Buying Guide for Sundresses
Why buy a sundress?
Sundresses make you look effortlessly put together while adding a chic, bohemian touch to an outfit. They’re flowy, flattering, and feminine and are ideal for vacations and warm weather. They’re also comfortable and incredibly versatile. You can dress them up with heels, layered necklaces, and an elegant clutch. Or you can dress it down by pairing it with a classic denim jacket, sandals, and a straw hat.
What should you look for in a sundress?
- Style: Sundresses are easy, breezy, and comfortable, so finding a dress that fits your silhouette is essential. If you’re uneasy about showing off your arms and shoulders, a sundress with flowy cap sleeves and a subtle sweetheart neckline may be ideal for you. If you love showing off skin, a sundress with a high slit and a plunging neckline will accentuate your curves in all the best ways.
- Fit: If you’re petite, you may find maxi lengths to be too overwhelming for your frame, so you may want to opt for a mini or midi length. If you have long legs, an elegant maxi dress may be a better option for you since shorter lengths may be too revealing. Finding a sundress that fits your bust comfortably, cinches you in at the waist, and billows out to a loose, flowy skirt is also great for creating an hourglass silhouette and a comfortable outfit in the heat.
- Material: Materials that feel soft on the skin but are durable enough to be thrown in the washing machine are the ideal fabrics for your sundress. You also want to be mindful of whether the fabric is sheer or opaque so you can choose the appropriate undergarments for your new dress. Sundresses are supposed to keep you nice and cool in hot weather, so you’ll want to choose breathable, lightweight fabrics like cotton or rayon that are easy to wear all day. There are lots of fun prints as well as solid-colored sundresses available.
How do you wash a sundress?
It’s best to either hand wash your dresses or wash your new sundress in a cool, delicate setting with like colors in the washing machine. Sundresses should always be allowed to air-dry since hot dryers can often ruin the delicate fabric of sundresses. They also shouldn’t be bleached or ironed to preserve the integrity of the fabric.
Our Picks for the Best Sundresses for Women
ZESICA Women's Bohemian Floral Printed Wrap Maxi Dress
This show-stopping maxi dress has a thigh-high slit and wraps around your waist.
Pros: This boho maxi dress has a plunging neckline and thigh-high slit that’s perfect for the beach or vacations. It comes in over 25 stunning patterns and styles and is available in sizes small to XXL. It has a flattering wrap design that’s easy to wear and is sure to accentuate your curves. The short butterfly sleeves have a soft ruffle for a romantic look. It’s also made out of 100% rayon and is machine washable.
Cons: This dress is unlined, so it’s a bit sheer. The fabric also has no stretch and runs small, so it’s recommended to size up.
Bottom Line: Sexy yet relaxed, this is the perfect sundress to wear on a night out or on vacation. The dress is unlined, so it’s light and airy, and the bold, vintage-inspired pattern is sure to make you the center of attention.
Himone Women's Sleeveless Casual Short Dress with Pockets
This short and casual swing dress is available in dozens of vibrant patterns and colors.
Pros: Short with a casual scoop neck, this swing tunic dress is soft and comfortable. It’s available in over 40 floral patterns and colors and is available in sizes XS to XXL. It’s made of a rayon-spandex blend that’s soft and stretchy and machine washable for your convenience. It’s sleeveless with a flattering racerback, so it can be worn while running errands or lounging. It even has pockets!
Cons: This dress may not be comfortable for those with large busts. It’s also sheer, so you’ll have to choose suitable undergarments to wear underneath it.
Bottom Line: This dress is easy to throw on when you want to look cute while remaining comfortable. It’s made of a soft jersey knit material, so it’s a great travel dress. The length also hits above the knee, so it has a flirty swing dress fit.
ECOWISH Women's Summer Midi Dress
This playful little number features a plunging neckline with a chic cut-out design.
Pros: This chic sundress is a great pick for those who love playful vibes. It’s available in over 40 patterns and colors and features a stylish cut-out design that’s complete with a bow for a flirty touch. It’s available in sizes small to XL and is made of a light and comfortable polyester-cotton blend. The solid color options have functional buttons along the front and adjustable straps for the perfect fit.
Cons: This dress has a limited size range and may not be ideal for those with large busts. Some of the colors are also sheer.
Bottom Line: This trendy sundress is available in bold colors and patterns that will brighten up almost any room! It has a flattering A-line style that hits right at the knee, so it’s long enough to cover your thighs but short enough to keep you cool in hot weather.
ZESICA Women's Summer Bohemian Floral Strapless Maxi Dress
This bohemian dress is soft, romantic, and flattering.
Pros: This strapless bohemian dress features soft ruffles along the length of the skirt. Its ruched bodice is flattering on all body types. It’s available in sizes small to XXL and comes in over 30 unique patterns and colors. The ruffled tier skirt gives the dress a dramatic silhouette, and it’s made of rayon, so it’s nice and stretchy for your comfort. It’s also machine washable and makes a stunning beach cover-up. Just pick up some nipple pasties or a strapless bra, and you’ll be set!
Cons: This dress may not be ideal for those with large busts. The seams also have a tendency to fray over time when machine washed.
Bottom Line: This beautiful sundress hits right above the ankles, so it’s perfect for showing off your sandals or heels. It’s lightweight and flowy, so it’s a great pick for the beach. The ruched bodice also cinches you in at the waist while remaining stretchy and comfortable.
Floerns Women's Boho Floral Off Shoulder Dress
This flattering and flirtatious maxi dress is available in both plus and standard sizes.
Pros: This off-the-shoulder maxi dress features high leg slits for an effortlessly sexy look! It’s available in over 40 floral patterns and colors and has a diverse size range from XS to 3XL plus. Its flattering ruched bodice and A-line skirt are perfect to wear while shopping, heading to the beach, or enjoying a vacation. The length hits right above the ankles, and the leg slits make your legs appear longer.
Cons: It’s recommended to size up for a relaxed fit. It’s also sheer, so you’ll have to keep that in mind when choosing which undergarments to wear underneath it.
Bottom Line: This sexy, off-the-shoulder dress is sure to become a favorite! It has a diverse size range and is soft, stretchy, and flowy, so you’ll get plenty of wear out of it in the warm months.
Sundresses are fun and flirty additions to a woman’s wardrobe. They’re often bright, lightweight, and flowy to keep you comfortable in hot weather. Whether you prefer bohemian maxi dresses or show-stopping sundresses with high leg slits and plunging necklines, you’re sure to find the perfect sundress for your unique style.