Fashion-Girl Instagram Has Spoken—These 8 Summer Dress Trends Are Already *It*

Ready for some new summer dress trends in 2021? If you said yes, then we're on the same page, so we need to talk about all of the cool pieces to know about for the season ahead. Fashion girls are already wearing some of the trends that are poised to take over this summer, and I, for one, can't get enough of them. We're seeing a wide range of designs, so no matter what your style is, I'm confident that you'll find your perfect summer dress.

I'm particularly loving open-back dresses, sleek tube silhouettes, and the fun ocean prints that Versace popularized in its S/S 21 collection. But there are plenty more that are about to be huge once we hit peak summer. It's not too early to plan out your summer wardrobe, and if you want to get a jump-start on the best summer dress trends for 2021, now's the time.

1. Open-Back Dresses

"Naked" pieces are officially taking over, and the open-back dress is one of my favorite takes on skin-baring fashion items. Subtle yet impactful, these showstopping dresses are just stunning.

2. "Floss" Dresses

Summer dress trends 2021: "floss" dresses



Brands like Nensi Dojaka are really putting strappy "floss" dresses on the map. Look for pieces with asymmetrical and convertible straps that are so thin you can hardly see them.

3. Ocean Prints

Summer dress trends 2021: ocean prints



Versace is a major favorite among fashion insiders right now, and it's easy to see why when you look to the brand's S/S 21 collection, which had stunning pieces like the starfish- and shell-print dresses that have already reached cult status. Expect to see many more ocean prints emerge this summer.

4. Dresses With Arm Warmers

While it may sound counterintuitive to wear dresses with arm warmers during the hottest months of the year, I happen to think these pieces are perfect for summer nights when you would normally throw on a light jacket or sweater.

5. Saturated Shades

Summer dress trends 2021: saturated orange



Bold color is making a big comeback this summer. If you've been living in neutrals, there's no need to retire the pieces in your closet. However, you might want to consider injecting your wardrobe with some fun color. I particularly love the different shades of saturated orange that are everywhere on the market.

6. Strapless Tube Dresses

Summer dress trends 2021: strapless tube dresses



Calling all minimalist fashion girls. If you love streamlined, '90s-inspired pieces, you'll definitely want to get in on the resurgence of strapless tube dresses that's happening right now.

7. Retro Florals

Summer dress trends 2021: retro florals


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We've already talked about the retro-floral trend a lot, but that's because it's one of the biggest standout trends of the season. If you want to add some fun pieces to your closet, don't sleep on this one.

8. Micro Minidresses

Another skin-baring trend I can't get enough of? Micro minidresses that have the shortest possible hemlines. Bonus points if it has an unexpected print.

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