The Best Summer Dresses of 2017 at All Price Points

From the cost of a really good dinner to "let's not mention it."

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Think of it this way: Do you really want to be shopping when you could be at the beach or thinking about the beach from a climate-controlled room? No. That's why we've done some sartorial reconnaissance and returned with the 27 prettiest summer dresses of the year, all available to buy now.

Zara

Because you haven't quite figured out how to style a tropical camp shirt, but you know you can wear the heck outta a one-shoulder mini. 

$50, zara.com.

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Mango

More structured than it looks (read: okay for office) and will increase your shoulder width significantly (in a fashion-y way).  

$50, shop.mango.com.

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Uniqlo

Classic without being too "Betty Draper cosplay." Though some of us have already got the martini habit and emotional repression bits covered...

$50, uniqlo.com.

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Zara

A Bardot neckline and fitted silhouette for a summer fling that'll end with one party ghosting, then resurfacing three weeks later for no apparent reason.

$50, zara.com.

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Gap

Looking for a beach coverup? Ya girl's got you *and* she's here with styling direction: big earrings, bigger shades, and a bandana 'round your head. 

$60, gap.com.

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H&M

Wear as is for work, get creative with the top half for play. (Extra credit if you can turn it into a single shoulder à la this.) 

$60, hm.com.

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Front Row Shop

Everybody needs a lightweight, breezy dress to drip Popsicle juice onto. 

$75, frontrowshop.com.

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Topshop

Really into a handkerchief hem, still into an off-the-shoulder neckline no matter how hard fashion tries to kill it. 

$95, topshop.com.

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& Other Stories

Equally nice with or without a T-shirt layered underneath, trainers or slides, in a house, with a mouse, etc.

$115, stories.com.

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Aritzia

Like the man's shirt you bring to the beach but longer so you don't have to bother with pants (the Prime Directive for warm-weather dressing). 

$120, aritzia.com.

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J. Crew

Me to me: Don't go too '60s with this, please. Also me to me: But how you gonna stop me? 

$138, jcrew.com.

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Aritzia

Really pretty (live for a shoulder tie) for a wedding you don't really want to go to but end up having fun at anyway. 

$140, aritzia.com.

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StyleStalker

If your summer plans include revenge. 

$169, stylestalker.com.

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Toit Volant

Lovely color, lovelier anemone-like chest ruffles. 

$198, needsupply.com.

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Majorelle

Made for staging photos along the Amalfi Coast with an Aperol Spritz in your hand and three more already in your tummy. 

$218, revolve.com.

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Réalisation Par

A nice black slip dress, but then...mural splashed across the left boob!

$225, realisationpar.com.

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Topshop

Can very vividly imagine somebody wearing this to upstage a bride. (Spoiler: It goes very well.) 

$240, topshop.com.

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& Other Stories

Loads of fabric in the skirt for twirling harder than Lupita at the Oscars and being well-ventilated in your own personal air bubble. 

$245, stories.com.

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The Jet Set Diaries

A millennial festival-goer's dream, with double slits, exposed shoulders, and a wee bit of boobage. All together, it works

$279, revolve.com.

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Ulla Johnson

Kind of like what Tilda Swinton's character in I Am Love would wear if she ever let loose IRL. Big danglers for this one too, plus a straw bag. Bella. 

$310, modaoperandi.com.

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PH5

You've successfully avoided winter bod, so why not celebrate with a daring thigh cutout/by showing that your dress is reversible in the middle of a party?

$455, needsupply.com.

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Öhlin/D

NYADD. (Not your average denim dress, in that it's got a structured, corset-like bodice.) 

$580, ohlin-d.com.

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Caroline Constas

A voluminous bohemian rhapsody you'd try to wear to aerial yoga because *everybody* has to see it.

$695, net-a-porter.com.

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Lisa Marie Fernandez

Meant for la plage, but that rickrack trim and convertible neckline would work anywhere, making it a solid choice for vacations. 

$695, net-a-porter.com.

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Coach

You do get tons of design for the price, and just as many prints. 

$750, mytheresa.com.

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Gül Hürgel

Similarly, you have to agree that's a lot of fabric and hours somebody had to sew, and you'll definitely see a ROI in Instagram likes. 

$820, net-a-porter.com.

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Regina Pyo

Support emerging talent! And get some shoulder ties and a check pattern out of it. 

$976, needsupply.com.

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