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Everyday Short Summer Dresses For Everyone

short summer dresses
Omika $348

All my clients are asking for short summer dresses to wear on the daily. An everyday summer dress is a must for anyone spending time in hot weather, especially if that heat includes humidity — eek! But before jumping into these hot weather frocks, let me clarify the title of this post. Each dress is not for everyone, what I mean by summer dresses for everyone is that no matter your body type, age, or coloring, you will find at least ONE everyday short summer dress for you on this list.

My Short Summer Dress Standards

In order to make my everyday short summer dress list, each dress has met these standards. It’s:

  1. Flattering for multiple body types
  2. Comfortable and/or has stretch
  3. Made of sweat-friendly fabric (no silk or chiffon, etc)
  4. Versatile — most of these dresses can go from errands to lunch with a friend.

If it’s hot and you’re busy, you need that everyday summer dress to be a true throw-on and go! I don’t want you worrying about sweat, discomfort, or whether you’re presentable if you run into someone you’d like to get a compliment from.

Outerwear To Wear With Your Everyday Short Summer Dress

It’s probably too hot for a jacket, but that darn air conditioning just pumps away indoors like they think we’re polar bears in the wrong city. For this reason, I always carry outerwear on a hot day. Here are my favorite options for outerwear with a short summer dress:

  1. Scarf or Shawl: You can shove it in your purse as soon as you exit the icy hell of a building. You can also just hang it around your neck when needed, for an added pop of color to the plainer summer dresses on this list. For tips on how to tie and wear summer shawls, see this post.
  2. Denim Jacket: A classic choice. I prefer an oversized one for a chicer look.
  3. Short Jacket: Think bomber jacket or windbreaker
  4. Cinched-In Athletic Jacket: This creates shape and can be folded up and put in your handbag easily.

Shoes To Wear With Your Everyday Short Summer Dresses

Wear sandals or low sneakers with your short summer dresses. This is an everyday look, so I chose dresses that go with your everyday summer footwear. Here is a list of my favorite sandals and sneakers…

Best Short Summer Dresses

Below are all the best short summer dresses I have seen this season! I’ll continue to update this list as I come across more fabulous options…

Lovers and Friends Leah Mini Dress

everyday summer dresses
Lovers and Friends $188

Available at Revolve.

Sizing: XXS-XL

Material: 65% viscose, 32% linen, 3% elastane; lining: 95% viscose, 5% elastane

Rails Edie Stripe Tie Waist T-Shirt Dress

everyday summer dresses
Rails $148

Available at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.

Sizing: XS-XXL

Material: 100% cotton

Closed Gathered Belted Denim Dress

best short summer dresses
Closed $365 $146

Available at Nordstrom.

Sizing: Medium

Material: 100% cotton

Lilly Pulitzer Parigi Skort Romper

short summer dresses
Lilly Pulitzer $168

Available at Lilly Pulitzer, Zappos, and Amazon.

Sizing: XXS-XXL

Material: 94% rayon, 6% spandex

Farm Rio Blue Wonderful Bouquet Mini Dress

short summer dresses
Farm Rio $210

A dressier option, I know! But I swear it feels like nothing once it’s on, making it an ideal everyday summer dress.

Available at Farm Rio, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bloomingdale’s.

Sizing: True to size. Available in XXS-XL

Material: 55% cotton, 45% viscose

Becca Breezy Basics Smocked Waist Cover-Up Dress

everyday summer dresses
Becca $58

This everyday summer dress is a little see-thru, so it’s best worn over a bikini or with silky boy shorts and a matching bralette.

Available at Nordstrom.

Sizing: S-L

Material: 65% rayon, 35% polyester

Faithful the Brand Marinia Mini Dress

best short summer dresses
Faithful the Brand $219

Another wonderfully structured dress that can be thrown on for a completed look with little effort.

Available at Revolve.

Sizing: XS-XL

Material: self: 100% linen; lining: 100% rayon

Alexis Christy Dress

summer dresses
Alexis $498

Available at Revolve and FWRD.

 Sizing: XS-XL

Material: self: 100% linen; lining: 100% polyester

Farm Rio Tropical Forest Sleeveless V-Neck Mini Dress

everyday summer dresses
Farm Rio $185

Available at Anthropologie, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Farm Rio.

Sizing: XXS-XL

Material: 100% linen; lining: 100% cotton

Farm Rio Red Summer Foliage Mini Dress

short dummer dresses
Farm Rio $190

You know I love Farm Rio dresses, so I just had to show you one more that I’m loving for the summer.

Available at Farm Rio, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdale’s.

Sizing: XXS-XL

Material: 100% linen

Simkhai Cleo Polin Balloon-Sleeve Pleated Mini Dress

short summer dresses
Simkhai $345

Available at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Nordstrom.

Sizing: 0-14

Material: 60% cotton, 40% polyester

Sanctuary The Only One T-Shirt Dress

best short summer dresses
Sanctuary $89

Available at Sanctuary and Nordstrom (available in Plus sizes here).

Sizing: XXS-XXL

Material: 55% organic cotton, 45% rayon

Omika Lani Mini Dress

short summer dresses
Omika $378

Available at Omika.

Sizing: XS-XL

Material: 100% modal

Omika Amelia Mini Dress

short summer dresses
Omika $348

Available at Omika.

Sizing: XS-XL

Material: 100% viscose

Veronica Beard Dewey Cotton Mini Dress

everyday summer dresses
Veronica Beard $400 $280

Available at Mytheresa.

Sizing: 00-16

Material: 100% cotton

Ramy Brook Georgia Sleeveless Belted Mini Dress

best short summer dresses
Ramy Brook $425

Available at Ramy Brook and Bergdorf Goodman.

Sizing: 00-16

Material: 83% viscose ecovero, 17% nylon; lining: 96% polyester, 4% spandex

Alice + Olivia Maryann Tie Shoulder Denim Mini Dress

short summer dresses
Alice + Olivia $330

Available at Nordstrom.

Sizing: 0-12

Material: 92% cotton, 6% elastomultiester, 2% elastane

Alice + Olivia Miranda Sleeveless Mini Dress

best short summer dresses
Alice + Olivia $375

I adore denim dresses, and this short summer denim dress by Alice + Olivia will keep you cool. See more denim frocks in my post on the Best Denim Dresses.

Available at Neiman Marcus, Revolve, Bergdorf Goodman, and Alice + Olivia.

Sizing: 0-14

Material: self: 100% cotton; lining: 98% cotton, 2% elastane

A.L.C. Aria Poplin Mini Shirtdress

short summer dresses
A.L.C. $395

Available at A.L.C., Saks Fifth Avenue, ShopBop, Bloomingdale’s, and Revolve.

Sizing: 00-14

Material: 100% cotton

A.L.C. Ryan Cotton Mini Dress

everyday summer dresses
A.L.C. $395

Available at A.L.C..

Sizing: 00-14

Material: 68% cotton, 32% linen

Alémais Salty Tie-Dyed Woven Mini Shirt Dress

everyday short summer dresses
Alémais $395

Available at Moda Operandi.

Sizing: 0-10

Material: woven crepe

La Ligne Alba Mini Dress

best short summer dresses
La Ligne $295

Available at La Ligne.

Sizing: XXS-XL

Material: 51% linen, 49% viscose

Vineyard Vines Marina Puff-Sleeve Mini Dress

everyday summer dresses
Vineyard Vines $198

Available at Vineyard Vines and Bloomingdale’s.

Sizing: XXS-XL

Material: 41% tencel, 41% viscose, 18% polyamide

STAUD Ellison Mini Dress

everyday summer dresses
STAUD $245

Available at Nordstrom.

Sizing: XS-XL. Runs small.

Material: 59% viscose, 40% nylon, 1% elastane

Melissa Odabash Isabelle Embroidered Kaftan

short summer dresses
Melissa Odabash $61

Available at Poshmark.

Sizing: one size

Material: 100% viscose

Agua Bendita Moana Dress

everyday summer dresses
Agua Bendita $243 $161

Available at Revolve.

Sizing: XS-XL

Material: polyester blend

Aqua Jersey Tank Midi Dress

everyday summer dresses
Aqua $88

Ok, I know this dress isn’t short, but it is so good for summer!

Available at Bloomingdale’s.

Sizing: XS-XXL

Material: 93% rayon, 7% elastane

LoveShackFancy Cotton Athalia Smocked Dress

best short summer dresses for everyday
Love Shack Fancy $275

Of all the dresses on this list, this smocked dress might be the summertime favorite. It is deeply flattering on everyone, you can wear a bra — or not! — and the color complements all skin tones.

Available at Saks Fifth Avenue and Poshmark.

Sizing: XS-XXL. True to size.

Material: 100% cotton

ba&sh Maxine Ribbed Dress

everyday short summer dresses
Ba&sh $225 $89.99

Available at Saks Off 5th, Poshmark, and Gilt.

Sizing: XS-L

Material: 92% cotton, 6% polyamide, 2% polyester film

Frame Denim Bustier Zip Dress

 

short summer dresses
Frame $318 $228

This short denim summer dress by Frame fits absolutely incredibly on everyone!

Available at Poshmark.

Sizing: XS-XL. True to Size.

Material: 85% cotton, (15% re-used cotton)

Bobi Draped Modal Jersey Mini Dress

everyday summer dresses
Bobi $66

This short summer dress is for standard to long-waisted women who like their thighs.

Available at Revolve.

Sizing: XS-L. Runs a little large. Order your true size as well as a size down.

Material: 54% cotton, 44% modal, 2% spandex

Beyond Yoga Spacedye Move It Dress

everyday summer dresses
Beyond Yoga $99 $49.50

This dress is a bit boring in its design, but it feels like heaven. Spacedye is buttery soft performance fabric with a unique texture and exceptionally soft hand.

Available at Beyond Yoga

Sizing: XS-XL

Material: 87% polyester, 13% elastane

Rails Julie Mini Dress

short summer dresses
Rails $198 $119

This everyday short summer dress is best for lean ladies with a curve to their hips.

Available at Revolve

Sizing: XS-XL

Material: 100% ecovero

Good American Modern Tank Mini Dress

everyday short summer dresses
Good American $89 $84

Available at Revolve and Poshmark.

Sizing: 0-8

Material: 45% cotton, 29% polyester, 15% spandex, 11% recycled cotton

Heartloom Katy Dress

short summer dresses
Heartloom $109 $103

Available at Revolve.

Sizing: XS-L

Material: self: 67% cotton, 33% polyester; lining: 100% cotton

Madewell Margie Linen Blend Dress

Short summer plus size dresses
Madewell $128 $59.97

Available at Nordstrom Rack.

Sizing: 0-16

Material: 55% linen, 45% Lenzing EcoVero viscose

Faithful The Brand Terre Mer Mini Dress

short summer dresses
Faithful The Brand $199 $188

This dress is so fun and cute for the summer, but skip it if you have armpit fat.

Available at Revolve.

Sizing: XS-XXL

Material: Self 1: 100% cotton; Self 2: 100% rayon

Everyday Short Summer Dresses From Years Past

I originally wrote this post on the best short summer dresses years ago and update it regularly due to its popularity. I’ve left these photos below for nostalgic purposes. Whenever I update older posts, I love to hold on to a collection of images as a bit of a time capsule so we can watch how our style evolves.

Anemos the D K Wrap Mini Dress

everyday summer dresses
Anemos $375

This dress has no stretch and no zipper so it’s not for someone who has thicker shoulders or shoulder issues since you need to climb into it with a bit of maneuvering. It also requires nude underwear. If that hasn’t chased you away, it’s so fabulous for a hot summer day!

Sizing: Available in sizes XS-XXL. Looks best on women between 5’4″ and 5′ 8″.
Fabric: Viscose blend lightweight linen fabric.

Gap 100% Organic Cotton Shirtdress

everyday summer dresses
Gap $79.95

Sizing: Available in sizes XXS-XXL. This dress runs large, so order a size down.
Fabric: 100% Organic Cotton.

LL Bean Women’s Everyday SunSmart Knit Dress

Every day summer dress
LL Bean $64.95

Sizing: Available in sizes XS-XL.
Fabric: Soft jersey blend of 76% polyester, 19% lyocell, and 5% elastane, UPF 50+ rated fabric blocks at least 97.5% of UV rays.

Bobi Tank Dress

Everyday short summer dresses
Bobi $53

Sizing: Available in sizes XS-XL.
Fabric: 100% Cotton.

Aqua Cotton Smocked Floral Print Dress

short summer dresses
Aqua $82.60

This is such an easy everyday summer dress for my younger readers. For my readers over 35, it looks a bit childish.

Sizing: Available in sizes XS-XL.
Fabric: 100% Cotton.

Madewell Maisie Mine Dress

 

short summer dresses
Madewell $128

This is such a great beach dress for super hot days. It’s very thin though and slightly sheer in the light.

Sizing: Available in sizes 00-16. A similar option is available in plus sizes here.
Fabric: 100 % Linen.

J.Crew Maxine V-Neck Shift Dress

short summer dresses
J.Crew $98

Sizing: Available in sizes XXS-3X.
Fabric: 100% Linen.

J.Crew Zip-Front Chino Dress

everyday short summer dresses
J. Crew $138

Sizing: Available in sizes 00-24.
Fabric: 56% cotton/44% TENCEL™ lyocell.

Athleta Ultimate Ease Dress

everyday short summer dresses
Athleta $99 $79

This everyday summer dress is best for women with small to medium busts, and those with minimal armpit fat.

Sizing: Available in sizes XXS-XL.
Fabric: 75% Recycled Polyester/25% Lycra.

Spanx Sunshine Dress

short summer dresses
Spanx $148

Sizing: Available in sizes XS-3X.
Fabric: 59% Nylon, 41% Elastane.

City Chic Tara Panel Dress

short plus size summer dress
City Chic $60

Sizing: Available in sizes 14-30/32.
Fabric: 100% Cotton.

City Chic Novalee Dress

 

plus size short summer dresses
City Chic $109 $43.60

This plus-size short summer dress is available at City Chic, Nordstrom, and Macy’s.

Sizing: Available in sizes 12-24. Runs large.
Fabric: 100% Viscose.

J.Crew Maxine V-Neck Shift Dress

best everyday summer dresses
J.Crew $98

Sizing: Available in sizes XXS-3X.
Fabric: 100% Linen.

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