It's pretty evident across the pages of SMT that dresses or skirts aren't necessarily my thing. It definitely has to do with the fact that it was all that I wore while growing up (not by my own choice). However, they do have their moments when they must be adorned but for me not so much in my daily life.
Maybe it's a shift with my style personality or, better put, a new style personality that's developing but I'm finding myself seeking out summer dresses as an alternative to shorts or jeans. I think a lot of that dress evolution came during my trip to Asia last year. I knew it was going to be insanely hot & sweaty and I would need some options that weren't jeans. Since then, I've found myself looking for summer dresses online more than I ever have in the past.
I've mentioned before how I am a proponent for buying things in multiple colors especially if you love the style and fit. There is nothing wrong with adding the same pieces to your wardrobe. If you are like me and don't do the dress thing that often, find a dress style you already love and see if it comes in different colors or prints. That's how I found this dress. I have it in navy and loved the style so much that I looked for it again. I did find it in another color (olive #WinWin) but with an updated sleeve detail for this season.
If you can't find the same item in a different color, start looking at other items that follow the same silhouette. If you are comfortable with the silhouette and shape of an item that you already own, then it will be easier to start expanding your wardrobe with these new pieces. You will know exactly what to look for when shopping and you won't have to spend hours in the dressing room trying on a bunch of pieces that don't work. That doesn't mean you shouldn't try other styles; it just makes easing into something new a little less daunting. And then before you know it, you might just be a dress girl.