Spice up your summer style with a trendy new dress. Whether you’re looking for a casual everyday dress or something a little fancier for a special occasion, the options for summer dresses are limitless. Here are my picks for the best summer dresses.

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BCBGeneration Ruffled-Neckline Polka-Dot Dress

This adorable, feminine frock is both fun and flattering. The polka dots and ruffled neckline are the perfect girly touches and the back ruffle v-shaped tie adds a fun detail. The banded waist and fitted bodice accentuate the smallest pair of your body- your waist- for a great, flattering fit. Available at BCBG at the Galleria for around $128.00.

BCBG Max Azria
3499 Galleria
Edina, MN 55435
(952) 922-8130
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Emma Berg’s White and Red Halter Dress

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Local designer Emma Berg’s white and red halter dress showcased two of this season’s biggest trends: white color and flowy fabric. Top designers like Emilio Pucci, D&G and Alberta Ferretti floated flowy, effortless gowns down the runway. Emma Berg put her own spin on these trends, using silk crinkled chiffon and adding a splash of color with a red ribbon waist and red lace guipure back and neck detail. Pair this dramatic dress with a pair of red heels for a fashionable night out. Available at June for $320.00.

3406 Lyndale Ave south
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 354-3970

Striped Seafarer Tunic

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Nautical inspired looks aren’t just for sailors anymore! This striped seafarer tunic is perfect for an afternoon out on the boat, a relaxing at the beach or a casual day of shopping. The lightweight knit fabric is great for hot summer days and this dress can be easily accessorized with gold bangles, a longer statement necklace and a straw fedora. Available at all Forever 21 locations for $19.80

Forever 21
60 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425
(952) 883-0185
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Abby Dress

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Local designer Amanda Christine drew inspiration from bright colors for her spring/summer collection. Reds (like her Abby dress seen here) complement almost all skin tones and add a fun pop of color to your wardrobe. Sophisticated and fun, this dress has thoughtful details like pleated sleeves, pockets and a cut-out back. Add a cuff bracelet and heels for the perfect finishing touches. Available at Cliché for $150.

2403 South Lyndale Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55405-3335
(612) 870-0420
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Emblem Print Maxi Dress

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If you think that long dresses are only for fancy parties and galas, think again. Maxi dresses have swept the fashion scene with celebrities like Nicole Ritchie and Kim Kardashian loving this comfy trend. Wear this casual dress by itself or pair it with a jacket (leather or denim look best) or a fitted blazer.
You can find the Emblem Print Maxi Dress at Lane Bryant Ridgedale Center for $49.95.

Lane Bryant
12301 Wayzata Blvd
Minnetonka, MN 55305
(952) 544-3500
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Bandeau in Chocolate Hippy Stripe

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Local designer Kimberly Jurek’s Bandeau in Chocolate Hippy Stripe dress has a cool retro feel to it. The mix of dark and light colored stripes makes the dress subtle, but fun. Comfortable and easy to wear, this dress can easily be dressed up or down, making it perfect for any occasion. Available at Karma, Cliché and Drama for $130.

841 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 291-1997
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651 Nicollet Mall # 130
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 338-9423
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Nicole Crosbie loves fashion and shopping, she has lived in Minnesota her whole life and loves finding new places to shop, eat and explore in the Twin Cities. She has degrees in public relations and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.