Sundresses mark the unofficial start of summer in Myrtle Beach

For Weekly SurgeJune 17, 2013 

Eyelet Pleated Dress in Optic White ($69.95, New York & Company).

Chic Sundresses for Any Summer Occasion

While the official start to summer is Friday, for the fashion world, summer’s arrival is marked by the emergence of the sundress.

While guys favor this look on women thanks to its skin-baring style, women love sundresses for their easy, chic temperature-combating elegance. Spaghetti straps, above-the-knee hemlines and lightweight fabrics are just a few of the details that make them an impeccable dressing option for hot summer days and evenings.

This season, designers and retailers alike have rolled out a bevy of dress designs and cuts that are perfect for most of summer’s social occasions, perfect for the living in the Myrtle Beach area. Whether you’re off to a beach barbeque, garden wedding or brunch with the in-laws, pulling on a sundress is the easiest and chicest way to get outfitted this summer.

Elegant & Easy

Depending on the dress code, if you’re attending a beach or outdoor wedding or a cocktail party for work, heading out in a dazzling little sundress can be a perfect style option for the occasion.

Look for dresses with knee-length hemlines and understated details for maximum style, such as the Maeve Coralshine Dress in Coral ($168, Anthropologie). Its vibrant coral color shines thanks to the sweetheart neckline, A-line cut and floral eyelet pattern. For a polished look, add a neutral pair of strappy heels and statement jewelry, or to wear it to work, pull on a white linen blazer and kitten heels.

If you don’t want to dazzle in color, opt for black and white instead. This popular color combination from spring has transitioned to summer and gives a fresh appeal to a sundress. To try the trend, shop for the LeifNotes Cherie Chevron Dress in Black and White ($168, Anthropologie). A pleated black and white chevron cotton skirt is accented by a fitted black bodice with ruching detail and spaghetti straps, which are removable. For a more casual look, pair the dress with a red leather handbag and sandals, or to dress it up, wear it as a strapless dress and pair it with strappy metallic heels and a colorful clutch.

Casual & Carefree

Whether you’re off to a garden party, spending the day shopping or on a lunch date, a sundress offers a relaxed yet chic look for taking on the day.

For summer, bold colors are a must. To embrace the trend, try on the Moulinette Souers Aniko Lace Dress in Orange ($168, Anthropologie). The vibrant shade of the orange cotton is accented by the cream lace straps and floral embroidery details on the bodice and skirt. Opt for brown leather wedges and delicate gold jewelry to complete the look.

If you prefer cool colors, try on the Floral Print Pleated Mid Length Dress in Green Island ($79.50, Ann Taylor LOFT) instead. The teal and emerald green fern print pops on this spaghetti strapped dress with cinched waist. Add a simple white cardigan and metallic flip-flops for easy summer style.

Or, if you prefer neutral colors, shop for a little white dress such as the Eyelet Pleated Dress in Optic White ($69.95, New York & Company). This dress is perfect for any occasion with its ballet neckline, full pleated skirt, and white eyelet lace design. Wear it to work with a black blazer and heels, or for evening, punch it up with colorful accessories, such as blue peep toe pumps and a coral clutch.

Beach Bound & Bold

If you’re headed to the beach for the day or off to a pool party, pulling on a dress as a cover up is a chic alternative to a T-shirt and shorts.

Pull on the Floral Crepe Tank Dress in Cool Floral ($29.94, Old Navy) over your swimsuit to hit the pool bar or surf shop in style. The scoop neck and loose cut of this sleeveless dress is accented by the teal color and large floral graphic print. Slip on flip-flops and a floppy straw hat for a completed look.

Or, pull on the Tube Maxi Dress in Dip Dye Warm ($29.94, Old Navy) for easy style. This strapless maxi-dress stands out in the crowd with its tie front waist and transitioning color pattern from orange to maroon. Add a pair of espadrilles and gold jewelry to look daytime chic.

Anthropologie, 3340 Reed Street, Myrtle Beach. For more information, call 232-0719, or visit www.anthropologie.com.

Ann Taylor LOFT, 2000 Coastal Grand Circle, Unit 405, Myrtle Beach. For more information, call 839-2934, or visit www.loft.com.

New York & Company, 2000 Coastal Grand Circle, Unit 270, Myrtle Beach. For more information, call 448-8978, or visit www.nyandcompany.com

Old Navy, 2000 Coastal Grand Circle, Unit H02, Myrtle Beach. For more information, call 839-1926, or visit www.oldnavy.com.

These sundresses can be found at the following local retailers:

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