The Bigger, The Better: How Poofy Dresses Became Summer’s Go-To Silhouette

Eliza Huber

Designers do a lot to keep our attention — especially when it comes to dresses. They channeled 18th-century style with prairie dresses, ventured into the lingerie realm with slip dresses, and went rogue designing dresses with quirky, asymmetric hemlines. Animal prints of all kinds were added, not to mention neon, floral, and plaid. From the looks of it, there really is no end to the lengths they'll go to keep us adding dresses of every variation to our wardrobe.

Now that summer is finally here, our favorite dress designers are back at it, revamping that beloved clothing item with a fresh, new spin. But out of all the new dress trends on the market, one is, by far, the fairest of them all: poofy dresses. And we're completely smitten with dresses of the super-sized variety.

From Cecilie Bahnsen's billowing baby dolls to Tigre et Tigre's shapeless (in a good way) frocks, here are 20 poofy dresses to add to your warm-weather wardrobe.

At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

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Vero Moda Curve Curve Midi Wrap Dress With Puff Sleeves, $, available at ASOS
<br> <br> <strong>The Source Unknown</strong> Animal Print Dress, Russian Green, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fthesourceunknown.com%2Fcollections%2Fdresses%2Fproducts%2Fzebra-print-dress-russian-green" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Source Unknown" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Source Unknown</a>


The Source Unknown Animal Print Dress, Russian Green, $, available at The Source Unknown
<strong>— PAID — </strong> <br><br>A floral princess dress: great. A floral princess dress made from sustainable fibers: even greater.<br><br><strong>H&M</strong> Lyocell-Blend Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww2.hm.com%2Fen_us%2Fproductpage.0857572001.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:H&M" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">H&M</a><br><br>
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H&M Lyocell-Blend Dress, $, available at H&M

<br> <br> <strong>Míe</strong> Gozo Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmie.ng%2Fproduct%2Fgozo-dress%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Míe" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Míe</a>


Míe Gozo Dress, $, available at Míe
<br> <br> <strong>Cecilie Bahnsen</strong> Marina Ruffled Cotton-Poplin Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.matchesfashion.com%2Fus%2Fproducts%2FCecilie-Bahnsen-Marina-ruffled-cotton-poplin-dress-1371061" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Matches Fashion" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Matches Fashion</a>


Cecilie Bahnsen Marina Ruffled Cotton-Poplin Dress, $, available at Matches Fashion
<br> <br> <strong>Maeve</strong> Marlene Tiered Maxi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.anthropologie.com%2Fshop%2Fmarlene-tiered-maxi-dress%3Fcolor%3D066%26type%3DPLUS%26quantity%3D1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Anthropologie" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Anthropologie</a>


Maeve Marlene Tiered Maxi Dress, $, available at Anthropologie
<br> <br> <strong>Frankie Shop</strong> Loulou Tiered Cotton-Poplin Midi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.net-a-porter.com%2Fen-us%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Ffrankie-shop%2Floulou-tiered-cotton-poplin-midi-dress%2F1271100" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Net-A-Porter" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Net-A-Porter</a>


Frankie Shop Loulou Tiered Cotton-Poplin Midi Dress, $, available at Net-A-Porter
<br> <br> <strong>Urban Outfitters</strong> Moura Tiered Ruffle Frock Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.urbanoutfitters.com%2Fshop%2Fuo-moura-tiered-ruffle-frock-dress%3Fcategory%3Ddresses%26color%3D011%26type%3DREGULAR%26quantity%3D1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Urban Outfitters</a>


Urban Outfitters Moura Tiered Ruffle Frock Dress, $, available at Urban Outfitters
<br> <br> <strong>Shrimps</strong> Georgia Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fshrimps.com%2Fcollections%2Fdresses%2Fproducts%2Fgeorgia-dress-pink" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shrimps" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shrimps</a>


Shrimps Georgia Dress, $, available at Shrimps
<br> <br> <strong>& Other Stories</strong> Voluminous Puff Sleeve Midi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.stories.com%2Fen_usd%2Fclothing%2Fdresses%2Fmidi-dresses%2Fproduct.voluminous-puff-sleeve-midi-dress-black.0877089001.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:& Other Stories" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">& Other Stories</a>


& Other Stories Voluminous Puff Sleeve Midi Dress, $, available at & Other Stories
<br> <br> <strong>Sandy Liang</strong> Greg Dress in Beige, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sandyliang.info%2Fcollections%2Fdresses%2Fproducts%2Fgreg-dress-nude" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sandy Liang" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sandy Liang</a>


Sandy Liang Greg Dress in Beige, $, available at Sandy Liang
<br> <br> <strong>Lisa Marie Fernandez for Target</strong> Ric Rac Flare Sleeve Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fp%2Fwomen-s-ric-rac-flare-sleeve-dress-lisa-marie-fernandez-for-target-regular-plus-white-yellow%2F-%2FA-78873764%3Fpreselect%3D78804297%23lnk%3Dsametab" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target</a>


Lisa Marie Fernandez for Target Ric Rac Flare Sleeve Dress, $, available at Target
<br> <br> <strong>&Daughter</strong> Dawn Stretch-Cotton Twill Midi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.net-a-porter.com%2Fen-us%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fanddaughter%2Fdawn-stretch-cotton-twill-midi-dress%2F1229592" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Net-A-Porter" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Net-A-Porter</a>


&Daughter Dawn Stretch-Cotton Twill Midi Dress, $, available at Net-A-Porter
<br> <br> <strong>Pixie Market</strong> Camille Brown Belted Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pixiemarket.com%2Fcollections%2Fdresses%2Fproducts%2Fcassandra-brown-belted-dress" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Pixie Market" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Pixie Market</a>


Pixie Market Camille Brown Belted Dress, $, available at Pixie Market
<br> <br> <strong>Mara Hoffman</strong> Extended Aranza Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmarahoffman.com%2Fproducts%2Fcopy-of-aranza-dress" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mara Hoffman" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mara Hoffman</a>


Mara Hoffman Extended Aranza Dress, $, available at Mara Hoffman
<br> <br> <strong>Topshop</strong> Pink Check Organza Shirt Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fus.topshop.com%2Fen%2Ftsus%2Fproduct%2Fclothing-70483%2Fdresses-70497%2Fchk-organza-shirt-9245041" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Topshop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Topshop</a>


Topshop Pink Check Organza Shirt Dress, $, available at Topshop
<br> <br> <strong>Tigre et Tigre</strong> Jayme Dress in Oat Organza, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ftigreettigre.com%2Fcollections%2Fdresses%2Fproducts%2Fjayme-dress-in-oat-organza" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Tigre et Tigre" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Tigre et Tigre</a>


Tigre et Tigre Jayme Dress in Oat Organza, $, available at Tigre et Tigre
<br> <br> <strong>Naya Rea</strong> Karolina Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.shopbop.com%2Fkarolina-dress-naya-rea%2Fvp%2Fv%3D1%2F1537690542.htm%3FfolderID%3D62697%26fm%3Dother-shopbysize-viewall%26os%3Dfalse%26colorId%3D17517%26ref_%3DSB_PLP_NB_2" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shopbop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shopbop</a>


Naya Rea Karolina Dress, $, available at Shopbop
<br> <br> <strong>Eloquii</strong> Dress with Dramatic Puff Sleeves, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eloquii.com%2Fdress-with-dramatic-puff-sleeves%2F1247271.html%3Fdwvar_1247271_colorCode%3D21" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Eloquii" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Eloquii</a>


Eloquii Dress with Dramatic Puff Sleeves, $, available at Eloquii
<br> <br> <strong>Staud</strong> Elio Cotton Poplin Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fneedsupply.com%2Felio-cotton-poplin-dress--in-black%2FWPF13761.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Need Supply" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Need Supply</a>


Staud Elio Cotton Poplin Dress, $, available at Need Supply

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