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Jess Zaino

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Best Sundresses & Summer Dress

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It's the summer of dresses, rather the year of the dress. We ladies love our jeans but lately, fashion houses have been designing a more lady-like look with fitted dresses fit for any occasion. What's so fun about a sundress is that can be worn as short as you’re willing to go or as long as a summer day. Where some dresses and skirts are meant to be layered and dressed up, the sundress is worn alone allowing the fun colors and patterns to shine. The sundress invokes a breezy feeling that allows women to wear their favorite styles in lightweight fabrics that are as perfect for a BBQ as it is a run to the mall. Pair your sundress with some exotic flip-flops, a high wedge heel, or a sexy slingback, and you're ready to wow ‘em. For the cooler nights, cover up with a cute denim jacket or colorful wrap.

Find the best sundresses for fun on the beach, a stroll on the boardwalk or lounging in your own backyard. These summer dresses also look dazzling at any summer party - whether casual or more formal.

Best Sundresses by Jess Zaino

The Best You Can Get

  • Karta - Embellished Shift Dress

    Jess says: This surprising bold color is right on trend with the primary colors of the season. The fit is empire-waisted cut with a plunging V-neckline. The stone detailing in a floral design add a subtle touch of feminine fun. It is a short dress so get out the selfless tanner. If you'd like, this can also be paired over a skinny jean or flowy white linen pant. Make sure to stack up on thin silver or gold bangles to complete the luscious, lemon-y look.


    • Fantastic fabric
    • Vibrant color
    • Luxury in detail of embellishment
  • Lilly Pulitzer - Jacqueline Lace Mini Dress

    Jess says: Lily Pulitzer is the princess of the country club set. This beautiful white dress is incredibly detailed with lace and trim traces. Quite the proper dress for a proper lady. It’s best when paired with flats and pearls.


    • Placement of lace detailing accentuates a womanly silhouette
    • A-line look flattering on all body types
    • Simple white great for summer
  • Escada Sport - Silk Floral Dress

    Jess says: I love the look of this dress from the bold floral pattern to its well-fitted wrap bow. It reminds me of Sophia Loren picking tomatoes in Italy. Wear with gold flats and gold hoops to glam it up or pair with favorite flip-flops for a more casual look.


    • Tie at the waist for individual comfort
    • Gathered at the back to complete fitted silhouette
    • Incredibly comfortable fabric
  • M Missoni - Striped Strappy Knit Dress

    Jess says: I chose this colorful Missoni because of its length. When going for casual glamour, a long summer dress is effortlessly simple and sexy. Pair with natural wooden bangle bracelets, oversized earrings, and flip-flops and you've got a 70s-inspired ensemble.


    • Signature Missoni stitching for the in-the-know fashionista
    • Stitch pattern lengthens any look
    • Long hemline makes for casual elegance
  • L.A.M.B. - Lucille Pleated Dress

    Jess says: Created by popstar Gwen Stefani, L.A.M.B. has a distinct look that is coveted by most fashionistas. This adorable dress is no exception. The colors, fit, and updated take on a shirtdress remind me of Rosie the Riveter. Strong women unite! Pair with heels to make a statement.


    • Color contrast of green with the yellow belt make a bold statement
    • Retro-fit makes for sexy silhouette
    • Urban take on the fitted sundress

You will be happy with any of these

  • Bitten - Range Sun Dress By Sarah Jessica Parker

    Jess says: You can put Sarah Jessica Parker's Bitten line up against any luxury sundress and she emerges victorious. Her designs are so hip and so comfortable that the less than twenty dollars line available at nationwide Steve and Barry stores seems like a fashion lover's dream. I have this terrif strapless and I love it to pieces. Because of the bold pattern, let it shine solo. Flats or wedge heels will do the trick.


    • Trendy
    • Lowest cost ever!
    • Comfortable cottons made in India
  • Old Navy - Women's Halter Dress in Blue Corsica

    Jess says: Old Navy has been having a reemergence of hip and trendy wear that won't break the bank. Even their advertisements cater to a more fashion-conscious buyer. This dress is simple, sexy, and can be worn for everything from da club to the beach over a bikini. Have fun with it by sprucing it up with many accessories in all shades and sizes.


    • Only available online
    • Comes in sizes XXS to XXL
    • Perfect color palette to wear with anything
  • Forever 21 - Spring Flower Dress

    Jess says: As much as I love the Best of the Best, any dress in the Best Value category can hold its own. Forever 21 is known for disposable items that are inexpensive and trendy allowing the buyer to purchase several for the season and then discard. Forever 21 is the BEST place to find anything you are looking for on the cheap. This adorable dress is so delicious you should have it for dessert. Its great shape and bold floral pattern are perfect for a summer cocktail party. And the best part is its price, saving more money for the cocktails.


    • Adjustable straps for individual comfort
    • Gathered bodice and fitted empire waist for sexy silhouette
    • Fabric is flowy, perfect for the season
  • Abercrombie & Fitch - Molly Light Blue & Navy

    Jess says: This is a dress you can wear everyday for summer. Easily fits over bikini at the beach as it does over bare legs and some flip-flops for funtime. I love the boyish bold stripes off-set by the bow at the bustline. Plus it's got front pockets to stash your SPF lipgloss. Keep this one ultra-casual and pair with oversized hoop accessories and beach-y straw bag.

    • Trendy nautical print with empire waist for cool comfort
    • Travels easy for vacation
  • Target Juniors Mossimo Supply Co. Halter Dress - Cherry

    Jess says: I chose a long piece for Best of the Best; so to even out the playing field, I've added this long and lovely number for price and product comparison. This is a sexy number for a summer party, and because of its bandeau top, you really get the look of a glam goddess. Pair with flip-flops and leave the conversation to the juicy color. Play up the retro look with wooden accessories.


    • Bandeau top for sexy summer look
    • Yummy pop of purple
    • Long hemline to decrease sun exposure

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