Must-have designer dresses – at a fraction of their list price – for every event on your calendar


Summer loving! From the perfect date night look inspired by Cher from Clueless to the best travel frock, italist reveals must-have designer dresses — at a fraction of their retail price — for every event on your calendar

  • To enjoy the warmer days and longer nights of summer, all we really need in our wardrobes are a few easy-breezy dresses 
  • From going on a date to running errands, CEO of italist.com, Diego Abba, reveals the best styles for every event on your calendar this summer
  • Italist carries approximately 9,500 dresses from 1,400+ designers 
  • The site is currently offering up to 60%* savings on their SS22 collections

As we shed the armor of bulky winter clothes, all we really need to enjoy the warmer days and longer nights of summer are a few easy-breezy dresses.

By having a few great options on deck, you’ll be ready to go just about anywhere (in any temp!) and look incredible doing it. 

With approximately 9,500 dresses from 1400+ Italian designers available on italist.com, the luxury e-tailer knows a thing or two about what’s trending. 

Italist.com CEO, Diego Abba, reveals the best styles for every occasion. 

Italist.com CEO, Diego Abba, breaks down the top dress trends to look your best wherever you go this summer

Italist.com CEO, Diego Abba, breaks down the top dress trends to look your best wherever you go this summer

With approximately 9,500 dresses from 1400+ designers from all over the world featured on italist.com, the luxury e-tailer knows a thing or two about what's trending

With approximately 9,500 dresses from 1400+ designers from all over the world featured on italist.com, the luxury e-tailer knows a thing or two about what’s trending

THE WOW FACTOR 

To make a statement, Diego believes every woman should have something colorful but also comfortable in her closet. 

‘It’s perfect for day or night and our lives are so hybridized at this point – between nesting at home, wanting to be outdoors, and trying to travel more – we suggest the “Jennifer Jane” dress by La DoubleJ for effortless elegance or the “Daisy Pride Monogram Pride “dress, also from La DoubleJ.’ 

To let a bold dress take center stage, pair it with sleek accessories in shades that don’t compete with the color or pattern. 

GLOBE TROTTING

As the the first platform to offer direct-to-consumer imports of luxury goods exclusively from Italy, you can bet italist has amazing resort options.

‘For travel, it’s best to keep it simple and choose a dress that won’t look wrinkled after being tucked away in your luggage,’ said Diego. 

The CEO suggests Isabel Marant’s colorful minidresses that can go from beach to bar with ease.

‘They are versatile, breezy, and can be thrown on with minimal fuss.’

When space in the luggage is an issue, multi-purpose clothing items are ideal to lighten your load. 

'For travel, it’s best to keep it simple and choose a dress that won’t look wrinkled after being tucked away in your luggage,' said Diego

‘For travel, it’s best to keep it simple and choose a dress that won’t look wrinkled after being tucked away in your luggage,’ said Diego

DESK TO DINNER 

We all need a dynamite dress in a figure flattering silhouette that can take us from desk to dinner at a moment’s notice.

According to Diego, a dress with a collar or a shirt-dress does the job.

‘These nod to the crisp formality of office life but leave room for a footwear change and other adjustments for evening, like wearing the placket unbuttoned and hair down instead of up,’ he explained.

WEEKEND ERRANDS 

Casual doesn’t have to mean sloppy. A lightweight dress can be just as comfy as jean shorts and a t-shirt on a low-key Saturday or a lazy Sunday.

‘Running errands means you want ease of movement and probably something you can pair with sneakers,’ said Diego.

‘Enter Off-White’s knit cotton tank-dress in a beautiful nude tone. It goes well with the brand’s Odsy 2000 sneakers.’

The sneaker retails for $230 cheaper than its list price on italist.

'Running errands means you want ease of movement and probably something you can pair with sneakers,' said Diego

‘Running errands means you want ease of movement and probably something you can pair with sneakers,’ said Diego

For a sexy date, Diego recommends showing a little skin and having a spaghetti strap moment, à la Cher Horowitz from Clueless

For a sexy date, Diego recommends showing a little skin and having a spaghetti strap moment, à la Cher Horowitz from Clueless

DATE NIGHT 

There’s something about the longer days and balmy nights of the season that make us all crave a summer romance. 

For a sexy date, Diego recommends showing a little skin and having a spaghetti strap moment, à la Cher Horowitz from Clueless.

‘Go simple in a black Rick Owens slip dress or a crisp white ruffle-detail Miu Miu dress,’ shared Diego.

‘Buyer’s remorse? As-if!,’ he joked.

Pair a silky slip dress with heels for an intimate indoor dinner or sneakers for a fun outdoor activity. 

THE MUST-HAVE ACCESSORIES 

SLIP INTO SANDALS  

Choosing the right shoe can elevate a look, while the wrong ones can really hurt it. 

‘Rubber sandals are ubiquitous this summer, but we prefer flat sandals with a cozy touch from materials like denim, terry, or faux fur,’ revealed Diego.

For evening, the expert favors footwear with personality.

‘René Caovilla’s sparkly, ethereal heels are trending again. 

‘They were popular in the mid-2000s but have seen a comeback because of their simple formula: neutral base colors (like blush and nude) and Swarovski crystals to accentuate the foot.’

When space in the luggage is an issue, multi-purpose clothing items are ideal to lighten your load

When space in the luggage is an issue, multi-purpose clothing items are ideal to lighten your load

REACH FOR A DURABLE HANDBAG

According to the expert, Stella McCartney’s vegan leather totes are trending and for good reason.

‘Durable and animal-friendly, they’re a great choice without the stress of a more delicate material,’ he explained.

While all Stella McCartney bags come in a multitude of colors and finishes, he believes the ‘Falabella’ style is forever iconic.

INVEST IN A SMART ACCESSORY 

‘It’s always good to have something in your collection that’s crossbody and will allow you to be handsfree, especially if you’re traveling. 

‘Invest in a new classic like Bottega Veneta’s Padded Cassette bag, which is really a gorgeous piece in any color.’ 

The bag retails for $1,100 less than its list price in the U.S. on italist.com. And as an added bonus, it ships free and arrives in 2-4 business days. 

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