*Updated June 2020
Every cold, rainy spring, I look forward to the ease of summer when we can shed our extra layers and just walk outside to soak up the sunshine. Then summer arrives, and I remember that bare skin and time outside comes with its own “layers” like sunblock, bug spray, hats and sunglasses. Summer also means packing for trips and doing more laundry, and suddenly, it seems just as busy as the rest of the year! So, over the summer, I often look for one-and-done pieces; dresses, jumpsuits and rompers. One of my favorite purchases this year is this easy summer dress…
The Tie-Waist Dress
I bought this DR2 by Daniel Rainn Cap Sleeve Split Neck Dress from Nordstrom Rack, when I was in Chicago a few months ago. This print just sold out, but I’ll list several other easy dress and romper options at the end of this post.) Here’s what to look for when you want an easy summer dress or romper…
- A tie-waist or elastic-waist is great for early pregnancy, post-pregnancy, middle-age weight gain, or just when you’ve had one too many ice-cream cones!
- A mini or knee-length dress will keep you cooler (than a midi or maxi.)
- Find a washable, quick-dry, wrinkle-free fabric like polyester, cotton, or rayon.
- Look for a pull-over-your-head style sop you don’t have to fuss with zippers or buttons.
Now, you may know from my earlier posts that I usually don’t buy fast fashion (cheap, trendy clothing.) In this case though, I knew that it would be a dress that I would wear often, from the summer into early fall, so I made an exception.
Other Easy Summer Dress Options
There are lots of cute tie-waist and elastic waist pull-over dresses online. Here are just a few…
$ This Rincon Dress from Athleta is made with recycled polyester, is machine washable, and is quick to dry.
$ If you like the look of a dress with the comfort of a romper, take a look at Athleta’s Expedition Skort with adjustable waist.
$ Aqua’s Smocked Tiered Mini Dress uses elasticized smocking to create the same nipped in waist as a tie-waist dress.
$ For those hot summer days, try Treasure & Bond’s Sleeveless Tie Waist Dress.
Rompers and Jumpsuits
If you prefer pants, consider a jumpsuit or romper with a tie-waist detail:
$ For your summer workouts, take a look at New Balance’s elastic waist Velocity Performance Romper.
$$ This Bella Dahl Drawstring Utility Romper is cute and casual. It’s made with machine-washable rayon.
What’s Your Favorite Easy Summer Dress?
Drop me a comment or send me an e-mail to let me know what you’re wearing on repeat this summer!