Miami is known for its beautiful beaches, stunning sunsets, and lively soirees. It’s that warm weather vibe that gives us the sudden urge to find the best dresses that embrace color and a touch of something really special.  With each season, it’s important to find dresses that are trendy but also prove timeless rather than a flash in the pan.  Donna Leah, founder of Donna Leah Deigns , says that women should be investing in something that they truly love. Here are some of her most adored looks and how she bases each season’s designs.

What to look for in a special occasion gown for summer

Donna Leah is known for wearing her gowns all year round and for a range of occasions. It’s what she feels most confident wearing and what makes her happy. “Find what you love and stick to it. Be yourself and then you will feel the most confident,” the designer shares.  But for those that only wear a dress when it’s warm outside, find pieces that are versatile. “Versatility is key. It’s the type of dress that you can change the look of with jewelry, shoes, your bag, etc.” says Donna Leah.

Trending colors for summer gowns

Donna Leah Designs is definitely known for its deep hues and bold colors. Shopping for a timeless dress in a trendy color is a time-tested way to refresh a special occasion wardrobe, and luckily for the brand’s devotees, there are tons of options to choose form.  Embracing the colors of nature, Donna Leah Designs’ summer collection includes colors like pink, purple, blue, green, and a few neon dresses for fun! “This season I’m especially loving the color blue which is trending across a lot of fashion categories this season.  It’s a color that speaks to my love of nature and feel optimistic and fun. Currently, I’m loving it in every shade,” Donna Leah said.

Here’s a tip from the designer. If you already own dresses in your favorite color, try selecting a pattern or a dress with an interesting fabric. There are so many to choose form that have shine, embroidery, and other interesting details. “There’s no need to go basic or boring! It’s about celebrating and it’s time to enjoy the moment starting with a stunning gown.  I love playful and colorful prints, and fabrics with loads of details,” says Donna Leah.

Longer lengths are lovely

Wearing a long gown in summer might seem counterintuitive, but one look at what’s on the fashion pages and it’s easy to see that any length goes. We’re seeing loads of maxi-length and midi-length dresses which keep growing in popularity.  Donna Leah explains, “The best part of longer lengths is that they are going to be surprisingly versatile in your collection, even as we transition into fall.”

Just feel wonderful

Ultimately, the best dress for summer is one that lets the wearer feel confident and secure in how they look and feel from the inside out.  Donna Leah shares her insights, “My gowns are meant for women of every age. It’s about an attitude and when you decide to wear what you love — the rest gets that much easier!”


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