The 17 Prettiest Summer Dresses For Every Occasion

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It feels like it went from winter to summer pretty much overnight and I, for one, feel completely unprepared!

With the warm weather rolling in and the event calendar filling up fast, it’s time we all get serious about our spring/summer shopping. Because trips to the beach, wedding season, picnics in the park, summer festivals, and more are literally around the corner.

I did a deep dive to find the perfect dress for every occasion — check out my tops picks below.

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1. For a Formal Wedding


This dress is absolutely perfect for a formal summer wedding! It’s sexy without revealing too much and will definitely make a statement.

2. For a Day At the Beach


How cute is this white knit coverup dress?! This long sleeve maxi dress is great for a day at the beach or even a pool party.

3. For an Event That Calls For ‘Cocktail Attire’


This has to be one of the most versatile little dresses ever. Dress it down for a day out shopping or dress it up for a wedding that calls for cocktail attire.

4. For a Daytime Date


Another versatile gem, this denim corset dress can be worn for anything from a daytime date to a summer BBQ to a night out with your friends.

5. For When You Need Something Cute and Easy to Put On


The little white dress is a summer staple and this one is so cute! It’s a super flattering shape that will work for pretty much any body type. Plus, it looks comfy as hell.

6. For a Semi-Formal Wedding


After seeing Sydney Sweeney wear a similar gown in the movie Anyone But You, this dress went straight to the top of my list! Sydney’s cost over $4K but my pick will cost you less than $25.

7. For a Picnic in the Park


Everyone needs a great sundress and this one is so pretty! The beautiful floral print, the puff sleeves, the square neckline — let’s just say, I’m in love.

8. For Date Night


Did someone say date night?! Step up your game in this sexy red bodycon dress that will accentuate all your curves.

9. For Brunch


After seeing Summer House‘s Paige DeSorbo rock this mini dress this season, I knew I had to have it! Wear it out shopping, to brunch, or just out running errands.

10. For When It’s Too Hot For Clothes


This lightweight dress is going to be your best friend on those sweltering August days. The best part is that it can easily be worn during a day at the beach and then straight out to dinner.

11. For Making a Statement


This LBD is giving major “revenge dress” vibes and I’m so here for it! Wear it to a semi-formal wedding or for a night out. (Oh, and did I mention Camila Mendes wore it in her Amazon Prime movie Upgraded?!)

12. For Vacation


This is officially my new go-to vacation dress! This puff-sleeve midi dress will keep you looking cute and feeling comfy whether you’re traveling around Europe or just spending a weekend away.

13. For a Romantic Summer Fling


Everyone needs a little slip dress and this one is so pretty! The draped neckline and midi length make it such a sweet, romantic piece.

14. For Pride


Hello, Pride Month! June is all about LGBTQ pride which means parades, parties, and more! Celebrate all month long in this little rainbow chainmail mini dress.

15. For the Tennis Court


Zendaya pretty much declared this the summer of tenniscore which means a tennis mini dress is pretty much a must-have! There are certainly plenty to choose from but the contrast trim on this racerback mini dress has me sold.

16. For an Outdoor Concert


Summer is full of festivals, outdoor concerts, and street fairs. This boho maxi dress will have you looking chic no matter where you spend the day.

17. For an Afternoon Shopping


Throw on this pink printed midi dress and a pair of comfy flat sandals and you’ll be ready for a trip to the botanic garden, a day in the park, or an afternoon shopping. Throw on some wedges to go out to dinner later that same day.

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Lena Finkel
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules. When she's not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her hanging out with her tuxedo cat Tom.