5 Hot Summer Dresses by Up-and-Coming Designers

For chic summer frocks, consider the Ray and the Ro's picks from these rising stars.

chic summer dresses from five up and coming designers
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Let's push the jackets and boots to the back of our closets. As the days get hotter, we can't help but look for that perfect summer dress. These five brands should be on your radar for the months ahead!

1. From maxis to short lace frocks, d.RA's collection is filled with feminine and chic dresses perfect for a Sunday stroll or a picnic in the park.

Our PickSeaside Maxi Dress (opens in new tab), $185

2. Blu Moon is known for its plunge-back dresses, which are a study in showing just enough skin. To create that beachy, California-girl look, search no further.

Our PickCoral Lace Summer Lovin Dress (opens in new tab), $157

3. Aside from its amazing price points (everything retails for under $100!), Everly always stocks vintage-inspired looks for the modern girl. If you are looking for a dress in which to meet the parents, or to wear on a sweet summer date, this should be your go-to brand.

Our PickDaisy Lace Peplum Dress in Ivory (opens in new tab), $55

4. Funktional knows how to add just the right amount of edge to its clothes. Designer Jennifer Park's beautiful silhouettes will leave you craving every single piece from the collection, especially if you have a summer concert on your schedule.

Our PickStarry Silk Dress (opens in new tab), $138

5. We've had our eye on For Love & Lemons ever since we saw that Blackbird dress at Planet Blue (opens in new tab). The line definitely has some bohemian inspirations, which make its designs perfect for movies in the park and music festivals.

Our PickLove You Madly Dress (opens in new tab), $158

Best friends and blogging partners Roberta Oglakchya and Rachel Hurn-Maloney founded The Ray and the Ro (opens in new tab) to show off stylish looks, share their wishlists, and break down runway fashion.