Wardrobe Staple: The Summer Dress

Every year, I go through the same ordeal of finding a few perfect summer dresses for my closet. There’s always a few that need to be retired due to wear and tear, shrinkage, etc, so I view it as basic replenishment. I always add basic t-shirt dresses, casual cotton ones that I can wear at the beach – but I also look for slightly dressier ones.

This season I found what I consider my absolute perfect summer dress. It had a lovely silhouette, fit perfectly right from the get go, and came in beautiful colors. It was super comfortable to wear (the kind that you could don to a buffet if you get my drift), and would work equally well at work to casually with sandals, to even at a wedding. Hurrah!

And some even cooler facts? The dress was on sale for $100, and was machine washable. Yes you heard me right! Machine washable (I’ve tested it out and the dress come out fine, use the delicates setting though).

Without further ado, I present my favorite summer dress this season, the Signe dress from Anthropologie.

Anthropologie Signe Dress Green

Some details on the dress – the material has a swiss dot texture.


Yes, I ordered two colors with the full intention of returning one. However, Mr. Feather liked the dress so much that I ended up keeping both. I can’t remember the last time my husband liked any dress I tried on that was $100 (with the exception of the mini dresses he’s always pointing out in the windows of Wet Seal).

The blue (called “Navy” on the Anthropologie website), is a deep blue/purple in real life. I took the size 0P in both dresses and I was very happy with the fit. I do think there is some leeway with sizing and I could have probably taken a size down or up with no problem.

Some other inspiration for summer dresses. I picked examples where you could envision these dresses being worn with both casual flats or heels. It’s only summer dresses in my experience that can go from both casual to dressy so easily – the other seasons are more difficult to pull off!

Up first, Rachel Bilson in a floaty white number.

Rachel Bilson

Alexa Chung (doesn’t everything look good when you’re this tall though?).


And my favorite, a woman whose name I unfortunately don’t know. But isn’t she incredibly stylish? And her Birkin complements her outfit (instead of being the main highlight), and looks totally appropriate.

Super lady

What are some of your favorite summer dresses? Please share!

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    August 4, 2014 at 9:39 am

    That dress is stunning on you!
    I had to get rid of the Kate Moss one I’m 50, I was mutton dressed as lamb in it.

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      August 5, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      I can’t imagine that, you look amazing in everything and especially white 🙂

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    August 4, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Good morning! Such beautiful colors on you, fabulous!

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      August 5, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      Good morning Irina, thank you!

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    August 4, 2014 at 9:58 am

    So gorgeous! I am heading over there right now to order one….

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      August 5, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      Did you order? I hope you like!

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    August 4, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I love the blue!! Gorgeous! The dresses look great on you.

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    August 4, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Nice dress I always love the fun colors too. True if your husband likes the dress that’s a good reason to keep them both. I have been shopping at Sandro and Maje and got a lot of things from them. I love any white dresses actually I recently bought one from Madewell, on sale for around $40, and a Maje for around $200 which – I would gladly double them just in case they break.

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      August 5, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      I’m always tempted for doubles too. I bet Maje items look great on you!

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    August 5, 2014 at 11:13 am

    The dresses look fantastic on you. Very flattering!

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    August 10, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Your dress looks great on you! Love both colour but I think the aqua looks more special. Will see if I can find one in the local store tomorrow! 🙂

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