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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.
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.
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?