Jenni Kayne Summer Dress, $325
A simple white sundress by Jenni Kayne Courtesy of Jenny Kayne

The arrival of the summer season calls for effortless dressing and one-and-done outfit formulas, which is why we love a pretty sundress. The seasonal dress staple first hit the radar in the 1940s when American sportswear pioneer Carolyn Schnurer introduced a modern-day interpretation with innovative prints and lustrous fabrics. Today, the simple sundress that's often categorized by spaghetti straps and a simple, loose-fit silhouette, has evolved into mini, midi, and maxi styles with playful prints, endearing details, and interesting cuts.

"Every summer wardrobe needs a throw-on-and-go sundress, which is perfect for day dressing but will also transition to the evening. You'll never go wrong in crisp white but right now the more playful the better, there are plenty of minimalist, maximalist styles. Pair it with a cute summer sandal, slide, or wedge heel and you're good to do," says Fashion Times market director Sarah Meikle.

Ahead: 10 of the best sundresses for summer from floral prints to coquette-inspired frocks and the unfailing white dress.

Spring Florals

Best Sundresses: Shopbop
Palmera Midi Dress Shopbop

MINKPINK Palmera Midi Dress at Shopbop ($149)

With its vibrant tropical print, MINKPINK's midi sundress was made for summer. Throw on some gold accessories, a muted heel, or sandal and you're instantly a vibe.

Sunny Yellow

Best Sundresses: Shopbop
Staud Siriani Dress Shopbop

STAUD Siriani Dress at Shopbop ($375)

Designed with an A-line silhouette in gorgeous yellow linen, this dress features a white-trimmed strapless neckline that makes the perfect outfit.


Best Sundresses: H&M
Sleeveless Bubble-hem Dress H&M

Sleeveless Bubble-hem Dress at H&M ($27)

While an LBD will remain a classic in our closets, we're opting for little white dresses for the summer like this bubble-hem mini. You can pair it with lace-up heeled sandals for date night, or rock with Sambas for a casual Saturday brunch.

Classic Sundress

Jenni Kayne Summer Dress, $325
A simple white sundress by Jenni Kayne Courtesy of Jenny Kayne

Summer Dress at Jenni Kayne ($325)

The beauty of this classic sundress is in its simplicity: simple straps, a billowing skirt, and the power of crisp white. Add a chic sun hat and this baby will take you from the beach to the bar in the sweetest summery style.

Black and White

Best Sundresses: Revolve
Sundress Francine Dress Revolve

Sundress Francine Dress at Revolve ($118, originally $196)

A playful approach to minimalism, this black linen dress with a raffia belt and spaghetti straps and a sexy thigh split will take you from day to night in statement style.

Retro Metallic

Best Sundresses: Revolve
Sundress Jade Maxi Dress Revolve

Sundress Jade Maxi Dress at Revolve ($299)

Attending a summer wedding in the tropics? This metallic blue-tiered cotton sundress has a cute retro vibe with its gathered top and statement straps.


Best Sundresses: ZARA
Short Pleated Dress Zara

Short Pleated Dress at Zara ($50)

Whether you need a quick look after the beach or going for an ice cream date, this pink minidress fits the Barbiecore bill.

Neon Bright

Best Sundresses: ZARA
Side Ruched Midi Dress Zara

Side Ruched Midi Dress at Zara ($70)

Nothing says summer like neon brights and this striking maxi from Zara is a must-pack wardrobe essential for any destination wedding or vacation.

Strapless Bandeau

Best Sundresses: ASOS
Ever New Bandeau Maxi Dress ASOS

Ever New Bandeau Maxi Dress at ASOS ($208)

Surburned orange and red shades are perfect for that weather soirée. This sweet bandeau floral dress with a chic neck scarf is the perfect marriage of dressy casual.

Chic Sand

Best Sundresses: Amazon
Strap A-line Corset Midi Dress Amazon

MA&BABY Women's Spaghetti Strap A-line Corset Dress at Amazon ($20)

If the 2024 Met Gala hasn't convinced you yet, consider this feminine corset dress your sign to try the sand trend this spring. From the office to a weekend in the Hamptons, you'll never want to take it off.

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