Pretty Sundresses That Are Almost As Cool As Being In the Buff

Flaunt & flatter with ELYSIAN’s guide to the summer’s cutest sundresses.

When it’s so hot that you’d prefer to be walking around au naturel, a bright, cheerful sundress is your next-best option. Whether you love florals, ruffles, lace or stripes, there are loads of hot options to keep you cool this summer.

Florals

Etro Twist-back Ruffled Asymmetric Floral Silk Midi Dress

In a rich green pattern with bits of royal blue and deep red, the Etro Midi sundress is both elegant and carefree.

$1990, net-a-porter.com

Dolce & Gabbana Peony Print Sundress

With a slimming corset-like waistline and an A-line ruffled skirt, the D&G Peony Sundress will make you feel like the belle of the ball.

$2,371, 24sevres.com

Diane von Furstenberg
Keyhole Maxi Dress

The keyhole neckline, full back, and Maxi length make this DVF dress modest enough for Sunday service or meeting the S.O.’s parents.

$528, neimanmarcus.com

Misha Jacquie
Floral Sheath With Sheer Layers

With white embroidered flowers and sheer panels, this black Misha sundress is anything but basic.

$415, neimanmarcus.com

David Meister Strapless
Fit and Flare Sundress

The updated 50s silhouette and strapless design make this David Meister dress a romantic masterpiece.

$640, neimanmarcus.com

Dodo Bar Or Crystal Embellished
Midi Dress

This Dodo Bar Or dress is perfect for any occasion, and the crystal embellishments have your jewelry already taken care of.

$710, net-a-porter.com


Ruffles

Johanna Ortiz Florence Baker Polka Dot Ruffled Midi Dress

Breezy and frilly, the Florence Baker dress is what you wear on a second date to dine and dance at an outdoor venue.

$2,250, neimanmarcus.com

Katya Dobryakova Owl Mask Denim Sundress

When the summer heat hits its peak, jeans are out of the question. But this adorable denim dress with its tie-shoulder straps, and owl embroidery hits the mark on style.

$438, shopbop.com

Kenzo Ruffled Midi Dress

You’ve got sunshine even on a cloudy day in this satin crepe Kenzo dress in cheerful, ruffly yellow.

$760, net-a-porter.com

Rhode Resort Jagger Ruffled Wrap

Cotton-gauze fabric and a sexy wrap silhouette make this Rhode Resort dress as flawless as a cloudless blue sky.

$206.50, net-a-porter.com

La Ligne Ruffled Midi Dress

La Ligne’s ruffled midi dress is how you do white right – simple. elegant and angelic.

$395, net-a-porter.com

All Things Mochi
Amanda Ruffled Maxi dress

With a vibrant tropical pattern and an elegant silhouette, you’re ready to step out to the cabana in this All Things Mochi maxi dress.

$385, modaoperandi.com

Lace

Queen & Pawn Anatole Voile Midi Dress

A flattering deep-v neckline and feminine lacy flourishes make this Midi dress from Queen & Pawn a natural beauty.

$367.50, neimanmarcus.com

Costarellos
Sleeveless Short Dress

This lace dress from Costarellos is so flirty and feminine that it’s sure to attract some love.

$2,165, modaoperandi.com

Self-Portrait
Azaelea Guipure Lace Midi Dress

If you feel a little washed out in white, this guipure lace dress from Self-Portrait is for you.

$227.50, net-a-porter.com

French Connection
Arta Lace Dress

A body-con silhouette with a lace overlay is a thing of beauty.

$248, bloomingdales.com

Dolce & Gabbana Lace Fuchsia Shift

Stretch lace and a fuchsia hue make this D&G shift anything but ordinary.

$2,047, 24sevres.com

Loveshackfancy Edie Lace Cotton Dress

A figure-enhancing silhouette and cooling lace panels make looking good a breeze.

$295, neimanmarcus.com

Stripes

Anthropologie
Red Tonal Stripes

A loose silhouette and cotton blend fabric make this pull-over Anthro dress a simple one-and-done when you can’t figure out what to wear in the heat.

$148, anthropologie.com

Norma Kamali Stretch Jersey Maxi Dress

Thank you, Norma Kamali, for diagonal strips that have an elongating effect on the body! Kimono sleeves and a slash neckline make this dress one of the most flattering looks for summer cool.

$245, net-a-porter.com

MDS Stripes Poplin Midi Dress

Are you wondering what to wear with your espadrilles? The MDS Stripes Poplin Midi dress, of course!

$595, net-a-porter.com

Temperley London
Embroidered Striped Midi Dress

Artsy embroidery adds interest to classic summer poplin.

$830, net-a-porter.com

Rosetta Getty
Striped Midi Poplin Dress

A fitted bodice and flounced skirt give this relaxed sundress a flattering shape.

$890, modaoperandi.com

Michael Kors Striped Broderie
Anglaise Cotton Dress

Nautical stripes, lace detail, a knee-skimming hemline – is this a perfect summer frock or what?

$250, net-a-porter.com

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