Redefining the Sundress

Posted on 03 September 2021

Sundresses are quintessential garments for a warm-weather wardrobe, though what constitutes a sundress is debatable. Traditionally, these dresses have been designed to bare as much skin as possible. In fact, the definition for sundress offered by is, “a dress with a bodice styled to expose the arms, shoulders, and back, for wear during hot weather.” However, here at Anthony’s, we realize that this definition may be insufficient for the needs of some of our customers who want more coverage from their dresses, both for sun protection and modesty’s sake.

In our last blog about this topic, we touched upon how sundresses were popularized in the ‘60s by Palm Beach socialite and designer Lilly Pulitzer. She envisioned a brightly printed dress that would help keep her cool and hide the stains she got on her clothing while working at her fruit juice stand. Although her original dresses were sleeveless and hit above the knee, the main focus of sundresses has always been comfort and wearability. These factors might mean different things to different shoppers- for some, a comfortable sundress has longer sleeves and hemlines while others want to feel the breeze on their arms and legs. Back in Lilly’s day, cotton was the fabric of choice for South Florida’s sweltering summers, but in modern times we have so much more to choose from in the world of textiles. There are now moisture-wicking performance fabrics and UPF50+ materials, in addition to the ever-classic cotton.

In short, we want to redefine sundress to mean any dress that you love to wear in the sun, no matter the cut or material. So, whether you are looking for sleeveless or long-sleeved varieties, short or maxi length, cotton or synthetic, we have a sundress at Anthony’s to suit your taste!

Mlle Gabrielle Sketched Flowers Sleeveless Halter Dress
If longer dresses are what you are after, the Sketched Flowers Sleeveless Halter Dress by Mlle Gabrielle is an attractive choice. With a unique halter neckline featuring a bejeweled tassel and an elegant high-low hemline, this floral frock is light, breezy, and perfect for any occasion when you want to look your best while staying cool.

IBKUL Mesh Crew Neck UPF50+ Dress

The IBKUL Mesh Crew Neck UPF50+ Dress is ideal for when you want some high-performance sun-protection coverage on your arms and shoulders. This ultra-cute number has mesh sleeve inserts for added ventilation, plus a mesh accent on the neckline for an extra sporty look. With zippered pockets and IBKUL’s patented IceFil fabric that offers a cooling touch, this will be your go-to dress for golf, tennis, and all sorts of outdoor adventures.

Anthony's Resort Wear Knotical Coral UPF50+ Skort Dress
If you are looking for a playful dress that also has sun protection, may we suggest the Coral UPF50+ Skort Dress by Anthony’s Ladies Apparel? This adorable dress has built-in shorts, making it a hybrid of a dress, skort, and romper! Paired with some strappy sandals, you’ll be set to frolic in this skort dress all day long!

Jess and Jane Spirals Mineral Wash Double Pocket Dress
Featuring a print of flowers, spirals, and dragonflies, the Spirals Mineral Wash Double Pocket Dress by Jess and Jane is ideal for wearing around the house, while running errands, or even as a swim cover-up. Cut from breathable 100% cotton fabric, this everyday dress has short sleeves, large patch pockets, and a relaxed fit.

IBKUL Performance Slip Short

Although the Performance Slip Short by IBKUL is not a dress, it is great for pairing with dresses and skirts with shorter hemlines. Made from ultra-stretch UPF50+ Dry-Zone fabric, these shorties have a bonus of side pockets for storing your essentials while you play sports or go for a stroll.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this reflection on warm-weather dresses and that you are inspired to redefine what a sundress means to you. So, what are you looking for in a sundress? Let us in the comments below!

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  • Ann Marie McPate: September 14, 2021

    Dresses are in. Love them. Need to be colorful and definitely have pockets. Too many created without. And congrats on the slip shorts. It is essential that I wear them under culottes as the shorts attached are either too short or so loose that bending over (playing golf) isn’t pretty. Hope these comments help.

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