Here’s A Preview Of The 15 Best Summer Dresses, According To Passionate Reviewers

Throughout our intrepid warm-weather shopping research, we've realized that we can't wait to get out of our stuffy jeans and glide into some summer dresses. The temperature is steadily increasing, and once the heat is at an all-time high, a breathable dress is the ultimate go-to. Lounging at home, running mid-day errands, prepping for weddings, and weekend city shopping with friends, you name it. 

To excitedly prepare you for a full summer of dress-wearing — that you can easily fashion for warm spring days — we crafted a guide to the breeziest and lightweight summer dresses worth living in for the seasons to come. Thus, to suss out the silhouettes everyone is currently carting, we headed straight for the review sections of our favorite sites. Once you've read — and shopped — this story, don't be alarmed if strangers stop and ask where you bought your summer frock or if you and your best friend end up wearing the same whimsical number.

Ahead, click through everything from a summery Anthropologie staple to a flowy pineapple yellow smocked piece — or just to peep what made customers cut on the "best-frocked" list for early spring and summer.

Welcome to Hype Machine, our hit-list of the top reviewed products across the web — according to a crowd of die-hard shoppers. Call this your 4-star & up only club, with entry granted by our devoted-to-the-goods shop editors.

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The Summer-In-A-Bottle Dress

Eloquii Apricot Blossom Print Slip Dress

The Hype: 4.9 out of 5 stars; 7 reviews on

You're not looking at any ordinary slip dress. Behold the most adorable floral frock, dusted with specks of blush pink, sun-kissed orange, and white. The piece is chock-full of pretty details, so you don't have to focus too much on additional accessories. "This dress is beautiful. It glides over the body perfectly. Very flattering. The material is gorgeous and feels great on the body. I am so happy with it," writes a reviewer.

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Eloquii Slip Dress, $, available at Eloquii

The Flowy Daydreaming Dress

Free People Oasis Midi Dress

The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 199 reviews on

Care to waft around your neighborhood this summer in a cloud of style, romance, and lightweight fabric? The Oasis Midi Dress has a flowy silhouette with voluminous elbow-length sleeves that you can wear off-the-shoulder or on — the latter gives cottagecore vibes. "This dress gives major fairy princess vibes, and I love it. It fits a bit big because of the smocking. However, I sized down one size and still had room," writes a reviewer.

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Free People Oasis Midi Dress, $, available at Free People

The Iconic Nap Dress

Hill House Home The Ellie Nap Dress

The Hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars; 141 reviews on

The nap dress is a shining piece that rose to stardom in 2020 because of its loose-fitting, comfy, and timeless style for lounging at home. In 2023, we're still obsessed with how breezy it is and on our toes for the latest releases of luxe gemstone hues, cottagecore variations, and regal prints. "I am shocked. This dress is super flattering, and the straps are just magnificent! They stay up and make the dress feel elegant and regal," exclaims a reviewer. "It's definitely a must-buy! I love how you can dress it up or down!! Also, you can wear a bra with straps because it gets covered by the dress's straps! Very impressed."

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Hill House Home The Ellie Nap Dress, $, available at Hill House Home

The Silky "Special Event" Shirt Dress

Abercrombie & Fitch Long-Sleeve Twist-Front Shirt Dress

The Hype: 4.1 out of 5 stars; 11 reviews on

Why does it always seem like you suddenly have nothing to wear when there's a social event? Before it happens, prep yourself with Abercrombie & Fitch's silky long-sleeve shirt dress. You'll be ready whether it's a friend's birthday, an engagement party, a work event, or a special dinner. "I bought this for my birthday dinner and absolutely loved it! It's classy but still fun. I'll definitely get more than one wear out of it," exclaims a reviewer.

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Abercrombie Long-Sleeve Twist-Front Shirt Dress, $, available at Abercrombie & Fitch

The Fan-Favorite Maxi Dress

Anthropologie The Somerset Maxi Dress

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 466 reviews on

Anthropologie fans love it. Our editors love it. The Somerset Maxi Dress is a cherished style among fashion enthusiasts and is raved about as a staple piece. There are a plethora of versions, from a luxe velvet version to a gorgeous cutwork frock. "Who doesn't love a dress that fits everyone perfectly and that you can dress up or down? The Somerset dress is a staple in anyone's wardrobe," a reviewer exclaims. "If you haven't tried it, please do. I love wearing it with just sneakers and a denim jacket. I styled mine with boots and a leather jacket. Also, the style opportunities for this dress for shoes and accessories are endless." 

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The Somerset Collection by Anthropologie The Somerset Maxi Dress, $, available at Anthropologie

The Dainty Figure-Hugging Maxi Dress

Summersalt The Ribbed Tie-Shoulder Maxi Dress

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 46 reviews on

Who's ready to slip into the softest maxi dress ever? Summersalt has created the upgraded version of your go-to figure-hugging ribbed maxi with cotton poplin shoulder straps with contrasting color ties. "I absolutely love everything about this dress! So much so that I got it in two colors, blue and black! I also bought the tank version in red. I'll receive that in the mail soon," raves a reviewer. "The fit, fabric, and bows are all amazing! It's a must-have for my closet to throw on when I feel like I have nothing to wear. It can be dressed up or down. It's truly amazing!"

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Summersalt The Softest Ribbed Tie-Shoulder Maxi Dress, $, available at Summersalt

The Workwear-Approved Dress

Everlane The Linen Workwear Dress

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 105 reviews on

Have you ever wished your beloved summer shirt could be made a bit longer into a dress? Everlane must have heard your wishes because the brand has done just that with its breathable Linen Workwear Dress. Its classic notched collar, knee-length button front, and utility-inspired pockets make it a must-have for hot summer and off-duty days in the office. "I always wear this in warm weather, to my office with nice shoes and accessories, or to the beach with flip-flops, etc. I personally would love a few green colors for this dress," writes a reviewer.

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Everlane The Linen Workwear Dress, $, available at Everlane

The Pool-Approved Maxi Dress

Madewell Lightestspun Cover-Up Maxi Shirtdress

The Hype: 3.6 out of 5 stars; 22 reviews on

Don't run away! We know you see a 3.6, but this Madewell dress deserves your attention — especially if you're planning an island vacay. It's a loose, feather-light frock made from the brand's Lightspun double gauze fabric. Since certain colors like ivory are a bit see-through, we recommend styling it over your colorful printed bathing suits en route to the beach. The slightly oversized one-piece has buttons going down, making it easy to get in and out, which is vacay-approved. "At first glance, I thought this would look like a bathrobe. But, no! It has great lines. Super simple and elegant. Dress it up or down. It works as a maxi shirt dress or a duster/coverup. Material is soft and gauzy but substantial," writes a reviewer.

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Madewell Lightestspun Cover-Up Maxi Shirtdress, $, available at Madewell

The Subtle Statement Date-Night Midi Dress

Asos Design Curve Soft Embroidered Godet Flared Sleeve Midi Skater Dress

The Hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars; 17 reviews on

Exude a graceful yet luxe vibe in this flowy midnight black silhouette. The colorful floral embroidery adds an eye-catching aside from the plunging neckline. It's a dress no one will ever forget on a date night. "A one-of-a-kind gorgeous dress. It's well-made and flattering. One thing to be aware of is that it has a very low cut, but it can be modified with a small piece of fabric or bandeau top underneath," shares a reviewer.

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ASOS DESIGN Curve Soft Embroidered Godet Flared Sleeve Midi Skater Dress, $, available at ASOS

The Trendy Utility-Inspired Mini Dress

J.Crew Zip-Front Chino Dress

The Hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars; 61 reviews on J.Crew

All things utilitarian is a top 2023 spring fashion trend, and what better way to tap into the sensation than a comfy fitted zip-front chino dress? "J. Crew - Please never stop offering this dress to your customers. It is truly incredible, beyond flattering! It makes me look a little more proportional than I am," raves a reviewer. "I NEED this in more colors; please keep this style going!!! Anyone out there who wants an awesome casual yet versatile dress, buy this if you can! You won't regret it!"

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J.Crew Zip-Front Chino Dress, $, available at J.Crew

The Ultimate Spring/Summer Wedding Guest Dress

Eliza J Floral Ruched Chiffon Faux Wrap Dress

The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars; 109 reviews on

Look pretty in pink at upcoming spring weddings in a dreamy flowery wrap dress. The delicate ruffles, ruching, and sash add that romantic flair that coincides perfectly with a happy nuptial. "I love Eliza J dresses; this is the first time I've tried a "special occasion" dress from this brand. The dress is much pinker in person than blush. It's still pretty but pinker than I was expecting," shares a reviewer. "This dress looks modest below-the-knee length, but the slip underneath the shear outer layer is short- WAY above the knee. Basically, the ruffle portion is totally sheer. So you look modest standing there, but if there is sunlight behind you, and you don't have your knees together, wow, it's super sexy. Not a problem per se, but something to be aware of."

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Eliza J. Floral Ruched Chiffon Faux Wrap Dress, $, available at Nordstrom

The Most (Low-Key) Elevated Dress

Universal Standard Carefree Stretch Twill Shirtdress

The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars; 11 reviews on

Universal Standard's new twill shirtdress is ideal when you want to look put together with limited effort. Do you have packages to mail back or have a quick doctor's appointment? We've found you the minimalistic one piece that'll do it all. The collar also adds a polished touch. "US comes through again with the stretch twill shirt dress. I wear it with leggings and flats. The fabric is neutral ivory, a great canvas for jewelry or a scarf," shares a reviewer. "It's heavy enough that there is no need for a slip or tank underneath. I'm 5'3" US size small and feel comfortable (and cute) in the shirtdress."

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Universal Standard Carefree Stretch Twill Shirtdress, $, available at Universal Standard

The Environmentalist Dress

Pact Fit & Flare Strappy Dress

The Hype: 4.1 out of 5 stars; 116 reviews on

For those looking for the best eco-friendly summer dress out there, Pact has the best bet in earth-friendly organic cotton. It doesn’t hurt that this universally flattering style has a built-in bra and two on-seam pockets for extra comfort and utility. “Built-in bra, pockets, four-way stretch — it's my favorite dress," writes one reviewer who has it in three other versions: black, blue, and pink.

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PACT Fit & Flare Strappy Dress, $, available at PACT

The Versatile Maxi Dress

Quince Tencel Jersey Tank Maxi Dress

The Hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars; 276 reviews on

Are you searching for that timeless maxi dress? That one sleek and comfortable piece to lounge at home in and then wear out for date night. Well, look no further. Here it is. “So cute! Perfect with sneakers for a laid-back look or wedges for a more dressed-up style! Just buy it, trust. Size up though, unless you want a super tight bodycon fit,” writes a Quince reviewer. However, a ton of reviewers suggest to double-check the size chart, especially if you’re looking for a roomier or fitted version.

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Quince Tencel Jersey Tank Maxi Dress, $, available at Quince

The Freewheelin' Frock

Linenfox Nida Watermelon Linen Dress

The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars; 17,786 reviews on

The forgiving silhouette and convertible belt of this easy linen dress mean it can be styled to the wearer’s specifications. Reviewers adore how you can adjust the waist and make it tighter or looser, depending on their mood. “The fabric is gorgeous, with a beautiful drape. It’s a very simple shape with a lot of fabric; the belt is what gives it shape and you can fuss with the fabric to make it lay right so it flatters your particular shape," writes one reviewer.

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Linenfox Nida Dress, $, available at Etsy

The Dreamy Floral Number

The Hype:

Stay breezy in this delicate floral dress with flutter sleeves and an asymmetrical hem. Reviewers rave that it's a gorgeous number for engagement photos, summer weddings, and dates.

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& Other Stories Babydoll Tied Sleeve Detail Dress, $, available at & Other Stories

The Travel Companion

Toad&Co Sunkissed Maxi Dress

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars, 207 reviews on

This whimsical floral-printed dress boasts scores of glowing reviews that praise the frock for its high-performance, sweat-wicking, and rumple-proof qualities. With UPF fabric that provides excellent sun protection and a quick-drying, anti-wrinkle nylon fabrication, this durable and flattering dress is a stylish option for travel and outdoor activity. “Love this dress. The fabric is so lightweight and comfortable. I have worn it on vacation at the beach as well as traveling on the plane and walking around in NOLA when it was 100 degrees," writes one reviewer. "At first, I thought it was going to be very wrinkly based on how it looked when I received it, but after hanging up for a few hours the wrinkles were gone which also makes it a perfect travel dress. Always receive compliments when I wear it.”

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Toad&Co Sunkissed Maxi Dress, $, available at Toad&Co

The Comfiest

YesNo Cotton Maxi Dress

The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars; 375 reviews on

The soft fabrication and accommodating silhouette of this pajama-like Amazon number earned it glowing reviews from comfort-seeking customers. “I read all the reviews before purchasing. I am 5’ 3 and very top-heavy. I bought the large and it fits well, it is a tiny bit tight across the very top edge but actually works well for me because often times if I order larger there is too much of a gap under my armpits. My bra band size is smallish: 34," writes one reviewer. "For me, this is the perfect dress for hot weather, for lounging at the house, watering outside and I am sure it will look adorable in cooler weather with a cardigan or jacket. I am buying my second one now.”

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YESNO Cotton Maxi Dress, $, available at Amazon

The Wardrobe Essential

Surplice Maxi Dress

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 1,317 reviews on

This floral dress is winning rave reviews from over a thousand highly satisfied customers. Reviewers say it’s the type of frock that can be transformed into almost any look with the right accessories and wears with the utmost elegance and ease. “This dress is everything I wanted and nothing I don't. Simple, drapes well. The material is your standard summer maxi stretchy matte cotton," writes one reviewer. "The V isn’t so deep that you need a cami to cover cleavage at work. The sleeves are long enough to not be sleeveless but close enough to be cool. The armholes are blessedly normal-sized and not gaping.”

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Amazon Essentials Plus Size Surplice Maxi Dress, $, available at Amazon

A Comfy Day Dress

Cross Front Flutter Sleeve Dress

The Hype: 4.1 out of 5 stars; 324 reviews on

Women size 12 and up sing the praises of Eloquii’s bright green dress, citing a fabric weight suited for year-round wear and expert, flattering tailoring. "Thick and stretchy material was perfect. I paired with sneakers for a casual look and was so glad that substantial shapewear wasn't needed," writes one reviewer. "Great dress for church and work. It’s a little roomy, [so] size down if you want a more snug fit," another reviewer shares.

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Eloquii Cross Front Flutter Sleeve Dress, $, available at Eloquii

The Sultry Date-Night Dress

Asymmetrical One-Shoulder Maxi Dress

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 37 reviews on

Slip into this figure-hugging maxi dress and be amazed as the stretch-enhanced crepe fabric hugs your curves. The thigh-high side-slit detail and single-strap shoulder add a flirty touch for a date night or wedding guest dress. "Anyone who wants to show their figure off with a tight and slim fit (also legs!), this is the dress for you," shares a reviewer. "I wore it to an outdoor wedding, and it was perfect for outdoor late spring temp. I'm 5'3, and the regular fit was perfect."

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Abercrombie & Fitch Asymmetrical One-Shoulder Maxi Dress, $, available at Abercrombie & Fitch

The Dainty Denim Mini Dress

The Denim Puff-Sleeve Mini Dress In Dawnshire Wash

The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 15 reviews on

Denim dresses exude retro vibes. Yet, this mini also adds puff sleeves, ruched shoulders, and princess seams for a delicate, but romantic appearance. "This dress is my dream come true. Right when I saw it — I knew I had to have it," exclaims a reviewer. "Form-fitting, feminine, delicate, it's a beautiful and flattering piece of clothing. The wide neckline makes choosing a bra semi-difficult, but it's so worth it otherwise! Perfect length and silhouette. Can you tell I'm obsessed?"

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Madewell Denim Puff-Sleeve Mini Dress, $, available at Madewell

The Effortless Linen Midi Dress

Woven Linen Dress

The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars; 3 reviews on

The Woven Linen dress is new to the summer frock game. However, it’s a classic staple not to be overlooked. It features a clean square neckline with a flattering low-back design. “This won’t be just sleepwear once it gets hot this summer,” writes a reviewer. “This is a great body-skimming dress with a flattering cut, lovely soft linen fabric — the only thing wrong is that more colors are needed. Overall, it's a terrific summer dress, not just for bedtime.” Meet your new versatile soft, and lightweight dress.

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Lunya Woven Linen Dress, $, available at Lunya

The Tropical Vacay Maxi Dress

Farm x Anthropologie Poppy Print Maxi Dress

The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 17 reviews on

As you prep for your last-minute summer vacays, don’t forget this whimsical floral frock. Not only will you fall head over heels with the hues, but the flowy silhouette and balloon sleeves will entice you to twirl in circles with a drink in hand. “Have you ever tried on a dress that immediately made you smile and want to dance around in it? This is the one,” writes a reviewer. “The vivid colors are joyful, and the silky fabric is very comfortable. I am 5’9 and typically wear a large, but I bought a medium. I love this bright and happy dress.”

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Farm Rio Poppy Print Maxi Dress, $, available at Anthropologie

The Twirly Long-Sleeve Mini Dress

Wilfred Daydreamer Mini Dress

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 109 reviews on Aritzia.coms
Throw the stereotypical idea of a fitted minidress out the window. This semi-sheer chiffon piece will change your mind. You won't be able to help twirling in circles with the airy, lightweight fabric. The long sleeves are loose with elastic cuffs, and it charmingly drapes around your silhouette with accordion pleats. In addition, you can pick from various pastel hues like pale yellow, lavender, sage green, and dainty floral prints. "Loved the look when I put on the dress! The fabric was very comfortable on the skin, the size was right, the length was around mid-thigh (just where I wanted), and the dress can be very versatile. I imagine myself wearing this to a dinner, to hangouts, to work. I even tried the dress with a belt on, it looks great too! Highly recommend to the ladies who are looking for a spring or summer dress," writes a reviewer.

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Wilfred Daydreamer Mini Dress, $, available at Aritzia

A Buttery Soft One-Stop-Shop Dress

All Aligned Midi Dress

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 150 reviews on

If you adore how soft your Lululemon Align leggings are, then you have to add the midi dress version to your collection. The slim-fit style deserves its section in your wardrobe — just don't be surprised when you begin collecting the piece in various hues. "I originally bought this in black, not knowing what size to order so I chose my usual size 4, and loved it so much I ordered the other 2 colors IMMEDIATELY. This dress is perfection. It’s nice and fitted without being too clingy... I’m 49 and feel extremely sexy when wearing this dress," shares a reviewer. "I want it in every color and many more. Please make more colors and more stock!! The dress is extremely versatile and can easily be dressed up or down. The fitted part is exactly what I want in a summer dress. Lulu you did great with this one. I would suggest going with your align size or a size up if you are on the fence. It is tight in the stomach area."

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Lululemon All Aligned Midi Dress, $, available at Lululemon

The Timeless White Dress

Tiered Dress In Broken-In Jersey

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 97 reviews

Do you have a loose house dress that has a special place in your wardrobe? This tiered frock is your beloved effortless nap dress in a mini version. It's made out of soft cotton and falls right above the knee for a perfect day dress. "Stopped in my local store the other day and saw this dress on the mannequin. At first, it seemed a little too young. But, I tried it on in white and fell in love," writes a reviewer. "The white is a little see-through but I plan on wearing with a nude slip if I go out and as a cover-up as well. I love how versatile it is. It feels flirty and sweet and that is a good thing no matter the age. The material is light but not weak. I normally wear a small and I went with the small. I may purchase another color."

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J.Crew Tiered Dress In Broken-In Jersey, $, available at J.Crew
ASTR The Label Floral Print Dress

The Hype: 4.0 out of 5 stars; 204 reviews on

Plus, the piece is made out of polyester, so you know that it'll be lightweight and breathable during the heat. "Beautiful dress! I wore it to a wedding and got SO many compliments and people asking where I bought it," exclaims a reviewer. "The back zips about halfway then there is a clasp at the top. Some gathering on one side and an asymmetrical bottom, with a V neck liner. It flows very well! For reference, I am 5'7", 123 lbs and 32A."

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ASTR The Label Floral Print Dress, $, available at Nordstrom

The Chameleon

The Japanese GoWeave Slip Dress

The Hype: 4.33 out of 5 stars; 18 reviews on

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s — the most deceptively perfect dress that Everlane has ever produced? With a flawless silhouette and minimal details, reviewers find that this loose, easy slip dress is a key wardrobe staple. "I love this dress. Definitely relaxed fit, but I like that in the warmer weather. The fabric feels pretty substantial and drapes well. I probably could have purchased a size smaller, but I went with my usual size. Glad I did — [I] like the looser fit. The button in the back is a pretty detail too," writes one reviewer. "Love this dress! It will make you feel slinky and amazing! The fabric is a dream — drapey yet light. It is lined, but the layers hang beautifully and it doesn't feel heavy at all," another reviewer shares.

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Everlane The Japanese GoWeave Slip Dress, $, available at Everlane
Poplin Shirtdress

The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars; 49 reviews on

Banana Republic's. "I like tailored-style clothing, so glad to find this. I think I can dress it up or down a bit in my casual wardrobe. I like that it is all cotton; I live in Texas! I did not buy a petite as I wanted the length. In front, it hits just above my knees.," writes one reviewer. They also found that it offered comfort and style and instantly created a put-together look. "I stood in front of the mirror for quite some time trying to make a decision on this one…love the stripes and shirt details. Can't put into words the way this classic shirt dress feels more elevated compared to others…might be the collar and cut," another reviewer shares.

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Banana Republic Poplin Shirtdress, $, available at Banana Republic

A Dreamy Number

Presidio Dress

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 1,075 reviews on

Rely on this airy dress for your next casual date-night outfit, vacation, or a picnic outing. The pastel hue, high-low hem, and racer-back detail give off an unforgettable romantic vibe. "I have this dress in two colors! It is my go-to for weekends. I can dress it up for brunch or dress it down for errands.” They made sure to emphasize arguably the best part: Pockets. "Love this dress and the material is great! I have worn it belted for a more fitted look as well and it's super cute. Runs big, I ordered a petite small and could have ordered an XS, but it works. I'm 5'1" 130 lbs," said another reviewer, sharing a different way to style the piece for a more fitted appearance.

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Athleta Presidio Dress, $, available at Athleta

The Animal Print Dress That Saves The Day

Trendy Plus Size Shirt Dress

The Hype: 4.2 out of 5 stars; 8 reviews on

The transition from spring to summer is unpredictable, as the temperature could easily spike up within a day. That's where Nina Parker's leopard-print dress comes in to save the day. "The picture of this dress is a little off. It's more beautiful in person," writes one reviewer who assures viewers that they wouldn't be disappointed when they receive their dress. "Material & how it flows! Worth every penny!!" The sheer piece is breathable and all you need is a slip underneath. "This dress is everything. It was delivered today and I tried it on immediately. I normally wear a 1X but ordered the OX. The fit and quality are perfect. This is a very versatile dress," another reviewer shares.

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Nina Parker Trendy Plus Size Shirt Dress, $, available at Macy's

The Flowy Daydreaming Dress

A New Day Long Sleeve Tiered Dress

The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars; 109 reviews on

If so, Target has the dress designed for you — reviewers praised this frock’s easy fit, soft hand-feel, and flattering tiered look. "This is such a great find! I love this dress. Great length and styling. I’m 5’2”, have a pear-shaped figure and the XS fit perfect. Someone else suggested buying based on chest measurement, and that was accurate. My bust is 32.5” and the chest fits great with just a bit more room to spare. My usual size is a Small, or size 4," writes one reviewer. "The fabric was very upscale and the cut was perfect. I need this is many more colors—preference to solids and some monochrome prints," another reviewer shares.

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A New Day Long Sleeve Tiered Dress, $, available at Target

The Budget Rib-Knit

Fitted Rib-Knit Midi Cami Shift Dress

The Hype: 4.9 out of 5 stars; 456 reviews on

The ribbed fabric is a playful nod to early-aughts fashion with a super-soft feel. Plus, knitwear simply looks expensive. This midi from Old Navy checks all the style boxes at only $32. “Very happy with this purchase. It's adorable and flattering, and it's super comfy. I love the color and it's easy to accessorize," writes one reviewer. "These dresses are so comfortable and cute! They have great stretch. I ordered one in almost every color," another reviewer shares. If you were curious, this number also comes in four additional shades.

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Old Navy Fitted Rib-Knit Midi Cami Shift Dress, $, available at Old Navy

The Barely-There

Lunya Washable Silk Slipdress

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 373 reviews on

Enthusiasts of ’90s minimalism should add this restrained silk slip dress to their carts ASAP. Loose and forgiving while still possessing an impossible chic, this is the perfect dress for rolling out of bed and hitting the streets on a sweltering Saturday morning. (We choose to show you the back because we’re especially obsessed with the adjustable “T” strap detail.) “I received my silk slip dress and it was more lovely than I could have hoped. It fits like a dream and feels amazing," writes one reviewer. They even reveal that the silky dress has a hidden feature: pockets. "I am also delighted with the pockets that not only fit my phone... but are hidden in the flow of the dress, so the silhouette is not ruined when you stuff them full. It’s my new go-to for an easy and sophisticated outfit.”

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Lunya Washable Silk Slip Dress, $, available at Lunya

The Best-Kept Secret

Philosophy Cashmere Sleeveless Jersey Midi Dress

The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars; 354 reviews on

Summer after summer, we watch this lightweight jersey tank dress sell out on Nordstrom Rack, and the reviews continue to pile up. Savvy shoppers know that this under-$20 hidden gem is worth buying up in multiples — it’s the kind of frock you’ll wear all summer long. “The sale price may give you pause, but you’d be missing out, I cannot believe how perfect this dress is for summer fun," writes one reviewer who even bought four out of the six colors. "The fabric has body so that it drapes and doesn’t cling. The scoop neck is in the right position for someone who doesn’t want to much cleavage showing. A perfect day to evening dress.”

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Philosophy Cashmere Scoop Neck Midi Tank Dress, $, available at Nordstrom Rack

The Miracle-Worker

Side-Ruched Bodycon Dress

The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars; 322 reviews on

Every body is a work of art, but we’ve all struggled to see the beauty in our own forms, especially as women. This simple dress boasts strategically-placed ruching that helped to restore a reviewer’s confidence in herself — and that is truly a beautiful thing. “I'm not a dressy person and have always wanted to try a t-shirt dress. Most dresses are either too boxy, or the body-con are too revealing for my taste. I’m middle-aged with children, so body has many, many imperfections," writes one reviewer. "I had no expectations for this dress when I purchased. I was greatly surprised at how forgiving it really is. The ruched side really helps to hide those imperfections. I wear with tennis shoes or sandals and throw a jean jacket on to keep it casual looking.”

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Treasure & Bond Side Ruched Body-Con Dress, $, available at Nordstrom

The Most Magical Dress

FP One Adella Slip

The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 295 reviews on

This isn’t the first time that Free People’s “Adella” silhouette has made it into a Hype Machine — the bodice-only iteration of this top-selling dress can be found in our roundup of comfortable cotton bras. (We were skeptical, but the reviews don’t lie.) For such a delicate-looking confection, reviewers from sizes XS to XL say the Adella Slip is well-fitting and supportive, so clearly there’s some magic at play. “I bought this dress late last fall. Since then this beautiful number and I have adventured, laughed, cried, slayed, over shared, and all the while she is just as luxurious as the day we met," writes one reviewer who praises the magical piece. "The lace that adorns her bodice was at first something I thought I’d have to overcome. I can say with certainty that the lace isn't simply lace, but somehow armor as protective as it is sexy. Amazingly enough, the skirt is fit for a queen, soft and somehow workable."

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FP One Adella Maxi Slip, $, available at Free People

The Wear-Anywhere Workout Dress

Aerie OFFLINE Real Me Ruffle Dress

The Hype: 4.1 out of 5 stars; 49 reviews on

When temps start reaching extreme heights, all we want to do is reach for easy-breezy, sweat-wicking frocks. "I've been wanting an exercise dress for a while now, and I decided to pull the trigger and get this one and I absolutely love it! The pattern is so cute and the dress is perfect for running errands, going on a hike, or just [wearing] around the house! The shorts underneath are very comfy and the back is adorable," writes one reviewer. Throw this swingy piece on for a workout session, or dress it up for a summer evening out. "Wouldn’t be shocked if this dress went TikTok viral. Grab it before it sells out! You won’t regret it," another reviewer raves about the style. "It’s sooo flattering and comfy as heck!! I’ve been wanting an exercise dress for a while and this is the one right here."

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AE, Aerie OFFLINE By Aerie Real Me Ruffle Dress, $, available at AE

The Effortless Rainbow Dress

Farm Rio Halter Maxi Dress

The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars; 64 reviews on

Calling all maximalists! The whimsical prints and brilliant hues adorning this elegant number will fit right into your high-key wardrobes. "Beautiful silk fabric dress which cuts into the shoulders to compliment this stylish look. This is a knockout dress for any occasion," writes one reviewer, who mentioned that they wore it to a wedding, a birthday party, and a summer wine event — in sum, it's truly a versatile style. "The colors in the exploded floral do not disappoint, vibrant and beautiful. Fabric has a luxurious feel to it. I do feel the skirt part of the dress is voluminous but it adds to the statement of the piece. Highly recommend!"

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Farm Rio Halter Maxi Dress, $, available at Anthropologie

A Summer Picnic Frock

Julia Stripe Bungalow Midi Dress

The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 8 reviews on

Some days you're just searching for a clean-cut dress in your closet with all the details so you can slip into your favorite sandals and head out the door. Kate Spade's striped woven Bungalow dress was born for such days. It has countless eye-catching accents, like an A-line skirt with gathered pleats, three-quarter-length wide sleeves, a relaxed-fit collar, and an accompanying belt. "I bought this a couple of weeks ago and absolutely love it! It is very comfortable and just goes with everything, you could have a lot of fun with this dress. I would highly recommend sizing down about 1-2 sizes because this runs very big," writes a reviewer.

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Kate Spade Julia Stripe Bungalow Midi Dress, $, available at Kate Spade

A Modern '90s Denim Dress

Tiered Denim Squareneck Dress

The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars; 11 reviews on

Denim dresses are no longer stuffy and rigid. Now they're made out of soft and breathable cotton that allows for comfort and mobility. "I love this dress! It looks exactly what is shown in the picture. The squareneck is what sold me, it’s perfect for the spring and summer. I purchased my usual size and it fits like a glove," writes one reviewer. (The only thing they wished was that the frock had pockets — don't we all.) "This is the PERFECT spring/summer dress! Lightweight, classic fit, and great quality material. I did find the arm holes and chest to run a little small -- I'm 5'6", ~150 lbs, 34B and sized up to an 8 from my usual 6. Fits like a glove. Can't wait to start wearing this," another reviewer shares.

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J.Crew Tiered Denim Squareneck Dress, $, available at J.Crew

The TikTok-Approved Dress

Cora Linen Open Back Midi Dress

The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 17 reviews on

Do you know the difference between angelcore and goblincore? What about dark academia and light academia? If you’re curious about the world of internet “aesthetics” — which are tirelessly cataloged on Tumblr, TikTok, and this user-generated Wiki — we suggest trying this dress on for size. We think it will fall into more than one category. "Really great cottagecore vibes! The dress is gorgeous and I love the back since it adds flexibility in sizing," writes one reviewer. "I bought this dress a little concerned because of the reviews mentioning the bust portion. I wear a DD, and I feel like this fit me just right. The back does take some adjusting to get the perfect fit, but I think that allows for a more adjustable fit," another reviewer shares.

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Urban Outfitters Cora Linen Open Back Midi Dress, $, available at Urban Outfitters

The Superwoman Dress

All Yours Tank Maxi Dress

The Hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars; 107 reviews on

With a floaty, A-line silhouette and a Pima cotton and lyocell fabrication, this unassuming tank dress gives wearers style superpowers — even in the sweaty warmer months. "So much love for this dress. It’s so soft and drapes nicely. I have already worn it a few times working from home, adding tights and a cardigan for winter warmth. Can‘t wait to wear it in the warmer weather," writes one reviewer. "Great summer dress. Lightweight, loose fit, and great color (bought the burnt orange). Will definitely be wearing this for steamy summer days to stay cool," another reviewer shares.

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Lululemon All Yours Tank Maxi Dress, $, available at Lululemon

The Most Likely To Sell Out

Voluminous Linen-Blend Dress

The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars; 147 reviews on

H&M’s greatest hits are known to vanish from the brand’s website in a puff of smoke the moment its savvy customer base catches wind of a must-have. This lime-green A-line number is just the silhouette we’re looking for this spring and summer — which means that a lot of other shoppers are, too. Grab it before the womp-womp “Out of Stock” notification is all that’s left on the drop-down menu. "This is it. I prefer to load up on my minimal gold jewelry with this (rings, bracelet, necklace, earrings) and style my hair into a loose up-do. It looks effortless but chic. The linen and cotton combo are also great for really warm weather," writes one reviewer. "Vibrant, comfortable and quality fabric!! This dress is so pretty and flowy. It’s springtimey and summery. I’m wearing anytime the mood hits me… any season," another reviewer shares.

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H&M Voluminous Linen-Blend Dress, $, available at H&M

The Go-Anywhere Dress

Plus Ruffle-Sleeve Tiered Midi Dress

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 2 reviews on

Do you have a long day of plans ahead of you? Maybe you have to meet a friend for breakfast, spend the day at the office, and then regroup with family for dinner. One thing for sure is that this comfortable-chic frock will suit a variety of events. "This dress is lovely and the color is accurate. I had to size down for it to fit correctly. The arms are very open so if you don't like your arms showing wouldn't recommend," writes one reviewer. "This dress is very cute and comfy, though it fits large. It’s perfect for summer," another reviewer shares.

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Madewell Plus Ruffle-Sleeve Tiered Midi Dress in Daisy Stitch, $, available at Madewell
Abstract Floral Satin Slip Dress In Yellow

The Hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars; 9 reviews on

Reviewers almost unanimously agree that it’s the ultimate piece for any kind of summer, hot girl or otherwise. "Lovely fabric and super flattering. Perfect for the spring or summer," writes one reviewer. "I love this dress, it's perfect for summer. The fabric is beautiful and it's my new favorite summer dress," another reviewer shares.

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Topshop Abstract Floral Satin Slip Dress In Yellow, $, available at ASOS

Aerie Floral Print Midi Slip Dress

The Perfect 10

Reviewers were evangelical in their praise for this ditsy-floral Aerie creation. It gets straight As in all subjects, from from pattern and fit to price and curb appeal.

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars, 29 reviews on

What They’re Saying: “10-star dress, cut and style. Just beautiful. AE just nailed everything about this dress. Fit perfect, love the color and cut, and the price was right. Can’t wait to wear it with sneakers all summer. Need more vibrant colors.” — Jewel, reviewer

AE Floral Print Midi Slip Dress, $, available at American Eagle Outfitters

The Optimist

Kemi Maxi Dress

The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars; 1 review on

This maxi dress had customers lighting up at its festive floral print — it brings a much-needed dose of joy, along with a chic silhouette and a cool cotton weight that’s perfect for summer.

Kemi Telford Kemi Maxi Dress, $, available at Kemi Telford

Elizabeth & James Knit Dress

The Hidden Gem

We’re pretty firm believers in Kohl’s — especially as a resource for cuter-than-necessary separates from overlooked brands like LC Lauren Conrad and the Olsen twins’ contemporary label Elizabeth & James. Pieces like this chic, universally flattering midi dress are hiding in plain sight on the department store’s discount-heavy dot-com boasting piles of accolades from happy customers — who didn’t have to spend too much for their ultimate summer dress.

The Hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars; 29 reviews on

What They’re Saying: “Great quality. Just bought this in medium (I am a 10-12) and it fits perfectly, loose enough in the middle, great shape around bust and arms. Actual cotton! This will be my go-to dress with a jean jacket and sandals all summer.” — Dhebfar

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Elizabeth and James Knit Dress, $, available at Kohl's

Aerie One-Shoulder Shift Dress

The Offbeat

This loosely-fitted, swingy Aerie frock has all the comfort of a house dress — but, thanks to a unique, asymmetrical hemline, still feels fresh and elegant.

The Hype: 4.5 stars; 39 reviews on
What They’re Saying: “I love this dress!! So comfortable. I wore it without a bra and it kept everything in place due to the multilayer lining. You can really wear it casual or dress up with heels. I usually wear a medium, but bought a large and it did not slip down.” — Mari2122, reviewer

AE One Shoulder Shift Dress, $, available at American Eagle Outfitters

The Prancing Through The Meadows Dress

Sunshine And Whimsy In The Garden Fit And Flare Dress

The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars; 4 reviews on

Fully embody the joyful summer air with this light and breezy mini dress. Be aware the slip is a bit tricky, however it's removable so you can easily wear one of your own. "On a hot summer's day, this lighter than air. It would be perfect as long as you have the slip underneath. It will be worth it to wear this whimsical array of garden flowers," writes one reviewer who highly recommends double checking in the mirror before you leave the house because of the sheer fabric. "Love the dress and the print and it's not too long, given I'm short and sometimes when I buy dress from Modcloth, I have to alter the length but I don't think I will need to alter the length of the dress," another reviewer shares.

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ModCloth Sunshine And Whimsy In The Garden Fit And Flare Dress, $, available at ModCloth

Farm Rio Flutter-Sleeved Maxi Dress

The Showstopper

This stunner is easy, breezy, and quite beautiful. The fluttery sleeves, eye-catching print, and just-right silhouette seem to make this Farm Rio pick universally flattering.

The Hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars; 3 reviews on

What They’re Saying: “I spotted this dress in store and had to have it once I tried it on! The fit is amazing and I love the fabric. As the previous reviewer says, it is sexy. It hugs the curves for sure. I couldn’t be happier!” — Bailey, Anthropologie reviewer

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Farm Rio Flutter-Sleeved Maxi Dress, $, available at Anthropologie

The Crowd-Pleaser

Anthropologie Somerset Maxi Dress

The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 187 reviews on

This straight-A student Anthropologie stunner converted many a pants-wearer to the frock lifestyle, thanks to its flattering cut and lightweight, summer-ready fabrication.
“Want a dress that feels like your favorite pair of jeans? This is it," writes one reviewer who would stay in it all day if she could. "The fit is perfect, if not a bit giving. The fabric is great quality, perfect transitional weather weight. I also wear with a jean jacket and it goes everywhere. My new fave, bought it in two colors and I’m not even a dress wearer.”

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Anthropologie Somerset Maxi Dress, $, available at Anthropologie

Scoop Off-The-Shoulder Maxi Dress

The Surprise

Friends: don’t sleep on Scoop. The in-house Walmart brand — which recently tapped designer Brandon Maxwell as a creative director — offers unexpectedly high-end style paired with good, old-fashioned rollback pricing.

The Hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars; 6 reviews on

What They’re Saying: “This dress needs to be in every girl's closet!! It's so soft and so flowy. Flattering on every body type and the color is absolutely STUNNING - do yourself a huge favor and grab this!! You won't be sorry!!” — Reviewer, reviewer

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Scoop Off-The-Shoulder Maxi Dress, $, available at Walmart

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