Summer is the perfect time to embrace your feminine side and don a dress. But with so many styles, figuring out what to shop for and wear can get frustrating. To help you find the perfect fashionable frock this summer, we put together a simple dress-buying guide.
A-line dresses, which come in at the waist and then flare slightly out from the waist to the hemline, are fun summer frocks that suit a variety of settings (from casual weddings to the office).
Best for: Anyone with a boyish figure or who wants to conceal the tummy area. The A-line dress creates shape for those who lack curves but also gives the illusion of a smaller waist.
Wear with: Flat, strappy sandals, cropped cardigan (for an air conditioned office or chilly night) and classic but understated accessories.
Our pick: Step out in style in a dress that truly screams summer. We love the pretty watercolor floral pattern on this chic A-line frock (modcloth.com, $75).
These often-sleeveless dresses are versatile and multi-seasonal. While they are untailored at the waist, the design is still streamlined enough to look polished.
Best for: Anyone who wants to camouflage hips or tummy.
Wear with: T-strap heels, chandelier earrings and envelope clutch.
Our pick: Put together an elegant summer look in this bold, blue silk shift dress (topshop.com, $130).
These summer-ready floor-skimming frocks come in a wide variety of patterns and colors, making them one of the easiest pieces to wear.
Best for: Almost anyone, but if you’re petite, they can make you look even smaller.
Wear with: Gladiator sandals, metallic cuff or armload of skinny silver bangles and oversize straw tote.
Our pick: Be a summer stunner in this boho-chic silk maxi dress in earthy purple and brown tie-dye pattern (shoptrendboutique.com, $259).
These simple but stylish dresses offer a masculine twist on the eternally feminine dress. Kind of like an extra-long button down shirt, these dresses often have a belted waist and come in both short and long sleeves.
Best for: Anyone who wants a little extra coverage.
Wear with: Ballet or pointed toe flats and a small cross body bag.
Our pick: We love the effortless elegance of this black cotton shirt dress with short sleeves and a braided belted waist (revolveclothing.com, $144).
Simple and easy to wear, the sheath dress fits close to the body and cinches slightly at the waist.
Best for: Pretty much anyone! The classic shape means this is a dress that never goes out of style and most people can wear.
Wear with: Wedge sandals, statement necklace and cropped denim jacket.
Our pick: Add this smart, sophisticated sheath dress to your summer wardrobe in versatile off-white (bananarepublic.com, $150).
Watch: How to wear the print dress
A print dress is a new season wardrobe must-have! Just add a textured clutch and a metallic cuff for instant day-to-night glamour.