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The 5 best places to shop for summer dresses online

These will be your new summer uniform.

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With many activities being socially-distanced and outdoors, many of us are experiencing the dreaded summer heat waves. It’s hot and sticky, and the key to surviving it all is the right outfit. If you’re anything like me and go on a pants-strike during these soaring temperatures, my go-to summer outfit is an easy-to-throw-on dress. It keeps me cool, I don’t have to worry about matching a top and bottom, and I’m ready to head out the door with minimal effort.

Finding that easy-breezy summer dress can be challenging with so many places to shop, however. A quick Google search of “dresses” brings up everything from evening gowns to pool cover dresses, so we’ve done the searching for you. If you’ve been on the hunt for a fuss-free dress that looks amazing this summer, below are the top five places we shop time and time again, along with some of our favorite picks at each.

1. Nordstrom

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These dresses are as fuss-free as Nordstrom's customer service.

Our favorites:

Sizes: Varies by brand
Prices: $$-$$$
Return Policy: Handled on a case-by-case basis
Nordstrom’s excellent customer service makes the shopping experience as effortless as some of their dresses. On the few occasions I’ve had an issue with an item, they resolved the problem quickly and painlessly. If you’re looking for a dress that’s just as headache-free, try the Leith ruched body-con tank dress that has nearly 3,500 reviews and a 4.5 rating, making it one of the most popular dresses at Nordstrom. Reviewers love this dress for its ease and comfort. If you’re in the market for something dressier, try this off-the-shoulder dress which is loved by 1,000+ happy shoppers for its loose and comfortable fit and chic design.

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2. Amazon

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You'll want these dresses in all the colors and patterns.

Our favorites:

Sizes: Varies by brand
Prices: $-$$
Return Policy: Varies by seller
If someone would have told me a few years ago that Amazon would be a place I regularly purchased clothing, I wouldn’t have believed it—yet here I am. The selection of clothing seems endless and includes tons of options for comfortable summer dresses. This casual sundress has pockets—yes pockets—and a cult following with 3,000+reviews and 4.3 stars. Reviewers love the versatility of the dress, wearing it for many outings, and the stretchy comfortable fabric. Another crowd-pleaser is this floral spaghetti strap swing dress which is made of a lightweight and breathable material making it great for a sweltering summer day. It also comes in 41 colors and patterns which means you can stock up on multiples of this dress.

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3. Madewell

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Madewell fans adore these dresses.

Our favorites:

Sizes: XXsmall-XXLarge
Prices: $-$$
Return Policy: 30 days
Madewell dresses have been in my summer closet for many seasons. They’re comfortable, look cute and, as the name suggests, are made well. Easy to wear, Madewell’s dresses come in many different lengths, cuts, and colors. Fans of the pocket tee dress adore the summer staple for it’s thicker material and breezy fit. The crosshatch side-tie dress is highly rated for it’s flattering fit on a variety of body types and the adjustable waist tie.

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4. Target

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These easy-breezy dresses won't break the bank.

Our favorites:

Sizes: Xsmall-XXLarge
Prices: $-$$
Return Policy: 90 days

What’s not to love about Target? You can get everything from home decor to electronics to, of course, great summer dresses. Their dresses are on-trend yet priced affordably so they won’t leave your wallet empty. This tank dress is one of the most popular dresses at Target for its easy swingy fit that won’t cling. Many happy shoppers were so obsessed with this dress, in fact, that they bought it in multiple colors. Another best-seller is the sleeveless ballet dress which gets rave reviews for its flattering and comfortable fit, making it a great choice if you’re looking for a summer midi dress.

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5. Everlane

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Both of these are ideal for warm weather.

Our favorites:

Sizes: 00--16
Prices: $$-$$$
Return Policy: 90 days

No matter what time of day I walk by the Everlane store in New York City, there always seems to be a line. Their clothes are loved by many including some of the staff here at Reviewed that love Everlane’s leggings and jeans. They also carry some great dresses like the Japanese GoWeave long slip dress that is made with crease-resistant fabric and has a side slit, both of which make it a great choice for an all-day wear summer dress. Ecstatic shoppers gush that this dress is simple, elegant, and classic. The cotton collarless belted shirtdress is another highly-rated dress with a rating of 4.5 and nearly 500 reviews. This dress is collarless and made of lightweight Oxford cloth so it's ideal for warm weather.

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