I'm a Modest Dresser, and This Is the Dress Trend I'll Be Living In This Summer

Yusra Siddiqui
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Am I the only one who imagines I'm frolicking through a field of flowers (in Europe, of course) when I put on a loose and flowy dress? No, just me? Anyways, when the cottagecore trend took over last summer, as a modest dresser, I was relieved. While I think second-skin dresses look fantastic on fashion girls everywhere, there's something about a roomy dress that just gives a very ethereal feeling. The trend, filled with flowy frocks, has since become a fashion staple, especially in the spring and summer, with brands releasing varieties of breezy dresses with all sorts of patterns, colorways, and necklines.

I don't know about you, but I'll most certainly be living in these kinds of dresses all summer. Not only are they stylish, but they're also breathable and comforting for the hot summer days. Plus, when you have no energy to think of an outfit, a loose dress always works. Just pair with sandals and a cute bag and voila—you've got yourself a solid summer outfit on deck. If you're looking to add more dresses to your rotation this summer, look no further than the options below. Whether you like to keep it in the solid-colored range or want to experiment with patterns, you'll find something to love in this mix.


Reformation Goleta Dress ($198)

This will sell out, so snag it on pre-order while you can.

Imysty Button Down Loose Mini Dress ($27)

Our senior market editor Judith Jones loves this dress.

Who What Wear Multi Tiered Dress ($37)

We designed our own dress for you to wear and love.

H&M Balloon-Sleeved Dress ($35)

I love how the model paired this with sneakers.

Ciao Lucia Ischia Dress ($305)

This is on a few of our editors' wish lists.

Ganni Pleated Georgette Mini Dress ($235)

This would look great styled with chunky sneakers for a juxtaposition in your look.

Eloquii Smocked Front Mini Day Dress ($120)

Cottagecore perfection.


Zara Linen Midi Dress ($50)

Simple but necessary.

Matteau Tiered Organic Cotton-Poplin Maxi Dress ($520)

The most beautiful shade of pink.

The Drop Britt Tiered Maxi Tent Dress ($60)

A wardrobe classic.

Astr the Label Tiered Short Sleeve Dress ($89)

I love the puff sleeves.

Staud Benedetta Dress ($395)

How beautiful is this shade of tangerine?


H&M Crinkled Long Dress ($60)

A sunflower print can come off as cheesy, but this is done exceptionally well.

Mango Tie-Dye Print Dress ($80)

Tie-dye isn't going anywhere.

Abacaxi Eva Dress in Cosmic Gingham ($375)

Talk about a statement dress.

Zara Voluminous Poplin Dress ($50)

The perfect pop of color.

Faithfull the Brand Kiona Midi Dress ($229)

This is giving me major retro vibes.

H&M Patterned Dress ($30)

This has been one of my favorite H&M dresses for a long time.

Faithfull the Brand Alison Midi Dress ($319)

Anytime I see a dress in this hue, I think of Daphne Bridgerton.

Tach Clothing Juani Linen Dress ($288)

Lovely in lilac.


Cecilie Bahnsen Holly Oversized Matelassé Satin Dress ($1630)

I dream about Cecilie Bahnsen's dresses often.

Tove Ceres Tie-Detailed Gathered Organic Cotton Dress ($640)

Everytime Tove releases this in a new colorway, I love it even more.

Jacquemus Amour Dress ($1460)

Can someone get married in this, please?

Selkie Puff Dress in Banana ($249)

The dress you've seen all over TikTok.


Staud Amaretti Dress ($295)

This is ethereal.

H&M Cotton Kaftan Dress ($60)

A summer staple if I ever saw one.

Faithfull the Brand Kiona Tiered Cotton Poplin Midi Dress ($210)

This would pair beautifully with strappy sandals and a baguette bag.

In the Style x Olivia Bowen Smock Dress With Fluted Sleeves ($34)

If you're feeling brave, pair this with knee-high boots.

& Other Stories Voluminous Puff Sleeve Midi Dress ($179)

I love the puff sleeves.

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