We’re Here For Fit and Flare

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Summer fashion should be fun, bold, colorful, and comfortable. It should make you feel flirty, chic and happy no matter the weather. Summer fashion should not be constrictive and uncomfortable – it should not demand tight shapewear and the feeling of discomfort amidst your internal organs. You don’t want to come home and have to unwrap yourself like a can of biscuits. Relax. Take it easy. Bodycon is taking a back seat to a fresh kind of silhouette – something much easier and breezier. Think scuba. Skater. Shapes that skim the hips and end near the knee. So pretty and so cute, and so timeless! We are HERE for fit and flare! Here are some of the coolest, most classic dresses of the season – all cut to flatter and diminish your style stress.

The Studio Asymmetrical Scuba Dress by Eloquii - Classic with a twist and a little bit of edge. The colorblocking border on the hem makes this a contender for work, play, or making a statement at a fashion event with a fierce shoe. Love it!

The Salty Pepper dress by Modcloth - SO perfectly Modcloth. Retro, check. Edgy, check. Fresh new modern touches, check! Love the pockets and the cut of the bodice – it takes a fifties silhouette from being too I Love Lucy, to working well for today. Modcloth does fit and flare better than most!

Macy’s – Macy’s carries amazing brands that are doing fit and flare so well! Take for example this Calvin Klein A-line. It’s a vision in cobalt blue, and will look stunning on you!

The Brooklyn Dress by eShakti - Undeniably sexy and retro, the kind of dress to pair with bold lipstick and winged eyeliner. This style may be very current now but this is the kind of dress you can get years of wear out of.

Lane Bryant – The reputation of LB as being frumpy is a thing of the past. Now Lane Bryant has a fresh new design aesthetic and this striped skater dress shows it off to perfection. Youthful, stylish, timeless, classic. Everything I want in a summer frock.

Don’t sleep on the sister store of Simply Be – Marisota’s style may skew slightly older but the clothes are just as cute (and frequently cross over)! Check out the daisy printed doll dress for an updated 90’s look that will never die.

Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of Afrobella.com, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.