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25 Summer Dresses You Should Wear to Reveal in Warmer Weather

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The strappy midis! The floral maxis! The sleeveless covers! The best part of summer dressing is the refashioning of your wardrobe. Now is the time to get rid of those hangers and start looking for the pieces that you will wear again in the weeks and months ahead.

We all know that peak summer dressing is still some way off. However, plenty of adorable and airy pieces have already appeared on retailers’ shelves. This means your summer vibe shift can begin now. Get first dibs on the best sizes and styles. Say less.

You can find the perfect summer dress for you, whether it’s a puff-sleeved midi dress to wear to your RSVPs or a lightweight shirtdress to make dressing up at work easy.


Maxidresses are the summer equivalent of lug sole boots for fall. They are a must-have for any season. Maxidresses are great for summer wear on any kind of day, whether you choose a boho style, a classic floral piece, or a halter-neck style that has cutouts and slits.

You can style it with flats or raffia wedges or even platform sandals. Don’t worry if the length is a bit too long. There’s nothing better than a floor-kissing edge hem to keep you looking both ways as you cross the street.

Shop the trend:
  • Maxidress for Holy Smokes Free People
  • Summersalt Ribbed Tie Shoulder Maxidress
  • Eloquii Rainbow Tiered Dress with Cutouts
  • Madewell Sophia Midi Dress

The Floral-Print Dress

A floral-print dress will be your summer’s MVP, no matter how bold or simple you prefer your flowers. This is one of the few printed styles that you can wear over and over without feeling deprived. It also makes it easy to shop more mindfully. Doen, Sezane and Christy Dawn’s dresses can be curated into a capsule wardrobe and not just bought on impulse.

Shop the trend:
  • Doen Ondine dress
  • Anthropologie the Somerset Maxidress
  • Sezane Luce Dress
  • Christy Dawn, The Brooklyn Dress

The Shirtdress

Shirtdresses are a popular summer staple. If not, shirtdresses should be. There are so many options. For urban adventures, a loose cotton-poplin style or linen style is more appropriate. A smocked dress or T-shirt dress with ruched sleeves feels more appropriate. It doesn’t matter which way you go, the result is seamless.

Shop the trend:
  • Mango Striped Shirtdress
  • H&M Shirtdress
  • Zara Chain-Belt Shirtdress
  • COS Relaxed Linen Shirt

The Midi Dress

Love a midi dress? Same. This piece is versatile styling-wise. Pair it with heels or a strapless, stretchy knit dress with short sleeves and pointy mules. Aje’s puff-sleeve gown is a great choice for the season. Tanya Taylor’s offthe-shoulder dress has the most chic painterly print, and is available in a wide size range.

Shop the trend:
  • Aje Vanades Cutout Ring Midi Dress
  • Reformation Celestia Dress
  • Tanya Taylor Alora Dress
  • Topshop Satin & Lace Wrap Midi Dress

The Minidress

The mini season was off to a good start, with everyone loving itty-bitty lines regardless of the weather. Minis are more comfortable than ever in summer. There are some amazing dresses then, but less fabric is a must for hot days.

Staud’s mod mini-scalloped, For Love & Lemons is a favorite. Its baby-doll white dress and Farm Rio’s vibrant, crochet-knit dress are two of my favorites. They can be worn everywhere, from brunch to beach parties to rooftop meals.

Shop the trend:
  • Staud Renata Scalloped Linen Minidress
  • Coco Shop Mini Slip Dress
  • Farm Rio Mixed Stripe Knit Dress
  • For Love and Lemons Mimi Long Sleeve Minidress

The Sundress

An easy breezy cotton dress or V neck cover-up will instantly make you feel happier. These are some easy styles that you can throw on and go. The only thing you need now is a beach towel, a coconut, and a bag with a book.

Shop the trend:
  • Faithfull The Brand Asturias Sundress
  • H&M Ruffle Dress
  • Lemlem Bandira Tiered Striped Midi Dress
  • Ba&.sh Floral Mixed-Print Cotton Maxidress
  • Pink City Prints Stripe Bianca Dress
  • Cleobella Jolene Organic Cotton Midi Dress
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