Here is a collection of the best summer dresses for all occasions!
It’s hard to believe, but we’re only about a week away from our Mediterranean cruise! I’ve been planning out my summer outfits as much as possible, since packing to go overseas needs to be well thought out! Today I’m going to be sharing the most gorgeous summer dresses I’m planning to pack for our dinners on the cruise each night. A few would even work well as during the day with the right shoes! My hope is you’ll find one or more you love for summer weddings, church, vacation, or even just dinner in town!
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Nowadays, I find that I rarely wear dresses. And when I do, I pull one out from the back of my closet (sometimes, age unknown). But, with our upcoming trip, I knew I couldn’t wear the exact same dress to dinner every night of the cruise! So, I turned to Nordstrom for some new lovely looks since I know their selection is large and they have a great variety of styles! Plus, their shipping and return policies are pretty hard to beat!
All of the dresses shown below fit true to size, and I’m wearing a size 12 in all of them. And side note: I had grand plans to shoot these all outside, but it was 45 degrees and misting so we had to compromise a bit. If it looks like there is snow falling and/or you notice major hair frizz, you now know why 😉
This first striped tassel dress from Eliza J is definitely a favorite find! I think I actually shared it a year or two ago in my Wednesday Watch List but never had a reason to wear it. So, it was the first one I scooped up for the cruise! I can’t get enough of the clever stripe and tassel combo!
It also has a cute cut-out back, but you can still wear a strapless bra with it.
I love the tiered bottom half. For some reason it made me feel like a true Southern belle!
This floral dress from Eliza J option is definitely one of those items that looks a lot cuter on a body than on a hanger! I feel like this may be the most versatile of all the options and could easily be worn to church, a wedding, or even paired with a denim jacket for a casual dinner! And the blue and white botanical combination felt very Mediterranean-cruise-ish to me 🙂
The pretty pleat details are what drew me in on this one! The dress is also really comfy and I love the pretty colors! The belt is included but you could easily remove it or swap it for a different option to change up the look!
I always love to bring along a fun small purse when we travel. This bamboo purse from Cult Gaia has been my go-to for over a year and it’s perfect for date nights out, when I just want to bring along my lip gloss, cell phone and a small holder for a credit card and cash.
I shared this striped dress in a recent Wednesday Watch List post and knew I had to give it a try! I mean – Nordstrom and J. Crew basically make up my dream team 😉 Although it’s a lower cut than I typically opt for, I thought it would be fun for vacation. I love every single statement detail on this one – including the pockets! The bodice is definitely more fitted, and the skirt is flowy and so fun! I’m wearing flat sandals with it here, and it still comes a few inches above the ground on me (I’m 5’8″).
The back is criss-crossed, and the straps are adjustable with several buttons, making it work for most torso lengths! I also love the subtle ruffle detail along the top hem in the back.
This scarf print dress, also from Eliza J, is one I had my eye on for a few years! I finally decided to give it a try and I’m so glad I did! I love the longer length on this beauty and paired it with my favorite wedge sandals. This dress fits true to size and is a bit roomier on top if you have a larger bust. But you can also adjust the tightness up top to some degree with the scarf necktie. It also comes in plus sizes here. I love the colors on this one a lot more than I expected to and the graphic print is strategically placed and very flattering!
Can you even believe this gorgeous neckline and back tie?! I seriously couldn’t love it more.
A few other dresses to note:
- I absolutely loved this casual swing tank dress! If you’re 5’5″-ish or under it would likely work a lot better for you! Or, it could make a cute cover-up for the taller gals!
- I have this maxi dress in two colors and it’s still a favorite! It also packs like a dream, so it will also be coming with me. You can see me wearing it in my post on shoe trends to try this summer!
- I’m now tempted to try this scarf print dress since I loved the other one so much!
- Although I’ve never tried it, this dress continues to be a Nordstrom favorite and the price is pretty hard to beat for all that pretty lace!
- If you have a shorter torso, please someone buy this darling wide leg jumpsuit. It is so cute on but the torso was way too short for me (the butt pockets came up to my lower back). It is such a fun alternative to a dress but still looks dressy!
- I’m loving this entire collection from Rachel Parcell,if you’re looking for a sweeter, more feminine vibe!
Following are a few more summer dresses from Nordstrom that I’m loving lately! Click any of the images below to learn more about each dress.
I can’t wait to wear each of these dresses on our cruise! And I hope you found one or more you love, as well!
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Photos by the talented Mandy McGregor