Though we have a reputation for having winter all year long in Minnesota, there is more time than you think to enjoy the summer rays warming your skin. We all look forward to that sunny day when we can leave the scarves, boots and jackets — stylish as they may be — behind and bust out the summer wear. But you can’t rock the same dresses as last year. It’s time to go shopping. That perfect sundress is calling your name, and it’s not calling from those winter-based indoor malls. Enjoy a stroll around the Twin Cities and stop at any of these local stores for the perfect summer look.

For a few other ideas, check out this article from last year: Best Places to Buy a Summer Dress in Minnesota

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618 Selby Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 414-0091

The store that tags itself as “cheap-chic” has everything a girl could want: the selection of dresses is incredible, perfect for all seasons, and the prices certainly live up to the hype. You don’t sacrifice quality, however, or style just because you’re not emptying out your bank account. These are dresses that will last a lifetime, wowing all the way. The open, airy store is perfect for a day of shopping, and the staff is always ready to help you find what you need for your summer look, and maybe offer you a glass of wine as well.

Local Motion
2813 Hennepin Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 871-8436

A store that has become an Uptown institution, Local Motion’s variety is second only to its customer service. For 25 years, Local Motion has anchored the Uptown shopping district, and it hasn’t lost a step. From vintage to modern and everything in between, there is a dress for you and the smiling staff wants to help you find it. Pieces from all over the world make their way to racks at this store, and each one is selected by the owner, so you know they’re special. For those coveted summer months, don’t sell yourself short. Head to Local Motion to get your style right.

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867 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 291-1997

In the midst of trendy chain stores and expensive boutiques, Karma’s glowing pink sign represents the bohemian side hidden in all women. For the summer, the selection of dresses is one of the best around, and you’re sure to find that dress to impress. Casual, comfortable, colorful and just plain sexy, this is the place to find that perfect summer look.

Related: Best Boutiques In St. Paul

2403 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 870-0420

A small boutique in Uptown that defies the overwrought chains that have come to dominate much of the area, Cliché is the type of store that’s truly a joy to shop at. If you want Urban Outfitters, there’s that too. But if you want to support local business, and find the perfect sun dress to boot, check out Cliché. Peruse the selection of dresses at your leisure, or let the friendly staff help you find what you’re looking for. Either way, you’ll leave ready to take on whatever the summer has to offer.

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Everyday People
1599 Selby Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104
(651) 644-4410

This store, part of the burgeoning shopping district at the Snelling/Selby intersection in St. Paul, has just about everything. You’ll find not only the perfect sundress here, but all of the unique accessories to go along with it. But for summer, it’s all about the dress. The eclectic mix of sorts and styles here will keep you entertained all afternoon, so bring a friend or two. Shopping is always better with everyday people by your side. And if you get sick of one dress (or all of them), you can sell them back to the store for someone else to enjoy.

Related: Best Dresses For Summer: High End To Everyday Picks

Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.