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The Best Summer Dresses, According To Passionate Reviews

Refinery29 logo Refinery29 2022-06-02 Emily Ruane

Throughout our intrepid warm-weather shopping research, we’ve discovered that all we want to wear right now is dresses. The temperatures is steadily rising and a breathable dress is our go-to uniform for all occasions — including (but not limited to) logging endless work-from-home hours, running errands, and looking cute on Zoom.

To prepare you for a full summer of dress-wearing, we crafted a guide to the easiest and breeziest styles worth living in for the rest of this season — and in order to suss out the styles that everyone is currently carting, we headed straight for the review sections of our favorite sites. Once you’ve read — and shopped — this story, don't be alarmed if strangers stop and ask where you bought your summer dress, or if you and your best friend end up wearing the same viral cottagecore frock.

Ahead, click through everything from a funky leopard-print dress (that seemingly flatters all shapes and sizes) to a sunny mini dress with fluttery sleeves (perfect for a literal walk in the park) — or, just to peep what made customers’ cut on summer’s “best-frocked” list. Dressing for warmer temperatures has never been easier or more fun.

Welcome to Hype Machine, our hit-list of the top reviewed products across the web — according to a crowd of die-hard shoppers. Call this your 4-star & up only club, with entry granted by our devoted-to-the-goods shop editors.

At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. All product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

The Twirly Long-Sleeve Mini Dress Wilfred Daydreamer Mini Dress The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 90 reviews on Aritzia.com Throw the stereotypical idea of a fitted minidress out the window. This semi-sheer chiffon piece will change your mind. You won't be able to help twirling in circles with the airy, lightweight fabric. The long sleeves are loose with elastic cuffs, and it charmingly drapes around your silhouette with accordion pleats. In addition, you can pick from various pastel hues like pale yellow, lavender, sage green, and dainty floral prints. "Loved the look when I put on the dress! The fabric was very comfortable on the skin, the size was right, the length was around mid-thigh (just where I wanted), and the dress can be very versatile. I imagine myself wearing this to a dinner, to hangouts, to work. I even tried the dress with a belt on, it looks great too! Highly recommend to the ladies who are looking for a Spring/Summer dress," writes a reviewer. Shop Wilfred at Aritzia Wilfred Daydreamer Mini Dress, $, available at Aritzia

The Twirly Long-Sleeve Mini Dress Wilfred Daydreamer Mini Dress The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 90 reviews on Aritzia.com Throw the stereotypical idea of a fitted minidress out the window. This semi-sheer chiffon piece will change your mind. You won't be able to help twirling in circles with the airy, lightweight fabric. The long sleeves are loose with elastic cuffs, and it charmingly drapes around your silhouette with accordion pleats. In addition, you can pick from various pastel hues like pale yellow, lavender, sage green, and dainty floral prints. "Loved the look when I put on the dress! The fabric was very comfortable on the skin, the size was right, the length was around mid-thigh (just where I wanted), and the dress can be very versatile. I imagine myself wearing this to a dinner, to hangouts, to work. I even tried the dress with a belt on, it looks great too! Highly recommend to the ladies who are looking for a Spring/Summer dress," writes a reviewer. Shop Wilfred at Aritzia Wilfred Daydreamer Mini Dress, $, available at Aritzia
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