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    31 Stylish Summer Dresses You May Want To Buy Before Fall Arrives

    Warning: these beauties are so fabulous they may cause you to gasp aloud.

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    1. A whimsical dinosaur skater dress you will absolutely not be saur-y you bought.,

    Promising review: "This is made much better than other brands of skater dresses I've tried from Amazon. I will buy other prints from CowCow. I get so many compliments on the dinosaur skeleton print whenever I wear it out. I also feel so fun and cute in the dress. I ordered a small (I'm 5'7" and 125 pounds) and it fit perfectly." —Mile High Lover

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes XS-5X and in 36 prints).

    2. A versatile fit-and-flare dress with dramatic ruffled shoulders that works (and wows) everywhere from work to a party and is so great, 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 14 colors and prints).

    3. A statement-making, high-neck lace midi that basically screams, "orange you glad you didn't just opt for your boring old LBD again?"


    Get it from Boohoo for $22 (originally $55, available in sizes 2-12).

    4. An elegant maxi with a jaw-dropping (and comfy) secret — it's actually a romper!!!, Amazon

    Check out more of the best summer dresses you can get on Amazon.

    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 nine prints).

    5. A bold floral maxi that'll literally and figuratively brighten your day every time you put it on.


    Get it from ModCloth for $24.97 (originally $109, available in sizes XXS-4X).

    6. An amazingly affordable tunic dress with gorgeous embellished sleeves that are ~sheerly~ delightful.,

    Promising review: "This was in a BuzzFeed article and I thought I’d give it try. OMG, I’m so glad I did! I wear a pant size 10 and the medium fits perfectly. I got the blue and it’s definitely more of a navy. It’s beautiful." —Ray

    Get it from Amazon for $28.19+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 13 designs).

    7. A drop-dead gorgeous pleated off-the-shoulder dress that'll make you feel so glam, you'll cry tiers of joy., Amazon

    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 eight colors).

    8. A puff-shouldered animal print mini, which may come with the side effect of making you spontaneously belt "WE'RE CHEETAH GIRLS CHEETAH SISTERS" in public.

    Forever 21


    Get it from Forever 21 for $38 (available in sizes 4-10).

    9. 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 $33.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in nine colors).

    10. A sultry, sheer-sleeved mesh mini that's what your '90s kid dreams are made of.

    Nasty Gal

    Get it from Nasty Gal for $16.20 (originally $40, available in sizes 0-10).

    11. An ahh-mazing avocado-print dress for those days when you're feeling more extra than guacamole.

    Unique Vintage

    Get it from Unique Vintage for $54.99 (available in sizes XS-XL and here and sizes 1X-5X here).

    12. A classy lace sheath that looks wayyyy more expensive than it is and that'll make any occasion even more special.


    Promising review: "OMG! What a find. The color is beautiful. I was skeptical because I'm curvy at the hips and dresses tend to be tight in that area, but not this dress — it fit perfectly. I'm 5'7" and around 190 lbs., so I went with an XL. I had no problems with the fit. The hemline hit me right at the knee and the material has a bit of give. If you're looking for a go-to dress, I would recommend this one. I will most likely be purchasing another color. And the price is a bonus!" —MrsHart❤

    Get it from Amazon for $22.08+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 16 styles).

    13. A leopard- and chain-print maxi you could totally wear to some fancy party at a mansion or, you know, your BFF's apartment.


    Get it from Boohoo for $22 (available in sizes 12-20).

    14. A '20s-inspired beaded cocktail dress that'll have you looking and feeling greater than Gatsby.,

    Promising review: "I cannot write enough praise about this dress! I ordered it on Thursday for a '20s-themed wedding I had on Sunday and was STRESSED the whole time about it fitting because I had no backup plan! It arrived in time and FIT PERFECTLY! It's absolutely gorgeous. The beading and detail truly exceeded my expectations for the price. I got so many compliments all night. Highly recommend!!!" —Alexandria Segura

    Get it from Amazon for $42.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in eight colors).

    15. A downright magical corduroy pinafore embroidered with characters from Kiki's Delivery Service guaranteed to ~deliver~ you lots of compliments.

    Hot Topic

    Get it from Hot Topic for $49.90 (available in sizes XS-3X).

    16. A flirty tie-front cutout dress 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 26 colors and prints).

    17. A truly majestic maxi dress with over 2,500 positive reviews and the power of transfiguration — it'll turn you into a walking compliment magnet.,

    The buttons stop around your knee, so the bottom's free to flow dramatically in the 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 to the Biltmore Estate 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 $26.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 25 prints).

    18. An off-the-shoulder polka dot number that's serving me serious modern-day Pretty Woman vibes. And let me tell you — passing this one up would be a big mistake. Huge.


    Get it from Anthropologie for $180 (available in sizes 00-26W and petite sizes 00-16).

    19. 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 here.

    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 36 prints).

    20. A lace-up denim mini so sexy, every pair of jeans you own already has a crush on it.


    Promising review: "I love this dress. I ordered my usual size and it fits perfectly. I paired it with a jean jacket and got many compliments." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.93 (available in sizes XS-XL).

    21. A truly meow-t of this world fit-and-flare printed with kitty astronauts and rocket ships sure to have you feline cute as heck.


    Promising review: "As soon as I saw this print I knew I had to have it! I have quite the collection of kitty-print dresses thanks to ModCloth, and this dress was a perfect addition. It's lightweight enough for summer and will layer well in the winter. Also, as someone who is between sizes, I love when dresses and skirts have an elastic panel in the back." —Zoe

    Get it from ModCloth for $59 (available in sizes XXS-5X and in six prints).

    22. A twirl-ready fringed dress that is ridiculously reminiscent of the dress Taylor Swift wears in the "Delicate" music video and is sure to earn you a ~repuation~ for great style.


    Promising review: "I loved this dress!! I got it for a Taylor Swift concert. It’s a great material and it fits well. The dress is so much fun to dance in!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99+ (available in sizes XS-3X and in four colors).

    23. 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).

    24. A seductive velvet faux-wrap number you should buy ~now~ to get you hype for fall and winter parties ~later~.,

    Promising review: "There are few words to describe this dress. It's absolutely gorgeous! The inside is silky, so it's super comfortable, and it comes to a good length. I'd recommend this dress to everyone." —Amanda Barnes

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes 14W-22W and in seven colors).

    25. An asymmetric, mixed-print midi that actually made me make this face 😲 at my desk just now. GET ON MY BODY.


    Get it from Asos for $125 (available in sizes XS-XL).

    26. A scuba material bell-sleeve dress sure to make you the ~bell~ of any work event or cocktail party.


    Get it from Eloquii for $32.97+ (available in sizes 18-28 and in 11 colors and prints).

    27. A dramatically flowing maxi to make getting dressed for — and standing out at — any outdoor party a ~breeze~., 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 ordered the XL in the 125 cm length and it fits like a dream. 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 S-L in regular and petite fits and L-XXL in regular and tall fits and in 31 styles).

    28. A groovy sequined mini you can wear all year round (with everything from sandals to tights) and dress up or down (with everything from flat boots to sky-high heels).


    Get it from Asos for $119 (available in sizes 0-12).

    29. A comfy swing dress with pockets that's covered in Disney Princess symbols, from castles to crowns to lamps to carriages. This dress is a dream, aka a wish your wardrobe makes.

    Hot Topic

    Get it from Hot Topic for $44.90 (available in sizes XS-3X).

    30. A richly hued maxi you're gonna want (ne)on your body ASAP.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $24.99 (available in sizes S-L and in two colors).

    31. And a stunning purple sequined gown that I am just straight-up drooling over.

    Free People

    Get it from Free People for $300 (available in sizes 0-12).

    Live footage of you freaking out over all these beautiful dresses rn:

    Comedy Central

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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