21 stylish sundresses

Real Beauty

What's our favorite part about warmer weather? All the clothes, of course!

We're seriously craving summer sundresses right now, including these picks selected by our favorite bloggers (and us!).

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Geneva Vanderzeil, A Pair & A Spare

Fashion-philes who love to get crafty are probably familiar with A Pair & A Spare.

Vanzerzeil, an Aussie now located in Hong Kong, posts gorgeous pics and D.I.Y. ideas. Our favorite recent post explains how to spice up plain pumps with a neon cap-toe!

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Geneva Vanderzeil, A Pair & A Spare - Under $100 Score:

"This relaxed sundress is ideal for throwing over a bikini when I'm at the beach."

ASOS Chiffon Lace Dress, $41; asos.com

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Geneva Vanderzeil, A Pair & A Spare - Under $100 Score:

"This bright scarf dress would pair well with killer heels!"

H&M Scarf Dress, $19.95; hm.com

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Geneva Vanderzeil, A Pair & A Spare - Flattering Find:

"Strapless dresses are so timelessly chic. This one has a structure that will flatter any figure."

J.Crew Ella Dress, $100; jcrew.com

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Marie Denee, The Curvy Fashionista

The blogging queen behind The Curvy Fashionista proves that plus-size fashion doesn't have to compromise style.

We love Denee's advice on how to make the latest trends work on any shape. In this round-up, she proves that even the breeziest of frocks can suit voluptuous figures.

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Marie Denee, The Curvy Fashionista - Under $100 Score:

"Step out in style in this sweet, playful dress. The thick straps also make it bra-friendly."

ASOS Curve Full Dress in Stripe, $82; asos.com


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Marie Denee, The Curvy Fashionista - Under $100 Score:

"Spring is all about colors and prints. Why not make a bold statement in this strapless dress? It has a little bit of attitude and tons of chic appeal!"

Eloquii by The Limited Strapless Print Dress, $98; eloquii.com

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Marie Denee, The Curvy Fashionista - Flattering Find:

"Wrap dresses are a girl's best friend. This style nips in at your waist and plays up your feminine curves."

Rachel Pally White Label Plus Size Ruffle Halter Maxi Wrap Dress, $286; bloomingdales.com


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Alicia Lund, Cheetah is the New Black

Alicia Lund is the super trendy lady behind Cheetah is the New Black, a collection of personal style pics worthy of a daily check-in.

She's not a new face on Real Beauty, either—she shared her fashion week diary with us last season!

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Alicia Lund, Cheetah is the New Black - Under $100 Score:

"I was instantly drawn to the pastel yellow color and feminine feel of this dress, but I was sold by the fact that it can be dressed up with the right accessories or worn casually with sandals." 

Zara Chiffon Dress, $89.90; zara.com

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Alicia Lund, Cheetah is the New Black - Under $100 Steal:

"The loud floral print on this dress is fun, flirty and completely on trend."

BB Dakota Bardot Dress, $100; bbdakota.com


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Alicia Lund, Cheetah is the New Black - Flattering Find:

"I've been crushing on this dress for a while now as it's my ideal mix of feminine and tough with the fitted leather bodice and poplin skirt."

Rebecca Taylor Lil Bit Leather Dress, $495; rebeccataylor.com

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Kathryn Finney, The Budget Fashionista

We consider ourselves to be savvy, thrifty shoppers, but we can always use some advice on how to score a better deal. For this, we turn to Kathryn Finney, the mastermind behind the always resourceful blog, The Budget Fashionista.

Posts on topics, such as sheer tops under $50 and how to recycle wedding dresses, give us a reason to hit the mall or re-purpose our wardrobe.

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Kathryn Finney, The Budget Fashionista - Under $100 Score:

"Floral prints are a big trend for this spring. However, you might not want to spend a ton of dough on them. This watercolor maxi dress from Old Navy allows you try it without breaking the bank."

Old Navy Tiered-Ruffle Satin Maxi Dress, $30; oldnavy.com

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Kathryn Finney, The Budget Fashionista - Under $100 Score:

"Stripes are another hot spring trend. I love how the skirt of this dress has vertical stripes—it's quite slimming."

Modcloth Style is Style Dress, $72.99; modcloth.com

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Alicia Lund, Cheetah is the New Black - Flattering Find:

"I bought this dress last year in bright blue, so I was super excited to see that ASOS now has the it in this season's hottest color, tangerine."

ASOS Curve Jersey Maxi Dress, $51; us.asos.com

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Leah Melby, Real Beauty

Leah Melby is an associate editor at Real Beauty who covers everything from prestige skincare to finding the best leopard-print jeans (truly!).

She loves writing about beauty and shopping, tracking celebrities in our weekly Star Style roundup, and Instagram'ing.

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Leah Melby, Real Beauty - Under $100 Score:

"I'm obsessed with this dress! The patterns are so different that they look great together. In general, it reminds me of the designer—and way pricier—pieces we saw all over the spring runways.

The Limited Forenza Mixed Print Dress, $45; thelimited.com

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Leah Melby, Real Beauty - Lust Pick:

"I love how a built-in necklace turns this simple dress into something much more wow-worthy. The way that the jade contrasts against the beige is perfect—it'll look so good against a summery tan!"

Shoshanna Jade Necklace Dress, $440; saks.com

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Leah Melby, Real Beauty - Flattering Find:

"A lightweight, belted dress looks good on any figure, and the longer sleeves can cover unwanted jiggle. Plus, this mustard color happens to be one of my favorites."

Kensie Airy Floral Dress, $98; amazon.com

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Lauren Levinson, Real Beauty

When she's not tweeting up a storm, Lauren can be found writing about hair care, nail colors, and other beauty topics. She's devoted to finding the best steals and deals and staying on top of pop-culture trends (yes, she's a total Gleek!).

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Lauren Levinson, Real Beauty - Flattering Find:

"This style hits at all of the right places: It's loose over the tummy, but tight around the ribcage. The black side panels create a waist-slimming illusion, and the corset-top highlights a curvy chest. Adjustable bra straps keep your girls perky, making it an ideal choice for date night."

Talula Game On Dress, $80; aritzia.com

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Lauren Levinson, Real Beauty - Day-to-Drinks Frock:

"This is my ultimate little white dress. It takes two classic fabrics—eyelet and lace—and melds them together in a totally unique way."

Rachel Rachel Roy The Angel Dress, $129; rachelroy.com

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Lauren Levinson, Real Beauty - Day-to-Drinks Frock:

"I've been coveting this piece since I first laid eyes on it. The polka-dot fade out keeps it funky, but the structured shoulders and knee-length hemline make it appropriate for work."

Madewell Dotted Songbird Dress, $138; madewell.com

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Erica Domasek, P.S. I Made This

The style-set named Domasek its crafty queen awhile back, and it's been a non-stop party with markers and glue-sticks ever since!

We love her site for inspirational takes on high fashion finds, like Prada's flower earrings and Balmain's snakeskin jeans.

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Erica Domasek, P.S. I Made This - Under $100 Score:

"Lace was all over the spring 2012 runways. This sweet dress does it just right."

Zara Guipure Lace Dress, $89.90; zara.com

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Erica Domasek, P.S. I Made This - Flattering Find:

"This one's black, and white, and just right! The cap sleeve hits at the perfect spot for upper-arm troubles."

ASOS Midi-Dress, $70; asos.com

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Erica Domasek, P.S. I Made This - Flattering Find:

"Sweet and vintage feeling, this length looks good on any figure."

Madewell Roseblossom Sundress, $198; madewell.com

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