I can’t remember a time when I’ve raved about both the June and July issues of BurdaStyle Magazine. Since I’ve started these reviews (in 2011) I’ve often found one of the summer issues to be outstanding and the other to be a total disappointment. But 2018 seems to be the Year of Burda, because even though I gave June a favorable review, the July issue is similarly great! There’s a lot to look at this month, so let’s get started:
There aren’t any coats or jackets this month, so let’s start off with the selection of summer dresses:
These twist-tie top dresses were all the rage a few years ago. I do really love how Burda styled this here – I want to wear all of the variations! The straps look like the can get quite bulky in some of the stylings, but, overall this looks like quite a versatile style that could easily go from summer picnic to summer wedding depending on fabric and top placement. I’m curious to see how much fabric those top ties are going to eat up though.
I also really love this dress! Another style that could easily go casual (as shown) to formal depending on fabric choice. Love the bodice gathers – super cute!
This isn’t my favorite style of dress, but I do like how the shaping prevents it from being too much of a box. The trim on the skirt is also a super fun addition.
Another boxy dress that isn’t much of my style, but the seaming and pockets are pretty cool.
This looks like a super breezy dress to wear on a summer vacation. The loose sleeves and fit are probably really comfortable for a humid day. Not sure how easy it would be to raise your arms though.
This month is full of great separates, so let’s start with the tops:
I think I prefer this pattern as the dress, but I do love the look in this solid blue fabric. Perhaps I need this as both a dress and a top in my wardrobe.
I’ve made this sort of twist-tie top before. It wasn’t my favorite to wear, so I’ll likely give this a pass, but I do think it looks great on the model.
I really like this top from the front, but I feel like it would be difficult to keep in place with such a low back. The little ties on the sleeves seem to be a popular trend this summer.
I’m not really in love with the scrunchy belt, or neck and sleeve openings. I think the Burda archives have similar tops with details I prefer, so this is a pass for me.
I feel like there is a lot going on with this top; the shoulder ties seem really disproportionate when compared to the rest of the top. I think there is potential here, but it might take a little modification to get this to look less messy in the shoulder area.
Another top I like from the front, but not so much from the back. For some reason the collar and relaxed fit are really speaking to me, but the gathered fabric in the back isn’t my favorite feature. Easy adjustment though.
Another loose summer top. The neckline looks a bit closed off and stifling for summer, but I could see this being nice for the transition to fall.
To round out the selections this month, Burda has included a wide variety of bottoms:
I’m becoming a sucker for a jumpsuit, and I really like the asymmetric top on this one. I might play with the shape of the trousers if I were making it for myself, but overall I really like this look.
Burda gave us a swimsuit too! The top looks quite low, but the bottoms have an interesting detail.
We also get a vintage reprint skirt this month too! Love the super wide skirt – such a great look!
I’m not sure how I feel about these culottes – perhaps I would be more intrigued if they were not shown in that floral print. I feel like this would be the perfect summer PJ for around the house laziness though.
These short trousers have an interesting ruffle detail on the pockets. On the one hand I think it is too sweet of a detail for me, but on the other hand I can think of a few sewing bloggers on whom the detail would be super cute! So I’m going to give the nod to Burda for doing something interesting with an otherwise pretty basic summer pant.
These culottes look like a pleated skirt from the front. I’m actually really excited because I’m totally going to use this as a starting point for a cosplay I’m planning to make. As is, the pattern is pretty cute and has a nice vintage flare.
Aside from the waistband smocking, this looks like a pretty basic skirt pattern. It looks great for summer – light and airy. I’ve never done smocking, but I’m intrigued to try it, perhaps on something simple like this.
This pleated skirt is a nice way to utilize fancy fabrics. This could be a great piece for a summer work wardrobe.
The Burda Plus section has some nice options this month:
I wasn’t sold on the under-arm ruffles or the back tie opening, but that Burda model is sure selling me on this jumpsuit. She looks fabulous!
The neckline of this dress is going to require some precision sewing, but it is a nice detail. Quite subtle in a monochrome, but it could really pop with some pipping or print or color blocking.
I can’t decide if the rick rack trim is too happy hands at home or totally summer chic, but I do really like this dress in the print fabric. It could be really nice in a lightweight rayon challis I think.
Were this in the smaller size ranges I would totally make this. As is, I may need to figure out a way to grade down, because this looks like the most comfortable summer dress ever.
I also love it as a top! Super cute.
I think these culottes look super chic, but still very summery. I’m sort of wondering what stripped fabrics I have lying about…
The kids section is all for the boys this month, and the options are pretty great:
I really love that little hoodie – so cute! The rest of the designs are perfect for a summer vacation at the beach.
And that’s it! Overall I think this issue is full of lots of summery goodness – easy, loose summer looks with lots of mix and match separates, plus a few elevates looks for those special summertime events.
Which means it is time to decide the top and bottom looks for the month. It was close, but I decided to give Best of BS July 2018 to:
Burda’s twist top dress! I think this dress is really versatile, and super chic. Burda’s styling is perfection, and though I’ve never been overly intrigued by these in the past, I’m really inspired to make this version for some summer events I have coming up this year. Plus, this gorgeous blue color really isn’t hurting my opinion much either. Love it!
The BWTF for the month was a bit more challenging to decide, but in the end I’ve given it to:
The puffy cotton shirt. This really isn’t that bad of a design, but it just looks so bunchy. I mean, who wants that much fabric shoved up under their armpits in the middle of summer? Not the best summer look.
And there we have it – another month in the books! What do you all think? Is July full of yummy summery goodness? Or are these looks too basic to be exciting? What are your top and bottom picks for the month? Feel free to discuss in the comments!