The Best Summer Dresses For Every Budget

Summertime, and the living's easy — and, preferably pants-less. We got the culottes out of our system during the spring. Now, we're ready to ditch the leg constraints altogether before the solstice.

To make sure you're ready for everything the next few months will throw at you, we rounded up the biggest dress trends you need to know about this summer. From gingham to square necks to carpet prints, consider all of your sartorial ground covered. Get ready to welcome the warmest season the best way we know how: with open arms and bare calves. 

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The Lace-Up Dress
All strapped in and ready to go.
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Extra points if you pair this with classic lace-ups.
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The Safari Shirtdress
Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?
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For all your crazy, wild office adventures, from water coolers to copy room.
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The Peasant Dress
Take this number for a spin on the nearest coast.
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Or, save, so you can finally book that dream vacation to St. Barths.
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The Bardot Dress
A surefire win for every fancy-dress occasion this summer.
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Cocktails taste so much better with a French-inspired twist...
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The One-Shoulder Dress
The oh-so-rare silhouette that'll fit most summer-wedding dress codes: Found.
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College-toga-party attire grows up, and looks good.
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The Gingham Dress
A beginner's guide to pattern play.
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Going to a picnic? Make sure you dress for the occasion.
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The Pinafore Dress
How to make denim look ridiculously elegant: A guide by Victoria Beckham.
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When it's too hot for jeans, we find alternative means to wear our denim.
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The Square-Neck Dress
Send out Baby Spice vibes.
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Summer's sexiest silhouette features a high-neck detail that's not at all suffocating.
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The 3D Florals
Prettier than a fresh bouquet (and guaranteed to last much longer).
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Spring has sprung in your wardrobe.
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The Wrap Dress
Sleek, professional pinstripes meet the comfort and convenience of a wrap dress.
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Earn those stripes this summer with a short-and-sweet, striped number.
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The Sheer-Overlay Dress
Stripes turn sexy with this sleek number.
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A different (and warm-weather-friendly) take on layering. We don't hate it.
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The White Dress
This breezy dress is worth the extra care with your morning coffee.
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This lovely (and affordable!) white number is the perfect fit for a summer evening.
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The Banker Dress
Never underestimate the power of a dress with pockets.
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The collarless detail is a welcome change from the button-up-shirtdress routine — especially when it's hot.
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The Sporty Dress
The mesh comes out to play.
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Plaid goes sporty in the summertime with this curved-hem, athletic-cut dress.
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The Carpet-Print Dress
A work-of-art garment like this deserves to hang in a museum — but, it'll look so much better on your shoulders.
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That fancy carpet in your grandmother's house you're not allowed to step on? It got the summer-dress treatment.

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