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40+ Minimalist Summer Dresses That Scream Chic

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Nothing screams sleek summer-in-the-city style quite like a minimalist dress. Just take Kendall Jenner, for example. Earlier this month the supermodel stepped out in a mini tank dress that rivaled an iconic Carrie Bradshaw look from the original Sex and the City series. From the Australia-based brand St. Agni, Jenner’s minimalist mini proved that sometimes less really is more. Just in time for peak heat, find our edit of 40+ minimalist summer dresses, which are quickly becoming the ultimate cool-girl staple.

Vogue’s Ultimate Minimalist Summer Dress Edit: 

  • The Supermodel Staple: Skims cotton rib tank dress, $58
  • The Striped Standout: Posse Camille knitted-cotton midi dress, $269
  • The Linen Minidress: St. Agni cutout linen minidress, $385
  • The LWD: Another Tomorrow cutout stretch-jersey midi dress, $240
  • The Floral Frock: Toteme floral-print crepe maxi dress, $750
  • The Sultry Slip: Anine Bing Chloe silk-satin maxi dress, $500
  • The High-Street Hero: Cos floaty asymmetric midi dress, $175
  • The Textural Take: Ulla Johnson Orla plissé-satin midi dress, $650
  • The Sleek Shirtdress: Norma Kamali oversized midi shirtdress, $325
  • The LBD: Vince halterneck dress, $445

Back to St. Agni: The quietly luxurious label is a must-have in any warm-weather wardrobe, beginning with their off-white linen minidress. Styling-wise, pair with a fashionable flip-flop and shoulder bag for chic city attire. Similar to St. Agni, Posse is another Aussie brand we can’t stop shopping. Posse’s roster includes minimalist style staples from pajama-inspired pants to sleek suit vests, and the striped Camille dress is trending now (we won’t be tiring of it any time soon). Clean-lined dresses from Theory, Toteme, and Tibi make the perfect mate for any summer shoe—think pairs of mesh Mary Janes, chunky sandals, or even the occasional sneaker.

An LBD is a consistent minimalist mainstay—and these ones from Reformation, Proenza Schouler, and Zimmermann are as timeless as ever. Bright white dresses from Helsa, Another Tomorrow, and Leset are not to be ignored either. Finally, like Jenner’s very own, tank top dresses from Prada, Loewe, and Skims are effortlessly easy to wear. You could throw them on over a statement swimsuit or underneath a blazer for a take on modern workwear.

This summer a minimalist summer dress is the only way to beat the heat in style. Below, prepare to sport (and shop!) 40+ minimalist summer dresses that scream chic.

Skims cotton rib tank dress

James Perse gathered jersey midi dress

Helmut Lang tie-dye fitted maxi dress

Loewe Anagram embroidered midi dress

Posse Camille knitted-cotton midi dress

St. Agni cutout linen minidress

Toteme floral-print crepe maxi dress

Another Tomorrow cutout stretch-jersey midi dress

By Malene Birger Vyra tiered midi dress

Citizens of Humanity Ari dress

Another Tomorrow plunge-neck organic-linen maxi dress

Anine Bing Chloe silk-satin maxi dress

Khaite Evelyn stretch-knit maxi dress

Reformation Yana smocked linen halter midi dress

Prada cotton jersey dress

Norma Kamali oversized cotton-poplin midi shirtdress

Matteau shirred organic-cotton dress

Faithfull The Brand Bisetta maxi dress

Cos floaty asymmetric midi dress

Deiji Studios The Slip linen midi dress

Ulla Johnson Orla plissé-satin midi dress

Loro Piana Henrietta striped linen maxi dress

Leset Yoko cotton halterneck maxi dress

Helsa poplin midsummer dress

La Ligne Andie tank dress

Khaite Jamie racerback cashmere knit tank dress

Tove Lauryn gathered poplin midi dress

CO strapless gathered stretch-jersey maxi dress

Bite Studios Grace pleated-waist poplin dress

Lafayette 148 shirred crepe midi dress

Theory asymmetric jersey-crepe midi dress

Zimmermann Halcyon linen buttoned maxi dress

Frame crochet bodycon midi dress

Tory Burch cotton poplin wrap dress

Mara Hoffman Shaina cutout halterneck maxi dress

Mango cotton dress with side ties

Anna Quan Amyra strapless maxi dress

Toteme crinkled-silk maxi dress

Tibi Identity striped silk midi dress

Rag & Bone Soraya cutout gathered midi dress

Apiece Apart Molto belted gathered midi shirtdress

Proenza Schouler halterneck maxi dress

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