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Summertime Vibes at Hotel San Jose

How is the weather these days where you are? In Texas, it feels like we suddenly leaped from spring to summer. In the past week, temperatures have risen significantly. Plus, we have much higher (almost oppressive) humidity because of all the recent rain.

This shift in weather has me thinking of what I gravitate towards wearing on hot summer days. I don’t know about you, but if I’m going to be outside in warm weather, my focus turns completely to comfort. Forget the skinny jeans or skin-tight dresses. I want something easy and breezy! I look for something that meets these three criteria:

  1. Made with a breathable fabric : Cotton and linen are great choices for summer.
  2. Floats away from my body : I want as little constriction as possible! Fabric against skin just increases the chance sweatiness and discomfort.
  3. Is still chic and on-trend : As you know, the off-the-shoulder trend is all the rage and here to stay.

This dress meets all three of those standards. It has already proven to be a winning piece in my wardrobe, as I’ve worn it three times in the last month. Each occasion was an outdoor event in the warm weather – a day out and about in Austin (as depicted here during my recent stay at the Hotel San Jose), a day of tennis watching at the U.S. Clay Court Championships, and a day of browsing at the new River Oaks District, Houston’s new open-air shopping destination.

Fortunately, there are a plethora of dresses that fit within this category nicely this season. Keep scrolling to see the best off the shoulder dresses…

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23 Best Off the Shoulder Dresses

Luckily for us, so many designers and retailers are embracing this easy, breezy look for summer. We’ve scoured all of our favorite shopping sites and found the 23 of the best off the shoulder swing-cut dresses for you. There is likely something for everyone. Prices range from less than $100 on up, and styles range from neutral solids to bold patterns with bright colors.

Take a look, and let me know what you like!

The Met Gala

Don’t forget – tonight is the annual Met Gala! What is the Met Gala, you ask? Hosted by none other than Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, the gala is the annual fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. This one party funds the entire annual operating budget for the Costume Institute. The gala also signifies the grand opening of the institute’s annual fashion exhibit.

This year’s theme is dubbed “Manus x Machina” – fashion in an age of technology. It will be so interesting to see how people interpret this theme. For the first time ever, E! will be airing red carpet coverage of the event. For more details for how to follow all the action, check out this article from Refinery29.

I’ll be live snapping my thoughts on the red carpet looks (Snapchat username : wearwherewell). So be sure to follow along there so that we can chat about our favorite and not-so-favorite looks. It’s sure to be a feast for the eyes. The Met Gala is where fashion and art truly collide.

Closing Comments

One more thing : since it’s Monday, be sure to check out an updated edition of “Carrie Curates.” My top ten picks of each week can be found about halfway down the homepage. Then, make sure you regularly browse my top 100 selections in the Wear + Where + Well Boutique. I’m continually updating this (daily, in fact) with my favorite finds.

As always, thanks for stopping by! Have a great week.

Photos by Maritere Rice at Hotel San Jose in Austin, Texas

Details of My Look

Tanya Taylor striped off-the-shoulder dress (also here and here) | Eugenia Kim ‘Cassidy’ hat (also here) (c/o) | Karen Walker super duper sunglasses | Valentino rockstud sandals (older; similar here, here, and here) | Dannijo statement necklace (older; similar from Dannijo; budget-friendly option – less than $100) | Samudra pouch (older; similar here, here, and here – all less than $100!) | Nars heat wave matte lipstick | OPI gelato on my mind nail polish


  1. Jennifer says:

    Just darling! Love this outfit on you — and the cold shoulder trends — and the photos are so fun and playful! Have a great week ahead!

    xo, Jennifer

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Jennifer! I’d love to see you rocking a dress like this. Off to check out your blog now…

  2. Bella B says:

    Can I have one of each please?! I love them all!!! Great share Carrie!!! Hoping you have a wonderful Monday <3


    1. Carrie says:

      Aren’t there? There are some good deals too!

  3. Lisa Favre says:

    Yes, yes, yes! I am all about the off-the-shoulder look for this season. Can’t wait to get one of my own!

    Lisa Favre

    1. Carrie says:

      Hey Lisa – thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Definitely check out the ones I’ve included. There are some great deals!

  4. Unfortunatly, here in paris, with 12 degrees, off the shoulder dress or top is just irrelevant. But we will probably jump from winter to summer, one day …meanwhile, lovely selections …

    1. Carrie says:

      Oh my! I’m sorry it’s still so cold in Paris. Until then, maybe this brings you some warm weather thoughts… 🙂

  5. Rachel Dinh says:

    Great styling tips, I absolutely can’t get enough of this off the shoulder trend. This dress looks beautiful on you.


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a ton, Rachel! I appreciate that.

  6. I love this dress so much! Perfect for spring and summer!

    1. Carrie says:

      Courtney – thanks so much! I appreciate you stopping by. 🙂

  7. sydney says:

    Love it! My mom is the queen of a good breezy summer dress! So comfortable especially in the heat! Beautiful Photos happy Monday!!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Sydney! Ah, cool to hear about your mom. Hope you had a good Monday.

  8. Sarah W. says:

    I’m definitely loving this trend. So fun and comfy, too! Thanks for sharing your favorite finds, Carrie! I’m gonna be browsing through those after class. 🙂 XO, Sarah | http://www.thebellainsider.com

    1. Carrie says:

      I’m glad you like it, Sarah! There are definitely a few I can see you rocking. ?

      Good luck with classes and tests! Hugs –

  9. Sheri says:

    Hi Carrie,
    You look very comfortable — love those sandals. One day, perhaps I’ll own a pair 🙂

    Thanks for the heads up on the Met Gala. Will have to check that out.


    1. Carrie says:

      Hey Sheri – the good thing about investment pieces is that once you buy they last forever. I’ve had these for probably five years now…

      Awesome! I’m glad you liked the snaps of the Met.

  10. Jane says:

    What a lovely dress! Perfect for vacay days!
    xo, Jane

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Jane! Now to plan that vacation… 😉

  11. justine says:

    Love this look! I recently discovered Anna October and loving her off-the-shoulder options! Also, Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton was my favorite. 🙂

    1. Carrie says:

      Oh I’ll have to check out Anna October… I know I’ve heard the name, but not sure I’m familiar with the designs.

      Oh really?? Even with those chunky boots? 😉 I had several favorites : Kendall Jenner, Poppy Delevingne, Taylor Swift, and more…

  12. Laura says:

    Absolutely loving this dress and that hat! Such a perfect vacation and summer look!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch, Laura! I’m so glad you like.

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