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The summer dress is an essential part of any wardrobe. But how do you choose the right one?
To make things easy, we asked the co-owner of Boutique Unicorn, Amélie Thellen, to give us a few tips for finding a stylish-yet-classic and highly versatile summer dress.
The all-season summer dress
If you want to wear a summer dress year-round, natural fabrics are a wise choice. Amélie suggests silk, linen or cotton. "Avoid synthetics such as polyester, since they can make heat waves pretty unbearable," she warns. During the summer, the dress can be worn on its own with basic accessories like a necklace or bracelet. "But you can even wear it in the winter: just add some tights, a jacket, boots and a scarf," she says.
A style that lasts
To pick a dress that won't go out of fashion, Amélie says its best to opt for neutral colours such as black, beige, grey or white. "Think of the summer dress as a key part of your wardrobe, like jeans or a jacket." And as for upkeep? Wash it in cold water and lay it flat to dry. "Especially when it comes to your little black dress,” Amélie says, “this will help it stay beautiful longer!”
The summer dress at the office
You can also wear your summer dress to work. "But you should choose a more classic cut and pay close attention to the neckline," Amélie cautions. "It's important to choose an appropriate length, to the knee for example." Try to avoid fabrics that are too light as these can create an overly-casual look. To complete the picture, just add a few fashionable yet understated accessories.
Different body types, different summer dresses
Tall women can go for maxi dresses, while petite women should avoid the full-length look. As for fuller-figured ladies, they should opt for dresses with thicker fabrics. "These fabrics hide our little flaws,” shares Amélie. “A sleeker dress will have the opposite effect."
The summer dress…à la Montréal!
Amélie is crazy about summer dresses by Montréal designers. "Our local designers understand the Montréal woman's silhouette,” she raves, “which you don't always see in dresses made elsewhere." A good number of young designers sell their creations at very reasonable prices. "Designer clothes are no longer out of reach!"Lire la suite