As the days lengthen and summer temperatures begin to soar, you want a dress that’s effortless, keeps you cool and is versatile enough to wear in different fashion situations, from the office to vacation trips to weekend brunches. To find the best deals and selection, it’s hard to beat the convenience of Amazon, which explains why fashion stylists often rely on the retail giant for items that ship out quickly (solving any last-minute wardrobe needs), culled from a mix of affordable brands as well as designer labels. The trick, of course, is sorting through all the styles to find the most flattering and well-made pieces for your money. Here, we enlisted three experts for the absolute best dresses on Amazon to put in your cart.
When shopping, you’ll want to consider the length—maxi, midi or mini—but also the fabrication. Fashion stylist Caitlin Burke offers this pro tip: “Material is the most important factor,” she says. “I love the look of a silk slip dress, but as soon as you sweat it will show. It’s better to opt for light cotton poplin or linen dress to stay dry.” Also consider the dress shape. “Silhouettes that float away from the body keep you cool,” she says. Ahead, we enlisted three experts—including Burke; luxury fashion and travel consultant Ashley Olano; and wedding and event plannerVictoria Lartey-Williams—to find 13 of the best dresses on Amazon. Here are their top recommendations.
Best Maxi Dress Overall
Flirty And Very Flattering
Made from 100% polyester-charmeuse, this dress from Los Angeles-based English Factory is lightweight, breezy and comfortable, making it a top pick in hot or dry climates. It comes in a full range of sizes, from x-small to x-large, and the empire-waist shape also provides a little more room for curvier or pregnant body shapes. It’s a little more expensive than other styles but the flattering detailing makes it worth the price.
Best Affordable Maxi Dress
Off The Shoulder And Ruffled
Vonda’s ruffled maxi dress gets top marks for its accessible price point, variety of fun colors and inclusive sizing. The asymmetrical hemline compliments both petite and taller frames and the trapeze shape also gives the dress an airy, relaxed feeling. You can change the look by belting or leaving it loose for a less more structured style, giving you the perfect day-to-night dress. Sizes range from small to 5x.
Best Designer Maxi Dress
Sleek Cutouts From A Celebrity-Favorite Brand
A.L.C. is founded by Andrea Lieberman, the celebrity fashion stylist known for putting Jennifer Lopez in that green silk chiffon Versace dress for the 2000 Grammy Awards. The Georgia Dress is stunning from all angles, made from 100% cotton poplin and designed with side cutouts for breathability. It’s a favorite of Burke’s, who says, “We’re seeing more interesting iterations and placements with cutouts, like what’s on this Georgia Dress.”
Best Midi Dress Overall
Short Sleeved Option In A Chic Floral Print
Great for work or Sunday brunch, this Maggy London dress has a charming print and demure tie-front neckline. The empire seam waistband and fit-and-flare midi skirt flatters a lot of body shapes and comes in a size range from 2 to 16. Another bonus: This dress is machine washable.
Best Affordable Midi Dress
Classic Shirtdress For Just $60
Designed with a relaxed, oversized shape and breathable silhouette, this 100% cotton menswear-inspired dress comes with pockets and a classic pinstripe print. Sharpen it at the waist with a belt or button this dress up or down to style it multiple ways—it’s a steal at $60, say our experts.
Best Mini Dress Overall
Simple Silhouette With Interesting Details
Los-Angeles-based ASTR The Label has been a go-to for day-to-night party dresses since 2012. The Mayfair has a flattering bias-cut shape and is made of 100% cotton with a side cutout to keep you cool on hot days. The dress also comes in several color options (black, lilac, lemonade and white); just note that it’s dry-clean only.
Best Designer Mini Dress
Ultra Cool Vest Dress
This menswear-inspired piece offers a nice look for the office, say our experts. Cut from a breezy 55% linen and 45% cotton blend, this dress won’t wrinkle as much as one that has 100% linen fabrication, making it good for steamy days (it also has a vented back to keep you even cooler in hot weather). The dress runs from a size 0 to 12 and comes in two colors, white and olive green.
Best Affordable Mini Dress
A Striped Version Perfect For Summer Days
Soft, stretchy material makes this dress incredibly comfortable, and the striped pattern and ruched detailing give it an elevated look. It pairs perfectly with sneakers for a casual day dress.
Best White Dress Overall
Timeless Staple That’s Flattering All Over
Vince is known for no-fuss, affordable luxury clothing that lasts. This dress is no exception: It’s made from 96% cotton and 4% elastane, with a mid-weight low-stretch poplin, which creates an easy-to-wear structured silhouette. The straps are wider than those found on a traditional slip dress, giving more support up top, and the sizing is fairly inclusive, from 00 to 16. While the price point is not low, this dress is a good investment piece you can wear to work, weddings and everything in between.
Best Designer White Dress
Romantic And Well Made
LoveShackFancy’s Edie dress is a favorite of Olano’s, who finds it has the perfect blend of bohemian style and cottage-core inspiration. It’s also extremely well made, which explains the higher price tag: It features detailed cotton crochet lace, delicate pin tucking and mother of pearl buttons, and comes in three other colors, including mint tie-dye, black and light pink. The dress also comes with a removable skirt slip and doubles as a great beach cover-up, making it ideal for travel.
Best Affordable White Dress
A Classic Silhouette With Modern Detailing
Where can’t you wear this versatile midi dress, is the real question. A lightweight, breezy fabric lends itself perfectly to date night on that perfect summer evening, but it’s just as well-suited for an afternoon stroll on the beach, paired with espadrilles and a sun hat.
Best Vacation Dress Overall
A Versatile And Easily Packable Option
Whether you’re strolling the streets of Sicily, or you’re planning to lounge poolside in Florida on your next vacation, you need a maxi dress that you can slip on no matter what occasion comes calling. The Huskary Maxi Dress is your new best friend for that very reason. From its versatile stretchy fabric to its easy breezy pull on style, this is one of the easiest dresses to pack in a suitcase.
Best Designer Vacation Dress
Bright And Breezy For Your Photos
Staud Women’s Carina Dress Goldie/Persimmon Yellow Cut Out Midi
With its cheery color and light cotton fabrication, this gorgeous dress from fashion-influencer-favorite brand Staud comes highly recommended by Olano. To keep it pristine and wrinkle-free on trips, she likes to “wrap tissue paper around the dress, before it goes in her suitcase.” This will allow the garment to have a frictionless journey and prevent clumps that can lead to creases, she says.
Best Affordable Vacation Dress
Crocheted And Beach-Ready
“Crotchet is having a major moment right now, along with sheer dresses with exposed undergarments underneath,” says Burke. This vacation-perfect style works well as a beach coverup but can be paired with flats for a night on the town. It’s machine washable and it comes in one size fits all.
Best Wedding Guest Dress Overall
A Patterned Option With A Flattering Fit
From the v-neck top to the ruffle cap sleeves to the wrap closure, this floor length polka dot maxi dress checks all the boxes. It has a flattering fit to give it an elegant overall look.
Best Designer Wedding Guest Dress
Sophisticated Yet Casual
Known for elegant and timeless styles, Silvia Tcherassi creates dazzling wedding dress options and red carpet looks, with relaxed yet sophisticated details. The Geuario has a delicate striped print and casual floral waistband contrasted by a full skirt and puffed sleeves, which gives the piece an overall glamorous shape.
Best Affordable Wedding Guest Dress
Gorgeous And Glittery For $63
This glitzy gown from Ever-Pretty—a top pick from Lartey-Williams—combines glamour with affordability. The dress comes in a range of colors, including pastels, stunning metallics, such as rose gold or silver, and one particularly captivating shade of burgundy. Sequined fabric cut on the bias gives this a form-fitting body con shape, finished with a thigh-high slit. One thing to note: Go up a size as the dress tends to run small.