Flavors to Follow: Summer Dresses

My favorite thing about summer is the fact that I can wear dresses every day without being cold!  Well, I don’t have THAT many dresses (I wish) but at least the possibility is there.  I just love wearing a nice flowy dress, paired with fun sandals, and a cabachon hairpin or headband in my hair.  πŸ™‚ Since we are pretty much in the middle of the hot hot heat, I decided to scour the web for some perfect summer dresses + why I like them!  Oh how I wish I could have them all…

1 posy print contrast dress | forever 21 | $22.80
(i’m a huge fan of contrast dresses)

2 vintage 80s purple white polka dot slouch top mini dress | twitch vintage | auction
(love the vintage style of this dress)

3 all for the love of you daisy dress | shopruche | $46.99
(it’s yellow and grey… need i say more??)

4 save the date party dress | one crafty fox | $130.00
(LOVE the print and colors of this one)

5 cream and sugar dress | spotted moth | $46.99
(so very sweet and romantic)

6 take a bow satin amelia dress | kate spade | $395
(perfect date night dress)

7 bring and braai dress | modcloth | $49.99
(the print, the bow, the colors, so lovely!)

8 gadsden street dress | carol hannah | $235
(yes, she’s the one from project runway and she totally has a BEAUTIFUL wedding collection as well)

9 floral tie waist maxi dress | asos | $60.64
(maxi dresses are just pure awesome)

We’ll I’ll be heading out to Chicago for the weekend where I’ll be going wedding dress shopping with my friend Ning-Ju and having lunch with Ilene from Much Love Illy!  (By the way, she just did a post on dresses with pockets, LOVE!)  It’ll be my third blogger meet-up ever, so excited!  πŸ™‚  Then it’s back to Ohio for business once again next week.  Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

And as a special offer to my readers, Carol Hannah is offering 20% off her shop (not valid on wedding collection) through July 30, 2010!  Just mention Sandy a la Mode in the “Message to Seller” at checkout!  Thanks so much Carol Hannah, loved you on Project Runway!!

What’s your favorite thing to wear in the summer?


  1. July 23, 2010 / 1:29 am

    Hi Sandy, thanks for the eye candy. Enjoy your trip, you seem to always have fun and busy weekend. If you are planning to come to Bay Area, let me know…i know a ton of place to satisfy your retail and tummy appetite.

  2. July 23, 2010 / 1:34 am

    I love to wear dresses in summer. They are easy and keep you so cool all through out. I loved your picks. I especially love the gadsden street dress. The colour is amazing!!

    Have fun wedding dress shopping and with your blogger meet up πŸ™‚

    And yes dresses are a definitely fave for me in summer. x

  3. jennifer young
    July 23, 2010 / 1:47 am

    i’ve been wearing dresses every day!!! so lovely. i love number one!!

  4. July 23, 2010 / 2:04 am

    Loving # 1,6,8 and of course 9! what is a summer w/out a maxi dress? Have fun wedding dress shopping and wish you a sweet weekend! xoxo

  5. July 23, 2010 / 3:13 am

    I like some of them. I wish I had some dresses too!

    Have fun in Chicago!!


  6. ChantaleP
    July 23, 2010 / 4:22 am

    Lovely selections! Wish I could wear these lovely dresses too but I work in an office ‘freezer’! The a/c is either blasting away or if it gets turned down a tiny bit, our room then becomes a sauna. I don’t get it. Anyhoo, I’m partial to #8 myself. It’s gorgeous!

  7. July 23, 2010 / 6:00 am

    I want them all! I love how you’ve mixed in some pricey ones with dresses that are really affordable for everyone’s budget. I need to wander over to modcloth and spotted moth for sure…and maybe even a quick trip to anthropologie to see what’s on sale there. I think the entire summer should be spent in dress, don’t you?

    Happy Friday, Sandy!

  8. alely
    July 23, 2010 / 6:55 am

    oh, girl! really did you have to post all of those beautiful dresses? i’m totally wanting all of them! i’m in love with number 8 but it’s completely out of my budget! how did the food challenge go between you and the hubby?

  9. July 23, 2010 / 7:24 am

    oh i love this post – how fun! i dont like dresses anytime of the year except for summer!!!

    besides dresses, i love the fun sandals and colorful nailpolish thats in during this time of the year!

  10. July 23, 2010 / 7:28 am

    I love them all! Thing I love most about dresses? – you only have to pick ONE item to wear, instead of matching a top with bottoms!! hehe πŸ™‚

    Hope you have a great weekend!!

  11. Nani
    July 23, 2010 / 7:44 am

    AHHH LOVE IT!! Honestly before hubs and baby I wasn’t much of a dress person, now I love them. Especially nice flowly girlie dresses or anything with pockets. Since becoming a mom pockets are what can make or break a dress to me sometimes.

    You have me loving dresses 3 – 5 so cute and summery!~ this is the only part I like about summer is that I can wear a dress and not freeze my butt off.

  12. July 23, 2010 / 7:47 am

    I’ll take #3 and #8 now, please.

  13. July 23, 2010 / 8:15 am

    i love love wearing dresses! f21 has some really cute ones and for a bargain too! i do loooove the refreshing color of #8. so pretty. have fun in chicago!

  14. July 23, 2010 / 8:26 am

    oh i’m loving #1 ..so cute!! my favorite thing to wear in the summer is flip flops!

  15. July 23, 2010 / 8:45 am

    Oh my goodness! What a lovely surprise!! Thanks SO much for featuring my dress πŸ™‚

    Happy weekend sweetie!

  16. July 23, 2010 / 9:07 am

    Love this!!! I love love love summer dresses!!! I just bought a ton “for my cruise” hehe. <333

  17. July 23, 2010 / 10:01 am

    Beautiful! I can’t even decide which one I love the most.

  18. July 23, 2010 / 10:57 am

    i’m with you – dresses in the summer are great especially when it’s as hot as it’s been!! sounds like you have a wonderful weekend ahead of you…and if you’re going to be near the cleveland area, let’s hook up :)!!

  19. July 23, 2010 / 11:38 am

    Oh, I completely love these!! I love that about summer too – being able to wear light and airy dresses. They’re so simple and non-fussy and oh-so-cute πŸ™‚
    It sounds like an exciting weekend coming up!! A blogger meet-up!! That’s always exciting & fun!!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Sandy!! πŸ™‚

  20. ζ₯ζ₯Lai
    July 23, 2010 / 11:44 am

    I’ve been wearing dresses every day this summer! I wear loose waist dresses, so it could accommodate my growing belly πŸ™‚

  21. July 23, 2010 / 12:07 pm

    I’ve been loving maxi dresses this summer. Easy to just throw on, especially if I haven’t shaved! LOL

  22. July 23, 2010 / 12:45 pm

    I am with you on dresses for the summer! And, with leggings, you can stretch many of them into the fall too. Have fun in Chicago!

  23. July 23, 2010 / 2:40 pm

    OMG, I love them ALL! Especially 6 & 8.. and 1… and 3… haha. They’re ALL so sweet & perfect for summer!

  24. July 23, 2010 / 2:51 pm

    Ok so here are my thoughts:
    1. #8 & #6 & #3 are my favorites, in that order, mostly because I love/need a defined waist on a dress. (I have an hourglass shape – big boobs, big hips, little waist). Dresses without waists look like trash bags on me (Remember that disaster dress post…?)

    2. I love wearing dresses, so comfy and feminine and pretty.

    3. I rarely wear dresses cause I’m too lazy to shave my legs on a regular basis.

    4. My husband wishes I would shave my legs on a regular basis.

  25. July 23, 2010 / 3:02 pm

    i love wearing summer dresses too!~ espeially the maxi long ones. it is so easy….don’t have to shave my legs or think about matching my top and bottom…that is my lazy outfit~ keke

  26. July 23, 2010 / 5:53 pm

    that is SO cool that you get to meet up with Ilene! I’d love to meet both of you one day πŸ™‚ love this collection of dresses.. am loving wearing dresses lately. happy weekend! xo.

  27. July 23, 2010 / 6:11 pm

    i love all the dresses you found! and it’s soooo awesome that carol hannah is offering a special discount just for your readers. wowee!!!

  28. July 23, 2010 / 8:02 pm

    love all your picks sandy! been eyeing the tulle one from ruche πŸ˜‰

  29. July 24, 2010 / 12:41 am

    I am such a fan for dresses! These selection are gorgeous and insipre me to sew a dress for me! Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!

  30. July 24, 2010 / 7:47 am

    I know how about this 100 degree weather?! ick.

    I live in dresses in the summer. These are some excellent choices.
    I agree- we need to meet up someday soon!
    Happy weekend!

  31. July 24, 2010 / 8:23 am

    I love summer dresses as well – especially that cream and sugar dress you picked πŸ™‚

    I hope you have an amazing weekend!

  32. July 24, 2010 / 8:47 am

    Completely agreed that the ability to wear dresses all the time is a great perk of summer. Also, I completely love Carol Hannah’s designs, on the show and ever since. That’s so awesome that you’re offering a discount!

  33. July 24, 2010 / 9:09 pm

    loving dresses 3 and 7 — no where to wear them, but would still love to own them! I love wearing flip flops and skirts.

  34. July 25, 2010 / 7:32 pm

    i love number four! as for my favorite thing to wear in the summertime…probably flip flops. no the classiest or most fashionable shoe, but so easy!

    xo Alison

  35. July 25, 2010 / 9:24 pm

    oh my gosh, so many pretty dresses!
    i wish i had a dress to wear every day of the summer. ;D
    but yes, those are also my favorite things to wear this time of year!

    have fun in chicago!
    that’s really cool that it’s your 3rd blogger meetup.
    i’d like to do more of those.


  36. July 25, 2010 / 11:28 pm

    I’ve totally been drooling over Carol Hannah’s wedding gowns for months. They make me want to have another wedding. HA!

  37. July 27, 2010 / 3:09 am

    Loving this bunch of prettiness…of course my eye went straight to #8, the most expensive one–I haven’t been watching Project Runway but need to catch up and this dress is a good inspiration to do so!

    Hope you’re having a great week Sandy!

    xo Mary Jo

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