These Are Hands Down the Best Dresses of the Summer

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Even if you're not dressing for anything in particular, we firmly believe in the power of a great dress to change our mood — and this summer's biggest dress trends give us plenty to choose from. With attention on romantic details, vintage silhouettes, and, maybe most importantly, ease, these trends are super stylish and exactly what we want to be wearing right now — because what's easier than throwing on a dress you love for a quick errand, a walk, or even while lounging around the house? No, they're not sweatpants, but that's exactly what we love about them. Plus, you can rest assured these pieces will serve you well layered up and reworn again and again, and long after this summer. Read on for the trends and the dresses we've handpicked to shop.


Puff-Sleeve Dresses

Romantic is the best way to describe these silhouettes — oh, and statement-making, all without trying too hard. What's not to love?


Slip Dresses

What's easier than a dress this light and beat-the-heat friendly? We also love the way slip dresses look layered with a tee or a cardigan, so you can rest assured this piece will serve you long past summer.


Vintage-Inspired Dresses

With crochet and lace detailing, delicate floral prints, and vintage silhouettes from the '40s, these dresses will be the special pieces you'll keep coming back to in your closet.


Knit Dresses

Like a second skin, these dresses are made to flaunt your curves and come in a million cuts and colors. They're endlessly versatile for everyday.


Backless Dresses

Bring the drama with an open-back dress, even if your plans just revolve around cooking dinner at home and taking a stroll in the neighborhood.


Smocked Dresses

Smocked detailing is a summer staple, and this season, the options are endless. While these dresses are easy to dress up or down, they're also the ideal dress for just lounging around the house.