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    Just 33 Really Great Summer Dresses

    That new summer dress feeling = the best feeling.

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    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women's.

    1. A double-slit off the shoulder maxi, because the hottest days of the season need the hottest outfit to match.

    reviewer in red smocked bodice dress with white flowers
    reviewer wearing the dress in white with black flowers

    Some reviewers recommend sizing up!

    Promising review: "Never before have I ever gasped when I've tried a dress on before, but I did with this dress. The pictures don't do it justice. The material is soft and very lightweight. I love the slits on both sides of the dress; it makes the dress feel modest but sexy. The only negative thing I will say is that the arms are a bit tight, but it doesn't bother me too much. All in all, I absolutely love this dress and plan to buy more colors!" —Tracisgoodfellow

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in sizes S–3XL and in 22 prints).

    2. A possibly perfect strappy midi with pockets that you should probably buy in every print — it's ready to become your summer 2021 uniform., Amazon

    It's got over 2,000 positive reviews! Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on this beauty.

    Promising review: "If you've heard good things about this dress, they're true! I'm one of those people who never writes reviews. I found this dress through a BuzzFeed article and couldn't resist the white sunflower one. The material is stretchy and just fits your body so well. I didn't have any problems with it being see-through while I was wearing light grey underwear. The length is cute, it hugs you in the right spots, and the buttons are fake so they stay uniform all the way down. It's stretchy across the back of the bodice, so bigger-chested people would love this. Me and my mom have completely different body types and the large fits us both amazingly! I'm definitely going to try to order as many prints as I can!" —Courtney Clark

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in 35 colors and prints).

    3. An easy breezy French linen wrap dress available in pretty much every color imaginable, so you can splurge on multiple for fresh 'fits all summer long.

    model wearing oversized, below-the-knee, dark blue wrap dress

    It's from a small business specializing in all sorts of linen clothing and based in Latvia.

    Promising review: "This one is my favorite. Super easygoing, great fabric, classy yet relaxed fit, beautiful color. Mine is in lavender. I live in it. I get compliments all the time." —Tizia

    Get it from DressMeLinen on Etsy for $90 (available in sizes XS–XXL and in 24 colors)

    4. A soft and effortless short-sleeve tie-dye maxi dress with pockets, which has left over 3,000 reviewers ~feeling groovy~.

    A reviewer wearing the brown and white dress with a belt and floppy hat, and sticking their leg through the high slit
    A different reviewer wearing the dress in blue and white

    Reviewers say it runs large!

    Promising review: "JUST BUY THIS. Five minutes after I got it, it was instantly my favorite summer dress. It fits just as I wanted — drapey, but not baggy. When I first opened the package, I thought 'Uh oh, the fabric looks clingy' — well, that was totally wrong. It's very flattering on. The fabric is super soft to the touch and breathes well, and I love the pattern. You can wear this like a beach coverup or dress it up for a nice summer outfit. It has pockets below the hips which don't look lumpy. I'm 57, and don't feel ridiculous wearing this; it's a classic cut that works well for all ages. The fabric resists wrinkles, and if there are any, they fall out when you wear the dress — perfect for stuffing in a weekend bag. Honestly, this is the best clothing buy I've made in a long time." —Leslie A. Holbrook

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 38 prints).

    5. A cutout mini T-shirt dress that — judging by the 1,000+ positive reviews — you probably shouldn't give ~the cold shoulder~.,

    Promising review: "I love this! So cute and comfortable, and a good length that doesn't make me feel like I'll be flashing someone if I bend over. This makes me feel great. I've already put another in my cart! Versatile enough to wear alone on a summer day or to wear over leggings with heels and a necklace to work. A+!" —Kenna

    Get it from Amazon for $17.64+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in 18 colors and prints).

    6. A smocked and checked midi sure to leave your usual floral dresses ~green~ with envy. 

    model in light green spaghetti strap dress
    J Crew Factory

    Promising review: "Cool and breezy! Hello summertime!!!" —Happy

    Get it from J. Crew Factory for $34.50+ (originally $98; available in sizes XS–3X and in two colors and prints).

    7. A beachy wrap dress in a gorgeous print to help you start a ~pattern~ of great summer style.,

    Promising review: "Love the colors in this dress! It’s super cute and easy to dress up or down. Is a true wrap dress, a good length, not see-through, and not too low-cut! Lightweight and perfect for summer!" —Olivia Noles

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and in 19 patterns).

    8. A fun tropical leaf-print maxi to make you feel so confident, it'll be like you've got the world in the ~palm~ of your hand.

    A reviewer wearing the navy cold-shoulder dress with green leaves
    A reviewer wearing the dress in a black, white, green, and purple leaf print

    Promising review: "I never leave reviews! Get yourself this dress! I cannot recommend it enough! I'm working through a lot of self-esteem issues, but this dress made me feel BEAUTIFUL, sexy, and confident. All things I haven't felt in a while. Seriously, wearing it I felt like an ethereal wood nymph roaming the streets of Paris. It definitely gave me a much-needed confidence boost." —BRENDA RODRIGUEZ

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in sizes L–3XL and in 11 styles).

    9. A straight-up stunning printed maxi that has already made over 3,000 reviewers feel absolutely fabulous.

    A reviewer in the short-sleeved dress in white with a pink, blue, and teal print

    The buttons stop around your knee, so the bottom's free to flow dramatically in the summer breeze.

    Promising review: "I bought this dress on a whim and was a little skeptical about it, but I shouldn't have been. I've never received so many compliments on a dress before. I wore it on a trip with my husband and in-laws, and we honestly couldn't get through the day without someone stopping me every few minutes to ask where I got my dress or to tell me how gorgeous it was. It flowed beautifully on that windy day. I'm so obsessed with it, I even bought two more in different colors. I highly recommend it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and in 27 prints).

    10. A polka dot T-shirt dress with pockets that you may never want to take off. You live in this dress now.,

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE this dress. I ordered the large because I’m large in the breast area and I was worried it would be too tight, but I honestly could have gotten away with the medium, so I would say this dress is pretty true to size. The overall dress is great quality, soft, and comfortable, the pockets aren't skimpy or small, and the dress isn't see-through. I want one in every color." —Tasia B

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 15 colors and prints).

    11. A basic henley dress sure to become a wardrobe staple — you can rock it by itself now and with tights and jackets come fall.,

    Promising review: "I love this dress. It's super cute and can go with anything. I like that it's very light and breathable. I wore this to a backyard barbecue and it was a hit. I will say be cautious because if you are tall, it can be a little short." —Island Envy

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

    12. A fabulous fruit print stunner you should wear with caution — Aunt Carol's not gonna be thrilled when you upstage her famous fruit salad at the family's end-of-summer bash.

    blue three-quarter sleeve tiered high-low maxi printed with pears, lemons, and grapefruit

    Get it from ModCloth for $199 (available in UK sizes 0-26).

    13. A fun off-the-shoulder maxi with a hidden surprise — it's actually a romper! In other words, no worries if a summer breeze heads your way and you're not in the mood for a Marilyn Monroe moment.,

    In fact, a breeze would probably only make this baby look even more photo shoot-worthy!

    Promising review: "I love this romper dress. I could wear it every day. I get so many compliments on it. I'm 5'10" and 180 pounds with big boobs. An extra large fit me and was actually big enough for my torso without giving me camel toe! My friends have all been begging for one of these dresses. It does come wrinkly, but you can just iron it and then enjoy feeling like a goddess!" —Catherine Watkins

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S–3X and in 15 styles).

    14. A tie-front cutie in a fun print sure to become the new star of your Instagram (besides you, of course).,

    The straps are adjustable. Also, note that the tie is just for show on some styles, but on others it's real!

    Promising review: "This dress was the best online purchase of a dress in my life!!!!! It’s a perfect fit! It’s beautiful!!! Very flowy and I am sooooo shocked that this purchase was so successful, because usually clothes don't fit me when I buy them online." —Mariam

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and in 32 colors and prints).

    15. A bold daisy print slip for channeling some extreme Katy Perry vibes, even on days so hot, they'll melt your Popsicle.

    model in blue cloud and daisy print mini with cowl neck
    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "Amazing. Looks just like the picture and has adjustable straps!" —Ranae

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $49 (available in sizes XS–XL and in 10 colors and prints).

    16. A drapey, spaghetti strap midi with adjustable straps and an elastic waist so it'll fit like a dream.

    A reviewer in the dress in navy. The hemline is rounded with slits on the sides
    A different reviewer wearing the dress in pale pink

    Promising review: "I was so surprised how amazing this dress is! It's lightweight, wrinkle-resistant, beyond comfortable, and stretchy! I feel so pretty in this. Def buy!" —Sara Said This....

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in eight colors).

    17. A ruffled floral midi so stunning, it'll have you crying tiers of joy., Amazon

    Promising review: "I can’t say enough good things about this dress! I love it!! The fit is amazing. The material is lovely. The top, front, and bottom of the dress are lined with a light material, which is perfect. You still get the flowy feel. I just want to twirl around in this dress. My young adult daughter loves it as well!! I couldn’t be happier. It will be my go-to dress this summer" —Carla J. Reid

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in six colors).

    18. A smocked, puff-sleeve gingham dress in a sunny yellow hue that is the EXACT aesthetic I am going for this Happily Vaxxed Girl Summer.

    model in yellow and white short sleeve mini dress
    Petal and Pup

    Get it from Petal & Pup for $59.95 (available in sizes 0–12).

    19. An honestly red-carpet-worthy mini with scene-stealing cutouts and a summery hue so your look can be high fashion even in high temps.

    model in pale pink short puff sleeve dress with large waist cutout
    model showing open back
    Beginning Boutique

    Beginning Boutique is a woman-owned Australian shop with a huge selection of trendy clothes!

    Get it from Beginning Boutique for $69.99 (available in sizes 0–12).

    20. A faux-wrap dress that's really cute for everything from work to a wedding.,

    Promising review: "I bought this dress for a professional conference in a few weeks. The dress looks perfect. It goes to my knees and the chest area is very modest and appropriate for my conference, but if I throw on a statement necklace it could just as easily be something I wear to a musical or nice event. The fabric doesn’t stick to anything, and I’m pleasantly surprised at how thick the material is. I don't need a slip or undershirt." —Skye C.

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in sizes 14–26 and in 25 styles, including some with three-quarter sleeves).

    21. A romantic strapless midi that looks like exactly the kind of thing a queen like yourself should lounge around in while your admirers bring you wine and cheese.

    model in tan tiered strapless dress with ties at waist and bust

    It's by Zelie for She, an LA-based, Black woman-owned brand dedicated to creating glam plus-size clothing. They just launched their Nordstrom line this year!

    Get it from Nordstrom for $129 (available in sizes 1X–3X).

    22. A strappy mini covered in sweet sunflowers that you should van Gogh add to your cart right now.,

    It's got over 1,600 positive reviews!

    Promising review: "This is probably one of my favorite online clothing purchases ever. You never quite know what you're going to get, but this one actually exceeded my expectations. It's short, but not too short. The sunflower print gives off a totally '90s Saved By the Bell vibe that I really dig. It's very cute and fits very well. I'm anywhere between a 12 and 14, sometimes even a 16, with a C/D chest. I got it in a large. Just get it. You'll like it." —Cathryn

    Get it from Amazon for $12.33+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and in 52 colors and prints).

    23. A gorgeous maxi that brings so much drama, Andy Cohen is gonna want to talk about it., Amazon

    The ribbon belt is removable so you can also cinch it with a belt of your own or opt for a boho vibe and (*extremely Elsa voice*) let it flow, let it flow!!!

    Promising review: "This dress is so incredibly gorgeous. I've been very into the high neckline trend and I think it's so flattering. I'm 5'4" and it's about two or three inches from the ground, so I can wear it with flats or heels without worrying about it getting dirty. I love that it comes with a little matching string to tie at the waist for a more fitted look. It's so comfortable and flowy. It's exactly what I was looking for and the colors are gorgeous. :)" —Paisley

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes M–XXL, S–L petite, and L–XXL tall and in 28 styles).

    24. A smocked 'n' striped midi situation in a candy-colored print sure to score you some sweet, sweet compliments. Just add flat sandals and go!

    model in the coral, white, brown, and lilac vertical stripe sleeveless dress with ruffle detail

    Reviewers say it runs large!

    Promising review: "This is my new favorite summer dress! The material is super stretchy, so I recommend sizing down. I love the length (hits in the middle of my calves; I am 5’4” and wearing a size small). It’s also incredibly light, making it perfect for warm weather. I bought this dress in two patterns I like it so much!" —JBM12

    Get it from Target for $29.99 (available in sizes XS–4X and in three colors and prints).

    25. A cozy as heck off-the-shoulder maxi so you'll be cool and comfy while everyone in stiff, structured dresses sweats their butt off.,

    It has pockets!!!

    Promising review: "This is my new favorite dress! I absolutely love it. I go back and forth between an L and an XL and ordered an XL to be safe. It's a little big, but overall a great dress! It's lightweight enough to be extremely comfortable and breathable, but heavy enough that you can't see what's underneath. I highly recommend!" —T

    Get it from Amazon for $24.64+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and in 20 colors and prints).

    26. A comfy, appropriate-for-all-occassions fit-and-flare with POCKETS that over 3,000 reviewers think is Mary Poppins-esque — I'm talking practically perfect in every way.,

    Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on this dress.

    Promising review: "This dress had me at pockets! What a great dress, especially for work! It has pockets on both sides, a work-appropriate hemline, and the material is the kind where you can sit for hours, but it'll never show a wrinkle! I'm 5'6" and 150 lbs and the medium fits great. With wedges, it's the perfect outfit for work: comfy and practical yet classy." —AprilAries

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes S–3X and in 39 prints).

    27. A chic gingham frock that can be worn on the shoulder or off and is just begging to be paired with major statement earrings and fun outdoor brunch plans.

    business owner waring the knee-length pink gingham dress with short sleeves on the shoulder
    The Tiny Tassel

    This cuteness is from The Tiny Tassel, a Black woman-owned, Charleston-based business that specializes in cheerful accessories (often featuring, yup, tassels) and clothes (handmade by the founder's mom!).

    Get it from The Tiny Tassel for $98 (available in sizes XS–XL).

    28. A super soft striped midi everyone will be ~lining~ up to get a look at.,

    Promising review: "The fabric feels like Lularoe legging material, but somehow manages to wear with a flowy fit and doesn’t feel clingy. It fits just as I would expect. It’s great because it feels so comfortable (almost like a nightgown), but the stripes elevate the look so that it’s definitely office-appropriate with a nice pair of wedge sandals. I think I’ll also wear this with a denim jacket (sleeves rolled up) and Keds for a more casual look. Love it!!" —Olldashi

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

    29. A coral reef-print maxi complete with an oversized buckle, pretty tiers, side cutouts, and shell and seahorse friends. It's one of the most show-stopping summer dresses I've ever sea-n.

    model in the sleeveless white and colorful print dress
    Lilly's Kloset

    It's from a Black woman-owned business!

    Get it from Lilly's Kloset for $118 (available in sizes S–L).

    30. An off-the-shoulder mini featuring precious embroidered blooms that feels like a fresh (and yet vintage-inspired) take on the floral dresses of summers past.

    model in white mini with elbow sleeves, tie waist, and periwinkle flowers
    close up on dainty print

    Get it from Eloquii for $129.95 (available in sizes 14/16-26/28).

    31. A beyond gorgeous pleated and tiered off-the-shoulder dress that it would basically be rude not to twirl in.

    A reviewer wearing the midi dress, which is made up of four tiers, in light blue

    Promising review: "OMG! Awesome!!!!! I'm 5’4” and 145 lbs. I bought a medium and it drapes beautifully. I plan to wear it on my shoulders, and the elastic seems strong enough to hold. I bought the white and it’s light and airy — not see though at all. I'm so thrilled. I will buy it in black ASAP!" —LB

    Get it from Amazon for $26.33+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 20 colors).

    32. A beautiful boho maxi with a strappy back that'll make everyone gasp when you turn around., Amazon

    Reviewers say this is an awesome dupe for a Free People dress!

    Promising review: "A real show-stopper! I received so many compliments on this dress! It's beautiful and the material was great quality. Perfect boho vacation dress. It fit true to size. You don't need a bra; the dress holds you in and I'm a 36D." —Horatioj

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 21 colors).

    33. A mixed floral print find, because summer is short and you wanna rock as many flowery prints as possible before it ends.

    model in sleeveless wrap dress with sheer high-low hem that hits around the knees and has blue, red, and cream patterns

    Not that you won't also be wearing said florals in fall and winter too, because you def will. Check out more gorgeous floral dresses.

    Get it from Nautica for $44.75 (originally $89.50; available in sizes XS–XXL).

    Now go forth and twirl!


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

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