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    Just 33 Really Great Summer Dresses

    Because new summer dress joy is a special kind of joy.

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

    1. A possibly perfect strappy midi with pockets that you should probably buy in every print — it's ready to become your summer 2020 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 $19.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 37 colors and prints).

    2. A soft and effortless tie-dye maxi, which over 2,000 reviewers think you should ~tie~ for yourself.,

    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 $19.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 25 colors).

    3. 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 $11.60+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 26 colors and prints).

    4. A bold striped maxi with adjustable, tasseled tie straps so you can get a just-right fit on this stellar statement piece. Just add heeled sandals and get ready to strut.

    A model wearing the V-neck, tie-waist, ruffle-hemmed dress with thick peach, red, yellow, blue, and white stripes
    Lilly's Kloset

    It's from a Black woman-owned business!

    Get it from Lilly's Kloset for $78 (available in sizes S-L here and 1X-3X here).

    5. 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 $19.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 14 patterns).

    6. 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! 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 like 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 $27.99+ (available in sizes 0X-4X and in 38 styles).

    7. 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 $16.49+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 41 prints).

    8. A sweet embroidered bell sleeve frock you can wear to oh-sew many different occasions.,

    Promising review: "This dress is beautiful! It's made of a really nice material that's thick and not see-through at all. The embroidery on the chest and sleeves is almost perfect. It hits at a great length — it's not too short and not too long. There are so many different ways you can wear this dress, from dressing it up for a wedding with some heels to wearing it to a BBQ with some flats or sandals. I will definitely be recommending this dress and wearing it a lot!" —Kelsey

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 13 colors and prints).

    9. 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 $32.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in six prints).

    10. 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 $19.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in four colors).

    11. A breezy boho mini dress with a comfy elastic waist so you'll actually want to wear it all dang day., Amazon

    Promising review: "Love the pattern and the fit! The comfortable elastic high waist fits perfect, the flutter sleeves are very flattering and a it's a perfect above-the-knee length. Fabric is somewhat sheer, so it is cool, light and airy even though it has a dark background floral. Like this dress best of all the dresses I've bought on Amazon." —DeeJay

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 44 styles).

    12. A classic white linen-blend beauty you'll wear for summers to come and that's as cute as the buttons all down its front.

     A model wearing the sleeveless, V-neck, below-the-knee dress with a tie waist

    Get it from Loft for $90 (available in sizes 00-18 regular, petite, and tall and 14-26 plus).

    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., Amazon

    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 eight prints).

    14. A flirty tie-front dress that has a cute cutout at the bust that might break hearts, but will absolutely knot break the bank.


    It has a smocked, stretchy back and the straps are adjustable!

    Promising review: "I ordered this dress in black. It’s for a date night with the hubs. It’s perfect! It actually couldn’t be any better and it fits like a glove. I’m a C cup. I got a size large. The tie in the front is great because you can adjust it to your fit. I was able to tie it tightly enough to give me the support I needed to feel totally comfortable without a bra. I’m short, so the skirt was more of a tea length on me, but I liked it. The buttons are real buttons and you can show a little more leg on the bottom if you want. The material feels slightly thick and of good quality. I'm so glad I bought this!" —Mike Haskell

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in seven colors).

    15. Or a similar version 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 everything and more. I purchased it in red and navy, as I couldn’t decide which color I liked best for my vacation to Dominican Republic. I kept both because they were so beautiful. I wore one on the plane — that’s how comfortable the dress was — and so I landed in beautiful DR looking FABULOUS! I felt very pretty. I wore the red dress twice on my trip. Couldn’t be happier." —jicole24

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 34 colors and prints).

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

    Promising review: "I’m obsessed with this dress! It's so light and so comfortable! I’m 5’2” and 138 lbs and I ordered a medium. I had a little room but it fit perfectly! I bought the sapphire blue and I'm going to buy the black and potentially the green as well!" —Morgan Tecchio

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 10 colors).

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

    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 $33.19+ (available in sizes S-XL and in six colors).

    18. 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 $16.99 (available in sizes 14-26 and in 18 styles, including some with 3/4 sleeves).

    19. A sunny yellow striped off-the shoulder midi with an M-slit detail so you can show off your lovely legs. Yes, they're still lovely, even when they're covered in as many mosquito bites as mine are in the summer.

    A model wearing the tie-waist dress
    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $24.99 (available in sizes 0X-3X and in two colors).

    20. 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 38 styles).

    21. 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 $17.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 41 colors and prints).

    22. An absolutely ~jawsome~ shark-print skater dress you'll want to sink your teeth into during Shark Week and the rest of the year, too.,

    Promising review: "This print is so fun. I'm in love with it. I've bought 11 of the skater and sleeveless dresses from this brand so far, and they are incredible. I wear a 3X-4X in most brands, but friends told me to go up a size for my large bust. I did that, and the fit is perfect. These dresses look so simple, but the cut is magic. They are incredibly flattering. I have friends of all shapes, sizes, and heights, and nearly everyone raves about these. The quality is really good. I was wary of the polyester/spandex mix, but it's breathable, super-comfortable, and soft. I can't get over all the prints. I love alternative looks, and it's so hard for plus-size folks to find cute clothes that aren't frumpy or ill-cut. These are fun and flattering, and I will be buying more styles." —Rachel S Runyan

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes S-5X and in 18 prints).

    23. A bright grid-print midi dress in the perfect hue to match the bluest of summer skies.

    A reviewer wearing the short-sleeve dress printed with white lines and with a button detail on the bodice

    Get it from ModCloth for $79 (available in UK sizes 4-22).

    24. 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 $18.09+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 18 colors and prints).

    25. 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: "The PERFECT dress! I had a big annual meeting coming up and didn't have time to go shopping before I left, so I ordered this dress and OMG. I get compliments on it every time I wear it. The material really is sturdy and doesn't feel cheap at all! I want it in every color!" —Katie

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes S-3X and in 35 prints).

    26. 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 $34.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 23 prints).

    27. A cute tunic dress with breezy crocheted sleeves that are a ~sheer~ delight., Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this dress! It's the perfect summer dress. I threw this on for a day full of errands and the lightweight material and open sleeves kept me cool in this hot LA weather!" —TiaAleseWong

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 12 colors).

    28. 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 pink

    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 $23.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in six colors).

    29. A versatile fit-and-flare dress with dramatic ruffled sleeves that works (and wows) so impressively, you may want it in every color.,

    Promising review: "OMG! This is like the best dress I've ever purchased. The style, the material, the design, and the way it hugs my figure are to die for. I cannot believe how cheap this dress was. I purchased the teal and the dark pink and then ordered the royal blue. This is now my favorite dress. I can't wait until my hubby sees me in it. We might never make it to dinner. Lol 😆." —Brooke S

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (available in sizes XS-XL and in 12 colors and prints).

    30. A sexy Sam Edelman one-shoulder number sure to make you the center of attention, but you don't mind. You're ready to ging-ham it up.

    Amazon, Yi Yang/BuzzFeed

    I have this dress and love it! Sam Edelman is known for the fabulous quality of his shoes, but apparently his clothes are just as great. I always know that ordering somewhat fitted/not-stretchy dresses, especially ones with funky necklines, is a big risk. I was FLOORED when this fit like a damn glove. I've never been able to wear a one-shoulder dress casually before. While I enjoy feeling the warm summer breeze on my shoulders in this baby (I rocked it on a date to Central Park and the Met last summer), I've also worn it popped over a tee when it was colder/I needed to be more modest, and I felt confident as heck. It was super true to size for me and I assume it would be for other small-chested folks, but if you're busty you might want to size up!

    Get it from Amazon for $41.96+ (available in sizes 2-14).

    31. 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: "I am OBSESSED with this dress!! At first I thought it was going to be too big and it seems that way when you first put it on, but once it ties it fits amazing. The quality is really good. I haven't felt this happy about a dress in a long time!" —Amanda Ouellette

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 19 colors).

    32. A badass distressed denim mini dress for anyone who misses their ripped boyfriend jeans in the summer and craves the same edgy vibes when it's warm out, too.

    A model in the dress, which has cold-shoulder cut-outs, a high neck, frayed edges, and is intentionally distressed in several places

    10/10 recommend pairing with statement shoes and/or a statement necklace.

    4Twenty4 is a Black-owned boutique!

    Get it from 4Twenty4 for $35 (available in sizes S-L).

    33. A fun striped mini with a funky pleated hemline sure to stand out in a sea of floral sundresses., Amazon

    Promising review: "This piece has become my favorite summer dress ever. I would've never expected it, but it is perfect. It's true-to-size and fits like a glove! It's on the shorter side and it's pretty flowy, so I will have to wear some mini shorts underneath just to be on the safe side. I can't really say anything bad about it. I was certain I would have to wear a cami underneath, but I was wrong; the cut is so perfect that it gives nice cleavage but completely covers the chest area. Very excited to wear it!" —Nikolett Imre

    Get it from Amazon for $24.89+ (available in sizes S-XL and in six colors).

    Now go forth and twirl!


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