It’s not imperative to wear a dress all summer, but it surely does make it fun. I call it the quintessential one-and-done outfit, and thankfully this time of year you don’t have to worry about the minutia of layering it to oblivion. Personally, my closet is overflowing with dresses like nothing else at the moment, and it’s the one item I’m not afraid to go overboard with.
But beyond the convenience and sartorial pleasure of wearing a dress, it’s a piece that makes complete sense right about now. There’s always an event to attend in the warmer months—even if that doesn’t include a summer wedding or destination vacation. Surely someone is either graduating, throwing a birthday celebration, or putting together a party just because. And here’s where that overflowing arsenal of beautiful dresses comes in. When picking one out the best bet is to stick with a timeless silhouette that can carry you across all occasions; a little bit of trendiness thrown in is always a good idea too.
Below, I’ve curated a list of elegant and simply gorgeous dresses to consider when looking put together is the objective. Keep scrolling to shop them all.