Summer means summer dresses, yay! If you’re all about looking stylish—and getting dressed without too much fuss—the dress is your go-to fashion piece for summer. This season’s top frocks are not only trendy—they’re versatile and easy to dress up or down, so you can wear them everywhere summer takes you, from the office to casual days and weekends, and fancy evenings out. We’ve rounded up the best summer outfits for women, as worn by some of today’s street style fashion influencers. Plus, get fashion tips on how to make your outfit feel fresh when you wear a summer dress.
The Little White Dress
The little white dress is just as essential for summer as your go-to little black dress. There’s something so fresh about a pretty white dress when the temperature is soaring. You’ll find plenty of cute variations on this dress at retailers, from the sweet, white pleated mini dress seen here, to crisp sheaths that would be perfect for the office, and long white maxi dresses.
Styling tip: Carry a structured purse to instantly dress up a little white dress this summer.
The Summer Essential Maxi Dress
If you don’t have a simple, strappy maxi dress in your summer wardrobe yet, what are you waiting for? The maxi dress is not only flattering to every shape, it’s a super versatile, wearable piece of clothing that you can style for loads of different occcasions and events. Wear it to work with a blazer and pumps, with bare shoulders and sneakers for casual summer weekends, or with a leather jacket for evening events and date nights.
We recommend stocking your closet with at least one solid colored maxi dress, and another in a pleasing print, to get you through the warmer seasons stylishly.
Styling tip: The length of a maxi dress matters. When you’re wearing a maxi dress for daytime, you can choose a style that hits a few inches above the ankle, as pictured, to show off fabulous sandals. Dressing up for evening? A super long hem that skims the floor looks fanciest.
The One Shoulder Dress
Bare shoulders are as sure a sign of summer as the sound of the ice cream truck coming down the street. While off-the-shoulder dresses and tops are still in style, this summer you can make a style statement in a trendy one-shoulder dress.
Look for a dress that fits well through your shoulders and chest, so there’s no pulling or gapping. You can go fitted or flowy, short or long, solid or printed in this dress, to suit your style and the occasion.
Styling tip: Accessorizing a one shoulder dress doesn’t have to be tricky. A bold cuff bracelet and dangling earrings will always look right with this summer dress style.
The Floral Mini Dress
Floral prints are a summer fashion mainstay, and this season is no exception. We’re huge fans of a floral mini dress for summer, which can be styled to look cute for summer dates, shopping days, or lounging on the deck or patio.
Wear it with your favorite sneakers for casual days and weekends, with strappy high heel sandals for a sexy look, or with black ankle boots as seen here, for an effortlessly stylish vibe that’s great for days walking around any city or town.
Styling tip: A cross body bag in a solid color that complements your dress, is a great way to add more color to your outfit.