I Just Got Rid of These 6 Summer Dresses for a Much Chicer Replacement

We've reached the very happy point in the year when I'm slowly bringing out my summer dresses. This usually happens one by one and then all at once, and I love to watch the process of my closest transitioning over. I must admit something, though—not every item I bring out of storage ends up being a winner.

I have a hard time letting go of things, especially when I have memories attached to them, so you might find some outdated dresses in the collection. I've rounded up the things I am currently adding to the donation pile. On the other hand, there's one dress trend I think is seriously worth investing in right now: the cotton poplin dress. It's lightweight and elegant and comes in so many iterations you'll never grow tired of it. Also, the best part is it will never end up in a donation bin. Scroll down to find your summer uniform.

Donating: Cowl-Neck Slip Dresses

Buying: Classic White Cotton Poplin Dresses


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I guarantee that a white cotton poplin dress is in every fashion person's closet. It's a piece that manages to be timeless while also being very right now. You'll feel just as elegant and poised as they do when you wear yours.


Donating: Embroidered Dresses

Buying: Cutout Cotton Poplin Dresses


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Cutouts are going to be everything this summer. The trend has really reached its peak. You're in good hands with cotton poplin. It is demure and sophisticated, making for an interesting contrast from the sharp cutouts.


Donating: Knee-Length Dresses

Buying: Colorful Cotton Poplin Dresses


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If I could pick only one color to wear this summer, it would be pink. All my Y2K dreams come true whenever I wear it.


Donating: Bandana-Print Dresses

Buying: Maxi Cotton Poplin Dresses


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There's just something about a floor-length skirt. While certain trends are starting to feel outdated, maxi dresses that I bought years ago still look just as good. You can invest without fear in this trend.


Donating: Polka-Dot Dresses

Buying: Floral-Print Cotton Poplin Dresses


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This is the most Bridgerton-esque and cottagecore section of this story, so you might want to scroll slowly so you don't miss something good. These dresses will have you glowing.


Donating: Lace-Up Dresses

Buying: Cotton Poplin Shirtdresses


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Last but not least, the most effortless staple of all happens to be the shirtdress. With it being such an easy way to get dressed, you can count on it to make your summer style easy.


This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated.

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Sierra Mayhew was always destined to work in fashion, but she didn't know it at first. Growing up with no choice but to wear a rotation of school uniforms and activewear, her love for fashion really blossomed when she moved away for college and was able to finally define her very own personal style. Shortly thereafter, she interned at Elle magazine and instantly knew that editorial was for her. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, she worked for ShopBazaar, contributing regularly to Bazaar.com, and finally made her way to Who What Wear, where she is an associate editor. When she’s not working, you can catch her always trying to catch a flight, rollerblading through New York City traffic, or exploring the latest luxury vintage boutique.