The Morning Lavender
Guide to Dresses

An online boutique's guide to the best dresses and latest styles

Here at Morning Lavender, we love dresses! Our fabulous frocks set us apart from big box retailers and online dress boutiques alike. Our dress collection is carefully curated with the everyday gal in mind. Morning Lavender dresses are feminine and classic. From floor sweeping maxi dresses to sweet babydoll minis, we have a dress for every occasion.

Consider this your ultimate dress guide! Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about the dresses we love!

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Maxi Dresses

Maxi dresses are a Morning Lavender favorite! Maxi dresses exude effortless elegance. An elevated waistline makes the wearer appear taller, so this style of dress is perfect for petite gals! These floor length gowns are modest, but that doesn’t mean they can't be flirty and glamorous as well. Maxi dresses are truly the most versatile kind of gown.

In the summer, a tiered maxi is a staple. Maxis can be loose and flowy, so they’re ideal for warm weather. A sequined v-neck maxi is the kind of gown you pull out for holiday parties and weddings. Floor length gowns are reminiscent of old Hollywood and carry a timeless beauty. No matter the kind you choose, you can’t go wrong with a cute maxi dress!

Featured Maxi Dresses

Midi Dresses

Can’t choose between a mini and a maxi dress? Why not have the best of both worlds? A midi dress is the answer to your dress dilemma. These feminine dresses traditionally hit mid-calf—they’re longer than a mini, but shorter than a maxi. Think of them as a happy medium! They’re worn when a short dress wouldn’t be appropriate, but a dazzling maxi might feel too formal.

Midis come in all different fabrics and designs, so if you haven’t found the perfect one yet, just know that it’s out there. Our best tip for finding the right midi? Choose one with a defined waist for the most flattering fit!

Midis can feel very classic and retro, so they’re perfect for girls who long for the grace and simplicity of a bygone era. Midis can feel fresh and modern, too! Pick one with a slit to show some skin. Make midis an everyday thing with a Morning Lavender dress!

Featured Midi Dresses

Mini Dresses

Everyone loves a good mini dress. They’re flirty, youthful, and fun! Mini dresses are a classic. This kind of dress hits above the knee. Minis can be super short, but they don’t have to be! Even a classy knee length dress is considered a mini. We love every kind of mini out there! You can find minis absolutely everywhere, but a dress boutique like Morning Lavender
is bound to have something out of the ordinary.

These girly dresses make a great choice for formal events, but our favorite kind of mini is the casual sundress. The Morning Lavender gal knows there's no better way to beat the heat than in a mini! Styling a mini is all about the shoes. Sandals, sneakers, or flats bring a sweet simplicity to this kind of dress. Heels or wedges a drama and flair! Whichever way you decide to wear it, minis are meant for you!

Featured Mini Dresses

Best Dresses for Occassions

Formal Dress

There’s nothing more exciting than the opportunity to wear a formal dress! Who doesn’t love the chance to dress up? Many events involve a formal dress code: prom, weddings, fancy dinners, elegant parties, and more! Formal dresses were made for memories. These gowns come out for the most special occasions.

A formal dress can come in any length or style, but we think formal maxis are the most dramatic and glamorous! What makes a dress formal? Think materials! Satin, tulle, and silk make for beautiful gowns. Solid colored frocks feel the most elegant, but a patterned dress can be formal too! Whatever kind of finery you choose, you’ll be the belle of the ball in any Morning Lavender dress!

Featured Formal Dresses

Trendy Dress Styles

Babydoll dresses

Ooh baby! Babydoll dresses are known for their high waistline, which usually sits right underneath the bust. These dresses are typically short and flowy. They can be short sleeved, sleeveless, and occasionally long sleeved! This nightwear inspired dress is youthful and flirty. Like many of our other dresses, this style can be formal or informal depending on materials. The babydoll mini dress is one of our online boutique bestsellers.

Babydoll dresses are great for girls looking to show off their legs. This design elongates the wearer’s legs, so it’s perfect for petite women who want to appear taller. Wedges or heels help draw attention to the legs, so pair this dress with your favorite shoes for a leggy look! This stylish, swingy dress will always have a place in our hearts.

Featured Babydoll Dresses

Bump friendly dresses

For expecting mamas, bump friendly dresses are a must! Here at Morning Lavender, we have a wide array of dresses that will comfortably show off your baby bump. Maternity friendly dresses can be any style of dress. We offer dresses that are both specifically intended for expecting mothers as well as dresses that happen to be maternity friendly.

Our maternity friendly dresses feature high waistlines that sit comfortably over the wearer’s tummy. These dresses are typically loose and flowy. They can be formal or casual, mini or maxi length! The best part about these dresses? They’re not just for moms! You’ll be able to wear them long after your pregnancy.

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Off the shoulder dresses

Similar to strapless dresses, this style of dress features a bare shoulder. The difference is that off the shoulder dresses have sleeves that leave the top part of the shoulder bare. This flirty design is well-suited for warm summer evenings out.

Our advice for styling off the shoulder dresses is the same as our advice for styling strapless dresses. Be sure to draw attention to your neck, shoulders, and collarbones! Dainty, delicate jewelry is key here. Additionally, updos that pull hair off the shoulders help to show off the benefits of this flattering style.

Featured Off The Shoulder

Puff sleeve dresses

Puff sleeves will make any girl feel like a princess! Puff sleeves describe the style in which the sleeve is gathered at the top and bottom, leaving a large puff of fabric in between. Puff sleeves can come on any kind of dress!

This style of sleeve was originally popular during the Renaissance. Since the recent popularity of cottagecore fashion, we’ve become obsessed with puff sleeves! We’re predicting this design will be on trend for quite some time. A dress with puff sleeves will automatically feel beautiful and regal. Style this kind of dress with romantic accessories for a vintage inspired look!

Featured Puff Sleeve Dresses

Shift dresses

This minimalistic, loose fitting style was popularized in the 1960’s. Shift dresses always look simple and clean because of their simple cut. Shift dresses are often sleeveless, but they sometimes have short sleeves too! Unlike other more fitted styles, this dress has a boxy cut. As a result, it really draws attention to the wearer’s legs!

Shift dresses can be casual or a little more dressier. For a casual look, choose sandals or sneakers. To elevate the look for work or dinner, pick heels or boots! To change up your favorite shift dress, try adding a belt to create a defined waist. There’s nothing you can’t do in this dashing dress!

Featured Shift Dresses

Sweater dresses

Who’s ready for sweater weather? For a feminine take on the classic top, try a sweater dress. Sweater dresses can be loose or fitted—we love a bodycon sweater dress! At Morning Lavender, we’re always counting down the days until the temperature drops and sweater dresses are in season.

We like to style sweater dresses with boots for an autumnal look. If boots aren’t your favorite, you can’t go wrong with a pair of heels! Another fun way to switch up your favorite sweater dress is to add a scarf. This helps add more dimension and color to your outfit. To keep up the fall feeling, try on a felted hat to finish off the look. You’re sure to turn heads no matter how you wear this piece!

Featured Sweater Dresses

Little black dresses

The Little Black Dress is the quintessential dress for chic women. The LBD is known for its simplicity and sophistication. This dress has one defining feature—it’s black! This iconic design was introduced in the 1920’s and grew in popularity over the years. Today, this dress represents feminine style and grace.

Looking for your very own Little Black Dress? Pick something classic and dainty. The LBD is the ideal way to express your own unique style. Everyone has their own idea of the perfect black dress! Wearing this piece is all about accessories. Add more of your personal touch with jewelry, shoes, hair accessories, and layers. The perfect LBD will make you feel unstoppable!

Featured Little Black Dresses

Tiered dresses

Tiered dresses are a summertime favorite. These dresses are super flattering on all figures, and the tiered details add a feminine touch. Tiered dresses have been very popular over the last few seasons, and we have a feeling that they’re here to stay. This style works well for both patterns and solid colors, so choose a blossoming floral print or stick with a sweet solid—it’s up to you!

This design works for any length of dress. As a result, it’s super easy to work tiers into your wardrobe! Our favorite kind of tiered dress is a cute summer maxi, but we have an endless appreciation for any dress in this style. We guess you could call it a taste for tiers!

Featured Tiered Dresses

Tulle dresses

This type of dress is a Morning Lavender signature. Layers and layers of gauzy tulle combine to create a dreamy, ethereal gown! You’ll look like a fairytale come to life in one of our classic tulle dresses. These dresses make quite the statement! A tulle maxi dress is the perfect prom dress, wedding guest gown, or holiday frock. Special occasions call for something out of the ordinary, and tulle dresses certainly fit the bill!

Tulle dresses are the grown up version of playing dress up. You can’t help but feel gorgeous in one of our romantic tulle midi dresses! Tulle brings Carrie Bradshaw vibes to any ensemble, and who doesn’t love that? We’re totally obsessed with tulle!

Featured Tulle Skirts & Dresses

Wrap dresses

That’s a wrap! Wrap dresses are a true classic. This dress is universally flattering and very versatile. Wrap dresses come in a variety of lengths and styles, so there’s one out there for every kind of gal. This design is completely flawless. It's drawn in at the waist and features a flattering v-neck style, so this dress creates an instant hourglass silhouette.

For a more modest look, wear this dress with a camisole to eliminate the v-neck. No matter the season, wrap dresses are always in style. Wear your favorite wrap dresses into winter by simply adding a pair of tights! Wrap dresses can be worn to work, dinner, weddings, and more. Everyone can make room for a wrap dress in their wardrobe!

Featured Wrap Dresses

Dress FAQ

How do I wear the same dress from day to night?

It just doesn’t make sense to buy a different dress for every occasion! Many dresses transition well from daytime to evening. Layering with a denim jacket or sweater is a good way to prepare for a change in weather. Additionally, layering makes the outfit a tad dressier. A change in accessories can help, too. For example, adding a delicate necklace or blingy earrings can create a little more glamor. Lastly, don’t forget to change up the shoes! Many dresses work well with sandals as well as wedges or heels.

How can I keep my dress collection fresh year round?

Depending on the climate you live in, it can be easy to wear the same dresses year round. It’s all in the layers! For example, a short sleeved babydoll is suited for warm weather. However, layering the same dress with a denim jacket, felt hat, and boots creates a perfect fall look! Don’t be afraid to get creative with shoes, outerwear, tights, and hats. Wearing the same dress different ways prevents you from feeling like an outfit repeater!

How do I find the perfect dress?

Finding the ideal dress can be tricky! We have a few tips that we use to make sure we’re completely in love with something new. First, be sure to walk around in it! Make sure you’re comfortable moving, sitting, standing, dancing, or whatever you expect to do while wearing it. Next, imagine how you’d wear it. Do you need to buy any shoes or accessories to make it work? Lastly, think of the right setting to wear it. Can you imagine at least one realistic circumstance where you'd wear this dress? If the dress passes all these tests, you’ve found your perfect match!

How to transition my wardrobe from season to season?

When you’ve found the perfect dress, it’s hard to put it away when the weather changes. We believe in buying pieces that can move from season to season. Of course, not all dresses work for every temperature! Adding layers is a great way to switch up your favorite pieces. Tights, turtlenecks, and sweaters make great layering pieces. Bonus points if you can work in some transitional colors! For example, warm, rich tones can help summer pieces feel more autumnal. Some pieces naturally work better!