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6 Effortlessly chic summer dresses

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Cute, comfy frocks

Summer style is all about looking like you don't have to put much effort into looking fabulous. It's too hot out to wear anything overly-structured and too much makeup will likely melt right off, not to mention look out of place at the beach or a barbecue. Now is the time to adopt a comfortably chic fashion attitude, so here are a few of our picks to get you started.

Easy summer dresses

6 Easy wearing styles we love

The best part about summer, at least fashionably-speaking, is being able to wake up, throw on a dress and be ready for anything from a meeting to a brunch date in about 30 seconds. Dresses epitomize summer style – laid back, breezy and chic without trying too hard. Check out some of our current faves.

1Soft as silk

Nothing says effortless chic like a perfectly draped silk dress and we'll be wearing this Diane von Furstenberg beauty (Net-a-Porter, $385) whenever we need to look great in a hurry. The pretty abstract-print dress is a wash in soft peachy-pinks and gray, with a pleated skirt and freeform, flowing design. All you need are a great pair of heels and you're ready to be the belle of any summer soiree you attend.

2Make it maxi

There are few summer styles more comfortable than the maxi dress. This floral frock (Mod Cloth, $60) with a triangle top and delicate straps makes getting ready a snap. Just pull it on, add flat strappy sandals and maybe a pair of oversize shades, and you're ready for anything a summer day can throw at you.

3Chic in chiffon

Show off your feminine side in this elegant black sleeveless chiffon dress (Urban Outfitters, $59) with a scoop neck and short skirt. Easy to wear, effortlessly chic and completely comfortable, we especially love the all over tiny white polka dots for added charm. Add a braided belt to change things up and pair with T-strap sandals in black or white to complete this stylish summertime look.

Easy summer dresses

4All in white

There's something about white dresses that just screams summer. We're partial to this relaxed strapless style in ivory (Anthropologie, $118) with a flirty ruffled hem. This is the kind of dress you can wear to the beach, over your bathing suit with flip flops or dress it up with gladiator sandals and some delicate silver jewelry.

5T-shirt time

Is there anything more comfortable than a T-shirt? We say no, which is why we love T-shirt dresses for summer, like this cute striped style (J. Crew, $70) with a feminine silhouette and slightly a-line skirt. Toss it on with some flats, add a belt for definition and voila – easy hot weather flair.

6Shape shift

If you really want easy summer style (and who doesn't), one of your best bets is to opt for a shift dress. They're ultra-flattering, versatile and great for looking glam on even the hottest days. This cheerful print shift dress (CUSP, $345) features on-trend '70s vibe, multi-color print on a white background and skinny straps.

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