Elegant Dressing - The White Summer Dress

I'm very much a separates type and happy switching between jeans, tops and sweaters most days for much of the year.  However, by June I'm looking high and low for dresses, as New York becomes hot and humid and Fort Lauderdale & Miami, where I also spend a lot of time, is even more hot and humid.  During those balmy months, the white summer dress comes into its own and saves me from dissolving into a daily sweaty heap.  

Victoria Beckham's dresses often have a little stretch, giving structure and ensuring that the fabric doesn't crease, stretch, or wilt from the heat.  If you like dresses a little looser, The Row's summer collection is deceptively simple and these very comfortable styles will look cool and pulled together through the day into evening.  

The white lace dress is also big news this summer and no-one did it better than the house of Valentino, with pretty eyelet patterns that made me feel cooler just looking at them.  I'm loving the gladiator sandals shown with those lace dresses - if only...