Summer is my least favorite weather season, but in fashion Spring/Summer is my favorite season for one reason and one reason only…DRESSES! I love dresses all the time, but this is the time of year where we see them everywhere. So much so that you must say, “Yes To The Dress”. I really don’t care what type- maxi or mini, strapless or empire, traditional or trendy; just make sure you say, “yes I must have them and add a few into the summer wardrobe”.

This season the styles and trends are smokin’ hot; can you say major dress SWAG. There are lots of places to shop in our city, and many have a really good dress assortment. A few of my favorites are: Dimensions and Saks Fifth Avenue. However, the place that I feel always has the absolute best assortment season after season and is my go to spot for all my dress needs is Tootsies.

Tootsies – Front Window

They dedicate a large portion of their floor space to dresses during the Spring/Summer season; so for years they’ve been my one stop dress shop. Their buyers do a fabulous job bringing variety to the floor by way of color selection, designers, styles, textures, and trends. Recently, I had a chance to visit the store and spend a little time with department manager Ashley Jackson, and find out what the heck they had for us this season and what some of the hottest trends were for dresses.

US. Let’s jump right in there and start with trends. What are some of the hot trends right now?

AJ. We are definitely seeing Lace continue to be a big trend. It started in the Spring and does not seem to be slowing down. Another trend we are seeing is Transparency. It is basically another word for sheerness or see-through, but this season they’ve [the industry] translated that into transparency.  Next up is the whole contrasting, as in the Black and White trend. One final trend that has done very well for us is Fit-and-Flare, the 1920’s silhouette that are fitted through the bodice and then flares out into a fuller skirt. It is another big trend right now!

US. Several styles of Lace and Black and White dresses I’m seeing today seem like woman of any age and body types could wear?

AJ. Yes, some of these styles can work well for many different women, especially if it has a good hemline. If you have a great set of legs, don’t be afraid to raise that hemline for a much sexier look; more mature leave the hemline or drop it a bit.

US. Maxi vs. Mini? Some years it seems like one is more on trend than the other.

AJ. Now it’s all about personal preference. A great Maxi can be worn to a pool party or even a cocktail event in the evening. Maxi dresses have emerged more as a definite trend and not so much hit or miss.

Okay folks, now that Ashley has talked about a few trends and styles. Let’s take a look at dresses (all these items are available at Tootsies Houston, Dallas, or Atlanta):

Black & White trend, and Lace trend. Nicole Miller Dress(Left); Tadashi Dress

Lace Trend. ML Monique Lhuillier dress, Ferragamo handbag, Jimmy Choo shoes (Left); Black Halo dress, Tom Ford glasses, Saint Laurent handbag

Fit-and-Flare Trend. Milly Dress (left); Shoshanna Dress

Maxi Dresses. Trina Turk dress (left); BCBG dress

Beautiful Badgley Mischka Dress 

I know you are all out there screaming- YES, YES, YES, YES we want more! They have these and many more styles for all shapes and sizes. I would love to see pictures of you lovely SWANKSTERS out there gettin’ your dress swag on (wearing the dress) in one of your favorite summer dresses this season. Send your photos to and we will post them on our Facebook page.

Until soon…Toodles!

~Felice “Swanky Girl” Sloan

Felice "Swanky Girl" Sloan

Felice is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food, beauty, and fashion.


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