Cute Summer Dresses That’ll Have You Looking Your Best

two women wearing short pink and white summer dresses
summer dresses: Lulus

To say we’re excited for this summer would be an understatement. After the starts, stops, and flops of the past couple of years, we’re vowing to make the most out of these upcoming sun-kissed months — and no perfect summer would be complete without the perfect summer dresses!

From the wedding circuit to bottomless brunch to finally taking that trip abroad, this year’s hottest summer dresses are here to help you make a statement everywhere you go. But just because we’re stepping up our fashion game doesn’t mean we’re done putting comfort first.

If the past couple of years taught us anything, it’s that beauty isn’t pain — it’s being as cozy as possible, whether we’re lounging, working, running errands, or hitting the town. With flowy silhouettes and zero effort required, summer dresses are the answer to our cute but comfy dress code.

If you’re ready to look hot in the heat (without breaking a sweat) or stay breezy and cool as you bounce from event to event, we’ve found THE dresses for the job. Keep reading for our favorite ‘fits, from Bridgerton-inspired nap dresses to the perfect Little White Dress.

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Where to Buy Summer Dresses

boho print flowy casual summer dresses
flowy floral patterned summer dress: Lulus

Retailers far and wide have heard the cry for chic summer dresses, and they. are. delivering. If you’re looking to try out the latest trends (from sultry cut-outs to statement neon), you should buy summer dresses from shops like Lulus, H&M, and Astr The Label.

For more timeless looks that are sure to become mainstays in your wardrobe for summers to come, we love Reformation, Madewell, and Anthropologie.

How to Wear Summer Dresses

striped midi casual summer dresses in mustard
striped mustard casual summer dress: Madewell

Arguably the best thing about summer dresses is how wearable they are. Whatever aesthetic you’re leaning toward this summer, from coconut girl to coastal grandma, you can achieve a look that feels like you with the right dress — and, of course, the right styling.

For an everyday look, we love wearing summer dresses with strappy sandals for a laid-back, beachy vibe or your go-to white sneakers to give it a cool girl edge. If you want to take the look up a notch, you can’t go wrong with the festival shoe of choice (which we’re going to be rocking all summer long): cowboy boots. Complete the look with some jewelry that fits your personality, like a chic birthstone ring or retro sunglasses.

If you’re dressing for more glam events, like a wedding, bachelorette party, or baby shower, you can easily take your look up a notch with some trendy heels and statement tassel earrings. Swap your tote bag for a clutch and you’ve got an elevated look that doesn’t sacrifice on style. Just remember to stay within the dress code on your invite!

ladies in colorful and patterned semi formal attire for a summer ceremony

What does a semi formal dress code really mean? We’re here to break down how formal is too formal.

What to Wear Under Summer Dresses

floral maxi flowy summer dresses with a lace up back
maxi summer dress: Astr The Label

This year, cut-outs, plunging necklines, and open backs are ALL the rage for summer style. So, what do you wear under these summer dresses to stay comfortable and, ahem, covered?

A classic for a reason, silky slips are perfect for wearing under dresses that are sheer or have fabric that cling to your body, which can cause it to chafe or ride up. Plus, with the right accessories you may be able to repurpose your slip as another dress for date nights or evenings out. It’s glamorous and functional!

If your summer dress has cut-outs or necklines that make it impossible to wear with a normal bra, it may be time to get an adjustable plunge bra or a strapless adhesive bra.

Or, if you’re not into the idea of a bra that sticks to you, we love this clever, customizable option. For satin dresses or tighter silhouettes, we’d also recommend invisible seamless underwear, and for flowy options, you can stay care-free (even on the windiest days) with seamless slip shorts.

Now that you know the ins and outs of styling summer dresses, it’s time to go shopping!

Casual Summer Dresses

feminine linen blue casual summer dresses
casual summer dress: Reformation

If you’re swearing off pants or shorts this summer (because same), casual summer dresses are perfect for rocking anywhere and everywhere.

Simply throw them on and you’ve got a stylish look that can take you from bright mornings at the farmers market to balmy nights at your favorite beer garden. The best part about casual dresses? They look great with your favorite pair of sneakers (seriously, could there be a cuter look?!).

1: Beachy Boho Casual Summer Dress

off the shoulder dark blue boho flowy casual summer dresses

Whether you’re escaping to that beach vacay you’ve been planning for years, or you just want to emulate those care-free vibes, this is the casual dress for you. It’s just as effortless and relaxed as your favorite lounge set, but way cuter.

Shop This beachy Boho Casual Dress

2: Sophisticated Casual Summer Slip Dress

sophisticated mint green midi casual dresses for summer

The best casual dresses make you look like you put real effort into your outfit — when all you did was throw it on over your head. Don’t worry, your secret’s safe with us! This stunning slip dress will give you those polished vibes in the seconds it takes to tie up the open back.

Shop This Polished Summer Slip Dress

3: Casual White Shirt Dress

button-down shirt style utilitarian white casual summer dresses

This casual summer shirt dress is bringing the cool factor (plus the comfort of wearing your favorite oversized shirt). Style it with lace-up sandals and a sunhat for “out of the office” vibes or rock it with some ankle boots for a bit of edge.

Shop This minimalist White Casual Dress

4: Yellow Floral Casual Summer Dress

yellow floral square neck casual summer dresses

Our devotion to cottagecore is still going strong, and this casual nap dress is giving the aesthetic a bright, summery upgrade. Expect to see this sweet and sunny silhouette EVERYWHERE this summer. Comfy, cozy, and WAY cute.

Shop This Yellow Floral Casual Dress

5: Playful Gingham Casual Summer Dress

blue gingham babydoll casual summer dresses

Channel all the picnic season vibes with this playful gingham dress (so cute, yet casual!). Pair it with a homemade charcuterie board, a group of friends, and your best picnic blanket for the perfect sunny afternoon.

Shop This Gingham Casual Dress

6: Elegant Olive Green Casual Wrap Dress

olive green wrap casual summer dresses

The royalty of easy, breezy, casual dresses: the wrap dress! This olive green pick is versatile enough to go from day to night — just swap your sandals for some on-trend wedges. We love the lightweight, flowy fabric. Perfect for those hot summer nights.

Shop This elegant Green Wrap Dress

7: Groovy Retro Casual Summer Dress

funky retro orange casual summer dresses

This groovy casual dress checks the boxes for all of our favorite summer trends — a bright orange hue, a retro print, and that micro mini hemline. When we tell you we’re OBSESSED, we cannot stress that enough.

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8: Terra Cotta Layered Casual Summer Dress

peachy tiered casual summer gown with puff sleeves

This casual summer dress makes us want to quit our jobs, move to a cottage in the woods, and spend our days picking wildflowers.

The smocked bodice and organic cotton fabric will have you looking AND feeling your best, even during those scorching summer days. And that dreamy terra cotta color is seriously swoon-worthy.

SHop This Tiered flowy Casual Summer Dress

9: Neutral Fun and Flowy Casual Summer Dress

flowy square neck neutral tone casual gowns

It’s essential for casual summer dresses to be breathable, and this Madewell frock understood the assignment. Plus, Madwell partners with the Better Cotton Initiative to improve cotton farming globally — as if we needed another excuse to add this to our cart!

Shop This Flowy neutral casual Dress

10: Flirty Babydoll Casual Summer Dress

flirty babydoll casual summer dresses with floral pattern

An unexpected keyhole detail gives this sweet and casual babydoll dress a flirty edge, and we are here for it. Combined with a pastel floral print, this frock is truly to die for.

Shop This Babydoll Casual Dress

Summer Maxi Dresses

strapless polka dot summer maxi dresses
summer maxi dress: Reformation

Whether you want to channel easy, breezy bohemian or elevated elegance, summer maxi dresses are a no-brainer for those warm-weather months. Every wardrobe needs one (or two) for the days you want to add some movement and dimension to your look — while still feeling cool when temperatures creep to scorching levels. Our favorites are floaty, free, and a little bit fun.

11: Trendy Yellow Summer Maxi Dress

bold yellow front cutout casual maxi summer dresses

A casual summer maxi dress that instantly sparks joy? Sign us up! This look is ultra flattering with a twist top and front cut-out detail — perfect for a swimsuit cover up or sizzling going out dress.

Shop This Bold Yellow Maxi Dress

12: Floral High-Low Flowy Summer Maxi Dress

feminine floral high low flowy summer maxi gowns

Oh-so romantic, this flowy high-low look is the ultimate summer wedding guest gown. With feminine florals and playful ruffles, it will turns heads whether you’re making a toast to the newly betrothed or showing off your moves on the dance floor.

Shop This Feminine High-Low maxi Dress

pink casual floral summer dress

Attending a summer wedding and need a gown that’ll keep you fabulously cool (and chic!) in the heat? We’ve got you covered.

13: Chic Floral Summer Maxi Gown

chic floral ruffled summer maxi dresses with warm tones

Florals and flowy summer maxi dresses go together like bees and honey. The flowers on this maxi dress are so vibrant, they seem to be blossoming right off of the fabric. We love the intricate details…such a work of art!

Shop This Floral Maxi Dress

14: Trendy Cinched Flowy Floral Summer Maxi Dress

blue cinched front flowy maxi summer dresses with floral pattern

A flattering cinched bodice means you can show as much or as little skin as you’d like with this flowy maxi dress. It’s a fashion-forward pick for your most hotly anticipated summer occasions, from a secret garden wedding to a bubbly baby shower.

Shop This floral, flowy Summer Maxi Dress

15: Sunny Yellow Summer Maxi Dress

sunny yellow linen maxi summer dresses

You’ll look like the center of the universe with this sunny yellow maxi dress. Made with loose linen, this frock will help you stay cool, even when your ‘fit is fire.

Shop this Bright Yellow Maxi Dress

16: Cut-Out Delicate Floral Summer Maxi Gown

warm yellow floral summer maxi dresses with cut outs

This floral maxi dress screams Bridgerton, but with a sexy twist. The cut-outs on the sides join together into an open back, which is complemented with the modest neckline and puffy sleeves. You’ve heard it here first: this is the diamond of the summer season.

Shop This Floral cut-Out MAxi Dress

17: Flowy Tie Dye Casual Summer Maxi Dress

flowy mint green tie dye maxi casual summer dresses

Nothing says laid-back, summer vibes like tie dye. Sit back and relax with this casual sage maxi dress — perfect for walks along the beach or weekend coffee runs.

Shop This Sage Tie Dye casual Maxi Dress

Petite Summer Dresses

lavender ribbed knit petite summer dresses
casual lavender petite summer dress: Express

Petite summer dresses are here to save the day when you want to look cute and carefree, without being weighed down by too much fabric or overwhelming silhouettes. With more inclusive size options, you can rock every covetable summer style — no trip to the tailor necessary.

Our top picks range from sophisticated to free-spirited, and they all dazzle on a petite frame.

18: Black Eyelet Petite Summer Dress

black eyelet petite summer dresses

Not only is this petite dress flattering for every occasion, it’s also flattering for every body type. It comes in a wide range of sizes and four different colors, including pretty pink and bright yellow. Easily dress it up or down with the right accessories (it would pop with some fun and colorful tassel earrings!).

Shop This Sophisticated Black Petite Dress

19: Laid Back Chartreuse Petite Summer Dress

relaxed tiered chartreuse casual petite summer dresses with flowy skirt

When it comes to petite dresses with floor-skimming hemlines, it can be difficult to find a silhouette that doesn’t overpower your figure. This petite maxi dress is flowy and floaty but still super flattering thanks to its open back and tiered skirt.

Shop this Relaxed Petite Dress

20: Tumeric Flare Petite Frock

yellow flared petite summer gown with side cut outs

This petite summer dress is bold in the best way. Dramatic flared sleeves, a deep V, and cheeky cut-outs mean that you’ll stand out, whether you’re sightseeing on your Mediterranean vacay or lighting up happy hour.

Shop This Fit and Flare Petite Dress

21: Black Maxi Petite Summer Dress

black linen long petite summer dresses

Although we already gushed over this petite summer maxi dress in yellow, we had to mention it again — it’s just THAT good. We love that it has multiple size options, and the black makes it wearable no matter your sartorial style.

Shop This Breezy Black Petite Dress

22: Pale Pink Petite Frock

tiered babydoll smock petite summer dresses in light pink

For minimalists looking for something feminine and playful, this petite dress is a pale pink dream. Plus, the babydoll silhouette is gorgeous on a petite frame.

Shop This Pale Pink Babydoll petite Dress

23: Retro Midi Petite Summer Dress

retro floral midi petite summer dresses

A contemporary midi silhouette with a ’70s twist, this petite dress is as groovy as it gets. Pair it with some equally rad retro accessories, like oversized peachy sunglasses or block heels.

Shop This retro Midi Petite Dress

24: Sophisticated and Chic Petite Summer Dress

sophisticated and modest blue petite summer dresses

Make the most out of weekdays back in the office with this sophisticated petite dress. The tie detail is fun without going over the top, perfect for lunch meetings and elegant Sunday brunches alike.

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25: Lilac Ruffle Petite Wrap Dress

lilac ruffle wrap flowy petite summer dresses

The radiant lilac hue and flirty ruffles of this petite high-low flowy dress are simply too cute to resist. Catch us re-wearing this for the entire wedding season.

Shop This Lilac High-Low flowy Petite Dress

26: Vibrant Strappy Petite Summer Dress

vibrant strappy maxi petite summer dresses with flowy skirt with jungle inspired colors

Whether you wear this flowy petite summer dress on your tropical getaway or lounging around the house, it’ll transport you to that free-spirited, summer state of mind. With so many gorgeous details and a vibrant color scheme that we can’t stop thinking about, this dress has main character energy.

Shop This Vibrant flowy Petite Maxi Dress

27: Blue Cross-Back Petite Frock

blue cross back mini petite summer gown

Like a breath of fresh air, this blue petite gown is cool and collected. The classic a-line silhouette in the front is optimal for styling any way you like — but the back brings the fun with a cross detail and low neckline.

Shop This Bold Blue Petite summer gown

White Summer Dresses

effortless flowy mini white summer dresses
casual white summer dress: Urban Outfitters

The LWD (little white dress) is to summer what the LBD is to, well, every other time of the year. These white summer dresses are a fool-proof way to look good, no matter where your summer adventures take you.

Easily transition from day to night, picnic to dancing, suntanning to stargazing, and everything in between. In other words, white dresses are an essential piece for your summer capsule wardrobe — and are a chic lifesaver when it’s too hot to think about putting an outfit together.

GWS Tip! White summer dresses are also a great investment for bachelorette parties, bridal showers, and rehearsal dinners, since you can easily dress them up or down. If it’s the final countdown to your wedding, add some everyday white pieces into your summer wardrobe to build that excitement right up until the big day!

romantic lace little white dresses

Check out our full roundup of little white dresses, perfect for all the events leading up to your “I do”s.

28: Cottagecore Flowy Midi White Summer Gown

cottagecore ruffled strap white summer gown with flowy skirt

We couldn’t create a roundup of white summer dresses and not start off with something cottagecore. This dreamy, casual dress is extra sweet with fluttery ruffles, textured stripes, and a whimsical tie in the back.

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29: Boho Midi Casual White Summer Dress

flowy boho eyelet midi white summer dresses

Another no brainer for white summer dresses: an eyelet design. This dress combines that romantic vintage texture with a bohemian print and alluring twist detail. The result? A breathable, feminine dress that you’ll want to show off all day every day.

Shop This Boho Eyelet White Dress

30: Timeless Cotton White Summer Dress

effortless and casual button down flowy white summer dresses

How timeless is this flowy button down casual white dress? Ethically handmade with 100% organic cotton, it’s made to last far longer than even the cutest trends. You better believe we’ll be wearing this every summer for the foreseeable future.

Shop THis casual midi White Dress

31: Dainty White Milkmaid Summer Gown

airy and casual milkmaid style white gown with a flowy skirt

At this point, milkmaid dresses are such a staple in closets, we wouldn’t know what to do without them. They literally look good on everyone! Go classic with white and keep it breezy and casual with airy textured fabric.

Shop This ethereal flowy White Dress

32: Chic and Minimalist Midi White Summer Dress

chic midi white summer dresses with a straight neckline

This midi length white dress is the definition of chic. While naughties fashion may be in its comeback era, we think this understated ’90s neckline and empire waist will always be in style. And, for those looking to juice up their summer wardrobe, this dress also comes in a cheerful cherry print.

Shop this Ultra Chic White Dress

33: Dainty Eyelet White Frock

eyelet tiered white gown with a smocked bodice and flowy skirt

Dainty eyelet? Check. Trendy nap dress? Check. Smocked bodice and romantic tie straps? Check and check. This flowy frock has everything we could possibly ask for in a casual white summer dress. We have no notes!

Shop This Eyelet flowy white summer gown

34: Boho Tiered White Summer Dress

ornate eyelet boho white summer dresses

If you’re looking to stop traffic with your summer ‘fit, this eye-catching white dress is a must for your warm-weather lineup. It would be THE moment for a boho rehearsal dinner or elevated bridal shower. Seriously, how sweet is the floral detailing?!

Shop This Boho white Dress

Amazon Summer Dresses

off the shoulder boho floral amazon summer dresses
summer dress: Amazon

If you’re looking for a covetable new addition to your summer wardrobe and you needed it yesterday, Amazon summer dresses have you covered. These picks are cute and affordable — and they’re your best friend for last-minute party invites or spontaneous weekend getaways.

Step up your summer style in the 24 hours it takes for these dresses to arrive at your doorstep! We’re pretty sure it doesn’t get any better than that.

35: Tropical Print Flowy Amazon Summer Dress

tropical print maxi flowy Amazon summer dresses

Nothing says summer like a bold tropical print! This flowy Amazon summer dress channels that lush feeling with vibrant colors and a boho high-low hemline.

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36: Pretty and Polished Amazon Summer Dress

light yellow tiered Amazon summer dresses

Soft, sweet, and oh-so flattering, this flowy Amazon dress would stun for a summer event. Wear it with your hair pulled up to show off the open back with a romantic tie detail.

Shop This Tiered maxi Amazon Dress

37: Muted Boho Flowy Amazon Summer Dress

comfortable boho flowy Amazon summer dresses in neutral colors

Casual and effortlessly cool, this flowy Amazon summer dress would be a great coverup for the beach or pool — but we prefer it glammed up with some boho accessories. Think layered necklaces, stacked rings, and a wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun off your face.

Shop This flowy and Cool Amazon Dress

38: Dreamy Blue Casual Amazon Gown

dreamy blue ruffle casual Amazon summer dresses

With flirty tie straps, a flowy skirt, a flattering smocked bodice, and over 20 colors to choose from, this Amazon dress might just be the perfect summer look. We’ll take four!

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39: Flirty Animal Print Amazon Summer Dress

long sleeve ruffle animal print Amazon summer dresses

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean we’re retiring our much-loved animal print! This Amazon dress shows your fun side with a leopard pattern, but keeps the look chic with dainty ruffles.

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40: Beachy One Shoulder Amazon Summer Dress

beachy blue one shoulder flowy Amazon summer dresses

One-shoulder dresses are HUGE right now, and it’s not difficult to see why. This Amazon pick takes some of the classic features of your favorite warm-weather frock, but adds oomph with the trendy neckline and lively color. And that flowy skirt is GOALS.

Shop This Beachy flowy Amazon Dress

41: Cute and Casual Amazon Summer Dress

black casual Amazon summer dresses with buttons

Prepare for this casual Amazon dress to be your new favorite closet staple. While you can’t go wrong with black, it does come in multiple different colors and patterns, including a summer must: sage green. You may want to pick up a few — you’re going to wear it THAT often.

Shop This Casual Short Amazon Dress

Flowy Summer Dresses

deep v neck long flowy summer dresses in pale lavender
flowy summer dress: Free People

As you may have guessed by now, flowy summer dresses are our favorite warm-weather silhouettes. On those hot summer days and nights, there’s truly nothing better than a floaty, airy frock that feels like you’re not wearing anything at all.

Plus, flowy dresses add an element of drama that gives summer memories their unique je ne sais quoi. Perfect for twirling, frolicking, and swaying, here are a few more flowy summer dresses that have captured our hearts (and our closet spaces).

42: Bright Flowy Yellow Midi Wrap Dress

yellow long sleeve wrap flowy summer dresses

This flowy yellow wrap dress is a serious mood-booster, and we love the dimension that the tiers add to the full skirt. It would be nearly impossible to have a bad day when you’re wearing this dress!

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43: Floral Maxi Length Flowy Summer Dress

blue floral smocked flowy summer dresses

Aptly named “Ready to Bloom,” this flowy summer dress from Lulus is fresh, floral, and gorgeously feminine. The blue and green print offers a cool alternative to your typical pink floral dress — ensuring you stand out at your next summer event.

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44: Dreamy Handmade Patterned Midi Flowy Summer Dress

handmade orange and purple pattern midi length flowy summer dresses

We love an unexpected color combo, and the orange and purple of this midi flowy dress is seriously dreamy. Combined with a one-of-a-kind woodblock print, this handmade dress feels luxe and slightly vintage. Oh, and did we mention that it has pockets?

Shop This Unique Handmade Flowy Dress

45: Earthy Orange Midi Flowy Summer Frock

earthy orange midi flowy frock

The warm, earthy hues of this flowy midi length summer gown are putting us in a sunny haze. Style it with glimmering gold jewelry and you’ll look like a walking golden hour.

Shop This Earthy Flowy Dress

46: Pink and White Gingham Maxi Flowy Dress

pink and white gingham maxi flowy summer dresses

If you can’t tell, we’re hopelessly devoted to this casual flowy dress! If the yellow and black weren’t your vibe (or if you just can’t get enough of this breezy silhouette), this pretty pink gingham is a no-brainer.

Shop This Picnic-Ready Flowy Dress

47: Blue Paisley Flowy Summer Gown

blue paisley button down flowy frock

Paisley is a summer classic, and this casual blue flowy gown is proof. With balloon sleeves and an airy skirt, it was made for twirling under the sun, Sound of Music style.

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48: Celestial Blue Maxi Flowy Summer Dress

celestial blue sequin casual flowy summer dresses

Who doesn’t want to dazzle like the night sky whenever they walk into a room? With this sequined flowy maxi dress, you’ll look like a sparkly, celestial dream.

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How Are You Styling Your Warm-Weather Outfits?

red floral mini gown with flowy skirt
floral summer dress: Express

While almost all of these dresses are a complete look on their own, we’re absolute suckers for cute, statement accessories. Was it Coco Chanel who said you should always take one thing off before you leave the house? We can’t relate!

To give that warm-weather outfit some personality, why not try a birthstone necklace or some stackable birthstone rings? For a bit more oomph, statement earrings (including our favorites, tassel earrings), are true show-stoppers. And, for the final touch, spice up your most practical accessory with these It Girl sunglasses. Summer, here we come!

How are you planning on styling your ‘fits in the blazing heat? Tell us in the comments below!