My Secret Trick for Finding the Best Summer Dresses
So, to preface, I'm going through a bit of a dress phase. In fact, I go through it every year when late winter hits, after I've been getting by on solely jeans, sweaters, and coats for months. But this year, it seems to be particularly aggressive, perhaps because I'm prepping for my early March wedding, and my wardrobe for the week of and honeymoon after will primarily consist of dresses.
Ever since the New Year began, I've been stalking the new arrivals of e-tailers like Net-a-Porter, Matches Fashion, and Shopbop for the latest dresses for spring and summer to appear, and in doing so, I made a discovery. If you search for the word broderie, you'll be met with a plethora of beautiful broderie anglaise (French for "English embroidery") dresses.
The Britannica definition calls it a form of "whitework embroidery in which round or oval holes are pierced in the material (such as cotton), and the cut edges then overcast; these holes, or eyelets, are grouped in a pattern that is further delineated by simple embroidery stitches on the surrounding material." In other words, start your spring and summer dress search with that term and you'll be met with lovelier options than you'll know what to do with. Or, just shop my picks below.
Needle & Thread Ruffled Broderie Anglaise Georgette Wrap Mini Dress ($425)
This ruffled wrap dress is so easy to dress up or down.
Available in sizes 6 UK to 14 UK.
Zimmermann Corsair Tiered Broderie Anglaise Cotton Midi Dress ($1150)
This colour is so good.
Available in sizes 0 to 3.
ASOS Curve Premium Sleeveless Broderie Skater Dress With Ruffle and Open Back ( $95 ) ($24)
This dress is far too lovely to pass up at this price point.
Available in sizes 12 to 24.
LoveShackFancy Alanis Ruffled Broderie Anglaise Cotton Mini Dress ($375)
I consider this to be the perfect little white dress.
Available in sizes 0 to 10.
Here's a sweet navy dress you'll wear on repeat.
Available in sizes 0 to 12.
Gül Hürgel Broderie Anglaise-Trimmed Ruffled Linen Midi Dress ($945)
This Istanbul-based designer's dresses make me want to book a vacation stat.
Available in sizes XS to XL.
Lisa Marie Fernandez January Ruffled Broderie Anglaise Cotton-Voile Maxi Dress ($875)
Black accessories would look especially chic with this midi dress.
Available in sizes 0 to 4.