When you hear the words “summer dressing,” you probably think of ways to look somewhat fashionable while trying to avoid sweating through your entire outfit. Well, think again! Dressing for summer in Northern Michigan is a whole different ball game. Michigan is expected to have a cooler summer this year, so layering will be essential. So whether you’re headed to a Northern Michigan wedding or a day at the beach, we have you covered with five summer dresses that are wearable and versatile. We were lucky enough to get some hot tips for cool summer dressing from Traverse City shopping experts. We also got their picks for summer dresses that are both easy to throw on and easy to layer.

1) HAYSTACKS Eyelet Spinner Dress, $78.00, available at Haystacks or online at Haystacks.net.

“This summer, it’s not about fitted dresses. Look for loose, flowy dresses, like a maxi dress. You can easily dress this look up with a jean jacket or a blazer.” -Rebecca Knott, Haystacks.

2) RYU dress, $78.00, available at What to Wear.

“Up North, layering is important. Always have a jean jacket on you. And, why not stand out with a fun print if you can!” -Sue Beeler, What to Wear.

3) PETIT POIS Maxi Dress, $264.00, available at What to Wear.

4) BCBG MAXAZRIA Keelie Blocked-Print Halter Dress, $298.00, available at Ella’s.

“Jean jackets will make your summer dress more wearable at nighttime. There are so many cool options for jean jackets — white, distressed, light wash — that you are sure to find something to go with any outfit.” -Michelle Sterling, Ella’s.

5) CHICO’S Striped Dress, $99.00, available at Chico’s.

“In general, you should accentuate your waist when wearing a dress with a belt to create a nice shape. Choosing a unique hemline creates interest. And then add a statement necklace to top everything off.” -Kathryn Berck, Chico’s.

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