Summer brings that perfect mix of warm weather, sunshine and endless days,and a girl’s got to be dressed for it. Ladies of Minnesota, leave behind your wool sweaters, Sorel boots, and other winter wear for something a little bit more fun – the perfect summer dress. A dress offers the versatility to be cool and casual or fancy and feminine with the switch of accessories, so what’s not to love?  To get started on the journey for the perfect dress (or three), check out these recommendations for some of the best places to pick up the perfect summer dress.

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June Upscale Resale
3406 Lyndale Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 354-3970

A recipient of  the “Best Insider Shopping” award, June Resale offers designer fashions at decidedly non-designer prices. The store is a favorite of stylists, photographers and fashionistas in the Twin Cities. This resale store is not your typical consignment shop. They buy pieces outright and help keep great style in circulation. Check out their website for regularly updated postings on what’s new in the store, or check out their Uptown location to see what’s in stock today. Brands that have passed through these doors include: Marc Jacobs, Badgley Mischka, Laundry and Dolce & Gabbana,

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Hot Mama
867 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 209-0222

Contrary to what some think, Hot Mama is not a maternity store, but it is a store started by a Minnesota mama. When doing some of her first post-pregnancy shopping, Megan Tamte realized that there was no great place for the moms to head for stylish clothes that fit well. Hot Mama caters to women with families and careers who need an easy option to find fashion-forward pieces to meet their busy lives. Since the first store opened in Edina in 2004, Hot Mama has taken off – across the Twin Cities and the country. You can check out their great dress selection at their Grand Ave. location in St. Paul, or at one of the other Minnesota locations in Eden Prairie, Edina, Woodbury, Maple Grove, Roseville, St Louis Park and Wayzata, or online.

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Bella Luce Boutique
106 Buckeye Street
Hudson, WI 54016
(715) 386-5856

Just across the river in the picturesque town of Hudson, there is a little boutique known for stocking interesting pieces and a variety of brands. Recently taken over by new owners, Bella Luce remains a style haven in Hudson, just a quick, half hour drive from St. Paul. With a mix of popular, on-trend brands and unique local pieces, this little shop is a great place to check out when looking for something one of kind to rock this summer. Plus, the store’s location lends itself to a stroll through downtown Hudson and a chance for a relaxing coffee stop.

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Stella Boutique
308 Chestnut Street East
Stillwater, Minnesota 55082
(651) 439-7935

Started by a local mother and her two daughters, Stella Boutique a delightful little shop with stylish, inspiring and ever-changing window displays. Located along the main street in downtown Stillwater, this little store carries upscale and trendy brands like William Rast, Kensie, True Religion, and Hazel. New items arrive regularly and are often snatched up quickly, so don’t hesitate when you find that perfect dress. Run by a family that loves and knows their style, shopping at Stella is a fun experience. Check out their blog to learn more – they regularly feature great style tips to help you plan your wardrobe as well.

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Francesca’s Collections
Rosedale Mall

111 Rosedale Center, Suite# 195
Roseville MN 55113
(651) 639-3911

Francesca’s Collections highlights cheap and chic style, and offers an excellent selection of bright and fun summer dresses. Find a dress or two here to get you through those summer grill outs with friends or that brunch date you’ve been looking forward to. Best of all, Francesca’s Collections carries great accessories including trendy earrings, scarves and fun necklaces to quickly build a complete look. Check them out in Rosedale Mall, or one of their several other Minnesota locations including the Mall of America, Minnetonka, St. Cloud or Rochester.

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Urban Outfitters
3006 Hennepin Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 823-1000 

Urban Outfitters may have originated in Philadelphia, but the chain has definitely made a mark on Twin Cities’ style through it’s Uptown store. Known for hipster aesthetic, Urban Outfitters carries literally hundreds of dresses in store and online, so there’s a dress for every body and every style. Popular brands include Kimchi Blue, Betsey Johnson, Pins & Needles, and Silence & Noise. With fun fabrics, pretty cut-outs to up the “oomph” factor, and a price point that’s more than affordable, Urban Outfitters is a one stop shop for plenty of wonderful dress options. The Uptown location is located near Lucia’s, perfect for a post-shopping glass of wine.

Sassy professional by day, men’s style expert by night, Bethany Rein is a twenty-something living in Minneapolis. She loves baseball, coffee and the well-dressed male. An avid runner, Bethany also plays recreational sports with more enthusiasm than skill. Her work can be found at