33 Summer Dresses You’ll Probably Want To Buy *Now*

My limbs are ready to break free from leggings and sweaters, honestly.

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A halter neck polka dot dress serving major “Blair Waldorf attends a wedding” vibes. All we’ll have to do is conjure up a penthouse apartment and a partnership with Chuck Bass to make the identity official.,

Promising review: “This purchase completely exceeded my expectations. Dress is well made and SOFT. It’s also has a slip underneath, which is awesome, no fear of undies showing! Waist is elastic. Comes with a detachable belt so it can be worn with or without.” —MsMGR

Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 28 colors).


A spaghetti strap bodycon that makes the word ~swanky~ come to mind. Essentially, an addition like this to your summer wardrobe has the same energy as popping champagne or munching on caviar.

Promising review: “OK so to be completely honest, when I received this dress and unpacked it I was extremely disappointed. The fabric was really thin and it seems like the quality was not good at all. I had every intention of returning it. But for some reason, I decided why not? Let me go ahead and try it on and see how it fits. I could not be happier. This dress hugs your curves in the best way. Do not be discouraged at how thin the material is when you first open it. It is definitely a dress that you have to put on to truly see how amazing it is. I am soooo happy that I decided to go ahead and try it on anyway. You NEED this dress in your life. I’m ordering the other colors immediately.” —Jane Domino

Get it from Amazon for $18.88+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 12 colors).


A V-neck embroidered maxi I’d like to wear on a bike ride through the Italian countryside. That probably won’t be happening anytime soon but I’m going to add this to my shopping cart in the name of hope.,

Promising review: “This dress FAR exceeded expectations. It fit absolutely perfectly and the material is substantial. I think it’s about the same quality you would find in many Anthro dresses. I got the gorgeous yellow color and it’s the perfect transition from summer to fall with a little chambray shirt or sweater.” —Rebecca Stubbs

Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in sizes 0-12 and in nine colors).


A leopard print slip dress designed with adjustable straps — because following the year that must not be named, the last thing we want to deal with while *finally* getting some sunshine is the nuisance of too loose, perpetually falling spaghetti noodles on your shoulders.

Lucy Paris

Lucy Paris is a small fashion biz founded in 2003 that takes style inspo from the cities of New York, Los Angeles, and Paris — the trifecta in my humble opinion.

Get it from Lucy Paris for $52 (available in sizes XS-L).


A tie-front mini dress that’s essentially an easy way to look trendy without having to put in even a sprinkle of effort. It’s an extended version of your favorite tee with an adjustable cutout that gives it the guise of being fancy.


Get it from Nordstrom for $29 (available in sizes XXS-XL).


A high-low ruffle dress about to become your plus one for all 97 of the weddings you RSVP’ed to, each one that was cancelled and rescheduled for this upcoming summer. We hope you enjoy every single cocktail and Venetian hour to the fullest.


Get it from Lulus for $88 (available in sizes XS-XL and in seven colors).


A sleeveless T-shirt dress to replace the leggings you’ve been wearing since, oh, last October. This equally comfortable option won’t retain humidity and allows your limbs to feel some breeze.

Promising review: “I order a lot of dresses of this type and by far, this is the best brand when It comes to consistent quality. The fabric is light enough to be comfortable in the hot Arizona sun but not see-through. The finish work is great, there are pockets, and the drape of the fabric is just right . Perfect with sandals or flip flops and a big hat. I love this dress and plan to order it in more colors.” —Gaye Levy

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 31 colors).


A ruffled V-neck mini you’ll find yourself gravitating toward for any occasion. It all lies in the power of shoe choice: Pair this with heels for tasting course dinners in which you leave starving, and sneakers for that ~aesthetic~ coffee shop you found on Instagram.,

Promising review: “This dress is an absolute must have! I wore the white with some sneakers and carried a leather mini backpack and got compliments all night while being SO comfortable. It is lined and I wore it without a bra with no issues. Loved it so much that I ordered the black too. The perfect effortless summer dress with so many styling options. Cannot recommend highly enough!” —Bridget C.

Get it from Amazon for $23.90+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 34 colors).


A striped cap sleeve midi meant for frolicking in gardens ripe with tomatoes, tulips, lots of citrus, and potentially forest animals. I highly recommend wearing this in your studio apartment to trick yourself into the idea that your life is “cottagecore.” It hurts.

Promising review: “This summer dress is a must have! I must have worn it at least once a week all summer long. It’s so comfortable and the material is breathable.. even on humid days. The pockets are ideal and the flutter cap sleeves couldn’t be cuter. I wore it with white sneakers, sandals and espadrilles so it’s very versatile. Looking forward to pulling it out of the closet next summer.” —Nikki Scott

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes 4-10 and in four colors).


A floral mini dress best accessorized with cat eye sunglasses and combat boots. And if you prefer fall to summer (a ~hot~ take I feel personally), hear me out: a leather jacket over the below while apple picking. That’s all.


Get it from Missguided for $22 (originally $45, available in sizes 0-14 and two colors).


A slip dress because life’s too short to deny your passion for tie-dye. Hop on the trend train, folks. Your wardrobe could use a break from the sea of heather gray, dark navy, and black.


Get it from AFRM or Nordstrom for $78 (available in sizes XS-3X and in six colors).


A lantern sleeve mini voted most likely to be worn by royalty because yes, absolutely, a Disney Princess would wear the below if their kingdoms were real and thriving in 2021.

Promising review: “This dress is SOOOO adorable. Absolutely in love. Gives very old fashioned feels and I’m all for it! I got the light blue and I’m definitely buying in more colors. Worth every penny.” —Olivia

Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in nine colors).


An A-line cami dress sure to be the ~cherry on top~ of your summer wardrobe — and if you hate puns, I’m truly sorry, I am who I am.

Promising review: “I LOVE this dress. I wish they had it in more colors! It’s one of my favorite traveling dresses because it is so incredibly lightweight and takes up no room in my bag. I always get compliments when wearing it!” —Susie

Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in eight colors).


A strapless floral maxi that feels like it should come with an all-inclusive resort package because, wow, this is a vacation dress if I ever did see one. Slipping this on will make afternoon Zoom calls feel as if they’re taking place somewhere tropical.,

Promising review: “Love this dress! It is comfortable and well made. Being strapless there’s always a concern that it will slip down but I did not have that issue at all. I received so many compliments! Highly recommend!” —Lisa Marram-Haug

Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 23 colors).


A ruched bodycon dubbed the ~domino~ dress, which is ironic because I intend on playing zero games when it comes to adding this to my shopping cart. It’s already in there. And by the way, the fabric is 100% cotton (aka won’t fall apart after exactly one wash).

Lisa Says Gah

Lisa Says Gah is a woman-owned clothing brand that focuses on unique designs and one-of-a-kind pieces — the result is fashion that feels entirely your own.

Get it from Lisa Says Gah for $133 (available in sizes XS-XL).


A smocked-waist mini featuring puff sleeves, a square neck, and a floral print best described as divine. There is a 100% chance of this motivating me to actually take a stroll through the park — if only for an excuse to wear this whilst out and about.


Get it from Nordstrom for $39 (available in sizes XXS-3X).


A bodycon mini with a strappy back with two massive perks: not only does it look like a guaranteed 400,000 followers on Instagram (you blogger you), but the adjustable ties allow you to customize your perfect fit. No trip to the seamstress required.

Promising review: “I bought this dress for a bachelorette party and absolutely love it! The quality is amazing for the price. It’s lined so you don’t have to worry about seeing through it. ” —LeAnn Foral

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes 00-16 and in 31 colors and styles).


A woven wrap dress ideal for strolls in the park or fancy weddings for inexplicably wealthy distant cousins. How I feel about outfits that boast versatility: yeehaw.


Get it from Boohoo for $16 (originally $40, available in sizes 12-24 and three colors).


A mini dress featuring a cutout design for the allure of “I matched a top and bottom this morning” without having to actually, well, match anything.

Promising review: “I LOVE THIS DRESSSSS. It’s so cute, isn’t see-through, and I get so many compliments on it.” —Yoselin Arevalo

Get it for Amazon for $5.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 18 colors).


A square-neck maxi with ::drumroll please:: a built-in bra that means you won’t have to slip on the pretty-but-not-comfortable lace bralette before heading out the door for errands.


Get it from Soma for $99 (available in sizes XS-XXL).


A swimsuit coverup dress that can 1000% be worn as a top with high-waisted denim, to boot.

Promising review: “This is even cuter in person. Well made, good fabric, and very versatile. I wear it as a beach coverup or tie it at the waist to wear with jeans, and it would also look good with leggings.” —Angela White

Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes one size fits some and 20 colors).


A cutout maxi I fully intend on wearing whilst padding around my 400-square foot living room, a sneaky way to trick my mind into thinking I’m yachting in the Mediterranean instead of….working from my couch.,

Wow I already feel my blue light headache disappearing.

Promising review: “HELLO BEAUTIFUL! Wow this dress is absolutely beautiful! Material is on the thinner side but perfect for a night out in the summer! Planning to wear this to my trip to Mexico! It fits as expected, and the back is self-tie and adjustable to your liking. The dress has slits on both sides, but not super high.” —Jackie Ruiz

Get it from Amazon for $30.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in six colors).


An off-shoulder mini with a scallop hem that strikes me as the kind of dress I’ll be wearing to a point that extends beyond “outfit repeating.” Kate Sanders, what would you think of me?

Promising review: “Honestly? This is my favorite dress! I bought it for my trip and I’m in LOVE with the fit! It is absolutely perfect.” —Annette Prieto

Get it from Amazon for $15.50+ (available in sizes 0X-4X and in 17 colors).


A cutout back maxi described by one reviewer as “literally perfect” which means that hello and bonjour, I am absolutely adding this to my cart. I, too, would like literal perfection in my wardrobe.

Promising review: “This dress is literally PERFECT! It’s high-class yet casual. The material is thin which is nice because it fits really well and since it’s a maxi dress, it doesn’t get too hot. The straps are not adjustable but the tie in the back allows you to make the dress as tight or as loose as you need it at the top, in order for it to fit your body perfectly… not to mention the tie makes it so cute! I also love the open back. I don’t wear a bra when I wear this dress because you’d see it though the open back, but the tie allows me to adjust it right enough that I feel supported. The slit on the side is my favorite part.” —Aimee

Get it from Amazon for $31.99 (available in sizes XS-XL).


A cowl neck mini dress available in a rich satin fabric that looks like one trillion dollars, but thankfully does not…actually cost one trillion dollars.

Nasty Gal

Get it from Nasty Gal for $30 (originally $60, available in sizes 0-10 and in 10 colors).


A high-neck bodycon dress available in neutral colors that are perfect for daily wear, plus you can choose between three sleeve options: long, cap, or sleeveless. The latter is wonderful if you’re feeling ready to let it all ~air out~.

Promising review: “Absolutely gorgeous. True to color, relatively thick/durable fabric, and a great fit. Not sheer at all. Very comfortable and it has some stretch.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 13 colors).


A cami maxi featuring tie straps so you can adjust the fit of this snazzy ensemble to your liking. Designed with a fitted top and tiered bottom, prepare to feel like a Pinterest fashion board embodied with every wear., Amazon

Promising review: “Such a cute and comfy dress! It has a fun flow to the bottom of it and the ties for straps add an extra dose of fabulous.” —Kelsey Krucker

Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in four colors).


A trumpet sleeve swing dress I have every intention of wearing at least four days a week for the next few months. Perfect as a swimsuit coverup or sported on its own, this breezy number is the definition of cozy *and* cute.

Promising review: “Such a sweet dress! The elastic bodice keeps all the material in one place (no sliding), and the colors are lovely and true to the photos. I was worried about the length, but it’s great—short enough to be fun but long enough to not worry about accidentally flashing people, LOL, just follow the sizing guide. One of my favorite aspects of this dress is that it has several layers of fabric, so it feels like a higher-quality piece. So excited to wear this once the weather warms up.” —M.

Get it from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 21 colors).


A lace V-neck dress for anyone who has had a Pinterest board titled “Boho Wedding” for the past decade. This is stunning, lightweight, and screams mason jar drinking glasses (plus is also available in a ton of hues, which means you can just as easily wear this as a bride *or* a wedding guest).,

Promising review: “LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. I ordered this dress and will never regret it. It was beautiful and light. It was 100 degrees F at our wedding and I was able to stay pretty comfortable in this dress. I have gotten so many compliments on it! If you want a dress that’s gorgeous and doesn’t break the bank and is beyond comfortable, this is it.” —Summer

Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in five colors and eight styles).


A button-back swing dress complete with pockets which, in my humble opinion, translates to “perfect piece of clothing” every time.


Get it from Loft for $47.70 (originally $79.50, available in sizes XS-16).


A V-neck slit dress raved about for genuinely living up to the ~maxi length~ description — if you’re 5’7 and above, reviews swear that this pretty number will actually skim past your ankles.

Promising review: “I absolutely love this dress! I am tall and it’s so hard to find anything that is a true maxi”length for my 5’11” frame. This dress comes to my ankles, flows beautifully, and the true wrap style is great. If you are tall you should definitely buy this dress!” —Jami

Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 21 colors).


A shift dress appropriate for literally every. single. thing. you have coming up in the next decade. From socially-distanced family gatherings to trips into the office, consider this reliable number the new holy grail of your wardrobe.

Promising review: “I am in love with this dress! I have never gotten so many compliments on an outfit before. It is gorgeous and fits perfectly. The material is very comfortable and is not see-through at all where the lining is. I’m wearing a nude-colored bra since the top eyelets are not lined but there are no visible bra lines through the dress. I’m wearing it with sandals for a more beachy and casual look but I think this could also be dressed up with heels or wedges. I think this dress is versatile, absolutely the cutest thing, comfortable, and affordable.” —Rachel Warwick

Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in six colors).


A button-up dress that’s literally got me SNEEZING due to how strongly it evokes all the spring feels. TL;DR: I will gladly battle any amount of pollen if it means I get to wear the below with strappy sandals and a straw bag.

Never Fully Dressed

Get it from Never Fully Dressed for $145 (available in sizes 18-24).

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

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