My Ideal Summer Night Is Dining Alfresco in These Pretty Dresses—See Them All

Everything feels better when you do it in a dress. That feeling is increased twofold when it comes to sitting down for a delicious meal outside. From the comfortable breeze to the orange sunset glow, nothing tops dining alfresco in a pretty dress while taking in the summer scenery. In fact, it's pretty much all I want to do right now. My humble balcony has seen more scrappy candlelit dinners than I'd care to admit.

You technically don't have to dress up every time you enjoy a plate of pasta outdoors, but wearing a nice dress surely enhances the experience. Should you, too, have many evenings of alfresco dinners ahead, take time to consider the below dresses. From elegant silk numbers to low-key floral pieces, each is exactly what I envision wearing on a warm night while downing a glass of wine and a delectable cheese plate. Even if you prefer to eat indoors, these dresses are simply so pretty that you're bound to wear them for at least one occasion this season. Scroll on to shop my favorites and see some summer inspiration. 



Just from the details alone, I'd never guess this dress would be under $100.

Loose and flowy—perfect for housing a food baby.

The soft ruffles are nostalgic without being too cheesy.

You can definitely wear this for more than dining out.

While the front is supremely elegant, the back features a subtly seductive cutout.

At 60% off, it's pretty obvious that this should immediately be added to your cart.

Style this with colorful earrings and heels to play up the tropical print.



Sheer is everywhere these days, and if you're game to try the trend, here's a way to embrace it without going totally risqué.

While wearing black undergarments is an obvious choice, another approach would be styling a bright swimsuit underneath.

I feel like Reformation has another viral hit on its hands.

Crinkled material means you don't have to worry about ironing or steaming.

Here is more evidence that an oversize button-down is the MVP of summer. This dress can be worn as a cover-up or worn with heels for a low-key dinner look.



Since everyone couldn't stop talking about that pink Zara dress, the retailer released a similar version in black.

This dress should come with its own plate of cacio e pepe.

When comfort and cool are key, Sleeper's selection of effortless linen dresses is your best bet.

The patchwork just does something to me.

If I'm making a list, ACNE Studios will always be on it.