How To Style an Easy Summer Dress High and Low

The forecast for spring and summer is looking a bit brighter and I’m not just talking about the sunshine. As the temperatures get warmer the opportunities to get together with family and friends is becoming a reality. We can keep our social distance and meet more often outdoors! So it’s time to to dress up. And you can get dressed up in a very comfortable summer dress. A long midi dress just might be the answer to what to wear to upcoming outdoor events from picnics to bridal showers to cocktails.

Dress Up in A Summer Dress

A floral print midi dress will make you feel chic and comfortable. Find one you love and you can wear it all spring and summer. If you invest in a designer dress it is worth it because you can wear it year after year. Florals never go out of style. Or you can find a similar dress for much less, and save a lot of cash. You can choose high-priced accessories with an inexpensive dress, or style a high-end dress with low price accessories. Whichever way you choose to style your look, there are many options. Here’s how to style a summer dress outfit high and low.

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Start With A Summer Dress

A dress is an easy solution to your spring and summer fashion dilemmas. A midi dress with a wrap or scoop neckline that is more fitted at the top yet forgiving in the hips works well for most women over 40. Add some puff sleeves and you will feel confident and comfortable. A summer dress is a “one and done” option so all you need is a pair of sandals and a small handbag and you are good to go. You can get this gorgeous Charo Ruiz Liberty floral-print cotton-poplin midi dress for $405. Or save about $325 and get this Bobeau Smocked Bodice midi sundress for only $78.

Embellished Flat Sandals

Keep your look easy-going yet elegant and slip on a pair of neutral embellished flat sandals. Invest in something like these strappy Valentino Garavani Rockstud leather sandals in blush leather (and you can wear them with everything else in your closet) for $945. But if you don’t have an extra thousand dollars for shoes, you can get these Stuart Weitzman (also designer) Goldie jelly sandals in peach with pearl embellishments for $150. Shopping tip: Look for the jelly or pool versions of many designer sandals and slides and get a designer piece for a lot less money.

The Straw Mini Bag

Floral prints and summer fashion calls for a small lightweight bag. A neutral straw bag in a fun drawstring shape like this Mar Y Sol Olympia bucket bag fits the bill for $145. But you can find straw bags for a lot less, probably not in the same quality like this Hensend fringe woven crossbody bag for $17.98 on Amazon. After all, you may only need it to last one summer.

Statement Earrings

I know I said you only need sandals and a handbag, but a pair of colorful statement earrings will totally complete this look. These cool watery green Cult Gaia Bibi chandelier earrings are absolutely stunning and worth adding to your costume jewelry collection for $108. Or you can add a splash of color with these beaded crochet statement earrings in bright patina for only $39.50 from J.Crew.

Enjoy your spring and summer outdoors! And make your life easy with a versatile summer midi dress.

Shop This Summer Dress Outfit High and Low


Charo Ruiz Liberty Floral-print Cotton-poplin Midi Dress, $405

Valentino Garavani Rockstud Leather Sandals, $945

Mar Y Sol Olympia Bucket Bag, $145

Cult Gaia Bibi Chandelier Earrings, $108

Total high end outfit: $1603


Bobeau Smocked Bodice Midi Sundress, $78

Stuart Weitzman Goldie Jelly Sandal, $150

Hensend Women’s Fringe Woven Crossbody Bag, $17.98

J. Crew Beaded Crochet Statement Earrings, $39.50

Total low price outfit: $285.48

How would you wear it? Would you style this summer dress outfit high or low, or a combination of both?

Carol Calacci

You may also like to read The Best 9 Spring 2021 Fashion Trends For Women Over 40 and How To Style A Zoom Meeting Outfit High Low.

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