I can't kayak or cycle in this, admittedly, but otherwise I must say that I could absolutely live in easy dresses in the summer (year 'round, for that matter, with warm enough tights and boots in the winter). Not only do I love the pull-it-on-and-you're-ready ease of a dress, but in the right cut and fabric, there's really nothing cooler (in the temperature sense of the word, at least -- and ease is always cool, in the word's other sense, no?)
Black, perhaps, is not as summer-y as white or any colour, but those tassels and the linen fabric (and, if I'd turned around, the deep V of the back) keep this sun-worthy. It's not Balenciaga black but having seen that show at the Musée Bourdelle in Paris, I'm seeing an echo here -- in the embroidery and the tassels. . . . Pretty sure Balenciaga never accessorised with Birkenstocks though....
What about you? Do you favour dresses in the summer? Year-round? Or do dresses still, for whatever reason, read as too fussy for you?
(Oh, and thank you so much for all the complimentary comments about my new header. Honestly, I put it together too quickly and rather randomly -- choosing from Blogger's options -- after realising that we've been off the island for over a year now, so that old photo had to go. It had been up for ten years, though, since I started the blog July 2007!