A woman stands against a plain backdrop, wearing a white, short dress with floral embroidery. The relaxed fit FREE PEOPLE Wildflower Embroidered Mini Dress complements her blonde hair tied up in a messy bun. Accessorized with layered necklaces, she has her arms lightly crossed and looks straight at the camera.

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The Dress Edit

Cool, Relaxed Fit Summer Dresses Are All I Want To Wear This Season

Looking for relaxed-fit summer dresses? You came to the right place. From cute cotton summer dresses with short sleeves to denim maxi dress silhouettes for the coolest off-duty vibes, this edit has it all. Stock your suitcase with floaty summer holiday dresses perfect for the beach or dinner by the water. Or elevate your warm-weather closet with easy throw-on dresses as chic as they are breezy for soaring temperatures. As for styling, I’ve hand-picked a selection of designer shoes and bags to give every outfit a finishing touch.

A woman with long blonde hair stands on a beach at sunset, wearing the FREE EST Mila Mini Dress 1 in white. The off-the-shoulder design features short, puffed sleeves. Behind her, the ocean stretches out under a sky painted with pink and blue hues.

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A woman stands on a neutral backdrop wearing a FREE-EST Vintage Summer Midi Dress in long pink with a deep V-neck and button detail, revealing part of her leg. She has long wavy hair with a relaxed appearance and wears black flip-flops.

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Relaxed Fit Summer Dresses For Your Vacation Plans

Whether you’re flying away to far-off lands this summer or planning a sunny city break, these relaxed-fit summer dresses are just what you need. Firstly, a simple white slip-on dress like the Mila mini dress by Free-Est will be invaluable in your vacation lineup for countless summers to come. Secondly, you can throw this short summer dress over your swimwear. Or, pair it with sandals a cute designer bag for low-key outings. I’ll be styling mine with the V logo cut-out espadrille slides by Valentino Garavani and the raffia checkered angular tote by Anthropologie for an effortlessly pretty summer outfit that’ll never go out of style.

Meanwhile, when it comes to long summer dresses, few are as perfect as the vintage summer midi dress by Free-Est. I’m still swooning over the blush hue of this effortlessly pretty dress.  Additionally, it works perfectly as a beach coverup and as a relaxed fit sun dress for lunch dates and exploring your surroundings in style on vacation.  So, highlight the dusky pink shade with gold shoes and accessories. The Villette metallic leather and raffia sandals by Aquazzura and the Idle Hands sling bag by Free People, for example, will look beautiful with this boho-chic dress.

Shop more Relaxed Fit Summer Dresses selected and reviewed by our expert fashion buyers and stylists

  • RAILS Jessa Midi Slip Dress

    $238
  • FREE PEOPLE Just Jill Denim Maxi Dress

    $168
  • TULAROSA Wilson Mini Dress

    $188
  • FAITHFULL THE BRAND Anessa Maxi Dress

    $220
  • MARE MARE Square-Neck Romper

    $168
  • FREE-EST Summer Romance Mini Dress

    $78
  • FREE PEOPLE Shea Solid Mini Dress

    $128
  • FREE PEOPLE Wildflower Embroidered Mini Dress

    $168
  • ETRO Floral-print Cotton-poplin Mini Dress

    $3,800
  • AJE Exurbia Seamed Midi Dress

    $495
  • ROTATE BIRGER CHRISTENSEN Tiered Recycled-chiffon Maxi Dress

    $510
  • ANTHROPOLOGIE Embroidered Pintuck Mini Dress

    $168
  • RO'S GARDEN Seychelles Mini Dress

    $165
  • ANTHROPOLOGIE Square-Neck Eyelet Tiered Midi Dress

    $178
  • LOVE THE LABEL Padma Printed Swing Mini Dress

    $228
  • ANTHROPOLOGIE Sleeveless Square-Neck Maxi Dress

    $168
  • SEA Cole Ruffled Pintucked Tiered Ramie Mini Dress

    $350
  • FARM RIO Floral Linen Blend Maxi Dress

    $275
  • FREE-EST Mila Mini Dress

    $78
  • FREE-EST Vintage Summer Midi Dress

    $98
  • DAMSON MADDER Flower Lace Midi Dress

    $148
  • FAITHFULL THE BRAND Serena Pointelle Knit Dress

    $239
  • JONATHAN SIMKHAI Gwynn V Neck Midi Dress

    $795
  • ZIMMERMANN August Linen Midi Kaftan Dress

    $695

Printed Relaxed Fit Dresses To Elavate Your Closet

When you want to make a statement, printed relaxed-fit dresses work every time. Top of my list for this summer? The Padma printed swing mini dress by Love The Label. Firstly, this dress slips on so you can be ready and out the door in seconds. Perfect for sunny vacation days when you just want to get outside. Secondly, the deep purple floral print is so unique for summer that this dress will stand out in any warm-weather line-up. So, for a look that works from day to night, I highly recommend styling yours with the mini Ozzy top handle bag by Cult Gaia and the Cala Di Volpe suede sandals by Aquazzura.

Finally, stylish summer mini dresses with sleeves can be tricky to find. Luckily the stunning Seychelles mini dress by Ro’s Garden exists! The ultimate throw-on mini dress to protect you from the sun in soaring temperatures, this breezy silhouette is destined to sell out. As are the Almost Bare metallic leather sandals by Aquazzura and the small Vouyou belted leather bag by Givenchy. Both of which will look amazing with this garden-inspired silhouette.

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A woman is standing against a white textured wall, wearing the RO'S GARDEN Seychelles Mini Dress with long sleeves and a flared hem with tassel details. The relaxed fit summer dress complements her wavy hair as she smiles with her eyes closed, her left hand gently touching her hair.

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A woman stands against a plain backdrop wearing the LOVE THE LABEL Padma Printed Swing Mini Dress with a ruffled hem. She has her hands in her pockets and is wearing black sandals.

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