7 Stylish & Comfortable Summer Dresses

Summer dresses are effortlessly cool due to their airy, flowy fabrics and colorful prints. Making the list for this year’s most popular summer wardrobe trends are the mini wrap dress, unique sleeve dress, and shirt dress, among other resort wear

While our typical focus is finding the perfect designer bikini, we, at ViX, have compiled a list of seven of our favorite stylish and comfortable summer dresses to take you through the warm weather season. You may consider learning how to wear a sarong as a dress as an additional option. Fashion trends come and go, but you can never have too many resort dresses or the perfect beach maxi dress in your wardrobe. 

Mini Wrap Dresses That Are Fun And Flirty

Mini wrap dresses are the epitome of true comfort and style. As the temperature goes up, so do the hemlines, which makes this cute summer dress option one that’s fun and flirty, ideal for the warm months. Two fashionable favorites are the Louise Gisa Short Dress and the Artsy Jessie Short Dress. Although they share the sultriness of a shorter hemline, the unique wrap dress structure and colorful designs set them apart. 

Louise Gisa Short Dress

The regal purple hue of the Louise Gisa Short Dress delivers an air of sophistication to this mini wrap dress style with a dainty, soft pink, polka dot design to keep the look playful. It’s made of 80 percent rayon and 20 percent silk that feels soft and smooth against the skin. The beautiful front draping and tied wrap front flows with the body’s natural curves, making this one of the most stylish and comfortable dresses for summer. 

Due to the rich color, gold accessories dress up the look, while neutral beach sandals keep it more low-key. Either way, the color palette and shape of this mini dress makes it a timeless fashion choice that will remain on-trend summer after summer.

Artsy Jessie Short Dress

Model wearing Artsy Jessie Short Dress, a modernized camouflage like appearance.

If the comfort of a wrap dress is what you want, but color is a main priority as well, the boldness of the Artsy Jessie Short dress offers an artful blend of both. The vibrant red, orange, and pink shades represent a modernized take on camouflage that mixes well with silver or rose gold accessories. Choose between wearing the dress as a two piece or wrap-style for a look that’s effortlessly chic. Keep the rest of the outfit simple by wearing flat, slip-on sandals or dress it up by wearing strappy sandals or heels and chandelier earrings. 

The beauty of the mini wrap summer dress trend is you can easily change the look by adding only a few pieces of jewelry or swapping out the shoes. As the evening temperatures begin to dip, layer with a jean jacket or a lightweight cardigan to get the maximum use out of the dress before retiring it for the season.

Stylish Summer Dresses With Unique Sleeves

Strapless or adjustable spaghetti straps are popular when it comes to stylish and comfortable summer dresses. Days full of tropical temperatures and plenty of sunshine allow us to bare more skin. With that being said, one of the hottest trends for summer is finding designs that have unique sleeves. 

This might mean feminine ruffle sleeves, trendy three-quarters length sleeves, or sleeves with a distinctive design element or style such as a puff sleeve. We appreciate a strapless and casual summer dress as much as the next person, but we think you’ll love the Off White Liz Midi Dress, Red Pepper Mercia Short Dress, and the Verena Pietra Short Dress for the attention to sleeves.

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Off White Liz Midi Dress

The distinctive structure of the Off White Liz Midi Dress takes the classic black-and-white color combination to another level. With fashionable details, including delicate ruffle sleeves, high slits in the front, and black trim detailing throughout, the dress presents a pretty and polished look that’ll keep you cool all summer.

Any metallic jewelry will pair great with this midi dress but playing around with textures offers an unexpected twist. Try multi-hoop earrings or a chunky bracelet cuff to add your own fashionable flair. Wear with matching peep-toe heels for a dressier appeal or resort sandals to keep it more casual.

Red Pepper Mercia Short Dress 

Model wearing Red Pepper Mercia Short Dress

Heat things up with the Red Pepper Mercia Short Dress. The color alone makes a statement, and the addition of attached bell sleeves creates a flirty and fun look for date night or an evening out with friends. The simplistic structure of this short dress balances out the boldness of the vibrant hue and fashionable sleeves, making it a must-have for any steamy summer night.

Shoe-wise, it’s best to keep the focus on the dress itself by wearing a comfortable slide or sandal. Or, opt for kitten or block heels in a neutral color for height, while still allowing the dress to make the statement.

Verena Pietra Short Dress 

The Verena Pietra Short Dress is one of the best comfortable summer dresses to capture the laid-back feeling of the season. The micro floral print against the deep red fabric proves casual comfort can still be chic. The loose, full-length sleeves deliver a soft and sweet vibe while still keeping things low-key. 

They also offer extra protection from the sun and transition well from a warm day into a cooler night. It’s a classic short dress versatile enough to be worn for any occasion. 

Shirt Dresses For Maximum Comfort 

Another big summer dress trend is embracing the simplicity of the shirt dress. As far as comfortable summer dresses go, it may be number one. It’s just as easy to throw on a shirt dress as it is a t-shirt and shorts, plus it quickly elevates the style. Both the Scarlet Amber Tunic and the Julien Nath Midi Dress are the ultimate in comfort while being stylish at the same time. 

Scarlet Amber Tunic

Whether you’re wondering what to wear over a bathing suit or trying to find your go-to summer dress, a tunic is one of the easiest ways to up your fashion game. The Scarlet Amber Tunic continues to be a favorite of many due to its neutral tone yet eye-catching leopard pattern. The cut out detail on the side, flirty cap sleeves, and functional tie front keep the design breezy and fun. Its unique structure and modern appeal is perfectly suited for your next stylish and comfortable summer dress.

Julien Nath Midi Dress

Model sitting on a couch wearing Julien Nath Midi Dress, deep midnight blue and white floral design

The Julien Nath Midi Dress is one of the most comfortable dresses for summer thanks to its lightweight airiness. The deep midnight blue and white floral design makes it a timeless choice to add to your resort wear wardrobe. The two, high front slits add movement to the midi length, and the v-neckline and tie detailing at the sleeves are elements that elevate the style of the dress. 

Add contrast when choosing shoes with a bold color like red or yellow, or select a navy-and-white patterned sandal that complements the dress without becoming too matchy-matchy.

When it comes to finding the most comfortable and stylish summer dresses, we say stick with the colors and design features you’re drawn to most, and add a few of these summer staples to your wardrobe since they’ll always be on trend.

Dos And Don’ts For Finding Your Perfect Summer Dress

Finding stylish summer dresses that are also comfortable doesn’t have to be a challenge. There are plenty of options available. You just have to choose what suits you best. As you’re narrowing down the styles that speak to you, consider these general dos and don’ts on your quest to find the ultimate summer dress. 

Do Work With Fashion Trends

Pay attention to trends, but don’t limit yourself to only what’s en vogue for the season. While mini wrap dresses, unique sleeves, and shirt dresses are currently all the rage, it doesn’t mean you have to narrow down your options to only what’s of the moment. It simply gives you a good starting point when searching for the designs that draw you in. 

Don’t Wear Anything Too Tight

Summer dresses are meant to be breezy and flowy with lightweight, breathable fabrics. With warmer temperatures, you don't want fabrics that stick to your skin, but preferably ones that feel soft against it. If you’re tugging down your hemline or feeling suffocated in the style, odds are that it may be too tight for the season.

Do Accessorize

When it comes to accessorizing your favorite summer dress, usually less is more. Stick to one or two favorite pieces to keep the outfit effortlessly chic. A pair of fantastic earrings or a gorgeous cuff may be the only jewelry you need to dress up the look. Also, let the dress speak for itself by keeping everything else, including your hair and makeup, to a minimum. 

Don’t Compromise Comfort For Style

Embrace vacation mode with resort wear that looks and feels good. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to compromise comfort for style; there’s plenty of room for both. Pick a comfortable dress length, color, and design that makes you feel the most confident. Then, start breaking out of your fashion shell and experiment with different cuts and prints to see what may work for you as your style evolves. 

Find the perfect dress for summer that allows you to move freely and tops your list in terms of being fashion-forward because that’s a summer staple you’ll never want to let go.