Three Key Dress Styles To Help You Beat The Heat

Without a doubt, summer is the season of the dress—and we’ve identified three key styles you need to update your warm-weather repertoire now: the midi dress, the fit and flare frock, and the classic shift. Whether you’re in the market for a ladylike look or in the mood for minimalism, one of these styles will satisfy your sensibilities.

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    The midi dress--a stylish compromise between the floor-sweeping maxi and skin-baring mini--exudes easy elegance. The frock’s mid-length hem is demure but not prim, and in the season’s punchy colors and prints, it’s ideal for anything from a festive wedding to resort getaway.

     

    BCBGMaxazria Printed Sleeveless Dress ($528)

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    Nasty Gal

    Pop Tropic Midi Dress ($78)

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    Jenni Kayne

    Racerback Tank Dress ($595)

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    Rachel Comey

    Lima Dress ($472) in Midnight

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    Thanks to its boxy proportions, the shift dress skims your figure and offers a forgiving silhouette. This universally beloved style is the perfect nod to the season's mod revival, so invest in one that transitions easily from work (paired with pointy-toe shoes) to play (styled with gladiator sandals and a statement necklace).

     

    BDG Denim-Block Shift Dress ($69)

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    Equipment

    Owen Dress ($298) in Leopard Snake Print

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    Pixie Market

    Edie Check Dress ($135)

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    Rag & Bone

    Aberdeen Dress ($450)

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    Cinching in at the waist with a fuller, flared skirt--hence its name, fit and flare--this frock is the perfect party companion. A throwback to retro ‘50s silhouettes, this style smacks of feminine, flirtatious allure, especially when paired with peep-toe pumps.

     

    ASOS Shirt Dress in Fluoro Jacquard Spot ($65)

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    Reformation

    Dove Dress ($198)

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    Diane von Furstenberg

    Renee Fit and Flare Knit Dress ($398)

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Owen Dress

Owen Dress

Equipment, $298
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The Creative Class Tropical Stripe Dress

The Creative Class Tropical Stripe Dress

Article &, $68
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Edie Check Dress

Edie Check Dress

Pixie Market, $135
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Denim-Block Shift Dress

Denim-Block Shift Dress

BDG, $69
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Aberdeen Dress

Aberdeen Dress

Rag & Bone, $450
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Renee Fit and Flare Knit Dress

Renee Fit and Flare Knit Dress

Diane von Furstenberg, $398
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Sleeveless Cross Back Dress

Sleeveless Cross Back Dress

DKNY, $295
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Shirt Dress in Fluoro Jacquard Spot

Shirt Dress in Fluoro Jacquard Spot

ASOS, $65
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Dove Dress

Dove Dress

Reformation, $198
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Lace Sleeveless Dress

Lace Sleeveless Dress

Tibi, $545
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Printed Sleeveless Dress

Printed Sleeveless Dress

BCBGMaxazria, $528
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Lima Dress

Lima Dress

Rachel Comey, $472
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Moto Vintage Midi Denim Dress

Moto Vintage Midi Denim Dress

Topshop, $90
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Pop Tropic Midi Dress

Pop Tropic Midi Dress

Nasty Gal, $78
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