Ironically, I’m actually not the biggest dress person. On most summer days, you can find me in a casual combo of jeans and a tank or, more recently, leggings or bike shorts. However, that doesn’t mean I’m not qualified to speak on the matter. In fact, my mild aversion to wearing dresses actually makes me pickier when shopping for them, and this selectiveness translates to those which I’m willing to recommend to others, too.
So which brands do I turn to when I need a summer frock? Over the years, I’ve developed a handful of favorites—15 to be exact—and based on my Instagram findings, it seems that the majority of fashion people I love to follow are aligned with my selections. Ready to find your new summer investment (for as little as $30)? To see, read about, and shop each brand, just keep scrolling.
1. Faithfull the Brand
Faithfull the Brand has been a favorite among the fashion set for several seasons now, and I think it's obvious why.
Faithfull the Brand Nikoleta Mini Dress ($209)
Faithfull the Brand Alison Midi Dress ($319)
On my list of the best things to buy from Topshop (along with boots, jeans, and tops) are dresses.
Topshop Print Mesh Faux Wrap Long Sleeve Dress ($75)
Topshop Puff Sleeve Minidress ($75)
Whether it's through unique prints, fun and flattering silhouettes, or both, Staud's dresses always stand out.
Staud Giorgiana Dress ($325)
Staud Epona Dress ($245)
4. Ciao Lucia
Ciao Lucia Chiara Dress ($375)
Ciao Lucia Ischia Dress ($305)
5. Cult Gaia
With each dress more Insta-famous than the next, you can never go wrong with Cult Gaia.
Cult Gaia Serita Knit Dress ($458)
Cult Gaia Mia Dress ($558)
H&M's dresses just keep getting better, and now that it has so many trend-forward options, its affordable frocks rival a lot of the higher-end brands on this very list.
H&M Long-Sleeved Dress ($40)
H&M Draped Dress ($25)
Name one thing better than a dress you can wear both to bed and to brunch.
Sleeper Belle Linen Dress in White ($280)
Sleeper Brigitte Linen Mini Dress ($260)
While Revolve's whole site is a trove of summer-ready dresses, I'm most partial to those by LPA.
LPA Coco Mini Dress in Dusty Rose ($138)
LPA Gayle Dress ($228)
For a chic investment piece you'll wear for years to come, look no further than luxury label Tove.
Tove Ceres Pleated Organic Cotton Midi Dress ($575)
Tove Flores Pleated Georgette Silk Dress ($985)
If you have an Instagram account, then whether or not you even realize it, there's a good chance Réalisation's dresses are popping up on your feed all day.
Réalisation The Allegra ($240)
Réalisation The Christy ($180)
Rixo’s dresses will stick with you from summer to summer. Though, that doesn't mean you won't be tempted to buy more with each new collection, especially since its prints and silhouettes are constantly evolving.
Rixo Melina Dress ($405)
Rixo Lolita Dress ($255)
Feeling fancy? A Jacquemus dress will always satisfy your craving to dress up.
Jacquemus Laurier Dress ($835)
Jacquemus Bahia Dress ($645)
Dôen's boho-inspired and breezy dresses are not just thoughtfully designed. They also empower women in the workforce with every purchase.
Dôen Frede Ruffled Checked Ramie Mini Dress ($250)
Between its open-back dresses and smocked styles, it's no surprise that editor-beloved brand Sir has seriously blown up this year.
Sir Valetta Silk Maxi Dress ($520)
Sir Valetta Silk Taffeta Maxi Dress ($580)
15. With Jéan
Last but certainly not least, With Jéan has got you covered with easy minis and midis that are pretty much guaranteed to bring in all the compliments.
With Jéan Andy Dress ($239)
With Jéan Lani Dress | Petunia ($189)
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
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