New Ideas for Last Year’s Sundresses

June 4, 2014

I’ve never been a huge fan of the sundress, except for the maxi version.  But last summer when I was planning what to wear for a Kauai trip I knew I needed something short, simple, and unstructured to throw into a suitcase and wear on the beach. 
These Old Navy sundresses were perfect!  

The grey dress I also have in olive green.  

Now, what am I going to do with these dresses this year? I decided to play around and try to come up with a new look for each dress.  Here are my five four looks … (I decided that navy dress was too short and better left as a beach cover up!)

Olive sundress with a safari style jacket, Seychelles gladiator sandals, and an Oryany bag.

Same exact dress in grey, with a moto jacket, Michael Shannon wedges, vintage cuffs and a spiked clutch.

 Simple black sundress with a Lucky denim jacket, Carlos Santana bag, and silver Impo sandals.

Fuchsia sundress
 with classic pumps, a clutch, and a snow leopard cardi.

So now I have plenty of sundresses for the beach … 
that I can wear in other ways as well!

Are you a fan of sundresses?  

Are you feeling ready for summer?

Dawn Lucy

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  • Reply Gracey the Giant June 4, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Oh, I love that first look. So safari chic!

    I'm more of a day dress than a sundress sort of gal for coverage reasons. Out of all of my many, many dresses, only a couple are sun dresses.

    • Reply dawnlucy June 5, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      Me too, Girl … I'm all for structure and coverage. This was a challenge for me for sure. Way more comfortable with these dresses on a beach than anywhere else! I like that safari look the best too!

  • Reply Renae of Simple Sequins June 5, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Dawn Lucy, I love the purple and leopard together the most. I love all of your variety and options. That would take me all day. lol ♥, Renae

    • Reply dawnlucy June 5, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      Haha … I think I did bite off a bit much at once! Think my next post will be focused on one outfit and more details! lol. Thanks so much for stopping by, Renae! See you tomorrow for the super fab Fashion Item Friday link up!

  • Reply June 5, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    What a wonderful idea and it turned out so well..
    There are so many more options for toppers for each one of these dresses.
    .I keep saying I want to do a year of no shopping and really see how many ways I can wear the vast clothing I have…

    • Reply dawnlucy June 6, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      Right? It's amazing what outfits we can come up with using what we already have! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Reply Trina June 5, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    I can see you began your summer break by playing in your closet, oh, we could be great friends. This just made me smile to see all these creative looks. When I saw the first photo of just the dresses I was thinking . . . hmm, but seriously??? WOW, you took three simple dresses and turned them into some incredibly chic, stylish outfits. I sure hope you took them out for dinner or lunch or somewhere because you look amazing in all the creations you put together.

    • Reply dawnlucy June 6, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      Oh you're the sweetest, Trina! We totally could be friends and go shopping! Where do you live?! Thanks so much for the nice compliments!! I really prefer dresses with more structure and coverage, but this was a fun little challenge and a chance to try something new.

  • Reply Agnes Mayer June 5, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I love this. You did a great job of remixing your dresses. It's amazing what a difference it makes if you add a jacket. Try adding a denim vest!!!!


    • Reply dawnlucy June 5, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      Oh, I need a denim vest! Adding it to my (never-ending) shopping list! Thanks so much for stopping by, Agi! Hoping to hear you win for best Vancouver mommy blogger!

  • Reply Love, Iris June 5, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    I'm always obsessing on how classy you always look when I see your post even on instagram! I love it, that pink dress is just to die for, and I love the denim jacket outfit it's so lovely! Ahhh, you just are gorgeous my lady friend! 🙂

    • Reply dawnlucy June 5, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      Aww, you're the sweetest, Miss Iris! Cuties of the world unite! Thanks so much for the compliments. Love your fresh style, so it means a lot!

  • Reply Tina Bradley June 6, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Fashion should indeed be fun! Fab collection of fun + chic style! I am really adoring the Lucky Brand jean jacket! T.

    • Reply dawnlucy June 6, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      Thanks so much, Tina! Found that Lucky jacket at Marshall's about a month ago. Isn't it cute?

  • Reply Stella Scarlett Rose June 5, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    These dresses are perfect for you! I really love how you styled them! Great pics!

  • Reply dawnlucy June 5, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Can't wait to check out your blog too!

  • Reply Joanna Pease June 5, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    You look great in all these combinations! I especially like the first.. monochromatic is always so chic!


    • Reply dawnlucy June 6, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      Thanks so much, Joanna! That first look is my fav too.

  • Reply Jennifer Connolly June 5, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    The olive dress with Safari jacket, knocks it out of the park on you!! You look fabulous. I just broke my toe and am avoiding a "boot", not sure how long it will last or wise it is. Happy Thursday doll. xoJ

    • Reply dawnlucy June 6, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Oh no, your toe! Keep me posted! I'm out of the boot now, but just wearing flats (except for pics when I cheat!) 😉

  • Reply Monika Faulkner June 5, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Wow, wow, wow, dear Dawn!! You did an amazing job with these four looks…all so different, but all sooo chic!! A great idea to re-style last year's sundresses in creative new ways…they obviously have a lot of life in them yet!! And speaking of style…I have to tell you again that your new 'do is perfection; you look absolutely fab!! P.S. How's the broken toe coming along?! XO

    • Reply dawnlucy June 6, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Thanks so much, dear Monika! My toe is doing pretty well! I'm out of the boot now, but just wearing flats, mostly sneakers. Except when I cheat for a blog post!

  • Reply Debbie Burns June 6, 2014 at 12:11 am

    All these looks are so stylish! I think the first and last looks are my favorites. I love cardigans and this snow leopard print is wonderful. I think I have more cardigans than tops. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I'm glad it led me to your blog. You have a beautiful place to snap pictures!! Debbie @

    • Reply dawnlucy June 6, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      Aww .. thanks! Yeah, my crazy little cabin in the woods gives me a lot of interesting photo ops and back drops! Thanks so much for stopping by and for the sweet words.

  • Reply Laura B June 6, 2014 at 12:38 am

    I love my sun dresses. They are so amazing when it is too hot to think about putting more than one item of clothing on. These are all amazing looks for cooler nights/days! I really like that moto jacket and grey dress!

    • Reply dawnlucy June 6, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      Oh thanks so much, Hon! I really liked the ivory with the charcoal grey too.

  • Reply Tiina L June 6, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Great combinations! The outfit with the leopard print cardi was just so elegant, very glam.

    • Reply dawnlucy June 6, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      Thanks a million, Tiina!

  • Reply Jessica Jannenga June 6, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    You look fabulous in every one! I love the neutral look and how you dressed it up with the beautiful gladiators and jacket, love the leopard cardi with the pink dress. I am a huge fan of sundresses, especially here in NC. It gets quite hot in the summer, and I have planned a few sundresses for next week as well. Fab looks!
    Please stop by, Jess xx

    • Reply dawnlucy June 6, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      Loving your blog, dear! Thanks so much for the sweet compliments!

  • Reply Porcelina June 7, 2014 at 11:15 am

    These are all really good, such wearable looks for a non-beach alternative!! P x

    • Reply dawnlucy June 8, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Thanks so much, Porcelina!

  • Reply Miriam June 7, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Great outfits! It's amazing how much you can dress up a simple sundress and make it look chic and ready for a night out. Love the moto jacket!

    • Reply dawnlucy June 8, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Aren't moto jackets fun? Thanks so much for stopping by, Miriam!

  • Reply Ann Huffman June 7, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Love all your restyles, it's great to get more mileage out of occasional pieces! ~Ann
    Tarnished Royalty

    • Reply dawnlucy June 8, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Thanks, Ann!

  • Reply Linda Cassidy June 8, 2014 at 3:09 am

    love the updated looks, and a great way to justify buying new clothes for beach vacations, you can always remix later.

    • Reply dawnlucy June 8, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Love the way you think, Linda!

  • Reply Erika T. June 8, 2014 at 4:05 am

    I love sundresses and I usually wear them year round with a sweater on top, or a lacy shirt underneath. I just love that fuchsia one you wore with the leopard print cardi!

    Erika @

    • Reply dawnlucy June 8, 2014 at 10:28 am

      I need to try to wear sundresses with sweaters in the winter! Great idea!OXOX

  • Reply Sabina B June 9, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Totally love all styles here! And btw love your hair!!! xo Sabina @Oceanblue Style

    • Reply dawnlucy June 9, 2014 at 1:26 pm

      Thanks, Sabina! It was a big hair change, but I'm really loving it!

  • Reply Suzanne Carillo Style Files June 11, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    I love these. Very classic. That last one is especially fetching with the grey and leopard. LOVE it!


    • Reply dawnlucy June 12, 2014 at 2:45 am

      Thanks so much, Suzanne!

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