20 Cute Summer Dresses for Any Occasion 2021

Whether dressing for function or fashion, you can never have enough cute summer dresses. Breathable fabrics and breezy cuts are the ideal outfits for scorching days and depending on the style, can take you everywhere from poolside hangs and grocery store runs to long-awaited weddings and date nights.

No matter what you have planned this season, there’s a dress for it. Dashing from one camp pick up to another? Throw on a casual T-shirt dress and some sneakers. Summer weddings call for gorgeous colorful maxi dresses or sweet, tiered poplin. And don’t forget about the official/unofficial uniform from Memorial Day to Labor Day: the white summer dress. (Well, for any occasion except a wedding, right?)

From maxi to casual dresses, here are 20 cute summer dresses for women that are sure to suit all kinds of styles and occasions.

Casual Summer Dresses

Everlane Weekend Tee Dress

If you’re all about that #nopantslifestyle, a closet full of T-shirt dresses is really all you need. I love this one from Everlane for the quality and addition of a chest pocket, making it feel more like a dress than just an oversize T-shirt.

Available in sizes XXS-XL

H & M Jersey Dress


This simple style is the ideal summer throw-on-and-go. A cinched waist offers a bit of shape for an alternative oversize T-shirt feel. Just grab some sandals or sneaks and you’re out the door!

Available in sizes XXS-XXL

J. Crew Tie-Back Tiered Cotton Poplin Dress

J. Crew Tie-Back Tiered Cotton Poplin Dress

An A-line beauty in crisp cotton poplin? Yes, please. Its silhouette is casual enough for every day but can easily be elevated by strappy heels and some gold bangles for a polished, party-ready look.

Available in sizes 00-24

Amazon Ruched Tank Dress


One of the most-loved dresses on Amazon, this tulip-hemmed cotton dress is equal parts casual and sexy. Ruching along the side makes it flattering on every shape and with a rainbow of colors to choose from, there’s a style for every taste.

Available in sizes S-XL

Old Navy Sleeveless Tiered Gingham Swing Mini Dress


Perfect for picnics and sunny summer days, this gingham mini dress will be your go-to all season long. The relaxed fit and sweet shoulder tassels can take you pretty much anywhere.

Available in sizes XS-XXL

H & M Sleeveless Cotton Dress

Comfy but chic, this cotton midi is a lazy gal’s dream come true. Cut-off sleeves and a generous slit keep it airy and a low price point means you can consider buying one in every color.

Available in sizes XXS-XXL

Target Ava & Viv Sleeveless Knit Babydoll Dress

Target Ava & Viv Sleeveless Knit Babydoll Dress

Designed with a loose relaxed fit, this sweet and simple babydoll dress is an everyday staple. The lightweight knit fabric offers a hint of stretch to keep you cool and looking cooler.

Available in sizes X-4X

J. Crew Tiered Knit Keyhole Maxi

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An easy choice for daytime errands or weekend hangs, this cotton dress will make you wish it were summer all year long.

Available in sizes XXS-3X

White Summer Dresses

Farm Rio Off-White Richelieu Midi Dress


From its gorgeous richelieu lacework to its scallop-edged tiers, the beauty of this off-white stunner is in the details. And between the quality and timeless style, it’s an investment piece you’ll come back to time and time again.

Available in sizes XS-XL

H & M Tie Belt Shirt Dress


Speaking of timeless, this menswear-inspired button-down shirt dress can easily be dressed up or down for everything from brunch to beach days.

Available in sizes XXS-XL

Free People Perfectly Victorian Mini Dress


The hottest summer days call for cotton mini dresses. We’re loving the boho vibes of this embroidered piece which intersects romance and rock-and-roll for a look that’s effortlessly stylish.

Old Navy Linen Blend Maxi Shift Dress


With a square neckline and adjustable straps, this shift dress brings offers a fresh take on a 90’s vibe. The linen blend material makes it the epitome of summer style.

Available in sizes XS-XXL

Eloquii Short Sleeve Button Front Dress

Eloquii Short Sleeve Button Front Dress

Perfectly polished, this button front dress is made from a crinkle fabric that always looks good. The a-line silhouette can adapt from laid-back to fancy with just a change of footwear.

Available in sizes 14-22

Summer Maxi Dresses

Plenty by Tracy Reese Ruffled Maxi Dress


This gorgeous dress is begging to be taken on vacation with its bright, vibrant colors, ruffle sleeves and sassy tiered skirt. But what really sells it is the nipped waist that’s finished off with the most darling back bow. šŸ˜

Available in sizes XS-3X

Petal & Pup Katerina Dress


We love the sweet details on this goddess-worthy dress. From sweet balloon sleeves and a tie waist that’s finished with tassels, it’s summer elegance at its finest.

Available in sizes 0-12

Eloquii Puff Sleeve Maxi Dress


Bold colors and a peek-a-boo tie-front neckline make this pop in all the right ways. There’s no way you’ll go unnoticed wherever you decide to trot it out.

Available in sizes 14-28

Target A New Day Sleeveless Dress


A light, breezy maxi that’s 100% beach ready. We love the bold pop of raspberry and crinkly fabric that calls for strappy sandals and an oversize tote.

Available in sizes XS-4X

Boden Andrea Frill Sleeve Maxi Dress


A bold and colorful tropical print paired with a timeless silhouette makes this the perfect summer statement dress. You might not be packing your bags for Malta just yet, but there’s no reason you can’t have a wardrobe that’s ready for it.

Available in sizes 2-22

Elan Cover Up Maxi Dress


This billowy maxi is a fan favorite for its breathable, easy-going style that’s designed for lazy days at the beach or pool. The only complaint? It should come in more colors.

Available in sizes XS-XL