25 Cheery Summer Dresses That Make Me Smile Just Looking at Them

Erin Fitzpatrick
·3 min read

Dresses and summer go together like PB&J. Even though I'm lucky enough to wear dresses year-round in Southern California, the warm months are when my collection really has time to shine. The only downside is that the market is absolutely inundated with summer dresses, so it can be hard to sort through the huge selection. Have no fear—that's where I come in.

If you could see my Instagram saved folder or my Pinterest boards, you'd see a slew of Instagram-worthy dresses begging to be added to my cart. There are some Bridgerton-inspired pieces and others that would look more at home in Austin Powers. There are also plenty of special details like bows, puff sleeves, and strappy ties. Scroll down to shop my favorite summer dresses right now.

Groovy Prints

Paloma Wool No 718 Dress Problema ($125)


Urban Outfitters First Sight Plunging Midi Dress ($79)

You can also layer a white tee under this tank dress for spring.

Faithfull the Brand Kiona Tie-Detailed Tiered Floral-Print Voile Midi Dress ($229)

A touch of the '70s is never a bad idea.

Ephemera Maui Floral-Print Linen Midi Dress ($286)

This is giving me surfer vibes.

Rhode Heidi Dress ($238)

Like stepping into a time machine.

Wallpaper Florals

Reformation Spring Linen Dress ($248)

Daphne Bridgerton called, and she wants her dress back.

Agua by Agua Bendita Acacia Carmina-Print Linen Midi Dress ($500)

This Colombian brand has some of the best patterns in the game.

Juliet Dunn Tie-Shoulder Dress ($303)

Suddenly, your grandma's nighties are cool again.

Chopova Lowena Floral-Flocked Dress ($1094)

Eloquii Full Printed Midi Dress ($120)

This floral print is such a classic.

Reformation Elettra Linen Dress ($218)

This sweetheart neckline is so precious.

Cefinn The Paloma Floral-Print Twill Midi Dress ($419)

I found the perfect picnic dress, y'all.

Christy Dawn The Dolly Dress in Thulian Anemone Field ($258)

Christy Dawn's dresses are ridiculously comfortable.

Hill House Home The Sabrina Dress ($150)

From the makers of the IG-famous Nap Dress.

Pretty Back Details

Simonett Beya Dress ($205)

How can you resist this back detailing?

Self-Portrait Tie-Back Ruffled Cotton-Poplin Maxi Dress ($485)

I'm obsessed with this fresh pastel green.

Rahi Alessa Midi Dress ($158)

The more bows the better.

Voluminous Dresses

Eloquii Puff Sleeve Square Neck Dress ($130)

Voluminous sleeves are a trend that's not going away anytime soon.

Kika Vargas Greta Dress ($780)

Sweet as a cupcake.

Amanda Uprichard Mitzi Dress ($282)

I love this serene baby-blue hue.

Reformation Michaela Puff Sleeve Babydoll Dress ($218)

Puff sleeves never get old.

Hot Pink

Eloquii Ruffle Detail Maxi Dress ($130)

Pretty in pink.

Bernadette Lisa Bow-Embellished Taffeta Mini Dress ($405)

How cute are these side bows?

Endless Summer Meika Mini Dress ($68)

How to be the best-dressed person at the beach: buy this dress.

Crās Lavacras Mock Neck Mini Dress ($199)

I love this fun combination of pink and orange.

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