I love mixing tops and bottoms like any fashion fanatic, but there’s something about a summertime dress that just speaks to me. Maybe it’s the fact that wearing one cuts my getting-ready time in half or that it’s a one-way ticket to Cute Outfit Central. (Such simplicity moves me, okay!?) So, when I want a cute warm-weather outfit moment, something that’s 1. trendy, 2. affordable, and 3. fast, I turn to Amazon.
The online retail giant has a slew of adorable dresses available for every kind of summertime occasion. Whether you’re looking for an all-white ensemble for a dinner date by the water or a family-friendly maxi for that backyard barbeque, Amazon has it all. To prove to my friends all those hours spent scrolling through the depths of Amazon’s clothing section aren’t for nothing, I have put my talents to use for you, dear reader, and you’re going to like the results. Plus: A lot of these gorge dresses are on sale for Amazon Prime Day 2022! It’s your lucky day!
Our top picks for the best summer dresses on Amazon in 2022
Ahead, you’ll find 39 adorable summer dresses on Amazon. Get ready to buy a whole new wardrobe (sorry, not sorry).
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this charming number
English Factory Women’s Ruffle Sleeve Maxi Dress
- some reviews say it runs large
Okay, how gorgeous is this ruffle maxi dress? And dare I say it’s giving slight Bridgerton vibes?
THE REVIEWS: “It’s very good quality and such a beautiful color. The dress fit me perfectly,” one reviewer writes. “You can dress it up with a nice necklace and heels or dress it down with flats. I know I’m going to be wearing it a lot this summer.”
this breezy frock
Z SUPPLY Women’s Atlas Dress
You’ll love being able to just simply throw this one on and go. The breezy material and loose fit make it a super comfortable dress you’ll always want to wear.
MY REVIEW: I’m always on the hunt for more lightweight maxi dresses for the summer, and I think I just found a winner. I love that the straps are adjustable so you can get the perfect fit for you.
this Y2K one
Madjtlqy Women Sleeveless Backless Cutout Maxi Dress
- straps for extra hold
- sleeves might feel restricting for some people
All you Y2K fanatics will be obsessed with this green sleeveless bodycon. It’ll be sooo chic paired with combat boots or platform heels.
MY REVIEW: I feel like it’s hard to find a Y2K dress that isn’t casual—so the fact that this dress exists is just PERF.
this tiered maxi
Amazon Essentials Women’s Sleeveless Summer Maxi Dress
- per some reviewers, the fabric is a lil see-through
Introducing: a light and airy maxi you can dress up or down. The tie-dye design on this one is perf for the summertime.
THE REVIEWS: “After so many hits and misses, it was really nice to finally find a casual cotton maxi dress that I can wear at home,” one reviewer writes. “It has the comfort level of being in PJs or sweats, yet looks nice enough to greet someone at the door and not look like a total slob lol. It has a nice soft cotton material, pretty color, it’s true to size (finally!) and it’s got an easy pull-on closure. I love it and I am going to order in more colors.“
this asymmetric ensemble
Plenty by Tracy Reese Women’s Asymmetric Slip
Go for this slip dress that’s got the sweetest ruffle hem at the bottom of the skirt.
MY REVIEW: What I love about this simple dress is that it can be worn multiple times for different occasions. Throw on a blazer to make it more elevated or with a denim jacket if you’re headed somewhere casual.
this one with adjustable straps
Romanstii Ladies Pleated Casual Short Swing Dress
- some of the colors appear differently IRL
Always here for a pretty dress that can be adjusted. Let’s give it up for the tie straps on this cute dress that allow you to adjust the fit to your liking and preferred comfort level.
THE REVIEWS: “I ordered one size smaller based on some of the reviews,” one reviewer writes. “I’m glad I did! I normally wear an XL or 14/16 in these types of dresses. I ordered a large this time and it fits perfectly! I love the color of the dress and the cute ties at the shoulders. It’s well made and has an underskirt sewn in.”
this tie-dye dress
Ophestin Womens V Neck Flowy Dress
Come on: How can one not obsess over the pastel tie-dye pattern on this flouncy gem??
THE REVIEWS: “Absolutely love this dress!!” a reviewer writes. “I’m normally a 3x in tops. I originally bought a 4x, and it fit, but it wasn’t as flowy as I wanted it to be—so I went up a size and it fits soooo well. And I received so so many compliments. I have a broad back so this size allowed for the loose look that I wanted, and just the right length!”
this off-the-shoulder silhouette
ROSIANNA Off Shoulder Strapless Ruffle Mini
- can be dressed up or down
- material is a bit heavy
- some reviews say it runs large
If you wanna make a statement, go for this bright orange strapless mini that’ll turn heads wherever you go.
THE REVIEWS: “These dresses are SO comfortable! I typically don’t like to have the same clothing item in multiple colors but made an exception with this dress, and would likely buy more if there were more color options,” one reviewer writes. “The dress has the perfect amount of stretch and structure and I found it runs a bit large because of all the stretch. I probably could have sized down, but I don’t mind having a little bit of extra room. The fit of this dress is so flattering, especially the off-the-shoulder, ruffle neckline.“
this bright green bb
MakeMeChic Women’s Cut Out Waist Bodycon Dress
Your classic tank dress but with a twist. The cut-outs on this mini make it super fun and the vibrant green color is perf for the summertime.
MY REVIEW: Cut-outs are everything RN and I’m loving the trend on this affordable gem!
this gingham beaut
ZESICA Women’s Square Neck Puff Sleeve Midi Dress
- some reviewers say it’s sheer
Meet the cottagecore dress of your dreams. She’s got everything you want in a romantic silhouette. from the gingham pattern to the puff sleeves.
THE REVIEWS: “It fits perfectly on me,” a reviewer writes. “I am 5’4″, 220 pounds. I love that this dress has a nice shape to it and is not so straight. The puff sleeves are so cute and are very comfortable. The top is a super cute square shape that looks super flattering on your neck/décolletage area.”
this one with ruffled trimming
dRA Women’s Lamartine Dress
Super light and airy, this ruffle mini is a must if you’re in the market for a dress you know you’ll rewear a bunch of times.
MY REVIEW: As a petite, 25-year-old woman who has not grown since she was in the seventh grade, I am so thankful for the adjustable straps. It’s so hard to find stylish, on-trend dresses that will actually fit me—so big shout-out to this beaut!
this tiered yellow dress
The Drop Women’s Lexi Puff Sleeve Dress
- has pockets (!!)
- has thin interior lining
Wear this yellow puff-sleeve dress out to errands with sneakers or to a brunch with wedges. Whatever kind of day it is—whether the vibe is dressy or casual—you can trust that this sweetheart-neckline dress won’t let you down.
THE REVIEWS: “Ordering clothes from Amazon is hit or miss. I’m glad I took the chance,” one reviewer writes. “It’s comfy without looking frumpy. The sleeves aren’t too poofy and the elastic didn’t pinch. Pockets are roomy. I’ve washed and dried it twice and it’s perfect. I ordered the yellow and lavender and can’t wait for those!“
this cut-out maxi
ANRABESS Womens Summer Cutout Maxi Dress
- shoulder pads may be uncomfortable for some
Let me introduce you to this stunning maxi with the most gorgeous details. The padded shoulders! The ring detail! The cut-outs! The slit! It’s all too good to be true and for under $35, too??
THE REVIEWS: “I usually wear sizes 12-14 and this fits perfectly in a size large, one reviewer writes. “It’s very comfortable, the material is soft, and it has great quality. Love it!“
this flowy strapless dress
CHICGAL Women’s Strapless Dress
Accessorize this strapless dress with dangly earrings, a basket purse, and white strappy sandals and you’ve got the most adorable boho get-up.
THE REVIEWS: “I love this dress,” one reviewer writes. “The material is even nicer than expected. So pretty and comfortable. I am between medium and large so I got the medium and it’s perfect!“
this luxe maxi
lemlem Women’s Bandira Tier Cascade Dress
- comfortable elastic neckline
- the colors might not be the same IRL
This timeless, designer piece will come in clutch during your beach vacays when you need to throw on something presentable over your bikini. You’ll have a chic look in seconds thanks to this breathable, striped babe.
MY REVIEW: Love a tiered, loose-fitting maxi dress for those sweltering summer days.
this designer dupe
Lunoakvo Vacation Knitted Maxi Dresses
Love the fan-fave cut-out Cult Gaia dress but don’t wanna drop the $$$ for it? Snag yourself this fab dupe that’s literally only $21. No one’s gotta know!!
THE REVIEWS: “The product was a perfect fit,” one reviewer writes. “I’m 5’4 and 120 pounds and I got a small. The material is nice and def not cheap feeling. It also has a nice weight to it. And it comes all the way down as is in the pic. Can’t wait to rock it!”
this fringed gem
525 Women’s Fringe Dress
Fringe is trending RN, and if you’re about it, you’ll def be into this dress. I suggest wearing it with neutral shoes and accessories so that the fringed hemline has its moment.
MY REVIEW: So happy that you can shop fashion-forward standout dresses on Amazon like this one!!
this fab frock
English Factory Women’s Multi Floral Color Mini Dress
A go-to floral frock is a wardrobe must-have, IMO. This one with ruffled sleeves is simple, yet fun, and even has pockets!
MY REVIEW: Now here’s a great way to hop on the cottagecore trend without going full nap dress mode.
this crisp white dress
Black Halo Women’s Amia Dress
- linen material could feel heavy
Found: The dress for that upcoming all-white-themed summer party. Complete the look with chunky gold jewelry and thick beige heels.
MY REVIEW: Personally, I need a staple summer dress that can be styled in many different ways. I know I’ll want to wear it time and time again. And this tiered maxi is IT.
this knit bodycon
The Drop Women’s Citronelle Strappy Rib Dress
- yellow color may look different IRL compared to the photos
A yellow bodycon dress is a great summer work-t0-night option if you don’t have time to do an outfit change. Throw on a blazer for a more sophisticated vibe during office hours and then swap it out for a structured leather jacket when you’re out and about after.
THE REVIEWS: “I initially purchased this dress in cream and once received I knew I wanted the other color!” one reviewer writes. “Thankfully this color was restocked so I jumped on it. The material is a great quality ribbed knit that is stretchy but not thin. Can be worn multiple ways because of the straps so even if someone else has it you can customize the dress for your look. Also good for all seasons because it can be layered under items or with a turtleneck underneath. Well worth the money!“
this leafy dress
Floerns Women’s Tropical Short Dress
- length is too short for some people
Your tropical vacation will be incomplete without this palm leaf-patterned gem.
THE REVIEWS: “I loved this dress,” writes one reviewer. “It was thick, good quality, comfortable, and fits as expected. I’ve already worn it twice and will wear it much more this summer. Wrinkles come out really easily with a steamer.”
this super comfy one
BTFBM Women’s Short Sleeve Ruched Mini Dress
Love a dress that looks like an elevated T-shirt, am I right?!
THE REVIEWS: “This dress is surprisingly cute, comfy, and something I can move in freely without being inappropriate,” writes one reviewer. “It’s low enough in the back but just high enough in the front to be a perfect balance of casual/accentuating. I think you could accessorize to dress it up or down as you please. The ruching seems to make up for any areas you might feel need an extra boost of confidence or coverage. I think this would look good on most body types, it stretches and is lined. Especially for girls who live in t-shirts and jeans, this is a good compromise for a dress!“
this one with pockets
LILBETTER Women Boho Maxi Dresses
- some reviewers say the material is thin
Good news: This maxi dress will still work for the fall if you pair it with some edgy combat boots.
THE REVIEWS: “This dress is the best!!! It is super comfortable, flowing, and soft,” writes one reviewer. “I normally wear a size medium to large (mostly large) and I had to get a size small in this dress because there is so much room. The straps are adjustable. I am loving the pockets. They are not big enough for a bunch of items that may weigh the dress down but perfect for my hands.”
this knit midi
Ezbelle Women’s Off The Shoulder Short Sleeve Ribbed Bodycon
- neckline feels inflexible
If you’re looking for something a lil more figure-fitting, I suggest getting this snug off-the-shoulder bodycon dress that comes in a tonnnn of colorways. The sand option is great though if you want something that’ll go with everything!
THE REVIEWS: “Beautiful dress that can be casual with sandals or dressed up with heels,” one reviewer writes. “It has great fabric and it’s lightweight but thick enough so you won’t see an underwear imprint. An all-around great purchase. Just bought two more colors.“
this halter one
BTFBM Women Halter Neck Ruffle Dress
- accurate color representation
- some reviewers did not like the open back
Everybody will be giving you all the compliments for the eye-catching print on this halter dress. Not only is the design beautiful, but it’s also incredibly comfy.
THE REVIEWS: “This is my new favorite dress. I love the contrast in colors, from the dark green to the bright pink. It’s very eye-catching. I like the way it fits on me,” writes one reviewer. “I am a typical medium and ordered the medium and it fits true to size. It’s so flattering, it looks good with or without the belt. In fact, the belt looks good as a headband too. I like how it ties behind the neck in an almost halter-like style. And I like how the dress comes up to the neck in the front. There is literally nothing I dislike about this beautiful dress.“
this cool jumpsuit
Andrea Iyamah Women’s Aminata Jumpsuit
- might run long on petite figures
Opt for a jumpsuit if dresses aren’t really your thing. This one by Andrea Iyamah is super cool with its twisted draping.
MY REVIEW: A jumpsuit doesn’t have to be basic! And that’s exactly what I love about this gorge silhouette. She’s simple yet has so much dimension to her thanks to the draped design.
this one with puffy sleeves
R.Vivimos Floral Print Puff Sleeves Midi Dress
- sleeves can be worn on or off the shoulders
- arm elastics have felt tight for some buyers
Fans of the oversize sleeve trend (and Bridgerton, TBH) are going to want to frolic around all summer long in this midi ensemble.
THE REVIEWS: “So happy with my purchase! I received many compliments when wearing this dress and it makes sense because it’s lovely! It’s super comfortable too,” one reviewer writes. “It’s beautiful to wear out but also comfortable enough to wear around the house. It’s just as beautiful on the shoulder, though I prefer it off, but the great thing is that it stays put whichever way you should to wear it. I highly recommend it!“
this dress with a tie detail
ECOWISH Button Down Midi Dress
- some reviewers say the top is not very supportive for large chests
Frankly, no summer wardrobe is complete without a billowing white dress. This knotted option, with numerous decorative buttons, is giving me major afternoon picnic vibes.
THE REVIEWS: “I love this dress! Surpassed my expectations,” one reviewer writes. “It’s light, soft, and a cotton blend. The color is exactly as pictured and the size (XL) is just right! I am under 5’5, 190lbs, with a bra size of 36DDD, and usually an XL in tops and 14 in jeans. This particular dress is one you knot yourself at the bust and that’s perfect because I was able to pull it tight enough that I can go without a bra (and hello…36DDD, that NEVER happens!) I feel cool, cute, and comfortable. Ordering another right now!!“
this ruched tank dress
BTFBM Bodycon Ruched Short Dress
- dress length is adjustable
- some reviewers say it rides up
Draw the drawstrings up tight to show off your legs or bring the strings down low to just above the knee—this dress literally transforms for any occasion.
THE REVIEWS: “I purchased this dress last minute for my birthday & absolutely loved it. Being that I’m plus-sized, I was skeptical about buying at first. I got an XL & it fit perfectly (I wear a size 16),” writes one reviewer. “I received a lot of compliments and felt confident AF wearing this dress. It wasn’t sheer at all & the material is very soft, it hugged all the curves & showed my shape. Definitely will purchase in other colors.“
this beachy babe
GRACE KARIN Sleeveless Split Floral Print Maxi Dress
This tropical-print maxi with side slits is perfect for a seaside dinner or a fun alternative for a swimsuit cover-up the next time you plan on getting some vitamin D.
THE REVIEWS: “The product fits like a glove true to size and it’s a very pretty dress. The fabric is also nice and stretches,” writes one reviewer.
this mini with a plunging neckline
ZESICA V-Neck Wrap Floral Print Mini Dress
- some reviewers say it’s sheer
Show off some skin in this wrap dress. Keep it casual with a pair of mules, or if you have a special event in mind, swap them for a pair of wedge sandals.
THE REVIEWS: “Love the colors in this dress! It’s super cute and easy to dress up or down,” one reviewer writes. “It is a true wrap dress, a good length, not see-through, and not too low cut! It’s also lightweight and perfect for summer!”
this vibrant sundress
PRETTYGARDEN Halter Neck Sundress with Belt
- some reviewers said it has weak seams
You know that summer wedding you need a dress for, but didn’t want your bank account to suffer the fashionable consequences? May I present you with this flattering maxi option?
THE REVIEWS: “This dress is amazing! I am super impressed,” writes one reviewer. “It’s cut evenly and the material is soft and lightweight but not too sheer. The slight drop hem is perfect length front and back. And the Elastic is not binding and the seams are well finished.”
this shiny midi
xxxiticat Spaghetti Strap Satin Dress
The cowl neckline of this is just *chef’s kiss.* Pair it with heels or flat sandals. Either way, a load of compliments about you in this silky number are in your future.
THE REVIEWS: “Fits like a glove!! The color is beautiful and the fabric is so soft, stretchy, and durable, I was comfortable in it all night and received so many compliments,” one reviewer writes.
this colorful floor-length one
SheKiss Stripe Spaghetti Strap Sundress
While I’m fangirling over the gorgeous open back of this multicolored sundress, what really has my heart is the striped design.
THE REVIEWS: “Alright people! This is it!! This dress is sooooo flipping cute!” one reviewer writes. “I bought the pink stripe and another in gray size large. The bottom hem is on the floor. I put a small knot at the bottom and it looked cute but I’ll likely hem it. Although, the right length heels could really set it off too. The V neckline worked for me with a regular bra, as well as, a strappy yoga shelf bra. The body is ample and the pockets are well placed giving a look of sophistication. While the fabric is NOT cotton it is lightweight with a hint of stretch for ease pulling over the shoulders.”
this one with a trendy wavy pattern
Goodthreads Georgette Smock-Back Cami Midi Dress
- some reviewers say the neckline is loose
Tackle whatever warm-weather activity in this easy breezy swing dress. Whether it’s a backyard get-together or errands, this style will keep you comfortable all day long.
THE REVIEWS: “I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this dress,” one reviewer writes. “Not only is it lightweight and perfect for the hot summer weather but it fits like a dream! I’m a curvier woman and love the way this dress flatters my body and highlights my shape in an amazing way! A must-buy!”
this hi-lo moment
Miessial Summer Floral Print Wrap Maxi Dress
- wrap style makes it easy to alter
- some reviewers say it has an awkward cut
The best part about wrap dresses, like this one, is the tie detail that you can easily adjust to your liking.
THE REVIEWS: “This dress is great! I got a ton of compliments on it! Definitely order a size up if you’re not sure,” writes one reviewer. “It’s a full wrap dress, so you can just tie it tighter if it’s a little too big. The material is so lightweight and breathable, but not at all see-through. It also doesn’t show watermarks (if you sweat or spill something). And it doesn’t wrinkle easily at all! Absolutely perfect!”
this skater dress
ASTR the label Mon Cheri Skater Mini Dress
- can be dressed up or down
Talk about the ideal day-to-night outfit. Stay neutral by styling it with white sneakers during the day, and then slip into a pair of beige block heels for the evening.
MY REVIEW: This floral skater dress is perf for a casual OR fancy outing!!! Also have to give it up for the cute ruched detailing at the bust.
this breathable dress
SAUKOLE Strapless Off The Shoulder Dress
- some say the top fits weird
PSA: You can wear this in more than one way. Leave the tie at the front bust for a dainty look, or re-tie it around your neck for a sexy halter style.
THE REVIEWS: “The dress is totally gorgeous and flattering. I am very “busty”, but there is a lot of give in the top part. The color is gorgeous and it’s sturdy and comfortable,” one reviewer writes.
this one with a bold print
For Love & Lemons Bodycon Dress In Freedom Floral
Who knew mixing cheetah and floral patterns could look this stunning? But the real star of the show is that eye-catching draped-sleeve detail.
THE REVIEWS: “Summer is the TIME to wear all the colors and bold prints, and I love that this one hits alllll those notes,” one reviewer writes.
How we chose these summer dresses from Amazon
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