Frock Stars

With summer officially underway, your weekends have been getting pretty hot and heavy. Hot as in…“Holy humidity, does the A.C. crank up any higher in this sweatbox?” And heavy…“When did this cotton tee turn into a 30-pound wool Snuggie?”

To help you beat the heat in style, we’ve rounded up a handful of easy, breezy dresses from your favorite local designers—sure to keep you looking and feeling cool, and provide a little chic relief.

Lei ChicGo With the Flow
Soak up the sun in Maui designer Tamara Catz's care-free coral-print halter dress. Made of floaty, light-weight silk satin it
boats a playful uneven hemline and flirty open back. Available online at

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Frock On
An easy transition from afternoon errands to an evening of cocktails, Fighting Eel’s Becca mini tank dress pairs a cool graphic chevron print with contrasting straps and a sexy cut-out scoop back. Available online at

Lei ChicIn Full Bloom
Indulge in a little bohemian rhapsody with the Katherine maxi dress from Roberta Oaks. Constructed from a flowy, lightweight cotton it mixes playful elements like a romantic cabbage rose print and exposed front zipper with comfort-minded construction details, like a stretchy shirred bodice, adjustable shoulder ties and hidden pockets. Available online at

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Dressed To Thrill
Keep things short and sweet with Florencia Arias' super cute Lara tank dress. Just as great for party hopping as it is for shopping with the girls, the sexy shift offers up a gorgeous floral print, deep scoop neckline and criss-crossed back straps. Available online at and at Shasa Emporium, Kahala Mall, 735.5122.

Lei ChicThe Tribe Has Spoken
Slip in to Machine Machine’s comfy Good To Be You tube dress which comes complete with an ultra-soft stretch cotton top, girly shoulder ties, and swingy A-line skirt made of an African wax-printed cotton. Available online at

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So Fresh & So Green
Eco-chic in an organic cotton and bamboo blend, Wings Hawaii’s new seafoam bandeau tie-back dress was sewn and dyed by hand in their Haiku studio, then silk-screened in their newest coral print. Available on Maui at the Wings Hawaii boutique, 71 Baldwin Ave., Paia, 808.579.3110, and via phone order.

Lei ChicShopper's Paradise
Crafted from sustainable swatches of vintage mu‘umu‘u fabrics, nothing says island style like a Muumuu Heaven creation. And designer Deb Mascia new Lani Papa maxi dress doesn't dissapoint, perfectly blending a poppy retro floral print with a ultra-flattering empire waist and sleek halter neck tie. Available at the Muumuu Heaven boutique, 767 Kailua Rd., Suite 100, Kailua, 808.263.3366.