Easy, Breezy Summer Dresses SwearBy Editors Are Living in
What’s chic, no-drama, and goes with everything? A dress! It sounds a bit like a bad joke, but style insiders know there’s no easier outfit to pull together than a gorgeous gown or simple frock — especially in summer. Just add baubles and footwear and you’re out the door and onto the yacht dock, or garden party, or somesuch summer thrill. Here, a few dresses you’ll find in the curated closets of SwearBy fashionistas all season long.
Poupette St Barth Women's Mini Sasha Dress
Honk if you’d rather be in St Barth’s right now. (Honk. Honk. Honk!) Blessedly, this dress, named for the idyllic Caribbean island, does it for us, no travel required. “I own this Poupette St. Barth Sasha coverup in 3 colors—no joke,” says Julie Shapiro. “It is super flattering and can easily be thrown over a swimsuit to look chic at a beachside restaurant or on a water-side stroll on the beach.”
The Ellie Nap Dress
This Nap Dress from Hillhouse is technically a nightgown, but Sara Tan thinks it’s mostly because of how comfortable it is. Because it’s so darn cute, you can definitely wear it outside of the bedroom! “It’s great for hot summer days when you can’t bother to wear much else. Throw this on and get on with your day knowing that you look fab,” she says.
Nee See's Dresses The Abigail Dress
Embroidered details and breezy light fabric make The Abigail dress an instant summer classic. Bonus: the ladylike nipped in waist. SwearBy contributor Caitlin Kimmet picked it up for her wedding shower. “It is incredibly beautiful and high quality for the price,” she says. “The embroidery is definitely more gray than light blue, but it’s very cute. The cut is also extremely flattering on my apple shape. Also, pockets.”
FIORE DRESS - Natalie Martin Collection
Multiple SwearBy style mavens adore this dress. Is it the plunging v-neckline? The flowy long sleeves worthy of Anne of Green Gables? Or the fact that it makes us feel like we’re wandering through pristine farmland at dusk? Says California-based Nyakio Grieco, “Not only are they the most comfortable dresses, but they also come in the most beautiful prints.” And Brooklyn’s Melanie Hopkins says they’re literally the most worn item in her wardrobe. “It’s insanely comfortable and chic enough that I don’t feel disgusting if I lounge around in it all day. I can only think of a handful of products where I have bought a backup in case anything happened to the original — this is one of them. In my epic quest for chic comfort, it ranks #1.”
Pact Women's Three Quarter Sleeve Fit And Flare Dress
For a summery dress that will do double and triple time come autumn and winter, this is your gal. “The dress is 95% cotton, so it breathes well but is also warm,” says Christine Leggett, who loves the dress’s handy pockets. “The shape is professional enough to wear to the office, but not frumpy at all. I bought the pattern constellation and all black. Washes well, doesn’t wrinkle (much) in drying or traveling.”
Cynthia Rowley Nairobi Bouquet Print Kaftan
No surprise that Cynthia Rowley herself Swears by this dress. She should, she designed it. But it’s so pretty, thanks to fluttery capped sleeves and pintucks in the bodice, that we had to include it. “I love anything you can wear more than once on vacation,” Rowley says. “Throw it over a swimsuit as a coverup on the beach or with a pair of strappy heels for dinner. Two outfits down!”
James Perse Ruched Jersey Midi Dress
If you don’t yet have a little black dress to toss on for last-minute cocktail hours, look no further: this is IT, all caps. “This is the most flattering dress EVER because of two-layer fabric,” says Cara Delzer. “It’s the perfect date night dress.” Another SwearBy editor, attorney Misasha Graham, raves over its flexibility: “I wear this dress anywhere from the park with tennis shoes and a loose cardigan/cropped sweatshirt to work with a blazer (not to mention date night with heels!). A great investment dress.” Just add a frothy cocktail of your choice.
A New Day Women's Short Sleeve Ruffle Hem Dress
“Summer has been hot in the midwest and a little dull! To keep my spirits up, I have changed my closet to only bright, fun, comfy dresses,” says Karla Lint. She swears by this one and suggests pairing it with cute sandals or throwing it over your suit for a beach day.
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