Fashion

Ditch The Sweats And Get Dressed Up, Here Are 20 Dresses That Are Perfect For Summer

By Phoebe Youl
18th Oct 2020

A woman wearing a baby blue ruffled Stine Goya dress.

With summer just around the corner and spring well and truly underway, it signals that time of year where we can again free our legs from their fleecy confines, in turn for a more sartorially Spring-feeling counterpart. 

While dresses aren’t exactly groundbreaking, thanks to their throw-on appeal and endless versatility, a single addition can make a pretty big impact when it comes to switching up your wardrobe for the warmer weather. 

So, while we’re not suggesting it's time you hang up your sweats for good, we have a feeling once you lay eyes on these affordable finds, you won’t want to put them on again anytime soon—even if it is just for Zoom. 

From the 90s inspired mini we’ve already got in our cart, to the floral printed crepe number we can’t stop thinking about, we’ve rounded up 20 of the best dresses you can shop for under $400 and wear all spring (and summer) long.

St. Agni Anzu Dress

PRICE: $199

With its ‘90s style spaghetti straps and square neckline, this textured linen and cotton blend mini-dress is a Spring wardrobe staple. Shop it here

Sleeper Brigitte Belted Ruffled Linen Mini Dress

PRICE: $336

Not ready to get out of your PJs? Meet Sleeper—a label that's all about luxury live-in sleepwear for all-day, every day. This throw-on nightie-inspired number features a square neckline and delicate ruffle details, making it the perfect way to adopt airy linen into your spring wardrobe. Shop it here

Witchery Cotton Tiered Dress

PRICE: $149

Incorporate the tiered trend with this polished cotton mini dress, featuring puff sleeves, exposed buttons, and exaggerated cuff details. Shop it here

GANNI Gingham Crepe Wrap Midi Dress

PRICE: $308

Made from fluid crepe GANNI's signature and super flattering wrap style midi dress is a total must for your spring and summer wardrobe. We love the cool-girl gingham in deep emerald green and the subtle high-low hem. Shop it here

Cotton On The Sweetheart Neck Mini Dress

PRICE: $39

Made for springtime picnicking, this sweetheart neckline mini dress, with its button-down front and cute cap sleeves is a vibe. Shop it here

Sir The Label Ambroise Gathered Dress

PRICE: $380

This gathered white linen column-style maxi can be worn both as a dress and separately as a top and skirt thanks to its button waist detail—we think it's stunning. Shop it here

Bec + Bridge Clover Mini Dress

PRICE: $220

With its boat neck detail and sleek bonded crepe silhouette, this staple black mini dress is the answer to what-to-wear to any spring event. Shop it here

Faithfull The Brand Le Galet Midi Dress

PRICE: $219

Suitable for day or night, this dreamy gingham maxi dress features a flattering shirred waistline, puff sleeves, and a tiered A-line skirt. Shop it here

M.N.G Perniv-H Dress

PRICE: $44

Thanks to its oversized silhouette and accentuated shoulder detail, this tank dress will bring an off-duty style to any outfit. Shop it here

Frankie Shop Loulou Tiered Cotton-Poplin Midi Dress

PRICE: $206

Super lightweight and airy, this versatile piece features a loose fit and tiered hem that hits just above the ankle. Shop it here

Reformation Noha Floral-Print Crepe Mini Dress

PRICE: $252

Cut from floral-printed crepe this slim fit mini dress looks just as cute paired with sneakers as it does sandals. Shop it here

Gina RTW Freya Silk Slip Dress

PRICE: $289

Featuring a straight neckline, skinny shoulder straps, and a figure-hugging silhouette this silk slip dress is the perfect throw-on. Shop it here

Reformation Robles Ruffled Linen Mini Dress

PRICE: $339

With a ruffled square neckline and feminine puffed sleeves, this dress is the prettiest way to incorporate linen into your wardrobe. Shop it here

Munthe Belted Washed-Satin Midi Shirt Dress

PRICE: $330

Cut from fluid washed-satin and featuring a waist-defining belt, this shirt dress will look just as good in your work wardrobe as it does on the weekend. Shop it here

Stine Goya Marine Striped Satin-Jacquard Mini Dress

PRICE: $331

Sweet and playful, this lightweight satin mini dress is the perfect trend-led piece with its square neckline, romantic puffed sleeves, and full skirt. Shop it here

Marle Margaux Dress

PRICE: $300

A luxurious wardrobe addition, this minimalist midi dress with its round neckline and split side seam detailing is a must-have. Shop it here

Aere Open Back Maxi Dress

PRICE: $149

With its open back and split detail, this linen maxi dress is the perfect slip-on-and-go option to add to your wardrobe. Shop it here

Shona Joy Amaia Shirt Dress

PRICE: $220

The ultimate versatile piece, wear this crisp cotton-poplin shirt dress with flat sandals in the day and heels at night. Shop it here

Rotate Birger Christensen Shona Bridget Polka-Dot Satin-Jacquard Wrap Midi Dress

PRICE: $376

Thanks to its super flattering silhouette, this wrap midi dress will make a statement wherever you go with its polka-dot satin print. Shop it here

Dazie Abby Cut Out Linen Blend Dress

PRICE: $89

Thanks to its coveted 70s-style cutaway side detail, this linen-blend mini is a chic take on your classic sun-dress. Shop it here

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Image credit: Stine Goya

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