Best Dresses to Take You Through Summer & Beyond
Minis, midis, maxis… 5 dress trends to get on your radar right now (hello, one-and-done outfits).
By Natasha Marsh
The Little White Dress
This season, swap your LBD with something a little breezier: 2023 is all about the little white dress (a.k.a. the LWD), according to Shopbop Fashion Director Caroline Maguire. “The LWD is taking center stage, with poplin cotton and silks at the forefront of the trend,” she says. Loved for its versatility, there’s a little white dress silhouette for everybody: short or long, figure-skimming or high-volume, ruffled or minimalist. As the weather turns crisper, add an oversized blazer and combat boots to transition the piece into colder months.
The Strapless Dress
A mainstay of the late ‘90s and early aughts, these bandeau necklines are undergoing a true style revival. From fun florals to touchable textures like terry cloth & silks, there’s a column dress for every summer style. Caroline especially loves this cut for special events—look to high-volume options for fancy affairs, and tropical-printed ones to wear to destination weddings. Whether it’s a flowing maxi or a body-hugging tube dress, we love pairing these of-the-moment styles with a barely-there strappy sandal.
The Slip Dress
Slip dresses are a closet classic season over season—but this year’s renditions take their cues from lingerie with silky textures, lace details & racy cutouts. Get the trending barely-there look by wearing these sexy styles on their own, or pair with additional pieces for a more covered-up—but still cool—take. “I love to layer mine over a graphic tee, or underneath an oversized cardigan or aviator jacket if there’s a chill in the air,” Caroline says. With so many ways to wear it, a slip dress is a wardrobe staple all year-round.
The Shift Dress
A shift dress is a quintessential investment piece that’s having a moment in the spotlight. Characterized by a short hemline and loose fit, this style hangs straight down from the shoulders for a clean, polished look. Thanks to its relaxed silhouette in mini or midi lengths, a shift dress is a no-brainer when it comes to breathability and comfort. It is typically sleeveless, but can come in a range of playful prints, luxe embellishments, and fun details. “There’s no better pairing than an airy dress and crisp white sneakers on a hot summer day,” says Caroline.
The Knit Dress
From long-sleeve maxis to chic crochet coverups, knit dresses are in our rotation all year round. These easy, move-with-you silhouettes max out on both comfort and style. Thanks to their statement-making texture, these dresses demand minimal accessorizing—think chunky slides or elevated mules. As for how Caroline wears it? “A dress over jeans looks so cool and unexpected,” she says. Whether you’re seeking out the perfect mini dress, midi dress or maxi dress, these must-have silhouettes will guarantee you’re always the best dressed.