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This August will mark one year since I took a sabbatical from my clothing line. The more months that go by the more I realize that listening to my intuition was so right in this instance. Putting it down for a season was the right thing for me, and for my family. I don’t think that’s something a lot of people value in our world of hustle, hustle, hustle. But I can’t bring myself to regret the extra time I’ve had to spend with my kids this year, the peace the break has given me. I’ve been blessed in so many ways since changing up my brand a bit. My blog has grown, I’ve been able to work with some amazing companies, met so many inspiring people, and been able to start a few other businesses that are much more flexible and work better for me in the phase I’m in now.

But I won’t lie. There are things that I miss about designing clothes and having my own line. I miss all my customers, shipping out their pretty packages, getting pictures of them wearing a dress I designed, telling me how it made them feel. That was special. I miss that. I also miss the actual design process. Creating something truly unique. Something that I wanted but couldn’t find. That was special too, and I miss it. It also kind of ruined me in the dress buying department, because when you can design something just like you want it, finding something good, but not quite right doesn’t seem to cut it any more.

I really love wearing dresses. That’s why I started designing them in the first place, and in the summer months that’s what I most look forward to wearing. But finding great dresses is tricky.

I saw this stripe dress a month or so ago while I was shopping at Kate Spade and it was love at first sight. Oh my goodness, those candy colored stripes… I put it on my wishlist and then proceeded to dream about it for weeks. So when it popped up for sale a little over a week ago, I couldn’t add it to my cart fast enough. It’s the summer dress of my dreams. I love wearing pretty dresses year-round but most of all in the summer when the weather is lovely and we’re outside all the time.

Since I’m picky about my dresses and also really love finding good ones I thought it would be fun to round up my 6 favorite places to find a great summer dress. These brands are consistently great, putting out beautiful pieces year after year. And the great news is, they’re across all different price points, so no matter what your budget is, finding a pretty frock for the warm months is within reach. (I’m always willing to invest a little more in a well-made beautiful dress. A classic well-made dress will be a closet asset for years to come. And one great dress is worth 10 just okay ones…)

So there you have it! My 6 favorite places to find a great summer dress! Where do you like to shop for delightful frocks?

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