The 30 Best Summer Dresses For Every Occasion

The long and sunny days we’ve been longing for are finally here, and it’s time to celebrate them with the cutest dresses of the season.

When the temperatures rise, the lightweight fabrics and the perfect cut-out shapes of a summer dress are all we need to achieve an effortless summer look. You will spend more time outside and thus need to adapt your wardrobe accordingly. Want to enjoy a beach day? Sport a vibrant floral fluffy dress. Planning a city tour soon? Choose a smart tie-sleeve swing dress. Invited to a cocktail? A white spaghetti strap dress should do the trick. Taking the heat out on a fun night out? Brighten up the mood with sequins. Relaxing on a Saturday brunch? Go for a pink strapless dress. Thereis a dress for every occasion.

To revamp your collection, we gathered for you the 30 hot ticket summer dresses that made us swoon. Different shapes, styles, and price ranges are featured, so stock up while you can. Happy shopping!

For The Smart City Tour

Summer seems to make everything better, even the simple act of roaming around in the city. Going to a museum, walking down the park, window-shopping, it’s all calling for comfortable clothes. Here are our favorites.

1.) Softspun Tie-Sleeve Swing Dress

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GAP

Simple, comfortable and light, this soft-spun tie-sleeve swing dress is what you’re looking for. It’s available in black, purple, and navy striped.

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2.) Striped Tie Front City Shirt Dress

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Express

Comfy yet chic and fashionable, you can easily wear this striped dress on different occasions the same day. Huge bonus: it has pockets!

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3.) Short Sleeve Denim Pullover Shirtdress

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GAP

Denim has its own charm. Laid-back and timeless, this summer dress is perfect to run your errands.

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4.) Surplice Wrap Midi Dress

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Express

Born to be bold? Then spruce up your wardrobe with this bright red wrap midi dress. Reviving and original! If red isn’t your color, there are three others to choose from.

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5.) Cutout Stripe-Trim Dress

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Forever 21

If you’re into symmetric shapes and slightly unconventional designs, you may want to check out this cutout stripe-trim dress. Score – this one’s under $20!

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6.) Lilly Oversized Stripe Rugby Shirt Dress

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Boohoo

We absolutely dig the style of this oversized stripe rugby shirt dress. The long sleeves are perfect to warm you up on a chilly morning walk.

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For The Beach Day

A postcard-perfect beach scenery calls for brightand light dresses. Here are the best summer dresses you can smoothly slide into to look your best.

7.) Sleeveless Crinkled Mini Dress

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Forever 21

This sunny crinkled woven dress is fresh and airy. Wear it on top of your bikini and you’re ready to go!

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8.) SophiaPlunge Striped Maxi Dress

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Boohoo

A maxi-dress is a must, and a vertically striped one will flatter your shape. The warm tones of this summer dress are guaranteed to brighten up the mood of everybody.

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9.) Tropical Floral Print Maxi Dress

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Forever 21

Switch to florals for a fashionable tropical look. We dig the V-neckline and strappy self-tie back of this summer dress.

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10.) Floral Ruffle Front Smocked Cami Dress

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Express

With its floral prints and on-trend ruffles, this fresh and feminine dress is so in. You can choose to wear the spaghetti straps or tug them in.

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11.) Embroidered Balloon Sleeve Tie-Belt Dress in Linen-Cotton

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GAP

Turquoise or red, the choice is yours. All you need to know is thatthis embroidered balloon dress has a smooth breathable linen-cotton weave that will keep you fresh all day.

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12.) Sleeveless Tie-Neck Shift Dress

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Old Navy

This fresh summer dress with cute patterns is available in white, navy blue, and black.

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For The Classy Cocktail

Now that you’re a grown-up, you might be invited to a cocktail to mingle with like-minded people. Get your A-game on with these stylish dresses.

13.) Piped Tiered-Sleeve Sheath Dress

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New York & Company

Who thought simple tiered sleeves could transform a simple sheath dress into such a classy cocktail dress? Add a pair of heels and shiny earrings to complete this confident look.

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14.) Puff Shoulder Sheath Dress

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Express

Elegant with a touch of retro, that’s how we describe this ladylike sheath dress. Get ready, the puffed sleeves and snap bow belt will win you more than a few compliments.

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15.) Front Slit Sheath Dress

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Express

Calling all minimalist fashionistas, this will be your next sensation summer dress. Simple and yet sophisticated, this dress features an irresistible silky lining and a tasteful slip.

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16.) Lace Inset Ruffle Sheath Dress

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Express

Effortlessly sexy, we are head over heels about this dress. The stitched lace detail is what makes it so memorable. Perfect for a classy late-night cocktail.

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17.) White Floral Ruffled Sheath Dress

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New York & Company

Give your afternoon cocktail a kick with this white floral sheath dress. It will hug your curves and closely follow the lines of your body, for a classic and polished look.

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18.) Purple Hayley Fit And Flare Dress

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New York & Company

Use this year’s Pantone Color of The Year to make a statement. The classic fit-and-flare shape of this dress is balanced with the fun choice of color and fabric used.

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For The Fun Night Out

Where are the party gals at? Jump into these slinky dresses to prepare for an unforgettable night out. Whether it’s a grown-up soirée or a loud and sparkly party, you will have the dress that fits.

19.) Satin Strappy Sheath Dress

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Express

You know a dress is special when you don’t don’t feel the need to add accessories or garments to it. This lightweight sheath dress features a tasteful front slip and an asymmetric arrangement of the straps on the back. It’s all about the details.

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20.) Cut-Out Back Mini Sheath Dress

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Express

Ready to look your best on the trendiest party of the block? This dress has a crisscross back, a textured fabric, and plenty of stretch, allowing you movement and comfort.

Pair it with high heels and a cute clutch to complete this sexy ensemble.

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21.) Plunging V-Neck Crochet Lace Sheath Dress

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Express

Make a bold entrance with this sexy-yet-merry party dress. The plunging v-neck and floral crochets accents scream ‘SummerTime!’ and set it apart from our usual dresses. Total steal!

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22.) Sequin Lace Cami Shift Dress

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Express

It’s sequins (and lace) time! Glittery and fun, this dress will stand out on the dance floor with its tasteful design.

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23.) Sequin Cap Sleeve Mini Sheath Dress

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Express

This art deco-inspired mini dress will not go unnoticed. The geometric shapes and angles set it on another level.

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24.) Pleated Sequin Mini Sheath Dress

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Express

Plunge into a full party look with this light glittery dress. You will steal the spotlight with its sparkly sequins, pretty pleats, and silky lining.

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For The Laidback Brunch

Preparing to meet your girls on a Sunday brunch to discuss your latest news? Pick one of these dresses to go in style and grace.

25.) Pleated Halter Maxi Dress

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New York & Company

Dazzle with bright colors and a dynamic lining with this pleated summer dress.

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26.) Tassel-Accent Striped Off-The-Shoulder Shift Dress

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New York & Company

This is a dress that impresses thanks to its light fabric, off-the-shoulder touch, and fun bright tassels on the side.

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27.) Blue Stripe Off-The-Shoulder Shift Dress

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New York & Company

Cool down the hot summer days with this fresh rhapsody blue off-the-shoulders dress.

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28.) Sweet Pea – Pink Strapless Dress

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New York & Company

Feminine and light, this summer dress will go down your curves smoothly, for an effortlessly sensual summer look.

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29.) 7Th Avenue Halter Fit And Flare Dress – Stripe

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New York & Company

Get ready to seize the day with this fit-and-flare striped midi dress. We dig this dress for its casual and sexy-chic feel.

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30.) Print Halter Trapeze Dress

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New York & Company

Channel your modern and easy-going gal spirits with this trapeze dress, available in grand sapphire and berry red.

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What do you think of these summer dresses? Have you revamped your summer wardrobe yet? Let us know in the comments. If you’re looking for fashion inspiration, then check out our next article about the F.R.I.E.N.D.S outfits that any lady can still rock today.

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