36 Hot Summer Dresses to Wear All Season Long

Summer’s heating up! Well almost. Needless to say, easy, stylish, single-item outfits are more essential than ever, and we’ve handpicked the best summer dresses to wear from now until Labor Day weekend.

We’re most excited by dresses that show a little skin, like a slinky mini or an open-back halter knit. Both will have you more than ready for all your fun summer plans—travel, celebrations, and nights out. And there are a handful of other exciting dress trends to look forward to wearing this season: colorful crocheted knits, printed frocks in standout florals, and eclectic and groovy prints should you want to make a statement. You also need to prepare yourself for beach days, vacation plans, and, of course, wedding season. For those, consider a nightgown-inspired day dress, a floaty floral frock, an essential all-white dress, or a good old caftan. All of that and more sweet styles of the best summer dresses to shop now, below.

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Photographed by Angelo Pennetta, Vogue, June 2019

Summer Whites

A simple white dress might not seem like much, but the perfect one can be a cure-all for summer style problems. Not only are they appropriate for just about every summer occasion, these romantic, ruched, tiered, and ruffled sleeve versions have been dubbed as summer’s unofficial uniform. From mini to midi dresses, they allow for endless accessorizing options. Just swap your footwear, top it off with a summer bag of your choosing, and your white dress will new every time.

Rebecca Taylor smocked poplin maxi dress



Merlette Vallarta smocked cotton tiered dress



Tove Ceres pleated organic cotton midi-dress



Piece of White Giuliana open-back halter maxi dress


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Photographed by Dorian Ulises López Macías, Vogue, March 2021

Vacation Versatility

While these halter dresses might read “out of office,” their cool silhouettes and seasonal prints make them quite versatile. A dress with the ability to transition from a swimsuit cover-up to a dinner out dress is key—especially when you’re packing for a vacation. Best of all, it will look even lovelier with a drink in hand.

Johanna Ortiz cutout printed silk-satin halterneck maxi dress



Khaite Georgia striped cashmere midi-dress



Faithfull the Brand Trapani maxi dress in Onassis print



Verandah halter maxi gown


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Photographed by Nadine Ijewere, Vogue, December 2020

Hello, Legs

It’s about time we gave our legs a chance to be seen, and the best way to do just that is with a heightened hemline. You can and should take these mini but mighty options for a spin this season—after all, micro mini silhouettes were one of the standout trends from the spring collections.

Casa Raki Nina organic-linen tiered mini dress



Jacquemus Limao cutout twill mini dress



Zara rustic beaded dress



Sir Alexandre cutout linen minidress


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Photographed by Angelo Pennetta, Vogue, April 2020

Crafty and Crocheted

Dresses you can touch and feel—whether it’s a colorful crocheted knit, a fringe sleeveless option, or a swishy sleeved beaded number –these textured dresses are totally swoon-worthy for summer 2022.

Chloé fringe-embellished silk maxi dress



Proenza Schouler beaded-sleeve cuffs minidress



Acne Studios Kaubree open-knit sleeveless cotton sweater dress



Alejandra Alonso Rojas ombré crochet fringe gown


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Photographed by Gabriella Schmidt, Vogue, March 2021

Dainty Day Dresses

A simple sundress is one of the most versatile pieces of the season. You can just as easily wear one as a beach cover-up as you could to a wedding (so long as you have the right accessories). If you pick a good one, the very same dress can be worn on weekend neighborhood strolls, park picnics, or even going out for a cocktail or spritz. Airy and light, a floral day dress will be the hero piece in your summer wardrobe.

Lug Von Siga Amara ruffled embroidered cotton-poplin midi-dress



Dôen Villette dress



Juliet Dunn tie-strap floral-print cotton dress



En Saison Constantia floral chiffon dress


36 Best Summer Dresses To Wear in 2022
Photographed by Carlijn Jacobs, Vogue, March 2022

Colorful Cuts

For a subtly sexy summer dress, consider one with a waist cut out or a low back. Thanks to their midi lengths, these dresses won’t ever feel overly revealing or too much like a club-ready number. In vibrant solid colors, you’ll have no problem dressing these up with heels and a clutch for hot summer nights or with flat sandals and a sun hat for warm summer days.

Jonathan Simkhai Rem maxi dress



Ulla Johnson Ella halter midi-dress



Nensi Dojaka cutout ruched minidress



Simon Miller Yabba halter linen maxi dress


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Photographed by Nadine Ijewere, Vogue, March 2020

Caftan Tropics

Beach bound? Consider a psychedelic-print caftan to enter into the world of ultimate vacation-mindset. In scorching hot hues and groovy-eccentric prints, these wrap and slip-on styles ace effortlessly cool summertime style. Shell necklaces not included.

Gimaguas Nina printed cotton long dress



Mango oversized striped dress



Louisa Ballou Aura floral-print cotton-blend kaftan



Siedrés Talia dress


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Photographed by Bibi Cornejo Borthwick, Vogue, August 2018

Summertime Shirtdresses

How to feel polished for important Zoom meetings or stay cool on the commute to the office? A collared shirtdress or tunic will be sure to get the job done. Plus, these styles don’t look overly professional if you feel like taking one for a mid-afternoon stroll, work break, or as a casual dress option for the weekends too. We particularly like Marni’s oversized floral version.

Marni floral cotton poplin shirt dress



Staud Enzo linen tunic dress



Max Mara Leisure Fagila striped cotton-poplin mini shirt dress



La DoubleJ Bowling Ventaglio dress in popeline cotton


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Photographed by Stefan Ruiz, Vogue, April 2021

Float On

Floaty maxi and mini dresses make summer dressing a breeze. These flouncy lightweight (think linen voile) frocks float beautifully upon every step thanks to their bouncy tiered silhouettes, ideal for those too hot for clothes kind of days.

Asceno Ibiza fluted organic-linen voile maxi dress



The Great Nightingale tiered gingham dress



Ephemera ruffle-neck wave-print linen-voile mini dress



Cos tiered A-line maxi dress