Can you feel it? Temperatures are rising, and summer vibes are just around the corner. Now is a great time to add some fun summer dresses to your wardrobe. After months of casual stay-at-home attire like your favorite loungewear separates and comfy pajamas, it can feel weird to think about summer "outside" clothes.
But don't let that thought change your mind; summer dresses are still this season’s must-have, and they make the perfect gift idea for birthdays, Mother's Day, and more. So, whether you’re seeking a maxi, mini, or midi, there's definitely a summer dress for you here. Here’s a look at some of our best summer dresses for 2021.
Perfect for an outdoor reception, graduation, or wedding, the classic wrap dress will be a guaranteed favorite. This wardrobe staple is known for its flattering silhouette, making it an ideal choice for those looking to camouflage trouble areas. Wrap dresses come in a variety of styles, but they all share that iconic moderate-to-deep V-neck and crossover wrap style, which is classic and adds to a stylish, chic look. While great for casual summer days outside, these types of dresses can also be worn throughout the year in an office setting. If you opt for a short-sleeve wrap dress, simply add a cardigan that you can easily pull on when the chill from the air conditioner becomes too much.
Summer is a great time to sport a shirt dress in any style. Shirt dresses are effortless to wear and can be dressed up or down depending on accessories. From A-line to retro, these fun dresses come in a variety of lengths and styles and are appropriate for most occasions.
If you want to dress up a shirt dress, add a pair of heels and a cute clutch, or add a belt around the waist with a pair of heels, flat sandals, or your favorite pair of sneakers and a backpack for a casual city look. The receiver of this dress can even opt to create a fun-in-the-sun beach look by wearing a shirt dress with an accenting beach straw brim hat, large tote, and, of course, comfortable sandals.
Maxi dresses and summertime go together like two perfect puzzle pieces. These beauties can be dressed up or down for a special event, a backyard barbeque on a hot day, or even a fun casual brunch with friends — which is why maxi dresses make the perfect summertime gift. They come in a variety of colors, styles, and sizes, so whether you're searching for tall maxi dresses, petite, or regular-size maxis, there's a look that complements the wearer for formal or casual events all summer long.
Another classic and iconic summer dress design that has stood the test of time is the multifaceted jersey dress. The beauty of a jersey dress lies in its soft material and its ability to be a go-to summer or year-round frock. Best of all, this type of dress is suitable for a variety of functions and makes a great gift option. And we can't forget to mention that jersey dresses offer optimal comfort even in heated temperatures thanks to their lightweight construction and breathability.
Let's talk about a dress that will never go out of style. Fit & flare dresses are universally flattering to all shapes and sizes and can enhance an overall look in numerous ways. Easy to throw on and go, this style of dress punches up the femininity factor and is suitable for a variety of occasions, from cocktail parties to receptions.
If you're looking for a dressier feel, search for a fit-and-flare dress with detailing around the neck or hemline to truly stand out. Add your favorite pair of heels, statement-making jewelry, and an eye-catching clutch, and your gift recipient will have a look that is far from ordinary, and compliments are sure to follow. And we can't forget fabric—thanks to its lightweight fabric, the dress is suitable for warm summer days or nights. If you're looking for a more casual look, don a favorite pair of sandals and perhaps wear a silk scarf around your neck, as a headband, or wrapped around your favorite cross-body bag or tote for a fun, casual day around town.
Summer dresses are here to stay, and they continue to offer unmatched versatility. Best of all, they remain a wardrobe closet staple. With a variety of styles, lengths, and designs to choose from, you’re bound to find the right summer dress gift that speaks to every want or need, from warm summer days to fun, starry nights.