Easy Summer Dresses

In the summer, I especially love the ease—the one-and-doneness—of a dress. I have a few that I slip on routinely, and find they go just as well with flip-flops or bare feet as they do with heels.

Here are some I’ve starred recently…

Love all three shades of this Dauphine dress by Sézane, a French label with lots of beautiful dresses—most with 100% cotton and a certain special je ne sais quois. That’s the same dress, only in Terra Cotta, up top. If you like looser sleeves (I wonder how tight these would be on larger biceps), the Giovana is beautiful, too.

I’m a sucker for all white in the summer. Love this Nauman Linen Dress (30% off during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale), which could be dressed up or down.

Here’s another take, in a wrap style. Or if you like something shorter, check out this smock dress.

Christy Dawn draws on the prairie dress trend and uses only deadstock fabric from fashion houses to keep it out of landfills. The California brand also has a gorgeous new collaboration with Madewell (the tops could be paired with skirts).

For another pretty option with delicate little flowers, I like this ruffled maxi.

Ever since my trip to Spain, I’ve been looking to inject a bit more fun into my dress collection. This Tropical Birds dress by FARM Rio is so fun and playful. I would love to pack this on vacation. The brand is also carried at Anthropologie, and I like this spaghetti strap number, too.

If you like bolder prints you might also like this long one from Mango, this silk floral midi from & Other Stories, or this trapeze dress in palm print (so cute).

Or, likewise, this color-blocked dress by English Factory.

Plaid and Polk dots! This scalloped gingham dress is on sale at Madewell right now. And I like the rust color of this smock dress from ASOS.

I confess I would also love to try on this much more playful gingham maxi dress.

I keep checking to see if this Apiece Apart x Madewell Nueva Costa Floral Maxi Dress has gone on sale. No luck yet!

You might also like this floral print from Mango or their flower chiffon. And this floral dress was recently worn by Kate Middleton.

Amour Vert means “green love” and this Olive Maxi dress, also available in navy, is made from fabric harvested sustainably from eucalyptus trees. (Tip: if you join their email list, they’ll give you 15% off.)

One other LBD to consider, if you prefer a dark option.

Ace & Jig is legendary for their textiles— yarn-dye, woven fabric numbers that will last a long time. And the company has a no-waste policy for scrap fabric as a way to cut pollution in the fashion industry. Many of their cotton dresses would be perfect for summer. They’re not cheap, but they do occasionally show up on re-sale sites like Garmentory or Poshmark.

If you like their vibe, you might check out this halter or this caftan from Anthropologie.

I almost always pack a red dress on vacation. This poppy one, from Everlane, seems very all-occasion—and is on sale right now. It’s made in their GoWeave material which does not wrinkle and which is sustainably made.

Also love this red dress by Free People, which would make me want to dance, and this cotton crepe dress from & Other Stories.

I have a red tiered one (a little like this or like the Annie by Sézane) that goes everywhere, for example. I’m curious about this similar denim version.

Which of your dresses do you wear on repeat? Anything you’re hoping to add to your closet? 

P.S. Last photo from our trip to Puglia last summer. (Part one and part two.)

[Photo from respective sources; thank you to Cary Rogers for her help on some of this research.]

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