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Hot trends for dresses this summer

Bold summer dresses from Addition Elle, Jacqueline Conoir and Plum.  (photos c/o Addition Elle, Jacqueline Conoir and Plum)

The Vancouver weather is finally starting to feel like spring, and that means it will soon be dress weather.  And this summer dresses seems to have a little something for everyone.  The lengths are maxi, midi, asymmetrical and knee.  The styles are lady like, bohemian, clean simplicity.  The colour trends are bright bold, pretty pastel, bold neutrals and patterns that mix all of the above.  Certainly something for every body and budget.

Bright bolds

This is probably my favourite trend in dresses right now.  A rich bold colour can really make a statement whether at the office, a wedding or brunch on a patio. 

This bright yellow, polka dot, sheath, Simone dress from Plum (left) is designed and manufactured in Vancouver.  It is a versatile dress that you can wear to the office under a blazer,  on a weekend outing with a jean jacket or dressed up with fun accessories for a wedding - $129.  The bright coral dress from Addition Elle (center), is in THE colour of the season.  The tiered knit dress will make a splash everywhere you go - $79.99.  An elegant, maxi dress option, is this fuchsia dress from Jacqueline Conoir (right).  Designed in Vancouver, the clean silhouette wrap dress makes it a lovely dress for work with a blazer or summer events - $340.

Pretty pastels

There are also a lot of pretty pastel dresses in the stores.  With colours that sound like they are right out of an ice cream parlour, who can resist wearing one this season?

Sustainable designer Nicole Bridger (left) designs and manufacturers locally. This aptly named Divine dress is made of a comfortable tencel jersey.  The cowl neck and short sleeves make it equally office appropriate and ready for a walk on the beach - $219. The bird print and full skirt on this baby blue Simone dress from Plum (center) gives it a retro feel.  The muted violet asymmetrical hem dress from Jacqueline Conoir is a perfect way to wear the pastel trend to the office - $335.

Strong Natural Colours

Don't count neutrals out for the summer.   White, black, olive green and other natural colours can be very feminine in a dress.  And they're easy to integrate into whatever colour palette you might already have in your closet.

This crisp white strapless dress from Addition Elle (left) is a perfect canvas to play with colourful accessories. While maybe not playground friendly, it can be easily worn to the office with the addition of a cardigan or blazer - $79.99.  Olive green is often the colour for cargo pants, but it makes a strong feminine statement in this dress from Jacqueline Conoir (center).  The asymmetrical hem and casual fit will make it an easy dress to wear for many summers to come - $365.  The Calm maxi dress, shown with the Content cardi, by Nicole Bridger (right) is in a light green called laurel.  Its maxi length makes it very easy to wear casually with a pair of flats and a jean jacket or to dress up with heels and fun accessories - $194.


Lets not forget about patterns for summer. This season you will find stripes, African inspired, florals and bright statement colours in patterns. Something for everyone's taste and budget.

This Simone A-line dress in magenta from Plum (left) is a casual option for many different body shapes - $89.  The asymmetrical hem gives a real bohemian flavour.  This Addition Elle (center) red floral sleeveless chiffon dress is an easy to wear maxi with a feminine flavour - $89.99.  Jacqueline Conoir (right) is well known for her silk dresses in bold patterns.  This season is no different with this bold patterned dress that reminds me of a painter's canvas - $295.

Whichever trend you pick this summer, a dress in Vancouver is always a great wardrobe investment that can often be worn into fall.  But it's probably too early to be thinking about that. For now let's bring on the summer patios.

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