If there’s one item that I can trust more than any other to get me through summer (and, honestly, winter, spring, and fall!), it’s a chic dress. Next to my jeans, it’s probably the hardest-working item in my closet—the one piece I can easily dress up or down and can always turn to for every event in my Google Calendar. From polished work dresses to chic party frocks and cool everyday dresses, there are a handful that I’ve collected throughout spring and summer that are not only seeing me through the warm-weather season in style but also drawing an abundance of compliments. And who doesn't want that? From floral midi dresses to sophisticated tweed minidresses, see and shop the prettiest ones that are guaranteed to keep the compliments flowing.
Who What Wear has already called this dress one of the top three It items of the month since Kaia Gerber, Lili Reinhart, and Busy Philipps have recently been spotted in it. So far, I have worn it to a baby shower, wedding, and on a wine country getaway this season, and it's received plenty of admiration. I love the charming puff sleeves and romantic neckline.
Everything from the silky satin fabric to the delicate spaghetti straps and draped neckline makes this slip dress look so much more expensive than it actually is. It's the perfect easy summer dinner dress. Just add sleek minimalist sandals to finish the look. It's sold out in white, but the black version is still available and ideal to take you into fall.
This sweet little mini is the perfect vacation or beach dress, made of lightweight linen to beat the heat the in style. I love the flattering fit of the smocking fabric and the pretty puff sleeves. It's also a celeb and fashion-girl favorite. Irina Shayk was recently spotted in the sage-green version in Florence. It is rather short, so I'd recommend pairing with sporty sandals rather than heels.
I had seen this dress on some of my favorite fashion muses around the globe—styled with both heels and sneakers— and I knew I needed it in my wardrobe. It exudes an effortless french girl-vibe, has a flattering silhouette and comes is a gorgeous lilac hue (a big color trend for fall). I would advise wearing this spanx bodysuit underneath it as it is slightly sheer and has a low neckline which I couldn't seem to pair with my regular bras.
This Dôen frock makes me want to head to the South of France and frolic in the countryside among lavender fields and rolling hills. It has the most romantic vintage floral print and the prettiest puff sleeves. (Can you tell by now I have a thing for sleeves?) It's perfect for relaxed summer weekends.
Is this not the perfect LWD for summer? It's easy to wear with heels or flats, the romantic lace detailing is lovely, and the linen fabric is perfect for the sweltering summer heat. The cinched waist is also super flattering.
You may well recognize this dress already, as it's been doing the rounds on Instagram this season. It's a super-easy dress to wear in summer for work or on the weekend. The button details add a chic touch, and the midi length and wrap silhouette provide utmost versatility.
This dress has major Italian vibes going on with it's sophisticated and body-hugging silhouette. I'm in love with the spaghetti straps and of-the-moment bra cup-bodice. Wear with trendy strappy sandals for your next wedding invite or summer soirée. Expect compliments. Plenty of them.
Garden-party chic! This may not be everyone's cup of tea (it is rather bold, after all), but I'm head over heels for this vintage-style silhouette and gorgeous floral print. Perfect for, oh, you know, that polo match, that garden party, or that afternoon tea date with friends.
Well, I hope you like to be flattered because this stunning frock will win you all the praise. The lace detailing is exquisite (it almost looks vintage), and it's perfect for that special summer event (fancy summer parties, baptisms, engagement parties, weddings—maybe even your own wedding). Wherever you wear it, be ready to be inundated with compliments.