best everyday summer dresses
J.Crew $98

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. Sleeveless or has short sleeves
  4. Made of sweat-friendly fabric (no silk or chiffon, etc)
  5. 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…

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. It’s available at Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, and LoveShackFancy.

Sizing: Available in sizes P-XXL. True to size.
Fabric: Cotton

ba&sh Maxine Ribbed Dress

everyday short summer dresses
Ba&sh $225

Sizing: Available in sizes XS-L
Fabric: 92% cotton/6% polyamide/2% polyester film

Frame Denim Bustier Zip Dress


short summer dresses
Frame $318

This short denim summer dress by Frame fits absolutely incredibly on everyone! It’s available at Revolve, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus.

Sizing: Available in sizes XS-XL. True to Size.
Fabric: 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.

Sizing: Available in sizes XS-L. Runs a little large. Order your true size as well as a size down.
Fabric: 54% cotton, 44% modal, 2% spandex.

Beyond Yoga Spacedye Move It Dress

everyday summer dresses
Beyond Yoga $99

This dress is a bit boring in its design, but it feels like heaven.

Sizing: Available in sizes XS-XL.
Fabric: Spacedye is buttery soft performance fabric with a unique texture and exceptionally soft hand.

Zella Gwen Ponte Knit Tank Dress

everyday summer dresses
Zella $69

Sizing: Available in sizes XS-XXL. Order your true size as well as a size down.
Fabric: 45% Tencel® modal, 27% cotton, 18% polyester, 10% spandex.

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.

Rails Julie Mini Dress

short summer dresses
Rails $198

This everyday short summer dress is best for lean ladies with a curve to their hips. It is available at Revolve and Rails.

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

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.

Good American Modern Tank Mini Dress

everyday short summer dresses
Good American $89

Sizing: Available in sizes 0-8.
Fabric: 45% cotton, 29% polyester, 15% spandex, 11% recycled cotton.

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.

Heartloom Katy Dress

short summer dresses
Heartloom $109

Sizing: Available in sizes XS-L.
Fabric: Self: 67% cotton, 33% polyester, Lining: 100% cotton.

Spanx Sunshine Dress

short summer dresses
Spanx $148

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

Madewell Margie Linen Blend Dress

Short summer plus size dresses
Madewell $128

This everyday summer dress is available at Nordstrom and Madewell.

Sizing: Available in sizes 14W-24W, and in standard sizing here.
Fabric: 55% linen, 45% Lenzing EcoVero viscose.

Faithful The Brand Terre Mer Mini Dress

short summer dresses
Faithful The Brand $199

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

Sizing: Available in sizes XS-XXL.
Fabric: Self 1: 100% cotton, Self 2: 100% rayon.

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.