Looking for a summer dress should keep you totally cool and comfy while streamlining your seasonal wardrobe planning. Shaped like a classic tee, cut like a dress, and designed with wearability in mind, this ultra-simple summer outfit solution looks as awesome as it feels. In all its iterations — and there are quite a few — the versatile t-shirt dress is guaranteed to ease and please. From oversized fits to extra-long lengths (major The Row vibes!) to options featuring those always-desirable pockets or made from 100% organic cotton, there's one for every occasion and style. Toss one over your itty bitty bikini for the beach, pair it with some square-toe sandals when you're out and about, or layer it over trendy bike shorts for an effortlessly fashion-forward look. However you want to wear it, it's an outfit no-brainer no matter how hot the temps climb. Check out our top picks from the best t-shirt dress categories below.
Best Oversized T-Shirt Dress
While all t-shirt dresses offer easy-to-wear silhouettes (that's exactly why we love 'em!), an oversized fit takes that easy-breezy appeal to the next level. The ultra-loose shape provides a little extra room while accomplishing a super-slouchy cool-girl look that happens to be on-trend (at least according to Bella Hadid).
Best Long T-Shirt Dress
Think the good ol' t-shirt dress... plus a few extra inches. The added fabric also adds a touch of subtle glamour to this sleek and simple look. Plus, we love that you don't have to spend big to feel like an honorary Olsen twin. Extra points for a stylishly placed side slit that your limbs will thank you for later.
Best Mini T-Shirt Dress
If all you want for summer is to set those legs free from a year of sweatpant prison, the barely-there t-shirt dress is the best style of them all. You could even take t-shirt that's too long and turn it into a frock that's almost too short and call it a dress. These hems have no rules.
Best Sleeveless T-Shirt Dress
The sleeveless-style T-shirt dress is a summer staple for those who want to keep the underarm airflow a-flowing. Plus, it's an easy way to elevate the comfy dress trend by streamlining its silhouette to something a little more daring and skin-baring. We particularly love this newly launched, 100%-cotton iteration from Uniqlo's elevated loungewear collab with designer Mame Kurogouchi that, as an added bonus, boasts the support of a built-in bra along with a softly plunging V-neckline.
Best Plus-Size T-Shirt Dress
For well-tailored, relaxed basics in extended sizing, brands like Champion and Nordstrom's BP. label get it right. And according to a review on Target.com, the Ava & Viv brand is deserving of five out of five stars: "Great dress, easy to wear, like a big tee shirt but slightly tailored. Perfect for summer. I originally planned to use it as a beach coverup, but it’s actually so comfortable as a casual dress! Great color too."
Best Striped T-Shirt Dress
For a very summer-classic take on the T-shirt dress, opt for 100% cotton with a side of stripes. It's fresh, preppy, and adds a little bit of nautical energy to anything you decide to pair it with — whether that be sandals and bucket hats or heels and statement earrings. Our favorites hail from the cool likes of Kule, COS, and J.Crew.
Best Cotton T-Shirt Dress
Pro tip: The best summer t-shirt dresses aren't just about shape and length. You'll also want a breathable fabric that'll up the coolness factor. Anything made from 100% cotton is always a good idea for stickier seasons because the material is naturally soft, lightweight, and capable of soaking up sweat.
Best Colorful T-Shirt Dress
Best T-Shirt Dress With Pockets
Get ready to say "Thanks, it has pockets!" Perfect for running out the door with just the essentials, pockets make this already convenient style even better.
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