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    If You Want To Get Some Compliments, Check Out These 32 Summer Dresses

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    1. A ruffled, smocked bodice open back stunner that just might be the dress of your vacationing dreams — emphasis on the dream part.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This dress is absolutely stunning! Love how flowy it is, the bohemian look, and how sexy the back of the dress is. Received so many compliments. Perfect dress for a vacation. Bought it for my trip to Bali and couldn’t be more pleased." —Carolina Orozco

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 24 colors).

    2. A classic ruched long-sleeve T-shirt dress that'll be the dress you turn to in moments of "I have nothing to wear!!!" despair.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I got the ultimate compliment when I wore this dress, a compliment from another woman." —R. Degarmo

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 25 colors, also available in a tank top version).

    3. A ruffled flowy smocked-bust midi dress to give your wardrobe a classic and effortless look.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "It is soo cute and soo comfy. It is the perfect length, especially since I am chasing a toddler all day — not too long to trip and not too short to be picking up my kid all day. I get constant compliments on it. I wish it came in all sorts of patterns and colors!! Soo cute. It washed really well. I hung it to dry it and it is wrinkle-free and soft! BUY IT!!" —BrittaD

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in sizes 4–10 and in seven colors).

    4. A lightweight and very flowy tie-back mini dress you can wear on- or off-shoulder for however you're feeling.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I'm definitely buying more of these dresses, they're very comfortable. I got so many compliments the entire day. It fit nice but I just ended up safety pinning the dress to my bra." —Cope

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in 11 colors and prints).

    5. A ruffled sleeve maxi dress you'll look like a total stunner in with a deep-V, high slit, and wrap design.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I got this dress in the light blush floral number. It was so pretty in person, just as vibrant as the pictures. I took this dress with me to Mexico for a brunch and I got so many compliments from it. They couldn’t believe I bought it off Amazon and for $30. I am a medium and bought a medium and it fit just right. I have a bigger chest and it showed a bit of cleavage without going over. The slit is subtle (or as subtle as you would like it to be). I wore the dress with wedges and it was the perfect setup." —916 Clinton

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99+ (available in sizes S–M and XL and in four colors).

    6. A colorful lantern sleeve midi dress that's sure to grab everyone's attention.

    A model laying in the grass while wearing the midi dress
    Mr Water New York on Etsy

    Mr Water New York is a New York-based Etsy shop filled with unique, stylish, and sometimes vintage-inspired pieces.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this dress!! I get so many compliments when I wear it and it’s truly one of a kind." —Victoria Kennedy

    Get it from Mr Water New York on Etsy for $89 (available in sizes S–XL).

    7. A sweet little open-back dress designed with a V-neck, lantern sleeves, and just enough swing in the skirt to have you twirling into people's hearts.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "One of my new favorite dresses! So many compliments the first day I wore it. I want it in every color and in short sleeves too. ♥️" —Summer Laine Brunelle

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 34 styles).

    8. A fantastically casual faux-wrap style V-neck dress with long enough sleeves to have your shoulders and arms covered, but not so long that you can't rock it in the summer heat.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love love love this dress. I wore it for Easter this year and got so many compliments. My ONLY complaint is the boob area. However, this was only a complaint on Easter when I would have liked to have been more modest. I had to pin the dress in the cleavage area to make sure the girls were covered. Since then I have bought another dress in a different color and am excited to wear them this summer! BUY THIS DRESS. If you’re second-guessing whether or not to buy it, BUY IT." —Rhianna Hill

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in 19 colors).

    9. A soft tie-dye maxi dress, because who said tie-dye was a thing of the past? Not me! Well, not me recently!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I purchased this last-minute for a weekend road trip. Loved the fit, lots of compliments!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and in 47 colors).

    10. A gorgeous flowing maxi dress you'll rule everyone's Instagram feeds wearing.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love this dress and get compliments every time I wear it. I do add a small belt to the waist when I wear it for a little more definition. It's a lovely dress and I would buy another in a different color." —Bridget M. Parmenter

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and in nine prints).

    11. A ruffled sleeve flared dress with just enough oomph on the sleeves to make it perfect for all your Zoom parties.

    A customer review photo of them wearing the dress in black
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "The dress is very well made. The fabric is really nice, soft, and stretchy. It fits perfectly. Extremely happy with the purchase. Wore it to a holiday party and got hundreds of compliments. ❤️" —Nishat

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and in 29 colors).

    12. A gorgeously romantic floral print midi dress designed with a puff sleeve, smocked bodice, and just the right amount of ruffle detailing. When I say I am in love with this dress it is quite honestly the understatement of the century.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "One of the cutest dresses I have ever purchased! I have thick arms and the sleeves didn't cut off my circulation. It isn’t see-through, which is nice, and I got a lot of compliments on it." —Lauren

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99 (available in sizes XS–XL and in eight colors).

    13. A gorgeous polka-dot halter dress that's just so chic you should buy it now and save it for later!

    A series of photos of a model wearing the polka-dot halter dress in brown
    Amazon

    FYI, this dress is included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "Don’t even think twice! You want this dress! The material is light but not see-through. It’s flowy (that’s a word — right?). I’ve gotten so many compliments. I love that the hem is different lengths." —pbrooks

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in sizes S–3XL and in eight colors).

    14. A flowy and ruffled baby doll dress you can perfectly pair with your favorite sandals or sneakers.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Loved this dress! It was super soft, comfy, and a hit! I got so many compliments on this." —Whitney

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and in five colors).

    15. A super-soft ruffle-sleeve cotton dress that just might be prettier than anything else in your closet.

    A model wearing the dress in blue
    Amazon

    FYI, this dress is included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "This dress made me feel so beautiful! It fit me PERFECTLY! I got so many compliments on how pretty this dress was. The dress was very well made. Not see-through at all. You could see my bra on the side if I lift my arms up so I used a pasty bra and it worked great and you couldn't see it at all." —LFY

    Get it from Amazon for $38.98+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 10 colors).

    16. A tie-front midi dress to give your midsection a little peekaboo time.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    FYI, this dress is included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "I get so many compliments on it! The material is light and flowy, and breathable. It feels like a cotton/polyester mix, perfect for a hot day! It also travels well, no wrinkles! The tag says to dry clean, but I've been able to wash it on a gentle cycle, no issues. I will be buying more of this dress with other patterns for sure. The tie is attached to the dress on the inside of the center of the bust so you can adjust the knot." —MeganSM

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 42 colors).

    17. A flowy ruffled-hem dress you're ::best Rick Astley voice:: never gonna give up, never gonna put down, and that's never gonna make you cry, never gonna tell a lie, and hurt you.

    A review photo of them wearing the polka dot dress with a row of ruffles under the bust and along the hem
    amazon.com

    FYI, this dress is included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this dress — it fits perfectly and it's so adorable. The first day I wore it I got so many compliments and it was so comfortable. It was nice to wear as a dress or even a long shirt with leggings. The color is really cute too. I definitely recommend it and will probably buy more in different colors!" —Jasmine Ball

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 12 colors)

    18. An adorable vintage-inspired midi dress designed with tie-able straps and a smocked back for the perfect fit.

    A model wearing the dress in green
    Blanco And Barley on Etsy

    Blanco And Barley is a US-based Etsy shop filled with dresses, knitwear, and a bunch of other cute things.

    Promising review: "This dress was the perfect length and looks absolutely beautiful! I got a bunch of compliments as well while wearing it." —Mckayla

    Get it from Blanco And Barley on Etsy for $49.27 (available in sizes S–L and in two colors).

    19. A super-basic sleeveless T-shirt dress — everyone needs one of these, it's just a fact so you should stop fighting it.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I first heard about this dress from multiple YouTubers and after I bought it, I knew why they were so crazy about it! Not only is it great, even though it looks shapeless when you get it, IT HAS POCKETS! I received so many compliments when I wore it during the summer with flip-flops and even in the fall with a denim jacket and canvas shoes. I have it in the blue and purple colors and am debating if I need any more." —Ann

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in 31 colors).

    20. A button-down midi dress so perfect it'll become your go-to summer dress for any occasion.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    FYI, this dress is included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "The perfect travel dress for the summer. I get compliments on it all the time! Runs slightly large." —Sarahgrace

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in 33 prints).

    21. A puff sleeve ruched waist A-line dress that'll have you spinning like you're the star of a musical number in a Disney film.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have received many compliments on this dress. It is great quality as well, not see-through! It has an underlayer helping make the dress comfortable. I wore this all day long, it never stretched out and the fit was exactly as I expected it to be. Do not size up or down." —Staci Serena

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in sizes 4–10 and in 14 styles).

    22. A beautifully whimsical handmade linen dress designed with an open back and just enough romance.

    Lela Silk on Etsy

    Lela Silk is a Hanoi, Vietnam-based Etsy shop specializing in making feminine handmade clothing.

    Promising review: "The quality is truly amazing. I love how the dress is adjustable and you can get whatever type of fit you want — the buttons are adorable. I got so many compliments the first night out with it!!!!" —Tabitha Smith

    Get it from Lela Silk on Etsy for $109+ (available in sizes XXS–XXL and custom sizes and in 36 colors and two fabric types).

    23. A super casual but easily dress up-able swing dress designed with pockets. Dresses should have always had pockets and I'm glad people are finally starting to see that!

    A customer review photo of them wearing the dress in blue gray
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I get at least two or three compliments from strangers when I wear this dress. People are shocked to hear it's an Amazon dress!" —Laura R.

    Get it from Amazon for $30+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 24 colors).

    24. A bohemian off-the-shoulder maxi dress that'll have you feeling like you're on your way to a tropical vacation even if you're just running to get a coffee.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This dress...LOVE! I went to the Bahamas and got so many compliments. The dress made me feel beautiful especially during our photoshoot. I highly recommend this dress!" —Katelyn

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in sizes L–3X and in 20 colors).

    25. A stunning off-the-shoulder gown that's a little bit see-through (okay, a lotta bit) but that's what makes it so fun.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love this dress!! I got soooo many compliments and you will too!! The material is stretchy and good. So you can confidently buy it in your size. You have to find something to go under it yourself. I used a sexy semi-see-through number under my dress and used a cute belt to really define my midsection. I’m large at the top and bottom but the dress went all the way down the way I like my dresses too. This dress is so sexy!! You can’t go wrong!!" —Courtney Gardner

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–3XL and in three colors).

    26. A cutout maxi dress designed with thigh-high slits perfect for your next vacation to somewhere nice and warm.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Buy this dress!!! It is gorgeous. I have lots of extra skin on my belly from weight loss, but the dress totally hid it! I did have to be careful not to flash my panties when I sat down, but I didn't feel overly exposed otherwise. If you aren't used to showing lots of leg, you may want to wear a mini-skirt or shorts. I got so many compliments on this dress, I wish there were more colors!" —Bradlee

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in two colors).

    27. A totally splurge-worthy vegan silk wrap dress designed with deep V neckline, an open back, and a calf- or thigh-baring slit all depends on how you wanna wear it.

    Whimsy + Row

    Whimsy + Row is a woman-founded sustainable clothing brand that produces limited-run designs in Los Angeles. They use up-cycled and eco-friendly fabrics and ensure that all of their workers are paid a fair wage.

    Promising review: "I wore this dress for my engagement photos. The color was perfect for the timing of our photos and wedding (both in September), and the lightness and cut of the fabric moved beautifully in the breeze. We took our photos along the cliffs/shoreline in San Diego, and the color and movement were stunning against the backdrop. The cut of this dress, with the deep V-neck, tie waist, and open back, are particularly attractive, and I have received so many compliments on our photos." —Meaghan Roach

    Get it from Whimsy + Row for $228 (available in sizes XXS–XL and in five colors).

    28. A comfy and breezy T-shirt dress, because it doesn't matter if it's 1,000 degrees outside — and all you wanna do is eat ice cream.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I bought this dress basically with one eye opened and one eye closed. Because I am ALWAYS skeptical about ordering things online. However, it surpassed my expectations. I got a lot of compliments while wearing it. The yellow is so vibrant and bright. The dress is super comfortable and it swings while I walk. I will be ordering three more in different colors. Hope I get a discount. 😄🤗😜" —Shenelle Wynne

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and in 40 colors).

    29. A ruffle-sleeve polka-dot midi dress to easily wear while you saddle up and hit the road.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    FYI, this dress is included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "For me, clothes pay for themselves based on the number of compliments that are received when an item is worn. I already liked the dress the moment I put it on, but all day long women commented about what a lovely and pretty dress it is (ooh, I like the color, ooh it’s so pretty, ooh, that dress looks like the start of a whole new wardrobe). The compliments made the reasonable dress price feel like a bargain deal. I guess I’m a sucker for polka dots and the power of hearing something positive during the day. In summary — it fits well, looks good, you feel good wearing it, and even a nine-year-old boy can take a picture of his mom in this dress and it still looks good. Now I just need to decide what other color to buy." —Isadelle Mercedes

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 15 colors).

    30. A long-sleeve swinging faux wrap dress available in so many great prints — but this charcoal and red floral print is my personal favorite.

    A model wearing the wrap dress in charcoal/red
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Super impressed with this dress! I looked at it and read the reviews so many times before just buying it, and I am SO glad I did! I wore it for a night out with my husband and got a ton of compliments. I have an athletic build (broad shoulders/average chest) and while it was very low cut, it was comfortable and still classy looking. Even at my height, I didn't feel like it was too short which can sometimes be an issue... bottom line, buy the dress!!! I'll be ordering it in more colors!" —14AnnaM

    Get it from Amazon for $19.49 (available in sizes 4–22 and in 17 prints).

    31. A loose-fitting gingham swing dress with pockets for all those mornings when you can't get your life together and figure out what you should wear.

    A model wearing the dress in blue
    Amazon

    FYI, this dress is included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "LOVE this dress! The green color is beautiful! The dress is lined nicely so no worries about sheerness. It fits perfectly! The length hits a little above the knee. I get many compliments when I wear this summertime gingham dress. Don’t think — just buy it!" —AriTheRealtor

    Get it from Amazon for $16.98+ (available in S–XXL and in 16 colors).

    32. And a ruffled and strapless maxi dress that looks just as whimsical as you're going to feel.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I ordered the apricot dress and it fit perfectly. I got so many compliments! Now I just need to figure out what other color to order." —sharon

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 13 colors).

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