Flowy white dresses are the easy staple pieces that make you look instantly put together while requiring absolutely no effort. Whether you opt for a poplin-style mini, a “Who, me? I was just starring in a Taylor Swift music video” maxi, or a simple linen midi shift that can do it all, flowy white dresses make it simple to dress up, down, and sideways. Light and breezy, without show the inevitable sweat stains, the unparalleled versatility of has earned the style the title of Summer’s Unofficial Uniform no matter where you go or what you have planned (except for camping or your best friend’s wedding).
For a single-item outfit that’s freeing and flattering, these are the 11 flowy white dresses that you’ll want to wear all season long.
Free People Citrus Sweetie Maxi Dress — $260.00
This strapless maxi number is the perfect combination of beachy—with its open back and graceful simplicity—and fancy. The understated elegance of the silky fabric pairs perfect with a pair of heels for a dinner date, or can be dressed down with flip flops or boots for a more casual vibe.
A Perfect Nomad Bora Bora — $416.00
A strong believer of business in the front, party in the back? This pure organic linen, white dress is demure and minimal at first glance, but the slit and low back add a little spunk that makes it stand out. The linen makes it perfectly breathable and means that it’s easy to pack for a weekend getaway because the wrinkles are intentional!
Show Me Your Mumu Verona Cowl Dress — $168.00
Slip dresses are back and better than ever this season. This satin and silky cowl neck dress, drapes perfectly to hug your curves, while also feeling buttery and barely there. The adjustable straps and XXS to XXL sizing means that there is a style for everyone. The dress is so comfortable and flattering, you’ll want one in all of the 11 colors it comes in.
Lisa Says Gah Dahlia Cotton Dress — $129.00
This slightly sheer cotton maxi dress is perfect to wear over a swimsuit on a beach day, or to show off a little hint of skin while still being protected from the sun. The square neckline has a smock-like feel, while the braided trim detail adds a little extra flair. Bonus points because the dress is even machine washable.
Kinga Csilla Neroli Dress — $265.00
When you think of the classic summer maxi, this is the dress that comes to mind. The thin spaghetti straps mean that you can wear the dress over a baby tee for an indie Y2K look, alone as a perfect picnic staple, or under a leather jacket for a late night look. The style is effortless while still making you look put together, and has total Serena van der Woodsen in The Hamptons energy.
& Other Stories Voluminous Puff Sleeve Midi Dress — $179.00
If you’ve been looking for the perfect outfit for a trip to the farmers’ market, this is it. This puff-sleeved midi is the perfect combo of voluminous while still being flattering, and features ruffled detailing, an open back, and a drawstring waistline that make it fun. Not sold yet? It. Has. Pockets!
Hill House Home Ellie Nap Dress — $125.00
Hill House Home is the creator of the original Nap Dress. It screams “whisk me away to a little house on the prairie but also I’ll have an eggs Benedict, please.” While you can wear it to snooze (in bed or on a blanket in the park), the sheer white Swiss dot fabric also adds the perfect amount of fancy to this easy-going dress.
Outdoor Voices Exercise Dress — $100.00
For something a little sportier, OV’s flattering and functional Exercise Dress is the perfect fit. Made in a breathable, sweat-wicking fabric and featuring adjustable straps and a built-in shorts with pockets, this number is made for movement and to withstand whatever summer adventures you have in store.
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