36 Best Sundresses For Women 2021—Because Summer Is Not Over Yet

Non-clingy silhouettes, breathable linen designs, and timeless white styles are some of the few categories that make up the best sundresses for women. While you likely reach for polished midis for work, billowing maxis on holiday, sundresses—with their breezy, effortless, and oft subtly skin-baring qualities—are quintessentially summer. So, you’d be wise to stock up on a range of styles, and this year, six key trends are dominating.

If timelessness and versatility are your M.O., white dresses and minimalist cuts will never fail; open backs, tiered skirts, and sweet accents will unquestionably freshen up your assortment this season. Whimsical prints and bright colors are two other must-try trends; when the mood is cheerful, a plucky shade of pink or mermaid motif is perfectly playful in the heat. Summer’s romantic trend is thoroughly dreamy if you’re craving a feminine aesthetic—think bustier-inspired detailing, puffy sleeves, and frilled accents like delicate bow ties and Broderie Anglaise. For warm-weather drama, voluminous silhouettes on tiered skirts should be part of the equation and for extra impact, seek out frilled sleeves or a sunny hue.

Whatever your taste or summer dresses preference, keep scrolling to discover 36 of the season’s best sundresses for women.

The Little White Dress

No other dress says summer quite like one in classic white—even whether your taste skews ultra-minimalist or sweet.

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Hill House Home Lucy nap dress

Rebecca Taylor Empire waist cotton dress

Frame Malibu cotton poplin maxidress

Totême crinkled silk slip dress in off-white

Everlane the linen open-back dress

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Tove Ceres midi-dress



The Tiered and True

Showcase your sense of drama while mastering seasonal effortlessness in a voluminous tiered sundress, be it neutral or bold.

Staud Cleo tiered midi-dress



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Ulla Johnson Hope sleeveless tiered midi-dress

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Merlette Paradis tiered cotton midi-dress

Zimmermann Mae striped cotton maxidress

Cinq à Sept Song tiered minidress



Toit Volant bandeau tier ruffle dress

The New Romantic

Summer’s romantic trend lends itself to sweetly sophisticated designs featuring bow-tie straps, drawn-in waists, billowing sleeves, and delicate pleating.

Jonathan Simkhai Georgia bustier midi-dress

Tove Studio Delphin organic cotton dress

Cult Gaia Gen Check midi-dress

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Sleeper Atlanta off-the-shoulder shirred linen midi-dress

LoveShackFancy Antonella broderie anglaise cotton sundress



& Other Stories waist-tie midi-dress

The Printed Matter

Summer calls for an unabashed embrace of prints—this season, choose from whimsical motifs, pretty florals, and punchy paisley.

Hill House Home the Akilah nap dress

Farm Rio multicolor pineapple cut-out midi-dress

Tory Burch sleeveless tie dress

LoveShackFancy Ottawa floral-print cotton-voile dress

Silvia Tcherassi Calusa paneled wrap dress

Aritzia Wilfred Bellow ruched-bodice midi-dress

The Less Is More

On the hottest days, unfussy minimalist dresses are an MVP, especially ones that boast a non-clingy fit and open back.

Tory Burch strap back dress

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Mara Hoffman Verona crossover-back hemp midi-dress

La Ligne Villanelle dress

Staud Wells cotton-blend maxidress

The Bright and Beautiful

The post-pandemic palette du jour? Saturated shades in every rainbow shade from red to yellow and green to blue.

La Ligne smock-bodice cap sleeve cotton dress

& Other Stories strappy linen midi-dress

Zimmermann Shelly linen halter-neck midi-dress

Zara openwork embroidered dress

Mango wrap-neckline dress