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No matter the occasion or season, there are always plenty of opportunities to wear a dress and, of course, an overwhelming amount of options from which to pick. And since there really is no bad time of year to invest in one, we’ve put together an edit of our favorite dresses you can shop this month. Check back every month for a new selection of styles, handpicked by Vogue.
While you plan your fall wardrobe, we’d like to remind you that dress season isn’t over! For some, warm temperatures and vacation days are still to be had, and for others, fall weddings or a return to the office, is in the future. The opportunities for great dresses aren’t going anywhere just yet. September’s assortment of styles includes a handful of the hottest styles from the Pre-Fall and Fall collections, like Saint Laurent’s velvet print mini to Prada’s runway utility midi. Meanwhile, maxi-length silhouettes complete with long sleeves and turtlenecks have dominated the fall dresses market for fall 2023. If you consider adding at least one new style to your wardrobe this season, there are stylish options to choose from Joseph, Mango, Cara Cara, Chloé, and A.P.C. For a guaranteed fashionable fall, shop our September dresses edit, below.
The Gold Buttons
A touch of gold takes a simple black turtleneck dress to the next level—Tory Burch’s clingy jersey dress features gleaming buttons along the sleeves and neckline. When worn, you might even want to skip the jewelry altogether.
The Gorgeous Gray
You’ll live in this Totême dress this fall—and for many reasons. Firstly, its gray hue is the color of the season. And then, a slouchy but chic fit will work for just about any occasion, depending on how it’s styled. Did we mention how warm it is?
The Minimalist Floral
Floral patterns can seem a bit intimidating set but this maxi from Toteme is perfectly understated—a black-and-cream colorway and a not too fussy floral make this minimalist-friendly.
The Asymmetrical Oxblood
Take the concept of goddess dressing straight in the fall and winter seasons with ruched and clingy dresses that showcase draping. Tove’s take in a moody dark red hue is downright stunning.
The Something Blue
It’s sweaterdress weather—don’t be blue summer’s over, wear the hue in a bold, saturated tone. Ganni gives us a cheerful and cozy option.
The Buttoned-up Frock
We can’t get enough of Proenza Schouler’s dresses—the chicness just doesn’t stop. This style is a prime example. A latte-colored hue, a rolled neck collar, and contrast cuffs that expand up to the elbow—what more could you want?
The Optical Illusion
Fringe came back this season in a big way. But if you don’t want to commit to the look, this Chloé dress winks to the trend brilliantly. A hemline mimics the movement of fringe while remaining totally covered up—no strings attached, literally!
The Smocked Select
As temperatures drop, there’s no need to leave your smocked dresses behind. Instead, opt for one in a deeper hue like this pick from Cara Cara. The brand is known for its prints, but they do an LBD pretty well.
The Retro Dress
This Zara pick smacks of the 1970s. With a mock neck, oversized pockets, and an overall groovy vibe, this dress is beginning to be worn with a great pair of boots.
The Last Call Linen
Fall may be ahead of us but it’s not yet time to retire your linen dresses. From a trans-seasonal dress in the fabric, look to Staud’s belted maxi that screams end-of-summer chic.
The Posh Pick
There’s much to appreciate in this dress. The shirtdress silhouettes, the pieced-together accordion pleats, the waist-tie detail, and the use of color. Wear this to the workplace, and you’ll get the job done in style.
The Moody Velvet
Patterned velvet is incredibly luxe—Saint Laurent does it well on this asymmetrically draped mini dress in a color palette that celebrates the new season.
The Satin Shirtdress
Your next favorite dress is here—this Everlane frock has it all: body-hugging pleating, a crisp color, a perfect midi length, and a wonderful (not-too-bright) color. Wear this on repeat.
The Slick Tie-Dye
Tie-dye’s bohemian associations are long gone. Wear this turtlenecked dress just about everything this season—to the office or a night out. It’ll look great paired with knee-high boots.
The Salut-Worthy Dress
For fall, Prada played around with workwear and utility. These concepts come to life in this button-front dress with epaulette-style shoulder tabs.
The Fabulous Faux
A great leather dress is made even better when it’s faux. Proenza Schouler’s White Label gives us a cinched midi dress (with two ruching ties) that is sure to be a hit no matter how you style it.
The Canadian Ballgown
Consider this the Canadian Ballgown, a slightly dressier version of the double-denim shirt and jeans pairing. Cos’s mid-wash style is the dress you didn’t know you needed.
The Blousey Floral
Hill House Home’s line of dresses extends far beyond napping. This sleeved black floral midi dress is made for the new season.
The Great White
You might already have a white dress but we can guarantee it’s not as lovely as this one. With flounced details, delicate pin tucking, and a waist-cinching tie, this Ulla Johnson dress has it all.
The Cream Dream
A cozy knitted maxi dress is a joy of the cold-weather season. One in winter white can serve like a blank canvas to accessorise any which way.
The High-Collar Smock
With subtle puff sleeves, a gorgeous high collar, and smocking around the waist, this J.Crew dress is as comfortable as it is stylish. The micro-sized floral printed dress will look as great with sneakers as it would with a heeled boot.
The Wallpaper-Worthy Print
Cara Cara knows a thing or two about prints. This jewel-toned knitted dress is splashed with a sophisticated floral print that feels just right for fall.
The Medium Black Dress
Every wardrobe needs a LBD—but also a medium black dress. This dress by Chloé fits the bill with its bell sleeves and luxurious wool knit fabric.
The Raspberry Delight
Merlette is known for its flounced, smocked dresses. This new silhouette in a drop-waist, long-sleeved style stand, especially with this somewhat unexpected berry hue.
The Night Out Dress
This silk dress from Dries Van Noten is pieced together in a series of floral printed panels—there are bias cuts in the skirt and a diamond point at the center. It’s the kind of clever construction championed by the luxury label.
The Cozy but Chic
Side slits on this A.P.C. dress add a bit of edge to the 100% wool mixi style. Plus, with an over-sized fit and loose drape, it’s a dress with contrast.
Shop our favorite styles from August 2023.
The Prim Trim
In case you missed it: Handkerchief dresses are trending this season. Test drive the look with this Joseph dress, which puts a twist on the silhouette with a perfect black-and-white colorway.
The Final Call Dress
Headed someplace beachy for the last few weeks of summer? This cut-out, open-back mini dress from Johanna Ortiz is perfect for packing in your suitcase.
The Refined Tank Dress
Here’s a dress that epitomizes elevated basics. The classic scooped tank dress silhouette is given a bit more interest with a side knot detail.
The Gorgeous Gathers
Tory Burch knows her way around a great dress. This midi option comes completed with a wrap-top effect and a gorgeously gathered skirt that will bounce with you every step. The color? A lovely ivory that will take you straight from summer to fall.
The Moody Prairie
Danish label Skall Studio gives us this perfectly non-prissy prairie dress of cotton eyelet. With its high-neck collar and billowing silhouette, this dress is Scandi street style approved—especially when worn with sneakers.
The Minimalist Midi
Proenza Schouler’s White Label is a go-to for great dresses. This sleeveless option, in a buttercream color and a buttery-soft jersey knit, has endless styling capabilities.
The Lovely Leather
A piece of leather ready to wear rarely gives off dainty vibes (they tend to be edgy), but Altuzarra has found a way with this aubergine-colored midi dress, crafted with draped leather.
The Hybrid Frock
Love the look of a sweater and slip-skirt combo? Christopher Esber does the work for you with this 2-in-1 maxi dress.
The Shades of White
All white looks have captured our attention—mixing hues of ecru and ivory only enhances the effect. Case in point: this floaty dress from Lee Mathews.
The Floral Find
Perfect for a variety of occasions, this belted floral dress is equal parts lovely (the painterly print) and edgy (the black background and pointed collar).
The Denim Dream
Head-to-toe denim looks don’t have to involve a Canadian tuxedo—instead, opt for a far chicer take like this midi dress from Dries Van Noten.
The Modern Bustier
Minimalist details like an ultra-chic chocolate brown shade and ruched skirting make Esse Studios’s bustier top maxi feel modern and elegant.
The Bold Print Maxi
A playful lip print created for Khaite’s pre-fall 2023 collection makes a fun and flirty option for summer’s festive occasions.
The Fall-Ready Shirtdress
It isn’t summer without a poplin shirtdress, and Matteau’s long-sleeve maxi version is the perfect transitional investment; wear it with sandals now and boots later.
The Practical Printed Midi
Dries Van Noten’s blurred floral print midi utility dress is a stylish addition to any wardrobe. But the best thing might just be that it has multiple pockets.
The Petite Polka Dots
A slinky slip dress meets a few of the summer season’s best dress trends: dots, chocolate brown, and an open back.
The House Dress
Leave it to Dôen to craft a perfectly casual and comfy day dress you’ll want to live in until the summer ends.
The Versatile Halter Dress
In a lovely marigold color, House of Dagmar’s floor-length solid halter dress is an easy choice for any occasion, from weddings to summer nights—and it will look effortlessly chic dressed up or down.
The Cinched Poplin
The white poplin dress gets a minimalist-friendly sculpted silhouette this summer thanks to Bite Studios’ pleated sleeveless style. Just add leather flip-flops.
The Saturated Florals
Colored in summer sunset hues, this La DoubleJ floral print stands out, especially with its billowing sleeve silhouette.
The Signature Shirtdress
Jacquemus’ Bahia dress is a signature amongst the designer’s collection of cool girl minis; this sequin polka dot iteration is no different.
The Sophisticated Knit
Appearing like two separates, Polo Ralph Lauren’s knit vest and pleated skirt combination dress is a genius way to approach transitional dressing for the office and beyond.
The Scarf Maxi
Let Nili Lotan’s scarf print halter dress do all the work for you this summer; it’s an effortlessly chic way to make just the right amount of statement. We love it for dinner parties and breezy summer days.
The Perfect Paisley
It’s not too late to invest in a classic sundress; Hannah Artwear belted maxi offers a nice alternative to summer floral prints.
The Embroidered Mini
An incredibly easy and stylish option when you need to throw on a dress and go. Think after the beach, around town, or school drop off.
The Open Back Bohemian
Rixo’s vintage-inspired prints are not to be ignored for summer or fall, including this rosey midi.
Shop our favorite styles from July 2023.
The Day Tripper Dress
An effortlessly bouncy silhouette and a pretty print are the recipe for the ideal summer travel dress, versatile for any summer destination.
The Poolside Dress
Swaddle yourself post a dip in the sea or swim with Mara Hoffman’s maxi. With flowing sleeves and towel-like stripes, this dress feels just right for the rest of summer.
The Sandy Linen
Take your one-shoulder maxis up a notch with Sir’s sand-colored maxi in a sophisticated three-part silhouette.
The Garden Party Midi
Hannah Artwear’s watercolored floral printed frocks look and feel like a treasure you’ve brought back home from a faraway destination.
The Knitted Midi
For summer nights or the days that transition from beach to cocktails, Onia’s textured linen body con midi is just right with its on-trend netted effect and burnt orange hue.
The Summer Solstice Dress
In deeply warm hues, retro-floral motifs, and a spin on checker print, Faithfull the Brand’s linen dress captures the essence of pure summer in one take.
The Summer Stripes
Lovebirds striped linen midi is one of those throw onthrow-on-and-go and go type of dresses, pop it on for instantaneous summer chic.
The Easy LBD
Found: summer’s ultimate wardrobe basic. This chic black day dress from Another Tomorrow is simple in silhouette yet still proves to be elevated.
The Lovely Linen
From beachside lunches to scorching city days, an airy linen day dress is a nonnegotiable for summer’s heat and likely the only dress you’ll want to put on.
The Print Perfect
For effortless everyday summer dressing, look no further than Cara Cara’s printed poplin.
The Easy Embroidery
Even with a long-sleeved silhouette, Simkhai’s broderie anglaise midi is a lovely white dress option for the summer months.
The Mini Bohemian
Summertime and the living’s mini! Opt for a halter neck crochet dress and achieve maximum summer impact. An ideal option to showcase those lace-up sandals.
The Summer Nights
From vacation nights to wedding guest dressing, nail this summer’s festivities with Raey’s brilliant ruched maxi.
The Summer Sweater Dress
East coasters will understand that a sweater is, in fact, a part of the summer wardrobe. Gabriela Hearst’s tie-dye cashmere is quintessential.
The Sweet Sundress
No matter your plans this month, Doen’s Wendelin dress will solve all of your summer outfit problems.
The Party Time Dress
Tory Burch’s spring runway collection dress finds its light for high summer; make a shining statement in this disco-ready silk.
The Layered Tank
Give the impression of stylish separates with Staud’s pre-styled tank and white skirt dress. A must-have for minimalists.
The Gingham Girl
A classic sundress silhouette in an even more classic print, is a recipe for summer-style success.
The Beach Dress
Season after season, Dries Van Noten delights with their printed kaftans for the beach and beyond.
The Tango Stripes
In a body-clinging silhouette, Veronica Beard’s striped halter dress is a perfect fit for dinner and dancing.
The Crochet Cool
Around the house or to the beach, this knitted polo dress acts as your cover-up, house dress, and more.
The Colorless Option
A midi dress imprinted with sunshine, stars, and seahorses, Rixo’s midi is a prime example of how to wear black in the summertime.
The Perfect White Dress
Ciao Lucia’s known for their perfectly dainty day dresses, and the Rosella midi is no exception. A style your wardrobe will cherish forever and wear on repeat this season.
The Sleeveless Shirtdress
Don’t sweat it! Max Mara Leisure makes dressing for the office mid-July a breeze with their sleeveless tiered midi.
Shop our favorite styles from June 2023.
The Ladylike Lace
Step up your little white dress game this season with one in lace or embroidery. Perfect for park days and summer weekend picnics.
The New Romance
What’s new in dresses this month? Reformation’s dreamy collection with Laura Vassar, co-founder of Brock Collection.
The Statement Tank
A sleek clingy tank dress is one way to keep cool this summer; we love Alexander McQueen’s dramatic jacquard floral motif.
The Oxford Stripes
Like your favorite oversized button-up but in dress form—this style is perfect for summer days ahead.
The Scarf Dress
Ooze the nonchalance attitude of summer nights with a maxi dress made from scarves. Heeled or flat sandals suggested.
The More Than a T-Shirt Dress
In ultra-comfortable micro modal, this Ninety Percent style transcends the classic jersey dress with a draped bodice and sleeves.
The Italian Florals
A puffed-sleeve, square-neck midi in an adorable print will wear effortlessly on a European vacation or a country wedding.
The On-Trend LBD
Achieve an understatedly chic look with a ruched halterneck maxi in jet-black jersey. Just throw on and go.
The Sunset Sky
Channel those beautiful summer nights with Altuzarra’s newest shades of dip-dyed dresses.
Pack Monse’s flirty asymmetrical midi for a tropical vacation; it’s slinky silhouette is one stylish way to do drinks, dinner, and dancing.
The Smooth Sailing Tank
Zara’s no-frills tank midi dress will make casual summer dressing a breeze. After all, that’s what summer is about.
The Butter Yellow
For days you want a little more coverage, consider Loulou Studio’s butter-yellow colored shirtdress. The tone is on trend for the season, while the silhouette can be taken to the office or the beach.
The Country Club Fit
Juxtaposing lemon yellow and neutral checks, Rosie Assoulin’s color-blocked halter midi dress is both playful and polished for days you want to dress the part.
The Breeze On Through
Plucked from the designer’s pre-fall collection, Proenza Schouler’s icy blue knit crochet dress, complete with an unfinished fringe hem, is surely the most fun iteration of the polo dress we’ve seen this season.
The Haltered Handkerchief
As temperatures heat up this June, a 100% cotton open-back maxi is just the ticket, and Lafayette’s flowy asymmetric skirt iteration doesn’t hurt for optimizing coolness either.
The Postcard From Portofino
Wear your summer plans on your sleeve or, in this case, a halter dress from Dolce & Gabbana’s recently debuted capsule collection, inspired by none other than Portofino.
The Luxe Linen
Navy makes a case as one of the chicest shades of summer, channel it with Piece of White’s sleek ruched midi.
The Minimalist Details
With a ruched bodice and a touch of hardware on the neckline, Mango’s white strapless skirted midi is a carefully considered take on summer’s little white dress. Pair it with black kitten heels or thong sandals to complete the look.
Underwear as outerwear or lingerie dressing has been around for a while, although Aje’s delicate pink midi feels more innocent with a sweetheart neckline and paneling that imitates the boning of a bustier throughout.
The Bohemian Beach
Ruffled tiers, halter neckline, and blended vertical stripes in black white, and red feels like your market tote but wears like your favorite day dress.
The Occasion Option
From weddings and showers to backyard barbecues, J.Crew’s strapless maxi is the best of both, taking you effortlessly from those afternoon-turned-evening events with ease.
The Simple Sundress
Summer style should be as carefree as an easy white sundress. A simple silhouette and adjustable straps make this one a no-brainer in any wardrobe.
The Long Weekend Dress
Already planning for the fourth of July? Look no further than Hannah Artwear’s refreshing rouge take on classic broderie anglaise. The mini print resembles that of a bandana, channeling just the right amount of Americana.
The Nautical New England-er
If wearing Mediterranean-inspired prints isn’t your thing for everyday summer dressing, you can’t go wrong with dresses that channel a coastal aesthetic, quintessential to summer. Case in point: This understated navy and white detailed strapless option from Molly Goddard.
The City and Sneaker Dress
It’s only a matter of time before we see one of New York or LA’s It girls step out in a dress like this. The perfect match for a pair of sneakers.
Shop our favorite styles from May 2023.
The Summer in the City Dress
Expose just the right amount of skin this summer with Veronica Beard’s sweet halter-necked, open-back poplin midi. (Just don’t forget the SPF). Pairs well with any sandal, from rubber flip-flops to espadrille wedges.
The Tropical Maxi
In soft jersey, and a flattering silhouette, Eywasouls Malibu’s halterneck maxi can be easily dressed up or down, depending on where you’re headed this season.
The Summer Nights Gown
From date nights to destination weddings, Cortana’s lovely silk halterneck gown offers an understatedly elegant silhouette.
The Bright Days Ahead Dress
For those seeking saturation in their summer wardrobes, should look no further than Ulla Johnson’s Alessa puff-sleeved dress in citrus-colored poplin.
The Floral Elegance
Throwing a dinner party or a wedding weekend festivity? Mango’s long-sleeved gown will leave a lasting impression, without spending an entire paycheck.
The Seasonal Staple
We can’t deny the allure of an easy sundress, especially one in a quintessential blue floral print atop a white cotton tank dress.
The Warm Weather LBD
A comfortable easy silhouette, in lightweight linen fabric, what more could you want from a summertime LBD? You’ll be sure to wear this under $200 Deiji Studios midi countless times this summer.
The Seashell Frock
Laura Ashley’s collaboration with Batsheva lets you wear sweet summer motifs all season long.
The Simply Sweet
A smocked bodice, a scalloped hem, embroidery, and a tiered skirt—what more could you want in a sundress?
The Hello, Sunshine
No matter the forecast this spring, you can always expect sunshine with Ulla Johnson’s Laetitia dress.
The Darling Day Dress
Erdem’s poplin maxi is the epitome of spring and summer ease; with thin tied straps, a classic silhouette, and a floaty shape, this maxi will take you through the season in effortless style.
The Flutter-Sleeve Maxi
Float into summer with SIR.’s tiered maxidress, perfect for any occasion from daytime wear to summer weddings.
The Summer Gown
Cos Atelier’s newest collection showed a bold-colored maxi complete with a small train. In lightweight linen, let this dress be your next summer-occasion look.
The Charming Mini
Oversized polka dots, long fluted sleeves, and an open back: Saint Laurent leaves us with the perfect summer-night dress.
The Vacation Hero
Leave it to Loewe x Paula’s Ibiza capsule to come up with the perfect destination-worthy dress, for the beach, dinner, and beyond.
The Marvelous Marigold
In a modest, breezy silhouette made from silk taffeta, Max Mara’s ruched long-sleeve dress is a lovely option for summer festivities.
The Daydream Dress
Rosie Assoulin’s corseted and exaggerated peplum-waist dress is an ethereal option for springtime soirees or events.
The Soft-Focus Florals
With a gauzy, feminine appeal, Holzweiler’s blurred florals offer a subdued take on spring’s preferred print.
The Chic Shift
Brides-to-be will love Reformation’s ivory long-sleeve satin mini. Wear it over pants for a stylized look.
The Smocked Silk
Take a pause from Dôen’s prairie dresses with this one-shoulder printed midi instead.
The Monochrome Romance
In pretty white broderie anglaise and black bow-tied straps, Agua by Agua Bendita’s empire-waist maxi oozes summer romance with nary a floral print.
The Eyelet Dress
Polo Ralph Lauren’s brown-hued eyelet midi-dress is a wonderful alternative to white, without losing the essence of the warm-weather season.
The Linen Mini
In a simple silhouette but a playful floral print, Bernadette’s minidress masters summer style in one fell swoop.
The Set-Sail Silhouette
In a deep navy hue, Simkhai’s layered midi-dress is the perfect candidate for days or nights by the seaside.
The Beachy Maxi
Combining a patchwork of a paisley bodice and crochet trim, Zimmermann’s Devi maxidress was made with summer in mind.
The Summer Ease
Sometimes, there’s nothing better (or easier!) than a flowy white cotton maxidress for summer. Loveshackfancy’s is made of airy poplin and lace.
The Fresh as a Daisy
Puff sleeves and a delightful floral print: Alémais’s pale green dress is superb for springtime.
The Summer Wave
For a fresh take on the classic stripe, look to this knit Ulla Johnson dress. Featuring sunset hues and a slinky fit, you’ll want to wear this dress all summer long.