Word of the Week - Sundress

Definition - Sundress

Noun: a lightweight summer dress that normally exposes the arms and shoulders.

Example: Since it was so warm outside, I wore a sundress to the picnic.

With summer heating up the pavement in the Northern hemisphere, you'll probably see (or wear!) a lot of sundresses. They are the perfect outfit for a hot, sunny day, and every year a new style of sundress makes its mark. Who, however, started this seasonal trend?

Origin:  While the word "sundress" was first used in the early 1940s, they really came into vogue in the 1950s.

New York socialite and fashionista Lilly Pulitzer opened a juice stand in Palm Beach, Florida. When she kept staining her clothes with fruit juice, she asked her dressmaker to make a dress that would hide fruit juice stains.

Soon, her brightly colored, sleeveless dresses were popular. Once her school friend and First Lady Jackie Kennedy wore one of her dresses, they became the the height of fashion.

Jackie Kennedy, wearing a sundress while vacationing in Italy with Lilly Pulitzer.

Sundresses are a popular summer fashion choice, both for the people wearing them and for those who get to see them worn. If you're a fan of the TV show "How I Met Your Mother", you might remember Barney's song about the end of sundress season.

Do you wear sundresses? What's your favorite style of sundress?

Check out our other blog posts about clothes! Learn about the definitions of pants and trackie dacks, and a bit about wellies.  Also, there are lots of clothing idioms to learn in English!  


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