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    30 Cute Summer Dresses For People Who Only Wear Black

    Because black is an all-year-round, 365 aesthetic.

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    1. A swingy tank dress with cute criss-cross detailing that I see in your near future. Specifically, on you in two days after it arrives. It's so soft, flirty, and affordable...I can't think of any reasons NOT to treat yourself and buy it??

    Promising review: "This is THE most comfortable dress I’ve ever worn. It’s so lightweight and soft, it feels like nothing is on. I didn’t even feel the need to wear a necklace because of the fun neckline. It’s casual enough to throw on for a trip to the store and nice enough to dress up with shoes/jewelry for a date night. It would pair nicely with a cami to provide a little more coverage too. Definitely a win for me." —Sampson

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and four other colors).

    2. A cute (pronounced "kyOOt" in my head) sunflower-embroidered dress with teensy pockets (you need your lip balm, after all) and a Peter Pan collar that'll be ready for all of the summer soirées that come your way. Who said black doesn't suit the season, darling??


    Promising review: "Made of wonderful quality fabric, sewn together beautifully, designed and cut specially for curves, this dress is a dream. It's absolutely the perfect mix of cute and dark, and I'm obsessed. It fits blissfully, drapes perfectly, feels super soft but not flimsy like my fast fashion dresses, and makes me feel babely. I can tell from the weight and construction that it will wash well and last long, which is cool because I might not wear anything else for a while. 🖤"—Lo

    Get it from ModCloth for $27.49 (originally $54.99; available in sizes XXS–4X).

    3. A woven bandeau dress with a bow in front for extra flair and a lil' peek-a-boo area that'll make this the perfect candidate for a classy or casual date. What a stunner you are!


    Reviewers say it runs large, so you might want to size down!

    Promising review: "I love this dress. Fit is great. Perfect date dress. Just enough skin for a tease." —Brandi M.

    Get it from Eloquii for $89.95 (available in sizes 14–28).

    4. A scoop neck darling so dang comfy, you won't ever want to take it off! In fact, I have a solution for you: buy multiple backups or maybe, just maybe, venture into different colors or add a pattern. (I know, I know, it's just a suggestion!!)


    I know the customer photo isn't for a black dress, but just wanted you to have a reference of the fit on an actual person!

    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 XS–XXL and 45 other colors/patterns).

    5. A ruffle-trimmed mini that'll be perfect for dancing the night away at a concert, block party, or chill summer wedding. Simple and cute is the name of the game!

    Forever 21

    Promising review: "Similar to expensive brands like Revolve, and fit really well! Will need to be ironed, but that’s not a problem. Overall, very happy!" —Jamie B.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $12.99 (originally $19.90; available in sizes S–L and gold as well).

    6. A billowy empire waist midi dress for a little bit more coverage, but not ~too much~ because hello, deep neckline and triple-tie back! Start practicing your sashaying!

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $79 (available in sizes XS–L and a floral white pattern as well).

    7. A sleeveless cocktail dress that'll be the epitome of elegance at any wedding or party you grace your presence with — and even though it appears form-fitting, there's plenty of wiggle room so you can eat many, many appetizers.

    Promising review: "This dress is absolutely perfect! I was iffy ordering a dress off of Amazon but I needed one for an elegant night on a cruise ship. I wear medium almost everything and this dress was true to size. It fit perfectly everywhere. I haven't dressed up in a long time and this dress made me feel like a million bucks! I wore it two different nights and it never wrinkled. It was extremely comfortable." —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 13 other colors).

    8. A fitting but stretchy midi with adjustable crisscross back straps for a lewk that'll surely turn some heads and garner a endless stream of compliments. Sorry to all hosts in advance 'cause your outfit will be the talk of the party.

    Free People

    Promising review: "I wore this to a wedding and the compliments on the dress kept coming the whole evening! Pretty form-fitting, but the ribbed fabric is pretty forgiving and super comfortable. Love that you can tighten or loosen the rope in back to your own comfort level. Love! This! Dress!" —kwaller

    Get it from Free People for $78 (available in sizes XS–XL and terracotta as well).

    9. A cold-shoulder ruffle midi that'll keep you cool and breezy with its silky material, even as you figuratively dial up the temperature with this hot, hot, hot number.


    Get it from Walmart for $34.50 (available in sizes XS–XXXL).

    10. A cute-with-a-hint-of-sexy tie-front dress that'll put a spin on all of your regular spaghetti strap numbers. You'll be the IRL version of the 😍 emoji whenever you catch yourself in a mirror, storefront window, etc. Go ahead, stop and stare!


    Note: Reviewers say that wearing a regular bra with this dress won't really work, but adhesive bras and double-sided fashion tape might help. Otherwise, just tying the bow tightly and going bra-less seems to work for some people — the material is thick enough so that it's not see-through.

    Promising review: "Super cute and great style for the price. May take a couple times to tie a pretty bow and get ‘everything’ where it needs to be, but the tie is generous for larger busts and the smocked back allows for less or more stretch depending on bust size, so that’s a plus! Really cute and comfortable to wear. You could easily pair with a lace sports bra for more modesty or a bandeau style top even." —J. Rice

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 23 other colors/patterns).

    11. A sleeveless bodycon dress that'll be just as versatile as your sense of style. You can wear it to just about any occasion, plus it's super easy to layer under a jacket or cardigan if you want more coverage but still super stunning on its own. Proof below.

    Promising review: "I NEVER write reviews, but this dress is worth the review! The fit is so flattering! I’m a month post-postpartum and it doesn’t even look that way when I’m in this dress. The way the dress is made is so perfect and the material is better than what I was expecting. It has the fitted look that I wanted! It’s definitely worth every penny!" —Patty Cunningham

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and six other colors).

    12. A cold-shoulder maxi with fluttery sleeves, butter-soft jersey knit, POCKETS, and a darling self-tie scoop back you'll wear to sidewalk/patio brunch way too many times this summer — and that's totally ok! This dress exists at the intersection of comfiness and stylishness, so you'd be silly not to wear it all the time!

    Lane Bryant

    Promising review: "This is now my favorite find of the season. The cut is flattering, the fabric is lightweight and SOFT and not clingy, the neckline is not too high or low, and the tie in the back adds a little feminine touch. Paired with a necklace and cute sandals, it's adorable." —beckseasalt

    Get it from Lane Bryant for $59.95 (available in sizes 14/16–26/28).

    13. A button-up bodycon dress that'll step up your everyday outfit without doing the most. Talk about a classic look to wear on repeat!


    Promising review: "This is my new favorite work dress! Even though I bought it in regular, it’s stretchy enough to cover my butt when I bend over! (I normally only buy dresses in tall sizes.) Black is perfect to dress up or down. Looks great with a boyfriend cardigan!" —Molly

    Get it from Abercrombie for $36 (originally $48; available in sizes XXS–XL in petite, regular, and tall, and two other colors).

    14. A pockets-included tank dress to keep you cool, chic, and twirling all summer long. Plus, this is the perfect number to show off your gorgeous lacy bralettes from the low-cut sides!


    Again, I know the second photo isn't a black dress, but it helps to see a real-life customer wearing it! And she even accented it with a belt — cuuute!

    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 $14.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 19 other colors).

    15. A flowy wrap midi crafted from Japanese GoWeave fabric, which is light, drapey, and wrinkle-resistant — so yeah, I think this bb is already on its way to earning top spot in your closet for those reasons alone! 👏👏👏


    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 and three other colors).

    16. A cute-as-a-button maxi dress for that "legs for days" factor and to properly acquaint your sun-deprived legs with some needed Vitamin D.


    Heads up: reviewers say it's a little see-through, so go with black undergarments, boy shorts, Spanx, a slip, or something similar if you're worried about that. Otherwise, it could be a very cute beach coverup!

    Promising review: "I loved this way more than I thought I would. The fabric is almost sweater like and ribbed, but quite thin. Certainly cool enough for summer. It is stretchy and hugs curves. The length is nice too. I found boyshorts work best underneath." —samanthann92

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 12 other colors).

    17. A super affordable, casual high-neck midi for a fitted look that's not too snug, because what do we hate more than clingy/sticky clothes? Nothing.


    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–XL and 19 other colors).

    18. A smocked button-down midi that'll look positively ~thriving~ IRL and on Instagram when paired with a oversized straw hat and a berry picking farm in the background. And it has pockets!!


    Promising review: "This dress is absolutely flattering on any body type! I’m super pregnant right now and nothing feels or looks good on me but this dress has me feeling beautiful! It’s so comfy and cute, you’ll never want to stop wearing it." —Val1234

    Get it from Aerie for $34.96 (originally $49.95; available in sizes XXS–XXL and seven other colors).

    19. A flirty one-shoulder cocktail dress with sturdier-than-expected material that'll hug big and small busts just right (aka you won't feel tight and squished). Cheers to looking classy and feeling comfortable!

    Promising review: "When I saw the stock photo of this dress on the model, I ordered it and said, "Well, we'll see! Haha!" But the minute I tried it on, I was so happy with it! I needed something kinda dressy but kinda casual/comfortable for an anniversary trip, and this was perfect. It's a stretchy material, so it hugged all the right places. I have a very small bust, so with the fabric flap, I was able to go braless which was a huge plus. I received so many compliments on it. Great buy for the price." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 10 other colors).

    20. A casual scoop-neck tank dress so your arms and pits can roam free as can be on those humid-as-heck days!!! And it has a full, swingy skirt you'll want to spin and dance all day in, even if you're in the checkout line at your local grocery store.


    Promising review: "The top is a little sheer but the overall look of this dress is SO fantastic and so soft and comfy and flattering at the same time that I can live with it. Trust me. You want to have this dress!" —TraciJD

    Get it from Nordstrom for $98 (available in sizes XS–XL and two other colors).

    21. A darling bell-sleeved shift mini that'll be the very first thing you pack for your next vacation. It's just the right combination of breezy, beautiful, and cover-worthy!


    Promising review: "Super cute and quality material! The color is exactly as pictured. I love the bell sleeves and length of dress is good. The V-neck is a little higher than what it appears to be on the model, but I was happy with that. The dress is nice and flowy but also super cute if you add a belt to accentuate your waist. I’ve worn it both ways! It was true to size; just follow your measurements on the size chart." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 15 other colors).

    22. An overall-inspired sundress with pockets for all of the sunshine you'll collect while strolling over to the farmer's market on a lazy Sunday morning — just add sunnies, an empty tote bag, and strappy sandals for instant chicness!


    Get it from Asos for $45 (available in sizes 12–26).

    23. A gorgeous lacy, semi-sheer midi that'll make you feel like a ~starlet~ the moment you put it on. "Oh my stars!" your fans (friends) will say as you glide down the red carpet (the hallway).


    Get it from ModCloth for $62.97 (originally $155; available in sizes 4–12).

    24. A cold-shoulder skater dress you needed yesterday — literally, because you spent 30 minutes trying to figure out what the heck to wear! This is your answer!

    Promising review: "For the price, you really can’t ask for better. I bought this dress to get some portraits done professionally, and it photographed BEAUTIFULLY. I typically wear a small, but since the fabric is stretchy, I saw that some reviews recommended sizing down. It feels very nice and soft, the skirt is very twirly and flares out beautifully, and the sleeves aren’t too tight or too large. I would absolutely order more dresses from this brand — this feels and looks SO much more expensive than it is! No fraying seams or anything, just absolutely perfect." —Mallory B.

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and six other colors).

    25. An airy pleated trapeze dress that'll twirl perfectly to the symphony of happy summer sounds as you sashay down the boardwalk. And it has cute gold sequin trimming, because your clothes should shine as bright as you!


    Promising review: "I bought this as a special birthday present for myself and I could not be happier! I am very picky with dresses since the way the waist hits or the neckline can really make me look frumpy, but this dress is so flattering! The trapeze style gradually flares out, skimming over my curves but not clinging to them. The detail is adorable and can be dressed up or down. Love the material and the fact it is lined to make sure it's not see-through. If you are on the fence, go for it!" —AROSE87

    Get it from Torrid for $42.18 (available in sizes 00–6).

    26. A darlin' faux-wrap sundress with white contrast trim for an effortless chic getup that'll make you want to host a garden party ASAP.


    Get it from Nordstrom for $89 (available in petite sizes XXS–XL and regular sizes XS–XXL, as well as yellow).

    27. A chic blazer dress that'll be a surprisingly versatile closet staple for ya — it can be worn to work, a night out, and as a dress *or* long vest. And it has pockets to keep track of all your essentials, because you RUN this world.


    Promising review: "Awesome dress! I wear this at work with my brown equestrian flat boots or ballerina flats, but it's also perfect for a night out with high heels! It can also be worn easily open (as a long vest); personally I love it with leather pants and a blouse. No matter how I wear it, everyone points out how sexy it is, regardless of how many ( many!) times I've worn it! I only replaced the golden buttons with black ones but that was particular to my own taste; the ones it comes with were perfectly fine. Such a good purchase." —Anna Dalivigka

    Get it from Revolve for $70 (available in sizes XXS–L).

    28. An off-the-shoulder lace shift dress with floral cutouts that'll probably make you fall in love with yourself, tbh, so this is your cue to take yourself on a cute summer date! The best kind of date!!


    Promising review: "Super cute summer dress! The fabric is very different than your regular plain fabric — it has a texture to it, which makes it more special. Also the great thing about the off-the-shoulder part of this dress is that it doesn't ride all the way up like many off-shoulder tops and dresses do — it rides up just a little, but it won’t slide up all the way up. The dress is designed to be a little loose, but it will look good with a matching belt too if you want a different look. I’m actually very impressed with the quality. It’s not see-through." —coki

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in sizes S–XL and three other colors).

    29. A casual side-slit maxi dress for a quick n' easy "put-together" look when you'd much rather be lounging around in your PJs. Yeah, this dress is THAT soft and snug. But! It can be easily dressed up with snazzy accessories and shoes.

    Promising review: "I'm 4'9" and this is the PERFECT maxi dress on me. I've never been able to get in on the trend until now. The dress itself is very comfortable and chic. (Read: you look put together while feeling like you have a sweatshirt on.) The slit is a little bit on the high side for an everyday dress (especially when sitting, you must be careful), but you should still order it." —Megan Hillman

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and three other colors).

    30. An open-shoulder A-line number that'll attract lots of compliments, so just be prepared to say "thank you" over and over again. I know, it's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it!


    Promising review: "I wore this to a wedding and everyone loved it! I wore it with silver sparkly heels and a silver clutch. I felt very Cinderella. The dress is so flattering for someone with a large bust! I suggest it to anyone looking for a special event dress." —Jo

    Get it from Amazon for $42.01+ (available in sizes XS–XL and three other colors).

    Aaaaand the Morticia Addams GIF you probably saw coming from a mile away:

    Filmways / ABC

    The reviews used in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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