Dressed Up or Down: 7 Versatile Summer Frocks

Dressed Up and Down: 7 Versatile Summer FrocksDressed Up and Down: 7 Versatile Summer FrocksWhat do you look for in a great summer dress? I look for the right hem line (nothing shorter than two inches above the knee -- I have subway seats to sit on), a nice, breathable fabric, and a color or pattern that excites me. It has to be durable for morning errands and afternoons at the playground and and afternoon naps in between. And sometimes I'd like to wear it to church and let it make me feel like a lady. It's a tall order! I've done some scouring and have found 7 perfect summer dresses, should you share my summer dress requirements.

Coney Island Carnival Striped DressConey Island Carnival Striped Dress1. Coney Island Carnival Striped Dress
This dress is the clothing equivalent of cotton candy and freckles.
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Tribal MaxiTribal Maxi2. Tribal Maxi
This dress has such a fantastic shape, and I'm in love with the detailing along the hem!
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Silk Dotty DressSilk Dotty Dress3. Silk Dotty Dress
Silk is such a luxury in the summer if you can catch a slight breeze, and this delicious dot pattern is so easy to dress down for errands.
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Related: 20 ways for your wardrobe to connect the polka dots

Dahlia Printed DressDahlia Printed Dress4. Dahlia Printed Dress
The long skirt on this dress has me daydreaming of all the summer wedges I could wear with it.
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Reverse Jersey Striped Sweater DressReverse Jersey Striped Sweater Dress5. Reverse Jersey Striped Sweater Dress
This dress provides a more structured option in the sea of ubiquitous summer maxi dresses.
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Stitched DressStitched Dress6. Stitched Dress
This poppy orange color would look amazing with a tan!
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Related: Hippie chic! 9 bohemian styles for spring

Linen Striped Halter DressLinen Striped Halter Dress7. Linen Striped Halter Dress
I am so in love with these gentle stripes and that amazing dusky rose!
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- By Natalie Holbrook
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