22 Summer Dresses You Need to Own

Take a Look at Summer's Prettiest Dress Styles

Summer dresses are one of the best things about summer! Whether you're looking for a cute sundress to wear to the beach, the perfect day-to-night dress to go from desk to dinner, or a pretty outfit you can wear to those summer weddings in your calendar, we've rounded up the must-have styles you will want to shop for your wardrobe.

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Animal Print Dress

Woman in striped summer dress
We Wore What

Look fierce for hot summer date nights in a flowing animal print dress in leopard, zebra, or tiger print.

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Little Black Dress

Woman in one shoulder black dress
Fashion Jackson

Every woman needs a go-to little black dress in a lightweight fabric, to wear on summer evenings. This classic one shoulder style needs just a few neutral accessories, to look cute for going out.

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Lace Dress

Woman in yellow lace dress
LCB Style

What could be prettier for summer going out days and evenings than a colorful little lace dress? We love the style worn here, with its modern sheer details and midi length, that's wearable for dinners out, date nights, and special event dressing.

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Fruit Print Dress

Woman in lemon print summer dress
Extra Petite

Put a smile on people's faces when you wear a whimsical summer sundress in a fruity print, such as the lovely lemons pictured here. This style is fresh, modern, and chic for brunches, sightseeing, and antiquing.

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Little White Dress

Woman in white summer dress outdoors
Hello Hannah

The little white dress is a summer closet staple that is wearable for casual weekends, and can be styled for going out at night. Choose one in a summer weight fabric, such as linen or washed cotton, that will keep you cool when the temperature rises.

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Tropical Print Dress

Woman in summer dress and leather jacket on city street
Basic Babe Lauren

The bros can have their Hawaiian shirts — we'll take a chic palm print dress any day of the week. Wear it solo to the beach or pool, then dress it up with a moto jacket and high heel sandals for going out at night.

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Polka Dot Dress

Woman in polka dot dress and straw hat
Memorandum

The polka dot dress may be the most versatile item in your summer wardrobe. Wear one to work with a blazer or statement heels, to look sweet on on date nights, or for effortlessly chic style anytime.

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Floral Maxi Dress

Woman in long floral maxi dress
Titis Passion

The long, floral maxi dress is a must-have in your summer wardrobe, taking you everywhere from city strolls, to poolside cocktails, to wedding reception wear. A pattern with brightly colored blooms on a white background, as seen here, is one of the most versatile.

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Floral Mini Dress

Woman in pink floral mini dress for summer
Lovely in LA

Be the queen of one and done dressing, when you pull on an essential short floral sundress this summer. Choose a cheery print in your favorite colors, and wear with nude heels when you want to elongate your legs.

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Sheath Dress

Woman in red sheath dress and statement neclace
Curves and Confidence

Meet your new summer work wardrobe essential. You can style a sophisticated sheath dress simply with a statement necklace, or dress it up with a blazer and pumps. It's a foolproof way to look well dressed for the office, and wearing to summer interviews.

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Shirt Dress

Woman in striped shirt dress for summer
Meagans Moda

Wear a menswear-inspired shirt dress on casual days this summer, when you want to look and feel cool. We like this boyish style with tie-sleeve details for wearing to the beach, with easy sneakers or flat sandals.

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Striped Dress

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Yellow Sundress

Woman in bright yellow summer sundress
Candice Nikeia

Turn heads in a cheerful, brightly colored yellow sundress that's absolutely made for wearing in the sunshine. Don't think you look great in yellow? Try a dress in another bright, saturated color, such as hot pink.

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Chambray Dress

Woman in chambray dress and straw hat for summer fashion
Stylishly Me

Every fashion girl needs a casual chambray dress she can pull on to look instantly cute on hot summer days. Wear it to brunch, the beach, or shopping, with easy sandals and a cute summer hat to protect your facial skin.

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Bold Print Dress

Woman in printed dress with stripes
Miki A La Mode

Look like you just jetted in from Palm Springs in a bold print summer maxi dress. We like the trendy mix of graphic stripes and florals in the dress style pictured here.

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Wrap Dress

Woman in floral wrap dress
Missy on Madison

Women adore the wrap dress because of its figure flattering magic, and how easy it makes getting dressed in the morning. Wear one in a fun print for the summer office, adding a leather bag and chic pumps to dress it up, as pictured here.

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Bustier Dress

Woman in polka dot summer dress
Color Me Courtney

Flatter your curves — and show off your assets — in a Marilyn Monroe-inspired bustier style sundress. we're into the pin-up appeal of this polka dot number, accessorized with a cherry red purse and shoes.

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Dark Floral Dress

Woman in dark floral dress and ankle botos
Fashionlingual

A dark floral dress is super versatile in your wardrobe. Wear it to look dressed up for work or cocktails all summer, then transition it into fall with a cute little jacket and ankle boots.

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Boho Summer Dress

Woman in short summer dress and straw hat
A Glam Lifestyle

Wear a little bohemian-style dress to summer concerts and music festivals. Add accessories in natural fabrics, such as wicker or rope, for a naturally cute vibe.

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Gingham Dress

Woman in gingham maxi dress outdoors
Memorandum

Gingham is a favorite summer print that never goes out of fashion, and evokes sweet memories of picnics and park strolls. Style one with a trendy pair of sunglasses, and easy slides or sneakers, for a modern update on this classic piece.

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Romantic Summer Dress

Woman in long floral summer dress and jean jacket
A Glam Lifestyle

Sometimes, a girl craves a little romance. When you want to flaunt your feminine side this summer, you can't go wrong in a long, flowing, tiered maxi dress in a sweet, miniature floral print. This is a great style for wearing to summer wedding receptions.

 

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T-Shirt Dress

Woman in striped t-shirt dress on patio
LivvyLand

What could be easier than a summer dress that is basically a long t-shirt? Pull it over your head to get dressed in a snap for casual weekends, or lazy days at the pool or beach.