When you're all but melting in the summer, it's *crucial* to own a few hassle-free dresses that nix sleeves and polyester for breathable, almost-like-air-conditioning options. To give you a head start, find 12 cool white dresses ahead that will deflect the sun's rays and make that 100 percent humidity report a lot more bearable.
Like wearing a long tee-shirt in summer, but more polished: it ties at the waist so it creates a more flattering silhouette.
Wilfred Free Bair Dress, $65; aritizia.com.
A soft, fluttery work dress that doubles as a party dress when the sun goes down.
Cornell Solid Shift Dress, $128; frenchconnection.com.
The closest you get to naked when it's unbearably hot out: the thinner the straps and the teenier, the better.
Collina Strada Ruffle Dress, $300; needsupply.com.
A chic ruffly dress from the Barcelona-to-Brooklyn brand Datura.
White Linen Carmen Dress, $230; datura.com.
Even if you're not sold on the off-the-shoulders trend, you can't argue with this breeze potential.
Off the Shoulders Linen Dress, $60; shop.mango.com.
A pretty tiered cotton shirt dress that's made for work days when you're commuting in a heat wave but can't get away with wearing spaghetti straps to the office.
COS Cotton Poplin Shirt Dress, $115; cosstores.com.
This shift dress comes double-lined so you don't have to bother with wearing a slip underneath.
The Double-Lined Silk V-Neck Dress, $125; everlane.com.
A dressier spaghetti strap dress to slip on for a black-tie gathering or a formal post-work shindig.
Toit Volant Verona Dress, $237; lisasaysgah.com.
A light and airy shirt dress festooned with pineapples that's ready for your next summer festival.
Pineapple Shirt Dress, $40; zara.com.
A silky going-out dress that's equal parts comfy and romantic.
Kimchi Blue Tie-Shoulder Silky Mini Dress, $69; urbanoutfitters.com.
It looks stuffy until you notice this tiered dress is covered with eyelets: fashion's version of A/C 🙌.
Hermosa Cotton Eyelet Dress, $595; toryburch.com.
All you'll want to wear when you're zipping out to your nearest grocery store for bags of ice. It doubles as a cool coverup over a bathing suit during vacation season 😎.
Wilfred Hemistiche Dress, $120; aritzia.com.