Dhani's Long Summer Dress for All Occasions

Perfect for a weekend stroll or, you know, the CFDA Awards.
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Cos flared cotton dress, $125, available at Cos

Cos flared cotton dress, $125, available at Cos

When it comes to summer dresses — especially for the levels of heat New York experiences — I tend to think, the shorter the better. But in the interest of having something a little more work-appropriate, I decided to try on the light pink version of this seemingly simple sleeveless maxi dress at Cos. 

It turned out to be one of those things that seems "ok" on the hanger but delivers a lot more wow factor when you put it on. The bodice, which has subtle panel details, is incredibly flattering, and the pleated, flared skirt falls in a casually elegant way. It's made of a lightweight, crisp-yet-stretchy fabric that's super-comfortable and is a little shorter than a maxi dress, which makes it feel more timeless. Because of the soft fabric, you could wear it to work, on a weekend stroll or even to the beach with flats; but thanks to the fancy-ish silhouette, it can easily be dressed up for, say, a summer wedding or the CFDA Awards — both events to which I wore this dress and garnered many compliments.

Unfortunately, the pink is sold out, but I'm equally into (and considering buying) the navy version, which would more easily transition into fall layered under a wool sweater and some boots or loafers.

Cos flared cotton dress, $125, available at Cos.

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