Although I love a good pair of jeans, I'll pick a breezy summer dress to wear over denim any day. Now that the weather is reaching the high 70s in the city, I'm leaning more and more into the surge of summer dresses that have been inundating my heart and mind. If you're an impulsive shopper like me, it's easy to snag a super-cute, ultra-trendy summer dress style that you've seen on at least five celebrities. Let's be real, though. Timeless, chic summer dresses are where it's at, especially ones easy on the eyes and wallet.
Below, browse 40 dresses I can't stop thinking about, all ringing in under $100. Ahead of the official start of summer, aka Memorial Day weekend, these are the cutest clothing items you need the most. Happy shopping!
The high neckline on this dress makes it feel ultra elevated while still making a statement with a pop of color.
Wait, I think I just found the holy grail of all white maxi dresses.
For the people who are dead set on living their Hot Girl Summer life.
Little details on knit dresses—like these O rings—can transform anything from boring to brilliant.
Although there's only one size left in this dress, I'm patiently waiting for it to arrive in the mail after I already hit buy.
Channel your inner Meredith Blake with this ultra-cute activewear look perfect for running errands in.
BRB, transforming the rest of my closet to match this dreamy lilac hue.
A preppy pick for those late summer evenings on the New England coast.
Crotchet maxi dresses may be one of the best dress trends to emerge from this year.
This mod-looking dress looks like it was taken straight off the set of Daisy Jones & The Six.
Style this dress up or down with a pair of heeled sandals and chunky gold jewelry or your favorite running shoes and an oversize poplin dress shirt.
I didn't think I would love zebra print this much in 2023, yet here we are.
No need to pack a steamer on your summer travels abroad. This dress already comes pre-wrinkled and is all the more effortlessly chic because of it.
This butter-yellow dress from Mango is by far one of my favorites on the list.
Before joining Who What Wear, Ana was Glamour magazine's editorial assistant, where she focused on daily news and special packages, including leading the brand's 2022 Met Gala coverage. For more than half a decade, she has covered style, beauty, and digital culture for publications such as Paper magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue Japan, and Allure, among others. Ana has been called a rising star in media by publications such as Nylon and Teen Vogue. (Her mother, meanwhile, calls her "the coolest person" she knows.)
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