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The 16 best summer dresses for 2021

These stylish and affordable dresses are great for casual day dates, evening events and everything in between.
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The need for a new wardrobe this summer has hit harder now more than ever. With restrictions continuing to be lifted across the country, events have been popping up at lightning speed as people try to make up for lost time.

Instead of having to put together different combinations of tops, bottoms and shoes every time, opt for a cute summer dress! Pair it with some chic sandals or heels (depending on the event), add your favorite accessories and you’ll be on your way in no time.

After over a year spent inside, your dress collection might be looking a little outdated or maybe your style has changed. Regardless, we found 16 of the best summer dresses that will get you through any event in style.

Best dresses for summer

1. Naggoo Floral Wrap Dress

Wrap dresses are cute, trendy and perfect for summer. This one comes in 17 colors and patterns for you to choose from.

2. Floerns Floral Print Boho Long Dress

This dress can easily take you from daytime to evening plans. The off-the-shoulder style paired with a split in the leg adds a playful element to the look. Take your pick of 24 different colors and patterns.

3. Sleeveless Crinkled Smock Fit and Flare Dress

You can’t go wrong with a good fit and flare dress! It complements every body type and can be paired with sandals for a casual look or dressed up with some espadrille wedges.

4. Joyful Multi-Stripe Tie-Back Mini Dress

“Business in the front, party in the back” applies to this stylish mini dress from Lulus. The front features a solid color, but the back has a beautiful and colorful multi-stripe tie. It’s perfect for any event or just an impromptu night out.

5. Merokeety Striped Short Sleeve T-Shirt Dress

T-shirt dresses are a must-have for anyone’s summer wardrobe. This option from Merokeety can easily be dressed up with booties or kept casual with sandals for a day of running errands or a quick lunch with some friends. It comes in almost 20 different colors.

6. Leyden Floral Print Off-The-Shoulder Dress

With a smocked waistband, neckline and cuffs, you can be sure this dress will stay in place while you move throughout your day.

7. R.Vivimos Long Sleeve Bohemian Floral Midi Dress

We can't get enough of this bohemian-inspired dress. Even though it has long sleeves, its lightweight material makes it perfect for a breezy summer day.

8. Grecerelle Casual Short Sleeve Maxi Dress

You can't go wrong with a simple maxi dress. It is lightweight and versatile, has over 24,000 verified five-star ratings and comes in over 40 different colors and prints.

9. Viishow Short Sleeve Casual Maxi Dress with Pockets

This short-sleeve maxi dress has over 30,000 verified five-star ratings. Many customers love this dress because the fabric is lightweight and opaque.

10. Haomeili Summer Swing T-Shirt Dress with Pockets

When the heat hits an all-time high, you'll need this sleeveless T-shirt dress. While we love this pink and black floral pattern, it's also available in 20 designs and colors.

11. Belongsci V-Neck Bell Sleeve Shift Dress

This V-neck bell sleeve shift dress is all you need for a dressy summer night. It has over 3,200 verified five-star reviews that call out its quality and wallet-friendly price.

12. Zesica Bohemian Floral Printed V-Neck Wrap Dress

This bohemian floral print wrap dress is trendy and comfortable. The relaxed, feminine silhouette is classic and flattering — just add a cute sun hat!

13. DB Moon Casual Short Sleeve Dress with Pockets

This short-sleeve cotton dress is one of those pieces you can wear all day, every day. Many reviewers love this dress for its comfortable material and price point.

14. Mitilly Summer Boho Sleeveless Swing Dress with Pockets

This vibrant dress has over 8,000 verified ratings and a solid four-star average on Amazon. Many customers enjoy this dress for its flattering fit and fluttery sleeves.

15. Ouges Summer Short Sleeve V-Neck Floral Dress with Pockets

What's not to love about a simple dress with pockets? This Amazon favorite is available is over 25 different patterns and is less than $35.

16. LC Lauren Conrad Ruffle Wrap Dress

Make a fun and flirty statement with this wrap dress from Lauren Conrad's affordable line at Kohl's. It's chic, girly and great for upcoming summer events like a wedding or a baby shower.

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