It might be argued that summer is the most wonderful time of the year. Even if you're less inclined to bask in the sun's rays, there's no denying the outfit possibilities that warm weather affords. We’re most excited by dresses that show a little skin, like a puff sleeve mini or an open-back halter knit. Both will have you more than ready for all your fun reemergence summer plans—travel, celebrations, and nights out. And there are a handful of other exciting dress styles to look forward to wearing this season.
Dainty Day Dresses
A simple sundress is one of the most versatile pieces of the season. You can just as easily wear one as a beach cover-up as you could to a wedding (so long as you have the right accessories). If you pick a good one, the very same dress can be worn on weekend neighborhood strolls, park picnics, or even going out for a cocktail or spritz. Airy and light, a dainty day dress will be the hero piece in your summer wardrobe.
This is going to be the summer when we will finally and hopefully see legs and not just exclusively from the waist up through screens. Our legs crave sunshine and are to be seen, and is best done by a heightened hemline. Take your pick between tiered baby dolls, smocked puff sleeve fit and flares, and backless halter necks.
A simple white dress might not seem like much, but the perfect one can be a cure-all for summer-style problems. Not only are they appropriate for just about every summer occasion, these romantic ruched, tiered, ruffle sleeve versions have been dubbed as summer’s unofficial uniform. From mini to midi dresses, these white day dresses allow for endless accessorizing options. Just swap your footwear, and top it off with a summer bag of your choosing, and your white dress will feel like new every time.
Crafty and Crocheted
With the past year spent mostly virtually, clothing with tactility and visible craftsmanship has been more delightful than ever. Dresses you can touch and feel—whether it’s a colorful crocheted knit, or a sundress with 3D floral appliques, or a split fabric tank dress with a bit of fringe–these textured dresses are totally swoon-worthy for summer 2022.
Cut It Out
Since reemergence began, we have started to see cutouts in almost every silhouette—from bikinis to bodysuits, tops, and, of course, dresses. For a subtly sexy summer dress, consider one with a waist cut out or a low back. Thanks to their midi lengths, these dresses won’t ever feel overly revealing or too much like a club-ready number. In simple solid colors, you’ll have no problem dressing these up with heels and a clutch for hot summer nights or with flat sandals and a sun hat for warm summer days.