Rain or shine, summer temperatures call for, above all, a solid wardrobe of hardworking dresses that will beat the heat and take on those sudden subtropical downpours from an iced coffee run to an evening soiree. We’ve scoured our own wish lists and shopping baskets to bring you the best brands for dresses this season.
For those who like their garb tasseled, patterned and ornamented, Israeli brand Dodo Bar Or and leading Ukrainian designer Vita Kin are for you. Slightly more toned down pieces in powder pink, or blue and marigold yellow can be begot at resort-wear extraordinaire Lisa Marie Fernandez and New School graduate Gül Hürgel. Frilly, floaty numbers are a specialty of these Commonwealth girls, Canadian Caroline Constas and Australian-born, Bali-based Innika Choo. For evening pieces that are as breezy as they are stunning, London newcomer Borgo de Nor offers rich hues and stunning patterns for every woman.