Sundresses are wonderful – perfect for about six months a year here in the South. Even in my Northern years, I loved a floral sundress in July, with sandals and an ill-gotten tan (no more of those!) There are so many lovely dresses to choose from, at all price points. This season has introduced a lot of maxi’s. Not for everyone, in fact not quite for me yet, but a pretty look and a nice alternative to jeans if you want to cover your legs.
Sometimes, as a woman of a certain age, I feel that I want a litle more coverage of my upper arms and decolletage than a sundress provides. (Other times, I don’t care at all, and prance around town in a tank top with my head held high; I’m Not Dead Yet!) On those occasions that call for a tad more modesty, I generally reach for one of the following:
- Like Sheila, I layer a knit top over the sundress, so it looks like a top-and-skirt. The top has to be a little roomy, or awkward lines can show through. Sheila did it perfectly.
- I pop on a button-front cotton shirt and belt it. I have a couple of white cotton no-frills shirts that are perfect for this purpose. One is from Ralph Lauren and it’s a true workhorse. Another is a Gap (similar). I prefer 100% cotton shirts for casual and the No-Iron shirts for work. I guess I don’t want to look too crisp on my days off . . .?
- I layer a fitted tee under the sundress. In this case, the tee has to be fairly snug so as not to interfere with the line of the dress. Being a neutrals gal, I go with a black or white Gap tee. I try to avoid the Missionary look by choosing a tee with a nice vee or scoop-neck.
|This is the *general* idea of layering – but add about 8″ to the skirt, and for me, subtract the socks : >
Photo courtesy Fabsugar.co.uk
I am sure there are other ways to modest-ize a sundress: a cardi or shrug, even a linen blazer? I haven’t tried these yet but the summer is young. I’d love to hear your views – do you feel comfortable in a sundress without cover? If not, how do you modify the look to make you happy?