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29 Cute Summer Dresses For People Who Only Wear Black

Seasonal changes will not make me change my color palette, k.

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1. A button-down linen shift dress with billowy sleeves that won't leave your body stuffy or panting for air — you know, the ideal situation.

Promising review: "Loved this dress. Super comfortable — the linen material makes it light and airy." –Kathleen WuGet it from Nordstrom for $60 (available in sizes 2-12). Also available in a spaghetti-strap version for $30 in the same sizes.
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Promising review: "Loved this dress. Super comfortable — the linen material makes it light and airy." –Kathleen Wu

Get it from Nordstrom for $60 (available in sizes 2-12). Also available in a spaghetti-strap version for $30 in the same sizes.

2. A ruffled trapeze dress that's just as relaxed as your mood should be alllll summer long. "Kick back and chill," the dress would say...if it could talk.

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Promising review: "I am wearing this dress today in my normal size, at nine-months pregnant! I originally purchased it because I thought it would be cute on my postpartum summer bod, and because it seems easy to slip off the top for breastfeeding. My original thoughts were all correct, plus I can enjoy it before the baby as well! It's definitely worth more than what I paid for it! I think I'm going to order another one as well!" —alichamb

Get it from Old Navy for $24 (available in sizes XS-XL, and regular, tall, and petite lengths).

3. A simple but chic tie-sleeve skater dress for the ~chillest~ of hangs — and it'll actually keep you ~cool~ too.

Promising review: "Think about a perfect black dress...this is it. It is comfortable, made of a light fabric, and the length is perfect. Perfect dress to wear to a family gathering or night out with your friends." —Gabriela Get it from Abercrombie for $14.40 (available in sizes XXS-XL).
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Promising review: "Think about a perfect black dress...this is it. It is comfortable, made of a light fabric, and the length is perfect. Perfect dress to wear to a family gathering or night out with your friends." —Gabriela

Get it from Abercrombie for $14.40 (available in sizes XXS-XL).

4. A super affordable and casual high-neck midi that's fitted, but not *too* snug — so there's still plenty of breathing room, yay!

Promising review: "Love this dress! So comfortable. I ran into another girl with a different body type wearing it, and she looked just as fab. And you can't beat the price!" —B.Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and 3X).
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Promising review: "Love this dress! So comfortable. I ran into another girl with a different body type wearing it, and she looked just as fab. And you can't beat the price!" —B.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and 3X).

5. A casual wrap midi crafted from Japanese GoWeave fabric, which is light, drapey, and wrinkle-resistant. 👏👏👏

Promising review: "This was my first purchase from Everlane after almost a year of dreaming about buying their products, so my expectations were quite high. I'm happy to say that this dress not only met them, but exceeded them! The material feels so expensive and flowy, and I really feel comfortable and chic in it. Definitely recommend it as a true summer staple!" —Renn KarGet it from Everlane for $100 (available in sizes 00-16).
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Promising review: "This was my first purchase from Everlane after almost a year of dreaming about buying their products, so my expectations were quite high. I'm happy to say that this dress not only met them, but exceeded them! The material feels so expensive and flowy, and I really feel comfortable and chic in it. Definitely recommend it as a true summer staple!" —Renn Kar

Get it from Everlane for $100 (available in sizes 00-16).

6. A dreamy eyelet dress that's ready to go on a string of super cute dates, so grab your bae and off you go!

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Promising review: "It’s absolutely beautiful and super comfortable. You can dress it up or wear it as a coverup at the beach. 10/10 recommend!" —tinao

Get it from Free People or Nordstrom for $128 (available in sizes XXS-XL).

7. A floaty midi with white piping ready for any summer soirée that comes your way.

Promising review: "It hits in all the right places and can be worn up or down, and it's the perfect canvas for summer statement jewelry. Really happy I purchased it. I see it having a long, happy life." —winenshineGet it from ModCloth for $69 (available in sizes 4-14).
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Promising review: "It hits in all the right places and can be worn up or down, and it's the perfect canvas for summer statement jewelry. Really happy I purchased it. I see it having a long, happy life." —winenshine

Get it from ModCloth for $69 (available in sizes 4-14).

8. A scoop neck darling you might want to buy multiples of — since it's so comfy you won't ever want to take it off!

Promising review: "Cute and versatile dress. It has quite a bit of stretch. It lays nicely and has enough weight to have a pretty swish to the skirt portion when walking." —Valerie F.Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL).
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Promising review: "Cute and versatile dress. It has quite a bit of stretch. It lays nicely and has enough weight to have a pretty swish to the skirt portion when walking." —Valerie F.

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL).

9. A shoulder-baring lace and ruffle number that won't be humble when it comes to accepting compliments — "Yes, yes, keep going please."

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Promising review: "I'm 5'4, size 12/14, F cup bust, hourglass figure — bought a size 14 and it fits great, though I could have worn a size 12. This dress looks so fancy and dressy, which is perfect for summer events such as graduations, weddings, etc., yet it can be worn to casual events as well." —TexasGirlJenny12370

Get it from Lane Bryant for $49.97 (available in sizes 12-28).

10. A soft deep-v maxi you can wear any way you like — halter, tube, spaghetti strap, off-the-shoulder, etc., because we love variety, yes we do!

Promising review: "Oh my, I would buy this dress again and again. Everyone loved it and it was beautiful for my engagement photos. I would buy it in every color." —Erin LinitzGet it from Amazon for $15.59+ (available in sizes S-XL).
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Promising review: "Oh my, I would buy this dress again and again. Everyone loved it and it was beautiful for my engagement photos. I would buy it in every color." —Erin Linitz

Get it from Amazon for $15.59+ (available in sizes S-XL).

11. A ruffle-trimmed mini that's simple yet makes a statement — the sweet spot of your summer wardrobe.

Get it from Forever 21 for $19.90 (available in sizes S-L).
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Get it from Forever 21 for $19.90 (available in sizes S-L).

12. A casual corset dress that's probably like nothing you already have in your closet.

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Get the first one from Eloquii for $59.90 (available in sizes 14-28) and the second one from Nordstrom for $45 (available in sizes S-L).

13. A loosey-goosey maxi with a caged neckline and high-low hem that amps up your everyday-weekend-brunch-errands-drinks ensemble just a few notches.

Promising review: "You can dress it up or down. Wore it to a wedding anniversary and got lots of compliments. I love the way it fits." —FloweeGet it from Lane Bryant for $79.95 (available in sizes 14/16-26/28).
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Promising review: "You can dress it up or down. Wore it to a wedding anniversary and got lots of compliments. I love the way it fits." —Flowee

Get it from Lane Bryant for $79.95 (available in sizes 14/16-26/28).

14. A swoopy tank dress to keep you cool and chic all summer long. Keep calm and keep swinging, as they say.

Promising review: "This dress is perfect. It's so soft that after a night out, I just kept it on as pajamas. It's great by itself or with a belt and cardigan, but the armholes are big and expose the bra, so be aware of that. It's great to wear on a nice summer day out, a night out, or at work. I'm 5'3" and it comes a few inches above the knee. The pockets are well-hidden and very useful." —JessicaGet it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL).
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Promising review: "This dress is perfect. It's so soft that after a night out, I just kept it on as pajamas. It's great by itself or with a belt and cardigan, but the armholes are big and expose the bra, so be aware of that. It's great to wear on a nice summer day out, a night out, or at work. I'm 5'3" and it comes a few inches above the knee. The pockets are well-hidden and very useful." —Jessica

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL).

15. A one-strap mini that's not here to play around — well, unless you bring portable speakers, a killer playlist, and snacks. Then it comes to life.

Get it from Topshop for $30 (available in sizes 0-12).
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Get it from Topshop for $30 (available in sizes 0-12).

16. A darling buttoned linen mini perfect for lounging around in parks or taking ferry rides around the harbor, or even as a swimsuit coverup — so get planning!

Promising review: "Wore this to my junior prom and it was the perfect dress! Can be dressed up or down, so it's super versatile. Can't wait to wear this in the summer! Got so many compliments on it, even from strangers!" —Lily WangGet it from Urban Outfitters for $79 (available in sizes XS-XL).
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Promising review: "Wore this to my junior prom and it was the perfect dress! Can be dressed up or down, so it's super versatile. Can't wait to wear this in the summer! Got so many compliments on it, even from strangers!" —Lily Wang

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $79 (available in sizes XS-XL).

17. A knotted t-shirt dress whose favorite game is "peek-a-boo" for obvious reasons — and it's perfect for showing off your longline bralettes.

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Promising review: "I’m 5’7, 160 pounds with an athletic build and long torso. It’s hard for me to find dresses that aren’t too short because of my long torso, and this dress length is perfect! The material is so soft, light and comfy." —Taylor

Get it from Aerie for $26.21 (available in sizes XXS-XXL).

18. An airy chiffon dress that floats perfectly to the symphony of summer sounds as you sashay to and fro.

Promising review: "This dress is the perfect mix of sweet, sexy, and classy! I love the flowy feel! I wish I could wear this dress every day." —echuffmanGet it from Torrid for $64.90 (available in sizes 10-30).
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Promising review: "This dress is the perfect mix of sweet, sexy, and classy! I love the flowy feel! I wish I could wear this dress every day." —echuffman

Get it from Torrid for $64.90 (available in sizes 10-30).

19. An open-shoulder number known to attract lots of compliments – I'm just stating the facts here.

Promising review: "I wore this to a wedding and everyone loved it! I wore it mine with silver sparkly heels and a silver clutch. Everyone loved it! I felt very Cinderella." —JoGet it from Amazon for $59+ (available in sizes XS-XL).
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Promising review: "I wore this to a wedding and everyone loved it! I wore it mine with silver sparkly heels and a silver clutch. Everyone loved it! I felt very Cinderella." —Jo

Get it from Amazon for $59+ (available in sizes XS-XL).

20. A luxe satin slip with only one thing on its agenda: keep things hot, hot, hot.

Get it from Eggie for $40.60 (available in sizes XS and M-XL).
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Get it from Eggie for $40.60 (available in sizes XS and M-XL).

21. A dainty mesh lace mini that nips at the waist and gently flows over the rest of your body — it's summer perfection, really.

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Promising review: "Perfect fit and lightweight — loved how this dress flows. Snug fit at waist. Great to dress up with some heels or wear casually with sandals." —Sandy C.

Get it from Abercrombie for $40.80 (available in sizes XXS-XL).

22. A boat neck stunner whose special power is holding onto people's attention for an absurd amount of time — cause I mean, where else would their attention be anyways?

Get it from Asos for $51 (available in sizes 14-24).
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Get it from Asos for $51 (available in sizes 14-24).

23. A ruffle-sleeved eyelet number that screams, "Give me picnics in the park or give me...garden parties!"

Promising review: "This dress is perfect for summer — I love the color and the fit! I would recommend sizing up one size. Love the ruffle sleeves too. It can be dressed up or down with a jean jacket as well! Love it!" —RuffleteeGet it from Nordstrom for $103.60+ (available in sizes 00-16 and 0P-12P).
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Promising review: "This dress is perfect for summer — I love the color and the fit! I would recommend sizing up one size. Love the ruffle sleeves too. It can be dressed up or down with a jean jacket as well! Love it!" —Ruffletee

Get it from Nordstrom for $103.60+ (available in sizes 00-16 and 0P-12P).

24. A crochet cut-out maxi for the breezy vintage charm currently missing from your life — you'll thank us later.

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Get it from Nordstrom for $85 (available in sizes 0X-4X).

25. A cute-as-a-button maxi dress that likes to show some leg, simply because it feels like it.

Promising review: "A little big, but I love love the fabric — it's super soft and comfy. It's one of my favorite things to wear." —Mrs. BeaulieuGet it from Amazon for $15.49+ (available in sizes XS-XXL).
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Promising review: "A little big, but I love love the fabric — it's super soft and comfy. It's one of my favorite things to wear." —Mrs. Beaulieu

Get it from Amazon for $15.49+ (available in sizes XS-XXL).

26. A classic ruffle swinger so you're ready to sip evening cocktails at all of the hottest rooftop joints all season long.

Get it from J.Crew Factory for $42 (available in sizes 00-20).
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Get it from J.Crew Factory for $42 (available in sizes 00-20).

27. A mesh checkered number guaranteed to score you a checkmate — maybe even multiple, if you play your turns right.

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Get it from Walmart for $36.75 (available in sizes 2-10).

28. An off-shoulder wrap dress for a sophisticated ensemble that's still a ~looker~ — also perfect for festivities that go late into the night and the accompanying dip in temperature.

Get it from Boohoo for $50 (available in sizes 2-10).
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Get it from Boohoo for $50 (available in sizes 2-10).

29. A swingy tank dress made for ~easy living~ — just try it out, trust me.

Promising review: "Super comfy dress! The material is kind of like cotton, but it's a little bit more structured, so it feels like really comfy-like cotton but it doesn’t have the problems of a regular cotton dress like being see-through." —Savvy LiteratiGet it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL).
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Promising review: "Super comfy dress! The material is kind of like cotton, but it's a little bit more structured, so it feels like really comfy-like cotton but it doesn’t have the problems of a regular cotton dress like being see-through." —Savvy Literati

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL).

Now you're ready to slay like Rihanna:

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