Whether you're grilling out with friends or heading over to your boyfriend/girlfriend's house to meet the family, it's difficult to find the right balance between casual and dressy. In these sort of situations a cotton sundress is always your best option. This Fashionista rocks one in a tan flattering violet hue made of stretchy cotton. Following the this year's high waisted trend, this dress, though form fitting, is flattering because it emphasizes the smallest part of most every woman's body, the waist.
Though the dress itself is very simple, this Fashionista's gold and brown accessories add some warmth and bohemian flair to this casual ensemble. Her long, bird and compass charm necklace pops against the violet color of the dress. At the same time, her brown leather satchel adds an earthy element to an otherwise simple ensemble.
When choosing a sundress it's important to consider the occasion. While this outfit is perfect for casual backyard dining, for something more formal you might want to go with a longer but lighter dress like this DKNYC cotton dress. Also, if spaghetti straps aren't you thing try something with a little more sleeve like this plaid Americana style dress.
This Fashionista chose to style up her cotton clad outfit with strappy gold sandal, however, personally, I am fan of the cowboy boot which is slowly coming back in style. Try these mini boots from Forever21 with any sundress or cuffed skinny jeans. Trust me your friends will wish they thought of it first.