A pretty dress is so much more than just a pretty dress.
When we as women feel that we look good, we feel good, and I am a major proponent of using fashion to feel empowered. Confident, empowered women set the world on fire; both professionally and in their personal lives.
Hopefully you’ve encountered this phenomenon too: I find that when I’m around circles of my most confident friends, family & peers, I’m a better me. I can’t help but feel motivated and inspired by their greatness, and this inherently drives me to make big moves and take the kind of risks that have the potential for the largest payoff. This domino effect of awesomeness has been one of the most rewarding aspects of starting this blog: I’ve met so many smart, incredible, and truly awe-inspiring women.
That said, I’ve assembled 16 of my favorite dresses below to help you feel your best self this summer. Put one of these (or your own favorite) on and go take the world by storm
This black Urban Outfitters midi dress is one of my go-to’s lately, and slipping into it instantly makes me feel great in my own skin. It has an especially gorgeous, delicate embossed polka dot pattern that I absolutely love. Photos just don’t do it justice. The keyhole back is just stunning and definitely my favorite feature. It’s so flattering and versatile, so I know I’ll be wearing it for several seasons. And side note: this perfect little number just went on sale for less than $50! Scoop one up quickly for yourself before they’re gone.
I have a long-standing habit of pairing my most feminine dresses with leather jackets and this burgundy one is probably the most worn in my entire closet (seen with neutrals here). The juxtaposition of colors and textures is something I’ll never tire of.
Photos by Mike Avery