I'm in Love With Summer Dresses—Here Are 17 I'm Wearing on Repeat

Even though I won't be parading my summer dresses all around New York this summer, I'm still in love with frivolous frocks right now. There are a handful of items that define summertime—your favorite swimsuit, cutoff denim shorts, sandy flip-flops—and even though summer will certainly look and feel a lot different this year, that doesn't mean we can't continue to celebrate the items that might help make it feel a tad more normal. For me, that item is summer dresses. There is truly no summer dress that I won't wear—maxi, floral, knit, poplin, you name it—this seasonal item officially becomes a basic in my closet the second the temperatures rise. 

Since there are so many summer dresses on the rise right now, I wanted to do a deep dive into what some of the popular pieces actually look like on. How did I do this? Through Instagram, of course. After stalking some of my favorite fashion accounts, I was able to narrow down my top picks to 17 of the best summer dresses on the market. From fruit prints to sultry lace slips, the below assortment of dresses is my dream summer wardrobe, and I'm sure it will be yours too. 

This is the kind of slip dress I need right now—one that's 100% leveled-up. 

Pictured: Rixo Holly Rainbow Check-Print Dress ($287

Pretty sure you can do everything from nap to brunch in this dress.

Pictured: H&M Ruffle-Trimmed Dress ($20)

Cutouts are one of the summer's hottest dress trends, and this little number right here proves why.

Pictured: Cult Gaia Serita Ribbed Cotton-Blend Maxi Dress ($460)

This dress comes in so many fun colors and fabrics. I highly recommend you take a look at all your options. 

Pictured: Vanessa Mooney The Original Elisabeth Dress ($175)

Everything from the smocking to the delicate print makes this one a home run.

Pictured: Faithfull the Brand Gombardy Mini Dress in Bisset Floral ($189)

Since we will be doing a lot of lounging this summer, might I recommend a sultry lace slip to do it in?

Pictured: Sir the Label Aries Cut Out Dress ($450)

I don't care what anyone says—you will always have room for one more floral dress in your summer wardrobe. 

Pictured: LPA Samantha Dress in Amali Floral ($238)

Mixed prints and fruity palettes are the exact energy I need from a summer dress right now. 

Pictured: Farm Rio Farm Mix Maxi Dress ($245)

If you're looking to wear thin knits all throughout the warm summer months, make sure they have just enough detail to look summer appropriate as well.

Pictured: Jacquemus Off-the-Shoulder Jersey Maxi Dress ($423)

Pastel florals, tiny ruffles, pretty puff-sleeves, can't loose. 

Pictured: With Jéan Bella Dress Pansies ($189)

But have you ever seen anything more breathtaking? Let me know.

Pictured: Christopher Esber Bandeau Tie Dress ($517)

Cinderella vibes. Oh, and just wait until you see the back. 

Pictured: & Other Stories Voluminous Open Back Midi Dress ($179)

Bet you never knew how much you needed a picnic dress until now.

Pictured: For Love & Lemons Zinna Mini Dress in Lemonade ($194)

Backless dresses are a weak spot of mine. Once I see one, I must have it.

Pictured: Reformation Harleen Dress ($248)

If you've been searching for the perfect white summer dress, look no further.

Pictured: Song of Style Maven Dress in White ($238)

Have you noticed that pale yellow is thing this summer? Because it's definitely a thing. 

Pictured: Réalisation The Allegra Verona ($240)

If you think the front of this dress is pretty, just wait until you see the back. 

Pictured: Sézane Carlotta Dress ($250)

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