From Drop-Waist to A-Line: 30 Zara, H&M, and Reformation Dresses You Need to See

Woman standing in hotel room in a red, short-sleeve maxi dress and black clutch bag.

(Image credit: @marina_torres)

Summer and dresses go together like sunsets and Aperol spritzes. I can't explain it, but they just make sense. A great thing about them is that they take the guesswork out of coming up with an outfit. When you have busy summer travel plans or just want to spend as much time outside as possible before another winter arrives, you don't want to waste precious minutes deciding what top and bottom combination is best. Dresses are a one-and-done situation. The rest is just up to your shoes, bag, and jewelry.

I've been doing my fair share of seasonal shopping to get my current wardrobe—specifically, my dress collection—into top shape for summer, and Zara, H&M, and Reformation have some seriously pretty numbers that I refuse to keep to myself. Below are 30 of the best dresses from these three retailers, with a mix of silhouettes, styles, prints, textures, and price points for you to choose between. From everyday shifts to those always-needed summer wedding guest dresses, I think you'll find a cute new summer dress (or two!) below.

Zara

H&M

Reformation

Lauren Adhav
Freelance Fashion Editor

Lauren Adhav is a freelance fashion editor based in Los Angeles. Originally from Orlando, Florida, she always wanted to work at a fashion magazine. After finally getting an internship at Town & Country in 2015, she moved to New York City and continued to get her footing in the industry with stints at Cosmopolitan, W magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and Moda Operandi. In 2017, she returned to Cosmo full time, starting off as the beauty and fashion editorial assistant and working her way to fashion editor. She contributed to both the website and print issues, pitching new ideas, forecasting trends, covering red carpet events, and informing the overall coverage and brand voice. After five years in NYC, she moved to the West Coast for the sunshine and the change of pace. As a freelance fashion editor, she still contributes to Cosmo and now Who What Wear. She's always trying to get ahead of the next big trend before it goes mainstream and loves discovering fashion brands with a unique point of view (Chopova Lowena, Sandy Liang, and Bode being some of her current favorites). She also spends an unhealthy amount of time online shopping for the perfect piece, and now that she's in L.A., she's rediscovering her soft spot for malls. On the weekends, you can find her walking around the Silver Lake Reservoir, trying to catch up on her tan at Venice Beach, and probably ordering a Chinese chicken salad at Joan's on Third.