Summer is coming! (In 24 days, to be exact). And I for one, cannot wait to get my limbs into some floatier fabrics and lighter layers. One item that's going to be on heavy rotation this upcoming season is undoubtedly dresses (a welcome alternative to our leggings, bike shorts, and sweats these days). Luckily, there are plenty of trending styles to suit every sartorial taste.
From playful puff-sleeve dresses to '70s-inspired crochet fabrics, of-the-moment open-back beauties, and voluminous silhouettes, below I'm rounding 11 of of the dreamiest dress styles to get excited about this summer. And the best part? They all clock in at under $100, proving you don't have to spend a ton to look stylish this summer. Read on to stock up on the feel-good dresses to wear this warm-weather season.
One of the most captivating dress trends we're seeing this season are open-back dresses (some come with a few delicate straps, others fully open). An Insta-worthy look if there ever was one.
Playful and romantic puff sleeves are here to stay this year. Embrace the drama with these charming and affordable options below.
Crochet dresses had a major moment on the S/S 2020 runways—playing into the prevalent '70s trend. Time to channel your free-spirited style this summer.
During these times (when we are erring on the side of comfort), there's no better option than the voluminous, comfortable, and billowy frocks that are trending hard this season.
Slip dresses will never go out of style, and summer is the perfect time to sport the minimalist silhouette. Opt for one with delicate spaghetti straps—as seen all over Instagram.
Ribbed knit fabrics make every basic look more expensive. Fashion girls have been all over ribbed dresses this season, embracing the minimalist yet sophisticated look.
There's no doubt smocked detailing is one of our favorite styles this summer. Not only flattering but also super luxe-looking.
Much like milkmaid tops, milkmaid dresses are having a major moment this season. It's hard to resist the pretty gathered detailing which adds a touch of charm and romance to your look.
Dreamy lace and Broderie Anglaise fabrics are practically made for summer. They were seen all over the S/S 2020 runways, mostly in whimsical white hues. We can't wait to wear the trend with minimalist sandals this summer.
White dresses are a given for summer, but it's the unexpected black hues (a massive hit on the runways) that are coming in hot for summer. Opt for lightweight fabrics and simple silhouettes to keep the dark hue from feeling too heavy.
Long and Loose
Long, loose, and non-restrictive dress styles are trending this summer. Ideal for the comfort we're craving right now.
Judith is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear and has worked in fashion for nearly a decade. Judith started on the Shop Who What Wear team, creating content and managing a team of merchandisers for the Who What Wear shopping app. She later crossed over to the editorial team, where she shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands in her shopping-focused stories and social takeovers. She has become one of the top affiliate earners during her six plus years at Who What Wear. Before working in fashion, Judith was a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) and shared her passion for travel and food. She studied at the prestigious London Academy of Dramatic Arts as well as Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. She later studied fashion merchandising and design, which laid the foundation for her career in fashion.
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