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Fashion Friday: Maxi, Mini and High-Low Dresses

Stay cool while looking hot in the latest dress trends of the season.

Summer days are hot and nothing is cooler than slipping into a dress and a pair of heels, sandals or wedges. You’ve worked hard on your tan, so show it off.

Patch found the some of the hottest dress fashions of the season at on Clayton Road in Ladue and on Ladue Road in Ladue.

Read on and then take a look at our photo gallery for ways to wear your favorite look this summer.

The short dress

Cozy Day Dress in Ivory by Free People is as comfortable as it is pretty. This knit dress has plenty of detail in the fabric. Fun and flirty, yet sweet and innocent, this dress has it all. Add this lovely, multi crystal, large necklace to complete the look. Find the dress at Alixandra Collections for $118 and the necklace for $92.

The little black dress is shorter and flirtier than ever before. This one by For Love and Lemons has a full gathered skirt and sheer, polka dot fabric insets in the front and back of the bodice. The knit fabric stretches and moves with you. So go ahead and dance. Find it at Splash for $102

Split sleeves are a sexy, new alternative to the full sleeve and are very popular this year. This above the knee dress by Glam features slit pockets, elastic waist and split-tie sleeves. You will be absolutely hot-looking in this fashion favorite, but you will stay cool with the open sleeves. It's shown in royal blue, but other colors are available. Find it at Splash for $118.

Easy-to-wear and great-looking, this print dress by Glam has open sleeves and scoop neck. The multi-colored print is trendy and fun. Put on a pair of strappy heels and you are ready to go out with friends. Go casual with a pair of sandals. Find at Splash for $72.

Strapless dresses are a timeless staple you should incorporate into your wardrobe this year. This tube dress by Susana Monaco has front pockets sown to the skirt. The gathering in the front of the skirt adds lovely details. Shown in Sapphire knit, you will feel like you are almost wearing nothing. Step into a pair of black suede pumps like these by Chinese Laundry. Find the dress at Splash for $160 and the shoes for $94.

The one-shoulder dress is one of the hottest looks of the season. Get noticed with this one arm flutter dress in royal blue by Susana Monaco. Ruffle details are both flirty and classy. Wear high heels like these black suede pumps by Chinese Laundry. Find at Splash in Ladue. Retail: dress – $180.00, shoes – $94.00

The maxi dress

The maxi dress is a must have this season. Versatile, it can be dressed up for an evening out on the town or worn casual to a Saturday afternoon barbecue. This cowl neck, maxi dress by Envi in multi-colored print has straps that crisscross in the back. Add a few strands of long beads for a little fashion fun. Find the dress at Alixandra Collections for $180. The turquoise and crystal necklace is $25 and the three-strand, long nugget necklace is $78.

This Iron Dress halter, black and cream, maxi dress embellished with long fringe is an elegant and whimsical look. Step into a pair of peep toe heels, and you are ready to see and be seen at that special event. Put on a pair of cute sandals or wedges and head to your favorite spot in the city or the county. You will definitely turn heads. Find it at Splash in Ladue for $278.

This colorful maxi dress by Paula IRC has braided straps and an empire waist. This casual sundress in deep hues and multi-colored print will have you looking great while staying cool and comfortable all day. Add a pair of sandals, just pick a color, and you are on your way. Find it at Splash for $68.

The high-low dress and skirt

Nothing is more comfortable or cool on a hot summer day than a sundress. This season, the high-low hem is a smashing, popular look. This Charlie Jade halter dress in multi-colored print has braided straps and contrasting fabric on the bodice and a high-low skirt. Multiple strands of black and gold necklaces complete the look. Find the dress at Alixandra Collections for $150. The necklaces range between $25 and $50.

The high-low skirt is a trend that is oh so versatile. Wear this one by Mink Pink with a fitted tank top or a tee and you are ready to shop until you drop or take in a movie with friends. Add a long necklace and sandals to complete the look. Find it at Splash for $84.

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