Style Lab: Five Summer Dresses to Love

Looking for the perfect sundress to add to your summer wardrobe? Check out the five summer dresses we're coveting right now.


Anthropologie’s Night and Day dress has a pitch-black bust and a chrysanthemum bestrewn skirt. $158


The Block, in Gastown, carries this silky, parrot-blue Ulla Johnson frock with a classic tassel-tie belt. $335


Obakki’s cotton and silk Coquille dress is lighter than a summer breeze and splashed with a sunny print. $260


Take Topshop’s flirty, rose chiffon seriously; it comes with a leather belt and leather’n’lace straps. $130


The romantic Penelope dress by Vancouver-based OAK + FORT has a Chantilly lace maxi skirt over a silk slip. $128

‘Tis the season for summer dresses


When I think of summer dresses, I hear the dated indie hit “The Girls in their Summer Dresses” by the Airborne Toxic Event. Like all things indie, the title is ripe with intellectual yearning. It references the short story by novelist Irwin Shaw, who wrote for The New Yorker, among other publications.


The short story “Girls in their Summer Dresses” was later made into a film starring Jeff Bridges as a Manhattanite who can’t stop looking at other women when he’s strolling down Fifth Avenue with his girlfriend.


Why am I telling you this? Because here’s a list of summer dresses that will do you one better. Your head won’t just turn. It will spin.