The Bigger, The Better: How Poofy Dresses Became Summer’s Go-To Silhouette

Designers do a lot to keep our attention — especially when it comes to dresses. They channeled 18th-century style with prairie dresses, ventured into the lingerie realm with slip dresses, and went rogue designing dresses with quirky, asymmetric hemlines. Animal prints of all kinds were added, not to mention neon, floral, and plaid. From the looks of it, there really is no end to the lengths they'll go to keep us adding dresses of every variation to our wardrobe.

Now that summer is finally here, our favorite dress designers are back at it, revamping that beloved clothing item with a fresh, new spin. But out of all the new dress trends on the market, one is, by far, the fairest of them all: poofy dresses. And we're completely smitten with dresses of the super-sized variety.


From Cecilie Bahnsen's billowing baby dolls to Tigre et Tigre's shapeless (in a good way) frocks, here are 20 poofy dresses to add to your warm-weather wardrobe.

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Vero Moda Curve Curve Midi Wrap Dress With Puff Sleeves$64.00 Buy
The Source Unknown Animal Print Dress, Russian Green$112.00 Buy
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A floral princess dress: great. A floral princess dress made from sustainable fibers: even greater.
H&M Lyocell-Blend Dress$34.99 Buy
Míe Gozo Dress$210.00 Buy
Cecilie Bahnsen Marina Ruffled Cotton-Poplin Dress$1216.00 Buy
Maeve Marlene Tiered Maxi Dress$138.00 Buy
Frankie Shop Loulou Tiered Cotton-Poplin Midi Dress$150.00 Buy
Urban Outfitters Moura Tiered Ruffle Frock Dress$79.00 Buy
Shrimps Georgia Dress$520.00 $315.00 Buy
& Other Stories Voluminous Puff Sleeve Midi Dress$119.00 $83.00 Buy
Sandy Liang Greg Dress in Beige$595.00 Buy
Lisa Marie Fernandez for Target Ric Rac Flare Sleeve Dress$60.00 Buy
&Daughter Dawn Stretch-Cotton Twill Midi Dress$470.00 Buy
Pixie Market Camille Brown Belted Dress$139.00 Buy
Mara Hoffman Extended Aranza Dress$495.00 Buy
Topshop Pink Check Organza Shirt Dress$95.00 Buy
Tigre et Tigre Jayme Dress in Oat Organza$245.00 Buy
Naya Rea Karolina Dress$320.00 Buy
Eloquii Dress with Dramatic Puff Sleeves$114.95 Buy
Staud Elio Cotton Poplin Dress$235.00 $172.00 Buy
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