Soak in the Sun With Summer Dresses for 2020

by Chinea Rodriguez

summer dresses for 2020


The easiest and coolest way to navigate a summer heatwave is a free-flowing summer dress. Easy to wear and even easier to style, a loose, billowy maxi or midi dress you can just throw on is the perfect addition to your wardrobe. Dress it down or dress it up with accessories and styling to your heart’s content. Check out our picks to shop last-minute summer dresses for 2020!


Summer Dresses for 2020

To get you through these last few weeks of summer and the beginning of fall we’ve gathered up a few easy, breezy dresses to wear to all your outdoor activities from picnics to farmer’s markets. We’ve rounded up on-trend puff sleeve pieces perfect for sandals and sneakers to ankle-grazing maxis in florals, seersucker, and airy linens. Keep reading to see our picks.


Dresses With Puff Sleeves

Who would’ve thought the puffy sleeves we loved as children would resurface in our adult years? Albeit a bit more grown-up and likely won’t be worn with patent leather Mary Janes our mother’s picked out. This trend is versatile enough to wear with sandals, clean white sneakers, or dressed up with heels if you prefer. Consider these pretty picks from Ganni and Reformation, that cinch slightly in the waist without being too form-fitting or go for airy and loose like this silk-blend dress from Cecilie Bahnsen.


Ulla Johnson Colette Shirred Cotton Midi Dress, $425

Ganni Ripstop Cotton Chino Dress, $425

Cara Cara Blue Hill Cotton-Poplin Midi Dress, $695

Cecilie Bahnsen Karmen Textured Silk-Blend Chiffon Midi Dress, $2,280

Ganni Seersucker Check Midi Dress, $227

Silvia Tcherassi Puff-Sleeve Floral-Print Dress, $1,536

Reformation Norwich Midi Dress, $278

Sleeper Atlanta Puff-Sleeve Gingham Dress, $361

Rejina Pyo Lorna Linen-Cotton Off-The-Shoulder Midi Dress, $278


Midi Dress

Not quite a maxi and definitely not a mini, the midi is the perfect in-between style for summer. If puffy sleeves aren’t your thing, go sleeveless with these strappy and effortless options from Dries Van Noten, Reformation, and Molly Goddard. Keep cool in lightweight linen with expertly placed cut-outs from Cult Gaia or this relaxed look from Juliet Dunn.


Cult Gaia Maya Tie-Front Cutout Linen Midi Dress, $300

Juliet Dunn Scallop-Trimmed Palladio-Print Cotton Midi Dress, $333

Molly Goddard Marlene Midi Dress, $800

Lemlem Bahiri Striped Dress, $431

Reformation Arie Floral-Print Midi Dress, $287

Dries Van Noten Diba Ruffle-Hem Midi Slip Dress, $787


Halter Dresses

These halter and strappy high neckline dresses are probably the dressiest of the bunch but they’re still light enough to wear with ease. You might want to save some of our picks for special occasions like the floor-grazing Jacquemus or the cut-out maxi from Cult Gaia but this cotton-blend dress from Lemlem is perfect for every day. 


Ellery Halter Pleated Dress, $880

Cult Gaia Bella Open-Back Cutout Linen Maxi Dress, $510

Jacquemus La Robe Mistral Floral-Print Chiffon Maxi Dress, $672

Lemlem Mizan Fringed Jacquard-Trimmed Striped Cotton-Blend Gauze Dress, $325


Slip Dresses

Last but not least, another super versatile favorite, the slip dress. The wardrobe staple will be wearable way past summer if styled and worn the right way but for these next few weeks pair slip dresses with sneakers or sandals until you can officially break out your boots. Consider out picks like this tie-dye Nili Lotan dress for day or this all-black minimal, midi dress from L’Agence if patterns aren’t your thing.

Asceno Bordeaux Silk-Satin Maxi Dress, $485

Alice + Olivia Candice Leopard-Print Silk Maxi Dress, $132

L’Agence Jodie Silk-Satin Midi Dress, $198

JW Anderson Trumpet Hem Pleated Silk-Blend Midi Dress, $368

Loup Charmant Amelia Silk-Satin Maxi Dress, $225

Nili Lotan Tie-Dyed Silk Dress, $625


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