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OOTD: Romance is back :: Romantic Dress Options for Spring and Summer featuring the Wayf Darlene Tiered Ruffle Dress :: Effortlessly with Roxy

Romance is back, baby! This outfit post is dedicated to romantic dress options for Spring and Summer, including my personal favorite, the Wayf Darlene Ruffled Tier Dress ($148, on me, also here).

The last few years fashion and retailers have been dancing around the romantic, feminine preppy chic style I love. There were florals, but not necessarily pretty ones. Ruffles came back onto clothing in an overbearing way. Dresses got too long — an almost sister-wife degree of modesty.

Finally though stores seem to be figuring out that we don’t need ridiculous ruffles or crazy florals or modesty to the nth degree. We just want pretty clothing! I am so here for it.

OOTD: Romance is back :: Romantic Dress Options for Spring and Summer featuring the Wayf Darlene Tiered Ruffle Dress :: Effortlessly with Roxy
OOTD: Romance is back :: Romantic Dress Options for Spring and Summer featuring the Wayf Darlene Tiered Ruffle Dress :: Effortlessly with Roxy
OOTD: Romance is back :: Romantic Dress Options for Spring and Summer featuring the Wayf Darlene Tiered Ruffle Dress :: Effortlessly with Roxy
OOTD: Romance is back :: Romantic Dress Options for Spring and Summer featuring the Wayf Darlene Tiered Ruffle Dress :: Effortlessly with Roxy
OOTD: Romance is back :: Romantic Dress Options for Spring and Summer featuring the Wayf Darlene Tiered Ruffle Dress :: Effortlessly with Roxy
Jacket: Old Navy (also)| Dress: Shopbop (also here) | Hat: H&M | Sunglasses: Free People
Sandals: Zara (similar 1, 2, 3, 4) | Bag: Amazon Fashion | Necklace: J. Crew (old, similar)
photos: Eva Phan

I was inspired to seek out this lovely dress after seeing it on Elizabeth. It’s incredibly flattering on so many body types! She’s more petite while I am tall and I think the dress is lovely on both of us. I found myself in-between sizes in the dress. The large was too big on me up top, which was a surprise these days, but felt most comfortable over my hips. So I stuck with the large over the medium.

I just love all the tiers, the way the dress hugs my body in all the right places and the pastel color scheme! It’s easy to smile every time I see this frock in my closet!! There’s also a subtle sparkle to it that’s fantastic in the sun. I took it with me to Spain (a second OOTD is coming soon or follow me on Instagram to see it sooner) and wore it to my niece’s baptism party. I’ve found this dress works for so many occasions!

This Wayf dress inspired me to find more romantic dress options for Spring and Summer! What makes a dress romantic? To me they have three elements going for them. Firstly, these dresses come in a soft color such as light blue, pink or yellow. Secondly, they usually have a small floral print or some pattern on them that looks inviting. Thirdly, there may be an element such as tiers, ruffles or bows that lend an especially feminine feeling to the garment.

I have several dresses like this in my closet. To begin, Parker’s Vanna Dress ($398) meets all the requirements for romance and just so happens to look amazing on! Another dress that I just ordered for an upcoming wedding is Keepsake’s Sweet Love Asymmetrical Ruffle Midi Dress ($185). The layers of asymmetric tiers on this dress says feminine sweetly yet clearly. On the more casual side, I’m eyeing the ASTR Gabriella Dress ($49-$98) and Miss Me’s Off-Shoulder Mini Dress ($74). All of these dresses are available to try them for up to 7 days before you buy them!

A dress doesn’t have to be floral to be romantic. It doesn’t need to have tiers or ruffles either. In fact there are many romantic dress options for Spring and Summer that accomplish the romantic vibe via color, some special detail or simply its overall feeling. Madewell is a great place to look for dresses that accomplish the romantic vibe without being too quaint or girly. Their Crochet-Strap Tiered Midi Dress ($148), Princess-Seamed Maxi Dress ($128) and Button-Waist Wrap Midi Dress ($128, below) are all beautiful examples of this principle.

Romantic Dress Options for Spring and Summer featuring the Madewell Button-Waist Wrap Midi Dress :: Effortlessly with Roxy
Madewell’s Button-Waist Wrap Midi Dress ($128) may not be floral, but it’s totally romantic!

Of course, if you prefer more traditional romantic elements Madewell has those too! Some of my other favorite romantic dress options for Spring and Summer at Madewell include the Peekaboo-Sleeve Maxi Dress in Blossoming Vines ($118), the Orchard Flutter-Sleeve Dress in Confetti Floral ($98) and the Puff-Sleeve Wrap Midi Dress in Ikat Floral ($138). The Ruched-Waist Mini Dress in Star Shower (now $80) is nearly sold out but it’s one of my every week wears right now!

Below, more of my wishlist romantic dress options for Spring and Summer. Some of these I’ve tried on and some I’ve not. They all look promising! Have you found any great romantic pieces for Spring and Summer?


  1. madisonfichtl
    May 20, 2019 / 10:04 am

    So many great options! I love the ruffle dress you are wearing!

    • May 21, 2019 / 7:16 am

      Thank you! I'm wearing it practically every week!!

  2. May 20, 2019 / 10:08 am

    Ahhhh this made me so happy! YAY! The dress is absolutely STUNNING on you! I love it paired with the jean jacket. And you’re so right – pretty colors, ruffles and floral are always romantic but there are also many ways for clothing to still have a feminine or romantic vibe without all the obvious frills.

    • May 21, 2019 / 7:17 am

      Thanks again for the inspiration lady!! 💗

  3. Shari
    May 20, 2019 / 10:14 am

    I love the dress you are wearing and also the parker wanna dress! I may need to give the WAYF dress a try. A friend of mine is curvy (and not tall like you) and she raves about WAYF. Will be interesting to see if it is flattering on a straighter build.

    • May 21, 2019 / 7:17 am

      I think it will be, because the dress is more or less a column. The Parker dress is also SO good.

  4. May 20, 2019 / 10:39 am

    I love this trend! Your dress is beautiful, I also love how you styled it, you look fabulous!

  5. tanviidotcom
    May 20, 2019 / 11:17 am

    Gimme all the dresses! Love the Madewell one you shared. I need more options for humid working days.

    • May 21, 2019 / 7:18 am

      Seems like just a few days ago I was shopping for long sleeve shirts to stay warm and now yes I'm wishing I had more humidity-proof items!

  6. rainbowflash94yahoocom
    May 20, 2019 / 11:51 am

    What a darling outfit on you Thea! I love romantic spring dresses and I own far too many… but hey I love them all. 🙂

    • May 21, 2019 / 7:19 am

      Ha! I probably own so many too but I love the style so much, no complaints. 🙂

  7. Rach DiMare
    May 20, 2019 / 12:47 pm

    Your dress is really the perfect romantic style! I love the florals and tiered style. I might get it haha! And totally agree that a dress doesn't have to have florals to be feminine. Seriously how cute is that Madewell dress!

    • May 21, 2019 / 7:20 am

      Right?? The buttons are so perfect on it!

  8. Mollie
    May 20, 2019 / 12:54 pm

    Love the pretty floral tiers on your dress! That was also one of my favorite streets to shoot on when I lived in NYC 🙂

    • May 21, 2019 / 7:21 am

      Thank you! I was surprised that the block wasn't crowded! We managed to sneak in before the crowds I think.

  9. maretteflora
    May 20, 2019 / 2:53 pm

    My favorite dresses to wear are those with lace. The ruffles you show are super cute!

    • May 21, 2019 / 7:21 am

      Good call! I love lace too, such an easy way to feel pretty.

  10. May 20, 2019 / 4:31 pm

    That ruffle dress is you are wearing is so fun!

    • May 21, 2019 / 7:22 am

      Thank you! I just love ruffles so much.

    • May 21, 2019 / 7:23 am

      This time of year, that's just what a girl needs!!

  11. Alix Maza
    May 20, 2019 / 6:48 pm

    I'm loving all those ruffles! SO many gorgeous picks.

  12. She Saw Style
    May 20, 2019 / 8:14 pm

    I'm so on board with this style. I'm much more drawn to elegant, timeless styles that are feminine and flattering – less revealing. The dress you're wearing is so cute with the ruffles – and I love all the ones you linked!

    • May 21, 2019 / 7:25 am

      Yes! I gravitate towards stuff that flatters the body and brings out our inner light.

  13. May 20, 2019 / 8:14 pm

    I love the ruffle skirt on your dress! SO pretty. Such great options for spring and summer.

    • May 21, 2019 / 7:26 am

      Yes when it's colder out I can wear it like a skirt for even more styling ideas, and I love that!

  14. May 20, 2019 / 8:57 pm

    loving this dress! You look so amazing~

    • May 21, 2019 / 7:27 am

      Thank you so much Brittainy!!

  15. May 20, 2019 / 9:36 pm

    This dress is beautiful. I love all things floral.

    • May 21, 2019 / 7:27 am

      Me too. So many different types of floral patterns this season.

  16. May 20, 2019 / 10:59 pm

    Such a gorgeous dress for Spring and Summer! I am loving the layers and floral print!

  17. May 21, 2019 / 10:37 am

    Adorable! You look amazing in this dress. Love all the other options too. I'm a big fan of romantic and feminine and I agree, it doesn't always have to have ruffles or florals!

    • May 22, 2019 / 9:39 am

      Yes! I love that retailers are realizing this too.

    • May 22, 2019 / 9:39 am

      Ruffles are always a good idea.

  18. May 21, 2019 / 1:38 pm

    Such cute choices! I love the ruffle tiered dress you have on! xo

  19. May 21, 2019 / 2:18 pm

    This dress is sooo beautiful! I'm a sucker for a pretty dress with fun ruffles!

    • May 22, 2019 / 9:39 am

      Oh me too, it's like a magpie to sequins or shiny things!!

  20. How 2 Wear It
    May 22, 2019 / 8:50 am

    I’m loving the romantic style movement right now too! Lends itself very well to the spring and summer months!

    • May 22, 2019 / 9:39 am

      Yes! The breeze catches the dress and it's like something out of a movie.

  21. Anna English
    May 22, 2019 / 9:36 am

    I'm loving this round-up, you found some great options. But I LOVE the ruffles on your dress!

  22. Tara
    May 22, 2019 / 12:47 pm

    i adore wayf, so many beautiful options!

    • May 23, 2019 / 8:15 am

      They are killing it right now!

  23. May 25, 2019 / 9:41 pm

    I love everything about your outfit! Its so perfect! You look amazing 🙂

  24. Kelsey
    May 27, 2019 / 2:02 pm

    I love all the ruffles on your dress! So cute!

  25. May 27, 2019 / 4:24 pm

    This dress is seriously so pretty! I love the ruffles on it, it seriously looks so great on you! Loving all these other ones you picked for summer as well.

  26. May 27, 2019 / 5:01 pm

    Wow all of these are gorgeous! But I love the one you're wearing, so pretty with the ruffles!

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