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21 Sundresses That Will Have You Saying “Is It Summer Already?”

Summertime dressing at its finest.

While it’s exciting to welcome the fall/winter season in September with statement-making coats and on-trend cashmere knits, there is nothing quite like the freeing feeling of shedding those layers come March. As the summer months approach, we’re keen to swap our knee-high boots for strappy sandals and trade in our layering turtlenecks for breathable summer knits. But, perhaps the most anticipated piece to re-emerge is the sundress. 

Sundresses are the essence of summertime dressing. They’re effortlessly chic and breezy, making it easy to feel and look fresh in warmer temperatures. Sundresses are the summer essential, proving their comfortability while out-and-about or from the comfort of your home (yes, there will come a time when you simply cannot wear another loungewear set). From maxi, open-back silhouettes and sophisticated mini styles to pleated detailing and cotton cut-outs, here are the 21 sundresses we cannot wait to wear on repeat this season.

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Valentino Garavani $2,690.00 BUY NOW
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Knit Sundress

This Valentino cotton-knit midi sundress is the perfect marriage between a sundress and summer knit. The plunged neckline and semi-sheer banded waist make this sundress the perfect number to wear to the beach and beyond. 

Valentino Garavani Cotton-Knit Midi Dress available at Moda Operandi for $2,690.00 BUY NOW
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Midi Sundress

According to Bottega Veneta’s Creative Director, Daniel Lee, “I’m always interested in this idea, of how you can feel done up and elegant at the same time as feeling comfortable.” This midi linen dress accomplishes just that; it’s equally as sophisticated as it is casual.

bottega veneta Hip-Detailed Linen Canvas Midi Shirt Dress available at Moda Operandi for $3,400.00 BUY NOW
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Cut-Out Sundress

Over the past year, we’ve seen a rise in the popularity of cut-out dresses. This strapless silhouette from SIR is the perfect iteration of a modern sundress that is tastefully revealing.

SIR Yves Cutout Cotton-Blend Strapless Midi Dress available at Moda Operandi for $450.00 BUY NOW
Carolina Herrera $1,490.00 BUY NOW
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Striped Sundress

It doesn’t get more classic than a striped sundress. Update the timeless silhouette with Carolina Herrera’s striped cotton-poplin dress with a ruched sweetheart-neck bodice and full-tiered skirt for a breezy, breathable moment. 

Carolina Herrera Striped Cotton-Blend Midi Dress available at Moda Operandi for $1,490.00 BUY NOW
agua by agua bendita $685.00 BUY NOW
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Printed Sundress

Summer is all about having fun with prints—even if you err on the minimalist side. Introduce pattern into your sundress collection with Agua by Agua Bendita’s Lima linen dress, which features a colorful placed print and flattering square-neck.

agua by agua bendita Lima Dahlia Linen Maxi Dress available at Moda Operandi for $685.00 BUY NOW
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Cotton Sundress

Perhaps our favorite sundress this season, Prada’s cotton mini halter dress, checks all of our sundress boxes. Made from crisp cotton poplin, this mini dress is designed with an open back and full, flirty skirt, perfect for all summer occasions.

Prada Cotton Mini Halter Dress available at Moda Operandi for $1,610.00 BUY NOW
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Pleated Sundress

Pleats are a design detail that instantly elevates any look. Jonathan Simkhai’s Rem poplin dress adds just the right amount of whimsy for the ultimate freeing feeling a sundress should evoke.

Jonthan Simkhai Rem Pleated Cutout Poplin Maxi Dress available at Moda Operandi for $445.00 BUY NOW
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Pink Sundress

We’re calling it: pink is the color of the season. Pack away your neutral dresses and welcome warm weather with this vibrant shade. Mattaeu’s tiered cotton and silk maxi dress, in all its bright fuchsia glory, is the only thing we want to wear after a year in leggings and sweatshirts.

Matteau Open-Back Tiered Cotton And Silk-Blend Voile Maxi Dress available at Net-a-Porter for $730.00 BUY NOW
Alexander McQueen $3,480.00 BUY NOW
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Statement Sleeve Sundress

This Alexander McQueen sundress is for making a statement. From the exaggerated sleeves to the fresh floral print, you will not go unnoticed in this number.

Alexander McQueen Cocoon Dress available at 24 Sèvres for $3,480.00 BUY NOW
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Mini Sundress

Simone Porte Jacquemus, the master of the sundress, has designed the perfect mini with its ‘Saudade’ number. Made from hemp-wool, this mini sundress is expertly draped for a super flattering fit in the front, with a sexy, sleek open back. 

Jacquemus Saudade Asymmetric Draped Hemp-Blend Mini Dress available at Moda Operandi for $695.00 BUY NOW
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Maxi Sundress

Maxi sundresses have undoubtedly become an integral part of our summer wardrobes. But this year, we’re giving it a modern update with Mattaeu’s lightweight asymmetric tiered cotton dress for the ultimate carefree summer feel.

Matteau The Asymmetric Tiered Cotton-blend Maxi Dress available at MatchesFashion for $438.00 BUY NOW
Dolce & Gabbana $2,645.00 BUY NOW
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Floral Sundress

There’s nothing quite like a Dolce & Gabbana floral print—it will forever be iconic. This circle-skirt sundress in cotton with allover yellow flowers is a fresh, romantic way to address the tried-and-true print this summer.

Dolce & Gabbana Camellia-Print Poplin Midi Dress available at Dolcegabbana for $2,645.00 BUY NOW
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Long Sleeve Sundress

Made in Italy and inspired by Jil Sander’s creative directors' shared affinity for elegant, contemporary silhouettes, this long-sleeve dress makes for the perfect refined daytime look—whether in the city or on the beach.

JIL SANDER Balloon-Sleeve Cotton-Poplin Midi Dress available at MatchesFashion for $718.00 BUY NOW
Faithfull the Brand $199.00 BUY NOW
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Animal Print Sundress

Animal prints have proven their versatility as a goes-with-everything neutral. From bikinis and trousers to sandals and handbags, the animal print is a fashion forever. If you don’t already own an animal print sundress, invest in Faithfull the Brand’s tiger-print midi dress—it offers the same versatility as cheetah print, but feels less overdone.

Faithfull the Brand Corvina Tiger-Print Crepe Midi Dress available at Net-a-Porter for $199.00 BUY NOW
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Slim Fit Sundress

Perhaps our favorite silhouette this season, is the slim-fit sundress. Expect figure-flattering, body-hugging shapes that are perfect for both daytime and the evening. This Jacquemus dress gives the nod to a holiday in France—and really, where else would we want to be?

Jacquemus Tovallo Layered Broderie Anglaise Linen-Blend Midi Dress available at Moda Operandi for $1,220.00 BUY NOW
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Shirtdress Sundress

Easy and effortless, the shirtdress sundress, is a no-brainer. Nili Lotan’s iteration is the ultimate versatile wardrobe piece thanks to its relaxed, throw-on-and-go silhouette. Opt for a casual look by pairing it with slide sandals or dress it up with a waist-accentuating belt and strappy heel.

NILI LOTAN Raven Striped Cotton-Voile Midi Dress available at Net-a-Porter for $395.00 BUY NOW
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Bali Dress
$280.00 BUY NOW
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Open-Back Sundress

The backless dress was the it-silhouette last season, and we're happy to report that it’s here to stay. Mie’s Bali dress, which comes in both black and yellow, is a full-flowing maxi dress with a high halter neck that opens to an exposed lower back for a sleek, sexy look.

Mie Bali Dress available at Mie for $280.00 BUY NOW
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Boho Sundress

French fashion brand, Chloé, has mastered the art of boho dressing. Chloé’s embroidered mini sundress is enhanced with free-spirited design elements like a flared trim at the shoulders, an all-over embroidered pattern, and a flowy, pleated skirt.

chloe Embroidered Silk-Georgette Mini Dress available at MatchesFashion for $1,620.00 BUY NOW
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Tiered Sundress

A tiered sundress is a summer must-have come August's scorching temps—its airy silhouette creates a much-needed breeze with every step. Known for contemporary street style silhouettes, Ulla Johnson has designed the ultimate tiered sundress, with its shoulder ties, breathable cotton material, and ruffled hem.

ULLA JOHNSON Lune Tiered Cotton Midi Dress available at Moda Operandi for $395.00 BUY NOW
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Paisley Sundress

Another one of our go-to brands when it comes to holiday dressing, Zimmermann, has collections full of sundresses to last throughout the season. The one we’re eyeing this summer? This paisley mini number with a tie front, which adds subtle sophistication to the look.

Zimmermann Brighton Paisley Mini Dress available at Saks Fifth Avenue for $695.00 BUY NOW
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Yellow Sundress

Introducing the summer sundress for minimalists who rarely shy away from neutrals: the yellow sundress. If you’ve wanted to dabble in color, but often play it safe, opt for Celine’s silk georgette sundress in a pale yellow for a romantic, feminine feel. It's just close enough to off-white making it the perfect gateway to brights.

Celine Sundress In Silk Georgette available at 24 Sèvres for $2,950.00 BUY NOW
About the Author
Adrienne Faurote is a contributor at Editorialist covering all things fashion and beauty. After studying Fashion Design at Parsons, The New School for Design in New York, Adrienne then moved on to become the Fashion Market Editor at Marie Claire Magazine for over 5 years. When she's not covering the season's must-have fashion trends or reviewing the latest beauty fads, you'll find her trying popular boutique fitness and wellness trends.
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