12 Easy & Chic Dresses for Summer

These picks will keep you cool, calm, and collected all summer long.


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Seersucker dress

Summer dress

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Photo by Zach & Buj

Seersucker dress, talbots.com, $149.

Bag, zara.com, $50. Be on trend with a clear bag that still keeps belongings under cover.

Denim jacket, jcrew.com, $110. Shoes, marcfisherfootwear.com, $89. 

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Pink shirt dress

Summer dress

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Photo by Zach & Buj

Pretty in pink? More like sporty in pink, with a striped collar and cool sneakers.

Dress with contrasting ribbed detail, zara.com, $70.

Shoes, keds.com, $68.

Bag, cloveandrevel.com, $229. A crossbody bag is great for running around on the weekend with just your essentials. A circle shape is this season’s hottest bag silhouette.


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Bold print maxi

Summer dress

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Photo by Zach & Buj

When the summer heat is on, stay cool in a bold printed maxi that’s forgiving from the bust down. And now you’re also totally prepared for Fourth of July parties!

V-neck maxi dress in Ratti, jcrew.com, $298.

Bags, Kayu, kayudesign.com, $205 each. Go with the clutch if you’re feeling fancy, or the bucket bag for a more laid-back vibe.

Shoes, CL By Laundry, chineselaundry.com, $50.

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Geo print dress

Summer dress

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Photo by Zach & Buj

A riff on a menswear tuxedo, this  double-breasted dress is classy and cool. 

Geo print dress, A New Day, target.com, $28.


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Classic shirt dress

Summer dress

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Photo by Zach & Buj

The classic, crisp shirt dress interpreted for summer, with softer lines and a bold abstract print.

Shirt dress, Cabi, cabionline.com, $119.


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Jersey knit maxi

Summer dress

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Photo by Zach & Buj

Super soft and comfy, thanks to the jersey knit fabric. Plus the off-the-shoulder neckline shows a little skin in an otherwise covered-up piece.

Off-the-shoulder knit maxi dress, garnethill.com, $98.

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Short red tie-waist

Summer dress

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Photo by Zach & Buj

Be red-hot but still stay cool. Tie it in the front to hide a little belly bulge or in the back to create more curves. 

Birgit dress, Faithfull the Brand, lulus.com, $149.


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White shift

Summer dress

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Photo by Zach & Buj

A traditional white shift dress gets an update with sweet flutter sleeves. Keep it casual with a funky fedora and embroidered sandals.

Eyelet flutter sleeve dress, vineyardvines.com, $148.

Hat, talbots.com, $54.

Sandals, reportshoes.com, $40. 


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Belted denim

Summer dress

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Photo by Zach & Buj

No need to wait for Friday to wear denim to the office. Pair this structured dress with a block heel and you’re good to go any day
of the week.

Roxanne belted midi dress, dl1961.com, $228.


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Romantic pleated floral print

Summer dress

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Photo by Zach & Buj

Go the romantic route with a soft and sophisticated floral-print dress. Bonus: Pleats won’t lose their shape in the wash.

Beaune dress, Wilfred for Ariztia, aritzia.com, $195.


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Floral wrap

Summer dress

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Photo by Zach & Buj

Freshen up your summer look with a lemon print for work or weekend.

Lemon blossom floral wrap dress, Draper James, saksfifthavenue.com, $295.


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Dolman sleeves

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Photo by Zach & Buj

Rather not bare your upper arms? Flowy dolman sleeves are an elegant solution.

Pier of Influence dress, lulus.com, $52.