As the weather gets steamy and sunglasses and sandals come out of the closet, nothing says summertime more than a comfortable, flirty sundress. June, July and August in Philadelphia can get sticky, hot and humid, making these summer solstice wardrobe staples a seasonal essential. No matter what your budget or body shape, every closet must have at least two or three sexy sundresses. Here are the top five places around Philly to find a fabulous sundress.
Warminster, PA 18974
Harken back to the Age of Aquarius and Flower Power with retro sundresses at Gypsy Rose. This hippie resource has been around since 1987, carrying reasonably priced dresses for under $60. The warehouse is located in Warminster, but purchasing is done strictly online. Long rayon sundresses, “wearable works of art” tie-dyed in splashy patterns by cottage artisans in the Himalayas of Nepal, make ideal beach coverups. Bohemian babes can also opt for printed rayon maxi sundresses with pockets, short halters from Thailand, flowing peasant-style cotton numbers from Thailand and long, colorful sunflower sundresses handmade and hand batiked in India.
Heather’s Clothing & Accessories
207 New Jersey Route 73 S.
Marlton, NJ 08053
Heather’s in Marlton Crossing has an exceptional selection of contemporary sundresses for all occasions. Short, strapless stripes will have all eyes on you at your backyard barbecue, and comfortable tie-dye maxis are ideal for strolls on the beach. Lace is back, with pretty-in-pink frocks in sizes small, medium and large. Cute, short print sundresses with ruffles, sexy multi-slit maxi halter dresses and petal-hem strapless numbers are all under $50.
493 Wilmington West Chester Pike
Glen Mills, PA 19342
Mykonos is not just about jewelry. Although it specializes in Pandora beads and charms, the high-end boutique in the Glen Eagle Square shopping complex in Glens Mills also carries a select line of clothing for women who want to splurge. For about $100, you can take home a mini or maxi skinny dress by Hard Tail Forever or Nation Ltd. These jersey shifts are great for the beach and roll up easily for travel. If you have more room in your budget, check out the silk sundresses and floral spaghetti-strap mini and maxi numbers by Joie. Prices range from $200 to $400, but these wardrobe investments definitely make a statement.
2076 Route 70 E.
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
With an upscale shop in Cherry Hill and a fabulous online shopping site, Tehen is South Jersey’s sundress utopia. You’ll need a wallet with plenty of plastic in it to shop here, but the store’s collection is chock full of top-drawer designers. Smocked strapless maxis by Michael Kors, Karen Kane tie-dye dresses and Tommy Bahama prints and jerseys go for less than $140. Make your summer sizzle in a Tommy Bahama teal and pink waves maxi dress, or go all out with a $240 geometric print, strapless, beaded maxi dress by Sky Brand.
716 S. 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
If you love the thrill of the hunt, then Wilbur Vintage on Fabric Row is the place for you. Let Dan, the owner, know what you’re looking for and he’ll search hell and high water for it. The shop usually stocks a good selection of colorful vintage sundresses from the 70s and 80s and is stuffed full of hip and edgy vintage clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories. Dress prices rarely set you back more than $60, but even if you don’t find that perfect sundress, you’re sure to come away with another great gem from the past.
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Susan DeFeo has been a professional writer since 1997. She served as a community events columnist for New Jersey’s “Cape May County Herald” for more than a decade. A writer for numerous online publications, Susan has covered health, fitness, beauty and travel, all subjects that are near and dear to her as a married mother of seven children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.