20 Sleeved Dresses for Summer

Somewhere along the lines of becoming a “grown-up” and a mommy, and forgetting to workout regularly (though sometimes I think chasing after a very mobile one-year-old should count for something), I started to dress a bit more modestly. By the way, I hate that word: “modest.” It makes me feel like I’m admitting to dressing like a nun, which I sort of do, some days. Let’s call it granny chic, for arguments sake. Also, I’m a cool, hip mom, or so I like to think; and since this summer is especially darn hot, I’m on the hunt for cute little dresses that work in this weather and keep me feeling like I’m not naked (buh-bye, string bikinis). Am I guilty of still pairing most of my dresses with a cardigan? Totally. But I’m melting. I’ll admit to that. So bring on the sleeves!



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Just ordered this Free People Perfectly Victorian mini dress (available at Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Lord & Taylor as well), and I’m not-so-patiently counting down the seconds until it arrives at my front door. The floral embroidery, pleating detail at the neckline, crochet trim, and delicate elbow-length sleeves: total swoon.

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  1. Alyssa

    I love all the floral numbers you’ve chosen here—so pretty for summer!

  2. Heidi

    I tried the navy Free People dress on earlier this week and am still kicking myself for not buying it!

    Wishes & Reality

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