous hairstylist last week. it was so good to have a trim. i feel like a human being again!

      Posted 6.23.20 Reply
  10. Jan wrote:

    Love today’s look. Very Grecian.

    Posted 6.23.20 Reply
    • my thoughts exactly! and why i decided to buy this particular dress.

      Posted 6.23.20 Reply
  11. Jen wrote:

    I look forward to your webpage everyday. You are the classic model for us older women. I know your new do is current style, but your shorter hair makes you look more elegant and sophisticated!!!

    Posted 6.23.20 Reply
    • one thing is for sure the ‘do’ changes every now and then. i love it short too but i’m liking the longer length for a different take.

      Posted 6.23.20 Reply
  12. sharon wrote:

    I love dresses in summer time. They are the coolest thing to wear. Thanks Beth for all you do.

    Posted 6.23.20 Reply
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