I'm someone who loves spending time outside. Whether I'm chatting with neighbors or walking my dog, I love a good healthy dose of vitamin D when I can schedule it in. Now that it's consistently hot outside, I realized I needed to find more warm-weather outfits that were easy to put together. Sure I could go for denim shorts or my biker shorts, but I always feel like I have to put a lot of effort into styling; I wanted to find something more turnkey. I set out to find the perfect Summer dress and set a few rules before I started shopping: the dress had to have a fun print (prints just make me happy), it couldn't hug my waist (nothing more uncomfortable than being hot in a dress that's also tight), and it had to be machine washable (dry cleaning is for the birds). It didn't take long before I found it: the Old Navy Jersey Swing Dress ($12, originally $25) checked all my boxes.
I took a look at the fabric before ordering (a mix of rayon and spandex) and decided to actually order down a size, which sounds crazy considering I wanted to find an easy-going and roomy dress, but it ended up being the right move. The dress fits exactly like a t-shirt up top and is relaxed through the body with a flared hem that swings out as you walk, so there is a ton of space to move around. I also didn't want it to be too long because I knew I'd want to wear the dress with socks and sneakers; I like when dresses hit a few inches up above the knee.
This dress has been my absolute favorite purchase this Summer.