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    40 Refreshing Summer Dresses You Can Wear Right Now

    These dresses prove that pants are never necessary.

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    1. 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.,

    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 $31.99 (available in sizes XS–XL and in seven colors).

    2. 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 when the summer heat returns.,

    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).

    3. A stretchy bodice, tie-wrap midi dress made of a super-soft material perfect for wearing for hours and hours. These are super easy to throw on, layer up, and dress up. Basically, you can wear them for whatever you want.

    A model wearing the dress in dark blue

    Promising review: "Fits well! Just make sure to tie your knots very tight." —Adam Hutton

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in sizes S–L and in five colors).

    4. A ruffled and strapless maxi dress that looks just as whimsical as you're going to feel.


    Promising review: "Absolutely stunning dress! I chose the lavender color and I am amazed, the color is even prettier compared to the picture. The material is great quality overall. There are different material pieces for the underdress, it's big and flowy. Looks great for summer, I feel like a princess." —Mona Liza

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99 (available in sizes S–XL and in five colors).

    5. 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.,

    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 $25.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 12 colors)

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

    Promising review: "Great purchase for the price. Just what I was looking for! Comfy summer dress for any occasion. Being a momma, I'm always looking for things just like this. You can dress it up or down and it has pockets!! Can't get much better. Fit is perfect for me — it's like it was made just for me! Armholes are a little longer than most dresses but I like that for the summer so sweat marks don't show! Not see-through so great for any pair of comfy undies. Cute with a belt and also cute with none." —B&E Worthington

    Get it from Amazon for $11.50+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in 25 colors).

    7. A ruffled flowy smocked-bust midi dress to give your wardrobe a classic look in the most comfortable way.


    Promising review: "So cute! The dress is exactly as pictured. Love the color. I was worried about the quality because it was so inexpensive, but it’s actually really nice and not see-through at all! Such a perfect dress for vacation!" —JP0811

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes 4–10 and in five colors).

    8. An absolutely perfect Plant Kween x Tonlé Torey Tunic — it's designed with a hand-printed plant motif, two side slits, hand-carved coconut buttons up the front, and one patch pocket on the chest.

    A model wearing the tunic in the royal blue print

    Tonlé has a mission to create sustainable, inclusive, and honest fashion. As a community of makers and wearers, they're envisioning a new fashion ecosystem— one where those historically sidelined or exploited by the traditional fashion industry are recognized and centered as leaders and creators.

    Get it from Tonlé for $86 (available in sizes XS–3XL and in four prints).

    9. A ruffled, smocked bodice open back stunner that just might be the dress of your vacationing dreams.


    Promising review: "I have been wanting this same dress from Free People but it was $118. I was leery about this considering it was much cheaper in cost but it is PERFECT! Keep in mind you can't wear a bra with it and if you are larger busted (I'm small, an A cup) then it may fit totally different. It's thin and lightweight but with skin-colored undies, I had no problem with lines or visibility. I'm considering buying it in another color 😍" —Bullitt02797

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 19 colors).

    10. A tiered skirt American Eagle smocked mini dress designed with three complementing colors that I personally think makes it look super elevated.

    A model twirling in the dress
    American Eagle

    Promising review: "This dress is absolutely amazing. I love the way it fits and the way the top scrunch looks. The bows on the top allow you to make the sleeves a little tighter which is amazing. I definitely recommend!" —Molly

    Get it from American Eagle for $54.95 (available in sizes XXS–XXL).

    11. A super cute Boho-inspired flare dress designed with a ruffled waist, hidden zipper, and double tie straps — just make sure to wear sunblock the day you frolic around town in this number.

    A series of photos of a model wearing the flare dress in green

    Promising review: "Love love love it! Totally worth the price. It has a zipper so it’s easier to get on. The straps are hard to tie in a cute bow by yourself, it’s definitely easier with someone’s help. But this dress is so cute, just buy it!" —Shelby Dixon

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes 0–10 and in eight styles and colors).

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

    A model wearing the dress in tangerine

    Promising review: "It’s a quality dress for the price. It’s lightweight and the material doesn’t feel heavy when wearing it. I ordered a large based on reviews and I think I should have ordered a medium instead. I’ll still wear it though, it just fits a little loose. It's a beautiful pattern." —Kyra

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in 22 colors).

    13. A ruffly mini denim dress that's just the pick-me-up you need for your once-a-week adventure out of the house.

    A model wearing the dress in blue

    Promising review: "I am soo happy with my purchase. The material and fit are really soft and comfortable. I would definitely recommend it. It is also true to size." —Amazon Customer

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

    14. 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

    Promising review: "This dress is super cute. Material is nice and not see-through." —Allison

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

    15. A splurge-worthy Agua Bendita maxi dress that's designed with some of the most beautiful floral embroidery any dress has ever seen.

    Agua Bendita

    Agua Bendita creates gorgeous and unique swimwear and vacation wear that are all crafted by Colombian artisans who use techniques passed on from generation to generation.

    Get it from Agua Bendita for $240 (available in sizes S–L).

    16. A very comfy T-shirt dress designed with a ruched tie-waist detail to give this otherwise basic dress a little dimension.


    Promising review: "I said 'it's comfortable' like 10 times when I tried it on because that's how comfortable this dress is! It's a soft T-shirt material and it runs true to size. I love the tie in the front. I could live in this dress!" —Cyndi Lundeberg

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (available in sizes S–XL and in 15 colors).

    17. Or go with a more classic ruched long-sleeve T-shirt dress that'll be the dress you turn to in moments of "I have nothing to wear!!!" despair.,

    Promising review: "Really cute dress! The one I received is not lined but the material is soft and not very see-through. I wore nude-colored undies and you couldn’t see a thing. If you are looking for a slightly looser fit then size up. The ruching on one side does wonders for shaping my waist and the pink color is gorgeous! The price is just right and much cheaper than other versions I’ve seen online. There are other versions from different sellers on Amazon at $20–$22 but the quality on this one is excellent and I’m glad I ordered it." —MizLis

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 18 colors).

    18. 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

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

    Promising review: "Super pleased with this purchase. The material is heavy and feels luxurious. Really good buy — the pattern and material are perfect! Very pretty and feminine looking. Highly recommend this dress to anyone considering purchasing it!" —WhoAmI

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

    19. An adorable eyelet mini dress designed in an A-line cut and with a voluminous ruffled sleeve for that little something extra.


    Promising review: "This is such a cute light summer dress and not too short. A bit see-through but just wear undergarments accordingly." —Desiree

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes S–L and in four colors).

    20. A convertible Free People mini dress that lets you play around with the straps so you can wear it in a bunch of ways.

    Free People

    Promising review: "Love this dress! It's perfect for spring and summer. I love the fact that you can wear it two way — easy on, easy off." —Pamels

    Get it from Free People for $60 (available in sizes XS–XL and in two colors).

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

    Promising review: "Love it! Great quality and a perfect look. I am buying it in another color." —BRANDI D WALKER

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

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

    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 $23.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and in 17 colors).

    23. A super elegant high-neck halter dress that might just be chic enough for your next date night.


    Promising review: "Runs a little small so if you want it a little loose like pictured you'll want to order up a size, maybe two, if you're large chested like me. Super cute. Super comfy. A must-have. You'll thank me." —Cami in MI

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

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

    Promising review: "I loved the colors. This dress is quite comfy, very easy to pack for international travel (doesn’t take up much space), playful, and fun, but easy to wear with tights for a warmer outfit. This was the perfect combination of fun and adventurous and was a great 'outing' dress to travel with." —Addyson Burke

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and in nine prints).

    25. A cheerful floral-print Torrid midi dress designed in what might actually be the softest fabric your skin will ever know.

    A model wearing the floral midi dress

    Promising review: "I already own a few dresses in the super-soft line and I LOOOOOVE them! A couple of them have pockets, so does this one. It will be nice to wear this one because the length makes it so I won't have to pick it up to walk up my stairs." —AMAZON_TRISH

    Get it from Torrid for $69.50 (available in sizes 10–30).

    26. A summer-worthy halter dress that won't break the bank — your backyard vacation won't know what hit it.,

    Promising review: "I bought this dress for Coachella. The skirt is a little see-through but it’s cute, I wore a leopard bathing suit bottom under and it was sexy. The details are cute and it looks just like the Free People dress." —Brooke Murray

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 14 colors).

    27. A totally classic eyelet midi dress that's made from 100% cotton, making it perfect for all those super hot days where you need to look put together.,

    Promising review: "Everything I wanted and more. I love, love, love this dress. Just get it. Don’t think about it." —Chloe S

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in sizes 0–12 and in nine colors).

    28. A button-down swing dress that'll look SO good alone or layered with your favorite denim jacket.,

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

    Promising review: "I love this dress so much. It fits so well. I love that it has pockets. Perfect for the spring and summer. I'm going to order a few more." —Nikki

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in 35 prints).

    29. A super playful layered mini dress almost too pretty for words. Almost, because people will find the words and they will all be about how cute it is.

    A model wearing the dress in B-yellow while walking down some stairs

    Promising review: "Perfect spring dress or hot summer day around the house. Shipping was very fast. Material is cool and the dress is cut a little bit larger than true-to-size but it’s fine for the style." —MamaToTwo

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 15 colors).

    30. A comfy and stretchy strapless maxi dress for the summer dress of your bohemian dreams.,

    Promising review: "Love this dress! It is comfortable and well made. Being strapless there’s always a concern that it will slip down but I did not have that issue at all. I received so many compliments! Highly recommend!" —Lisa Marram-Haug

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 19 colors and prints).

    31. A stunning and truly investment-worthy Ni En More Sewá dress designed in a bright pink color made from Cochineal (the shell from female lice that live on cactus), roses, and Palo de Brazil bark. Each dress is individually colored with the botanical dye and then a flower compost is used to help create the imprints.

    A model wearing the Sewa dress
    Ni En More

    Ni En More creates sustainable pieces to empower women in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. They use education, craft, and fashion as their instruments to create a political resistance and spread a message that dignifies the struggle against violence towards women, without re-victimizing.

    Get it from Ni En More for $300 (available in sizes S–L).

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


    Promising review: "This dress is gorgeous! It is beyond gorgeous actually, with flowy material and poofy sleeves that are so perfect for the overall look of the dress. I love the cute tie-up accent in the back, gives it a sexy flair without being too sexy. The dress is flowy and very dainty, there is a slip inside so you're not bared to the world. The dress is versatile, can be worn off the shoulders or on, though I have yet to wear it off the shoulders. Can be dressed up with heels, or dressed down with sandals and still look amazing. I definitely recommend this dress, especially in the summer. It is flowery, dainty, and flowy." —Ayen

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in nine colors and prints).

    33. A super comfy cutout midi dress that has elastic waistbands, a flowy skirt, and is totally lined.

    Beginning Boutique

    Get it from Beginning Boutique for $89.99 (available in sizes XS–XL and in black, white, or floral print).

    34. A ruffled smocked bodice midi dress that just might make all your Disney Princess dreams come true.

    A model wearing the dress in orange

    Promising review: "Such a soft dress and good quality for the price point. The fit was perfect. Obviously a lot of stretch but didn’t look like a bunch of fabric! Love it! Great transition from summer to fall dress." —Bri

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in sizes S–XL and in three colors).

    35. An investment-worthy Valani Vanna Midi Dress made from a gorgeously woven hemp and Tencel plant-based fabric you'll feel good wearing.

    A model wearing the Vanna Hemp Midi Dress

    Valani is a sustainable fashion brand dedicated to making pieces that aren't only eco-friendly but that bring elegance, style, and comfort to whoever is wearing them. They also break down the positive impact each piece in their collection makes. The Vanna dress for example avoided 3.6 miles of driving emissions, 261 days' worth of drinking water saved, and one tree was planted.

    Get it from Valani for $348 (available in sizes 0–12).

    36. A simple but eye-catching bodycon midi dress you can probably throw on for any occasion — running errands, date night, formal affair. It can work!

    A model wearing the dress in the gradiant print

    Promising review: "A summer must have! This dress is adorable and fits like a glove. At first we thought it was going to be too long but it was so cute and well made!" —Lea

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in two prints).

    37. A beautiful tiered Everlane eyelet dress you'll wear all the time. ALL. THE. TIME.

    A model wearing the dress in walnut

    Get it from Everlane for $128 (available in sizes XXS–XL and in three colors).

    38. A tie-front, keyhole midi swing dress perfect for that spring brunch date or your next tropical vacation.,

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

    Promising review: "I was afraid this dress wouldn’t fit but I wanted to give it a try anyway. I’m a size 16, typically an XL shirt, and my bust is a 38DD. I want this dress in every color! The bust ties are VERY stretchy. I hope to get it in every dark color." —Kim

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 36 prints).

    39. An eyecatching and relaxed fit FARM Rio midi dress that's made of 100% organic cotton, plus the brand donates a tree for every order.

    A model wearing the Under The Sea Midi Dress
    FARM Rio

    FARM Rio was brought to life by a group of creatives from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with a mission to bring bold colors, prints, and shapes to life for everyday wear.

    Get it from FARM Rio for $265 (available in sizes XS–XL).

    40. 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.


    Promising review: "I really needed some new dresses for work and I’m super happy with my purchase of this one. I usually wear a size large, so I ordered the size 10 and it fits me perfectly. The detail on this dress is so cute. I love the fabric. I'm super happy with my purchase. I feel so pretty in this dress!" —MelB

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

    Only thing left to do is to tell your closet —


    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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