The best summer dresses for 2020

Somber times call for threads of hope. Even if you’re trapped inside, sporting the same old pair of sweats, remember that sunnier days — and breezier frocks — lie ahead. Here are a few of 2020’s best summer dresses to gift yourself now and enjoy later.

Sugar rush

This ombre cotton-candy creation will be a sweet treat when brunch and BBQ season begins again.

LoveShackFancy Summer Dresses Trend 2020
“Tomasina” dress, $375 at LoveShackFancyLoveShackFancy

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Shell shocked

Dream of lazy, hazy days in a quirky print (seashells, horseshoes, hearts!) and effortless silhouette.

Saks Potts Dress Trend Summer 2020
Saks Potts “Mamasita” smocked long sleeve midi dress, $400 at NordstromNordstrom

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In the pink

Take this wallet-friendly midi for a swirl when temps rise and you’re outside again.

Zara Summer Dress Trends 2020
Dress, $49.90 at ZaraZara

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Ray of light

The Kardashians, Emily Ratajkowski and Rihanna all adore French label Jacquemus’s dreamy summer staples, like this marvelous mini dress that exudes vacation vibes — even if you’re stuck in the city.

Jacquemus Summer Dresses Trend 2020
Jacquemus “Soleil” dress, $660 at MatchesFashionMatchesFashion

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Mellow yellow

Button up a little sunshine while you #stayhome on the couch. Then pair it with ’90s-inspired strappy sandals for your first post-quarantine dinner.

ROTATE Birger Christensen Summer dress trend 2020
Rotate Birger Christensen “Tracy” dress, $325 at Intermix Intermix

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Block it out

Brighten your outlook with a ruffled head-turner that packs a feel-good punch.

Staud Clothing Summer Dresses Trend 2020
“Cocoon” dress, $345 at Staud KELLY NYLAND

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Let it slip

Give some local love by investing in a made-to-order piece by emerging New York label Mirror Palais. This slinky, scarf-top slip dress looks just as dreamy in the bedroom as it will in a cocktail bar.

Mirror Palais Summer Dress Trend 2020
Bandana slip dress in “Sunflower,” $550 at Mirror Palais Mirror Palais

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Mod squad

Seriously, have you seen a cuter ’60s-inspired mini dress? Edie Sedgwick could never.

Rixo Summer Dress Trend 2020
“Lolita” dress, $255 at Rixo Lorenzo Montanara

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Orange crush

Citrus-colored dresses went glam during red-carpet season. Channel your favorite celeb in a cotton saffron pick paired with wrap-around sandals or sneakers.

Self Portrait Summer Dresses Trend 2020
Self Portrait dress, $289 at MatchesFashionMatchesFashion

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Pattern play

An oversized frock — crafted with recycled faux silk from rose bushes — that doubles as loungewear is a big mood.

Collina Strada summer dress trend 2020
Collina Strada “Ritual” dress, $575 at BrownsBrowns

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Sky high

Cure your quarantine blues with this easy-breezy, pleated number. It’ll make you feel like a million bucks — for under $200.

Ganni at Saks summer dress trend 2020
Ganni floral pleated shirtdress, $168 at SaksSaks Fifth Avenue

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