The Best Summer Dresses to Shop Right Now
By: Aaron Royce
Summer is in full swing; with new collections dropping daily, summer shopping is busier and better than ever. Choosing versatile pieces that will last you beyond summer and way into fall is the way to go. Because no one will notice if you’re paring a wispy summer dress with a blazer and boots, it’s all about the way you accessorize! We rounded up the best new dresses for women with any type of style. Whether your personal aesthetic is edgy or artsy, chic or casual, there's a summer dress with your name on it!
Eccentric, artistic styles have blossomed this season. Mixed patterns, blocked prints, and interesting details like mock-necks and bell sleeves have earned their time in the spotlight. There's no shortage of unique dresses out there, which are perfect for day to night. If you're looking for your next favorite dress to go from the office to a gallery opening, look no further.
ASOS WHITE long sleeve midi dress in polka dot, $119; asos.com
Alice and Olivia 'Delora' fitted mock neck midi dress, $330; aliceandolivia.com
RIXO 'Abba' dress, $400; shopbop.com
Blair Waldorf, reigning queen bee, would kick us off the Met steps if we didn't give preppy dresses a mention. There's an unabashed East Coast femininity that you just can't find elsewhere-just ask Charlotte York. Dresses like these will always look put-together with a headband and vintage jewelry-and even better if they're part of a less-composed look.
River Island pencil dress with high neck in chain print, $79; asos.com
H&M ribbed wrap-front dress, $25; hm.com
Nicole Miller 'Hanging Flowers' sleeve tuck dress, $295; nicolemiller.com
There's something to be said about boho; it never seems to go 'out.' Fashion loves nostalgia, and this aesthetic has circulated in and out of the industry's spotlight for years-but always comes back. Boho dresses are ideal for vacations, and key for quick dressing (nobody will know if you threw it on last-minute-a style hallmark). Social media clout from girl bosses like Aimee Song and Danielle Bernstein have put the romantic, breezy styles on our radar. Dresses like these will put them on yours, too.
Loveshackfancy 'Lena' mini dress, $385; intermixonline.com
Zara short patchwork print dress, $49; zara.com
Free People 'Nouveau' mini dress, $168; freepeople.com
Chic dresses make use of classic elegance, and their flow between seasons makes them exceptionally versatile. Outside of the Parisian all-black look, bloggers like Chriselle Lim and Tamu McPherson have given the style a makeover for modern-day women. Styles with belts, twists, and ruffles have made contemporary fashion part of the chic aesthetic-and with so many options, they're worth wearing this season.
H&M dress with belt, $40; hm.com
& Other Stories seashell twist knot dress, $99; stories.com
Cynthia Rowley 'Roseland' ruffle wrap dress, $475; cynthiarowley.com
There's nothing like a full-blown, vampy ensemble to get our hearts racing. Summertime has ample opportunities to go out and have fun, especially in dresses that are sparkly, crystallized, or contrasting. Noir glam-edgy, for lack of a better word-styles always add a touch of punk to any look, which is why we salute the girls who wear them 24/7. Dresses like these are perfect for a girl's night out, late-night concert, or just painting the town red. For a current look, try wearing them over a T-shirt or with knee-high boots.
Topshop contrast lace slip dress, $75; topshop.com
The East Order 'Amy' mini dress, $169; revolve.com
House of Sunny Crescent denim button-front mini dress, $136; urbanoutfitters.com
For fashionistas who prefer simple dressing, we've got you covered. Girls with casual style are just as likely to wear comfortable, sporty dresses with their most trusted pair of sneakers as any other shoe-even more so. Newly elevated styles-i.e. T-shirt dresses that don't look like T-shirts- have made these dresses more fashion-worthy, too. If these are anything to go by, casual fashion is reinvented and summer-ready.
Urban Outfitters 'UO Jocelyn' printed puff sleeve mini dress, $69; urbanoutfitters.com
Lovers + Friends 'Keaton' mini dress, $198; revolve.com
Forever 21 striped seersucker bodycon dress, $23; forever21.com
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