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15 Day Dresses for an Easy, Breezy Look

Design: theSkimm | Photos: Eloquii, Good American, Free People
Sep 9, 2022

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A good day dress makes a perfect outfit for almost any occasion (except when the sun goes down, of course), from baby showers to errand-running to brunch. The key here is finding one — or two or three — that’s not only versatile, but also so aligned with your style that you couldn’t imagine feeling better in anything else. Shouldn’t be that hard, right?

To ease you in your search, we’ve rounded up our favorites, from whisper-soft cotton styles to linen and floral beauties. It’s time to find your new go-to.

Psst…this is part of our Relatable Fashion Week series. For more recs on what to wear when you want to go out but your closet says, ‘let’s stay in,’ click here.

A tank dress that’s extremely comfortable…

Did you know that the brand that makes these men’s basics also makes women’s wear? Let us introduce you to some of the most comfortable clothing we’ve ever put on our bodies, thanks to luxurious pima cotton. This lightweight dress is no exception — it feels like wearing your favorite worn-in tee. It comes in three neutral colors and sizes XS–XXL. Customers say it’s even great as a maternity dress. ($85, Buck Mason)

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A floral midi from *the* dress brand…

When we think of day dresses, Reformation is one of the first places that comes to mind. This piece has a pretty flutter sleeve, a midi length with a slit to show a little leg, and a smocked back for a bit of stretch at the bodice. We love the micro floral prints, but it also comes in a larger floral design and two solid colors, available in sizes 0–12. ($218, Reformation)

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A bohemian long-sleeve midi dress for days you wish you could go back to sleep…

We all have those days — when getting out of bed is considered a small win. The second win? Throwing on this dress that’s so comfortable you could nap in it. It’s flowy, midi-length, and ties at the front. It comes in more than 20 patterns, so it’ll be easy to find one you like. Hard to pass up. ($30.99, Amazon)

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A linen mini dress in a bright floral…

If you’re not familiar with Faithfull the Brand, let us put you on to one of our favorite dress brands. The brightly colored floral prints have never let us down before. This linen number is guaranteed to keep you cool and has a fit-and-flare style that won’t cling. We can’t get enough of the subtle bow at the neckline. Psst…they also make the cutest swimwear. ($125.30, Saks Fifth Avenue)

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A tie-front maxi dress in allover eyelet design…

A dress that’s sure to be adored by all ages, this one is a maxi length with sleeves that fall to the elbows and a fairly large bow at the front. We would wear this to a bridal or baby shower and love the delicate pink. It also comes in white and sizes 14–32. ($149.95, Eloquii)

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A classic knit midi dress…

This one is super soft and stretchy but looks incredibly polished. It has a slight V-neck, a tie to accentuate your waist, and short sleeves. Plus, it’s got pockets. You really can have it all. ($45.17, Torrid)

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A shirtdress you can also wear to the office…

What sets this shirtdress apart from the rest is the added stretch that makes it fit better and feel less starchy as you go about your day. Wear it with its included belt or without, and with heels or flats. So many options for styling this one. The bright green is a fun statement maker, but it also comes in navy, white, and black, and it’s available in sizes XS–3XL. ($140, Good American)

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A breezy maxi dress that comes in eight patterns…

Want to feel like a coastal grandma? Choose the blue and ivory floral. Headed to a wedding where the dress code is “festive”? Opt for the bright red floral. It’s really that simple. In addition to its print, we love this dress’s cinched waist and flowy skirt. It comes in standard, petite, and plus sizes. Customers love the tiny hook-and-eye closures at the bust to keep you covered. ($168, Anthropologie)

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A sleeveless maxi dress for the hottest days…

Made of lightweight, plisse knit, this sleeveless style will keep you cool even if the humidity feels crushing. Especially since it has side slits for added breeziness. It’s easily dressed up or down and comes in six solid colors and sizes XS–4X. ($25, Target)

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An off-the-shoulder midi dress you can wear into fall…

Button it all the way up the front to look elegant at lunch with the fam or wear it with a few unbuttoned for a night out. You can wear the flutter sleeves off the shoulder or pull them up, and easily pair with flats or heels. She’s really that versatile. Oh, and bonus: Two of the prints feature strawberries. What a treat. ($168, Free People)

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A sweaterdress that comes in more than 10 colors…

Find a good sweaterdress and never let it go. This fall staple has a flattering V-neck and buttons up the front. The midi length is appropriate for any occasion, and the colorblocking is downright fun. We can’t decide which color pairing we like best, but the red and hot pink is a serious contender. Finally an excuse to buy a new pair of boots. ($86.62+, Saks Fifth Avenue)

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A linen midi dress that’ll last forever…

A bit on the pricey side, sure, but this dress is worth the investment. The length and puffed sleeves give it a timeless silhouette, and we’re obsessed with its micro-floral print. It’s a bit more polished than the cult-fave nap dress but will feel similar if you wear it without the belt. And we love the idea of pairing it with a bucket hat if you’re out in the hot sun. ($290, Shopbop)

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A casual knit dress that pairs well with heels or sneakers…

It’s soft, sleeveless, and has ruching on the sides that gives it a less skintight fit than a traditional bodycon. The asymmetrical hem makes it longer in the back for added coverage, and it comes in several solid colors. Customers love that it’s double lined. And at this price? We don’t blame you if you pick up more than one. ($32.99, Amazon)

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A wrap dress for transitional seasons…

Long on top, short on bottom is often what we look for in go-to outfits for fall and spring. We love the silky fabric and wrap styling of this mini with long sleeves. The pink floral print is pretty, and the fabric is made of sustainable fibers. It comes in sizes 0–12. ($59.99, Mango)

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A V-neck printed maxi dress with a detachable belt…

This dress is 100% cotton (read: super comfy) and has a gorgeous V-neck with buttons, a tie waist, and pockets for stashing a lipstick. It comes in sizes 2–22. We’re calling this one “Little House on the Prairie” chic. Obsessed. ($198, Boden)

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