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FashionSummer Formal Dresses: How to Stay Cool While Looking Chic

There’s so much to love about summer weather – longer days with beautiful sunsets, lots of bright blooms and fresh greenery, gorgeous starry nights…the list could go on and on. Because it’s such a beautiful time of year, there are tons of semi-formal and formal events during the summer. But one sneaky thing people forget about when planning their summer events: it’s hotter than hot under layers of fabric in a formal dress! Luckily there are a few ways to keep your cool when dressing up for a stylish soiree during the sweltering summer months. See our tips and tricks below for picking the perfect summer formal dress and be sure to shop our formal collection for your next fancy function.

Pick a wrap dress

summer formal - wrap dresses

Wrap styles allow you to adjust how tight your dress is and offer plenty of ventilation through their built in slits. Our Magical Movement Periwinkle Blue Wrap Maxi Dress is a breezy, backless style you can wear to summer weddings, parties and beyond.

Look for strategic ventilation

summer formal - ventilation

While the Bloom On Rust Red Floral Print Maxi Dress looks like your traditional maxi from the front, a small ruffled cutout in the back offers some relief from high temps. Pair that with it’s flowing skirt and light fabric and you have the perfect printed dress for any party.

Try a sheath with cutouts

summer formal - sheath with cutouts

When you want to show off your shape without sacrificing comfort, look to a sheath dress for a chic alternative to bodycon styles. The set-in waist and sheath skirt of the Lara White Sleeveless Cutout Midi Dress highlight your curves without constraining you, while the plunging back and neckline and subtle cutouts add interest to the simple silhouette.

Go flowy

summer formal - flowy hemlines

Look no further than the One Wish Red Lace Midi Dress for a fun and flirty formal look. Flowy, handkerchief hems are a great way to keep comfortable during a summer event and the unlined portion of the lace skirt allows for more breathability. Add some dewy makeup for a suble glow and you are ready to go!

Opt for breathable or natural fabrics

summer formal - gauzy, light fabrics

One of the easiest ways to make your formal dress more comfortable in the heat is to pick one made out of natural fibers or gauzy, woven fabrics. The Fete Ready Periwinkle Blue Two-Piece Maxi Dress is perfectly breezy and the two-piece style is totally on trend for summer 2018.

How do you stay cool during summer formal events? Tell us your tips and tricks in the comments and show us how you rock your formalwear on Instagram @lulus with #lovelulus!


FashionSummer Restocks You’ll Want to Shop Before They Sell Out

Restock alert! We’ve brought back some of our fave summer staples, just for you. These hot sellers are going quick, so make your move before they’re all gone–again. Want to know how to wear them? We’ve put together a cheat sheet for cute summer outfits made easy with these babe-worthy pieces. Read on for our fave summer styles and be sure to shop all of our bestsellers here.

perfect summer top - adrift blue and white striped tank top

The Perfect Summer Top: Adrift Navy Blue and White Striped Tank Top

Where to Wear It: Beach days, BBQs, and brunch

What to Wear It With: Chic white shorts, neutral sandals, and a basket bag

chic white shorts - my mini white distressed denim shorts

Those Chic White Shorts We Were Talking About: My Mini White Distressed Denim Shorts

Where to Wear It: Running errands, on a bike ride, over your swimsuit

What to Wear It With: Your perfect summer top or a tee, plus flatform sneaks and cool sunnies

summer wedding guest dress - feel the music navy blue maxi dress

Wear-It-Forever Wedding Guest Dress: Feel the Music Navy Blue Floral Print Maxi Dress

Where to Wear It: A luxe garden wedding

What to Wear It With: Strappy sandals, statement earrings, and glowy makeup

summer little white dress - love poem ivory lace dress

The LWD Your Closet Is Missing: Love Poem Ivory Lace Dress

Where to Wear It: Date night, or if you’re getting married, for your bachelorette party

What to Wear It With: Gold heels, bangles and rings, and beachy waves

summer jumpsuit - lolinda black halter jumpsuit

Summer’s Other Type of One-Piece: Lolinda Black Halter Jumpsuit

Where to Wear It: Girls’ night out or out to dinner on vacay

What to Wear It With: Lace-up metallic sandals, layered necklaces, and body shimmer

Which summer restocks are you going to add to your warm-weather wardrobe? Show us on Instagram @lulus with #lovelulus!


Contests#Lovelulus Winner of the Week

Congratulations to @shaniabrenon for being our #lovelulus winner of the week wearing our French Countryside White Floral Print High-Low Dress! Be the best dressed guest at any event this summer from wedding or gala to date night or girls’ night out. Visit the Special Occasion shop for all things fancy or shop a few of our faves below!


We want to see how YOU wear Lulus! Show off those chic #ootd looks for a chance to win a $250 shopping spree and be featured on our Instagram. To enter just follow @lulus, upload a pic of your cute Lulus looks, and use #lovelulus & #contest in the caption for a chance to win. We award new winners every single Friday. See the full rules, terms, and conditions here. Good luck!


FashionMVP Trend of the Week: Smocked Details

Once a prime pick from the early aughts, smocked clothing is making a comeback in a major way for summer 2018. Smocked tops, dresses, skirts, shorts, and even bikinis are stealing our hearts and a spot on the top of our wishlist for summer-ready outfits. This elasticized trend is the perfect way to update your seasonal go-to styles, and is made to add some oomph to your looks for BBQs, date nights, beach days, and beyond. Not only is smocked clothing super on-trend, it’s incredibly comfortable and flattering! The elasticized garments mold to your body and stay in place for the perfect fit, while the gathered fabric creates an effect similar to ruching to even out your curves and create a sizzling shape. Ready to bring a little smocking into your summer rotation? Shop our picks below and be sure to look out for this cute detail in our summer fashion collection!

smocked clothing

Will you try smocked clothing this summer? Show us how you wear this trend on Instagram @lulus with #lovelulus!


FashionSummer Dress Style: Style Your Basic Dresses for Any Occasion!

Stuck in a fashion rut? Let us help you bring out the best of your basic summer dresses for any occasion! ‘Tis the season for weddings, BBQs, graduations, beach parties and more, and these three dresses can be worn in three totally different ways to get you through in ultimate style!

A basic like the High Line White Shift dress can easily be dressed up or down! For a more formal party we’ve added elegant, simple gold jewelry, heels, and a chic clutch. For BBQ vibes or mixing up your everyday look, just add denim cutoffs, oversized sunnies, and sleek slides; and for a stylish beach day, throw it over your swimsuit, add a beach bag, and a fun straw hat!

summer dresses 3 ways - white dress

When we think summer, we think maxi dresses, and the For Life Golden Yellow Embroidered Maxi Dress is always a fashion win! The bright and sunny yellow hue keeps you on-trend, while the flowy maxi length is wedding guest (and dance floor!) appropriate! For elegant affairs, dress it up with a bold lip, statement earrings, and a flirty lace-up heel! Pair it down for a backyard kickback with flat sandals, a fun belt, and a mini backpack, and keep it cute at parties for dads and grads with simple jewelry, modest heels, and a chic bag.

summer dresses 3 ways - yellow maxi

And finally the essential wrap dress! Our Maretta Blue and White Floral Print Wrap Midi Dress makes styling super easy with its flattering design and classic floral print. Make it a picnic day with a basket bag, cute sneakers, and stylish shades, or trade your oversized bag for a clutch, upgrade your sneaks for heels and hit the town! You can even make it work for the office with flats, modest jewelry and a practical bag!

summer dresses 3 ways - wrap dress

Tell us how you’ll stay stylish all summer long in the comments below, or show us how you mix up your look by tagging #lovelulus on Instagram!