Just 33 Really Great Summer Dresses
That new summer dress feeling = the best feeling.
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1. A double-slit off the shoulder maxi, because the hottest days of the season need the hottest outfit to match.
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.
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.
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
4. A soft and effortless short-sleeve tie-dye maxi dress with pockets, which has left over 3,000 reviewers ~feeling groovy~.
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~.
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.
Promising review: "I never leave reviews but...wow! 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.
10. A polka dot T-shirt dress with pockets that you may never want to take off. You live in this dress now.
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.
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.
14. A tie-front cutie in a fun print sure to become the new star of your Instagram (besides you, of course).
15. A bold daisy print slip for channeling some extreme Katy Perry vibes, even on days so hot, they'll melt your Popsicle.
16. A drapey, spaghetti strap midi with adjustable straps and an elastic waist so it'll fit like a dream.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's from a Black woman-owned business!
Get it from Lilly's Kloset for $118 (available in sizes S–L).