No matter the occasion or season, there are always plenty of opportunities to wear a dress and, of course, an overwhelming amount of options from which to pick. And since there really is no bad time of year to invest in one, we’ve put together a monthly edit of our favorite dresses you can shop right now.
August seems to be the most relaxed month of summer—perhaps you’ve settled into your routine by now or your long-awaited holiday has finally arrived. It’s a time not only to enjoy the final weeks of the season but also to think about the next. This month is the perfect opportunity to shop for those last-minute vacation items while also looking ahead to fall wardrobes. Our edit of dresses to shop this month will help make the transition easier. You can find everything from mini beach dresses to cashmere tank midis. There are denim shirtdresses and long-sleeve gingham frocks hand-selected to go with your sandals now and fall boots later, all in straightforward silhouettes that help to transcend seasons.
Find 15 dresses to pack with you on holiday now and keep in your rotation when you get back. Shop our August edit, below.
The Updated Slip
A slip dress, but better.
Ulla Johnson Neveah plissé-satin midi-dress
The Occasion Option
Sir’s candy-colored organza dress is an elegant interpretation of the casual summer maxi and a stylish option for your remaining summer or fall weddings.
Sir. Lucelia cross-back maxi dress
The Endless-Summer Dress
Swinging fringe, keyhole cutouts, and a sunrise-motif print: This dress belongs in Ibiza.
Paco Rabanne embellished fringed printed organic cotton-jersey maxi dress
The Fall Forward
Keep your autumn wardrobe in mind when shopping the last of the sales this month. Get this transitional tie-dye knit midi for less than $200.
Proenza Schouler rib-knit dip-dye dress
The Perfect Poplin
With dainty tie straps, a smocked bodice, a minimalist neckline, and pockets—yes, pockets!—Staud’s white maxi is nearly perfect.
The Summer Sequins
Celebrating summer’s remaining dinner parties, cocktails, and soirees calls for something as memorable as it is glamorous to wear.
Rotate Birger Christensen Jasy open-back sequined recycled stretch-tulle mini dress
The Cutout Tank
Combining a simple silhouette with an elegant reveal, this cutout dress is an approachable option for those who want to show a little skin.
Christopher Esber Brass Orbit cut-out maxi dress
The Packable Frock
A crinkled-fabric dress will be your best friend when it comes to frantic packing for last-minute getaways.
Ciao Lucia Gabriela crinkled striped midi-dress
The Summer Mood
Channel ease and elegance with an ankle-skimming bubbled hem courtesy of The Row; it will be the only thing you’ll want to wear this August.
The Row Copo scoop-neck ombré voile midi-dress
The Beach-and-Beyond Dress
It might look like a caftan, but this loose-fit striped shirtdress can be worn for occasions way beyond the beach.
Tove Ling striped cotton midi-dress
The Mod Mini
This mod color-block mini made from lightweight linen is the antithesis to feminine baby dolls and romantic prairie dresses.
Matthew Bruch Anna colorblock minidress
The Seasonless Gingham
You may associate gingham dresses with summer, but this long-sleeve midi version will work just as well in the fall too.
Altuzarra Himalia gingham long-sleeve dress
The Vacation Splurge
Think of this one-shoulder number as a little something special to bring along for your August getaway.
Missoni Mare zig-zag knit one-shoulder minidress
The Sleeveless Sweaterdress
This relaxed tank silhouette oozes summer, but its recycled cashmere nods to the cooler season ahead.
Jonathan Simkhai Flynn recycled cashmere wrap maxi dress
The Jean Dress
Style this denim midi with sandals now and boots later.