Ironically, I’m actually not the biggest dress person. On most summer days, you can find me in a casual combo of jeans and a tank or, more recently, leggings or bike shorts. However, that doesn’t mean I’m not qualified to speak on the matter. In fact, my mild aversion to wearing dresses actually makes me pickier when shopping for them, and this selectiveness translates to those which I’m willing to recommend to others, too.
So which brands do I turn to when I need a summer frock? Over the years, I’ve developed a handful of favorites—15 to be exact—and based on my Instagram findings, it seems that the majority of fashion people I love to follow are aligned with my selections. Ready to find your new summer investment (for as little as $30)? To see, read about, and shop each brand, just keep scrolling.
1. Faithfull the Brand
Faithfull the Brand has been a favorite among the fashion set for several seasons now, and I think it's obvious why.
On my list of the best things to buy from Topshop (along with boots, jeans, and tops), are dresses.
5. Cult Gaia
With each dress more Insta-famous than the next, you can never go wrong with Cult Gaia.
H&M's dresses just keep getting better, and now that it has so many trend-forward options, its affordable frocks rival a lot of the higher-end brands on this very list.
Name one thing better than a dress you can wear both to bed and to brunch.
For a chic investment piece you'll wear for years to come, look no further than luxury label Tove.
If you have an Instagram account, then whether or not you even realize, there's a good chance Réalisation's dresses are popping up on your feed all day.
Rixo’s dresses will stick with you from summer to summer. Though, that doesn't mean you won't be tempted to buy more with each new collection, especially since its prints and silhouettes are constantly evolving.
Feeling fancy? A Jacquemus dress will always satisfy your craving to dress up.
14. Sir the Label
Between its open-back dresses and smocked styles, it's no surprise that editor-beloved brand Sir the Label has seriously blown up this summer.
15. With Jéan
Last but certainly not least, With Jéan has got you covered with easy minis and midis that are pretty much guaranteed to bring in all the compliments.