Whether you have big plans for a vacation, or you’re sticking close to home but still want to look great, dresses are the perfect conduit for chic summer fashion. Flowing, flirty, sophisticated, or care-free, dresses can accommodate a variety of occasions with minimal effort, which leaves lots of time for seasonal fun and freedom. With so many great summer trends, it’s difficult to narrow it down. However, choosing the most wearable designs, a look that’s easy to accessorize, and a flattering cut is definitely the way to go, so let’s get started.
Bohemian beauty is back in a big way this season. With natural, flowing hairstyles, sweet, minimal makeup, and ’70s-inspired accessories, this look is perfect for summer. Dresses in the same vein are usually very retro, with fun colors and a laid-back vibe, and Glamour is loving the crocheted look this time around. Whether you opt for a bold geometric pattern or a short white dress, including this knitted style is a must. Accessorize with round sunglasses, an arm full of bangles, and lace-up gladiator sandals for a look that’s on point.
Some might say that maxi dresses have never gone out of style, and although this may have some truth to it, the look is back in a big way this season. Lyst’s curators have a knack for predicting summer dress trends, and they’re recommending the maxi as one of the best options. Thanks to silhouette-lengthening powers and an effortlessly chic vibe, this dress design is a look that, when hitting at the right length, is universally flattering. For outfit inspiration, pair a striped criss-cross halter maxi with espadrille wedges, an oversized tote, sleek hair, and fresh makeup to create a nautical feel that’s very “now.”
Beat the heat in a cold-shoulder dress that’s anything but frigid. This popular look is perfect for summer and great for catching some rays as you sun your shoulders while out and about. As Fashionisers pointed out, many of the top designers—like Oscar de la Renta, Proenza Schouler, and Lanvin—had exposed shoulders gracing their runways this season. Luckily for us non models, this look is easy to pull off. Shoulders are not a typical problem area for most women, so this leaves the rest of the dress to play up your best assets while still injecting a ton of style. Sweep your hair up to really get the full effect of this look and show off that exposed skin.
Ramp up the romance with a beautiful, frilly, ruffle-adorned dress. Perfect for picnics in the park, weddings, baby showers, date night, and more, this feminine and flirty style makes for a beautiful addition to summer wardrobes. Pair these flouncy dresses with soft, wavy hair and light, dainty accessories for a truly romantic outfit. Take the girlie route and complete this look with shoes featuring ribbon straps that lace around the ankles and tie in a bow; or opt for something edgier with a pair of leather ankle booties and a lightweight, cropped leather jacket for those cooler evenings.
Dresses are the perfect addition to a summery wardrobe. Not only are they easy and effortless, but they also look great in a variety of situations and settings. Pair yours with the right accessories to quickly transform your outfit to match your mood and fit the season.