The season of wearing less and going out more is finally here, which means you’ll be wearing summer dresses so good, someone will buy you a drink. Whether you have a million June weddings or your Hot Girl Summer means hitting up every rooftop bar in the city, we found 22 cocktail dresses for every fit and fancy. Flag the bartender for another round of spicy margs (or an elderberry mocktail) and click through our roundup of easy summer dresses ahead starting as low as $20. And just for fun, we matched each style with the cocktail they embody.
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Here’s a dress you can wear to work and happy hour.
Drink in hand: This dress is definitely an espresso martini. I won’t be elaborating.
Sleeveless Spaghetti Strap Satin Cocktail Dress
No one will guess you bought this chic slip for $20 on Amazon.
Drink in hand: Frosé
Flamingo One-Shoulder Maxi Dress
Did you really go on vacation if your friends didn’t snap you at a poolside bar? This dress was made for a beachy getaway.
Drink in hand: Anything with a tropical flourish.
Satin Effect Cut-Out Dress
Here’s the Zara dress that launched a million TikTok views. For $46, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t test it out yourself.
Drink in hand: Hemingway Daiquiri
A cotton dress works best for daytime hangs, and therefore, daytime drinks.
Drink in hand: Bloody mary, mimosa, or anything else on the brunch menu.
Joan gathered floral-print cotton-blend jacquard midi dress
A floral frock is always a good idea. Dress it up on a Saturday night with heels and a clutch, then wear it down with sneakers for Sunday errands.
Drink in hand: Sangria
If you thought off-the-shoulder was on its way out, think again. This classic silhouette in polka dots form is destined for the Amalfi coast.
Drink in hand: Aperol Spritz
Not all dresses need to be cinched at the waist. Try a voluminous number in a cheery hue.
Drink in hand: Tequila sunrise
Printed twill-trimmed velvet gown
Some cocktail dresses venture in gala territory, and this statement number strikes that perfect balance.
Drink in hand: You’re adventurous, so tonight it’s the bartender’s choice.
Boheme Slip Dress with Feathers
Have your own engagement party to attend? Here, the perfect dress.
Drink in hand: Vodka soda (so you don’t stain anything)
Brown is an underrated dress color. Give the neutral some much-needed love in this attention-seeking mini.
Drink in hand: A really funky orange wine
MEROKEETY Women’s Sleeveless Lace Floral Elegant Cocktail Dress Crew Neck Knee Length for Party
With over 14,000 reviews, this lace LBD will become a wardrobe workhorse that you can whip out for every future party.
Drink in hand: Chardonnay
Zimmermann Dancer Asymmetric Ruffle Silk Midi Wrap Dress in Lilac at Nordstrom, Size 1
Ideal for an outdoor wedding or date night alike.
Drink in hand: Rosemary Gin Fizz
Whether you like it or not, the saccharine aesthetic of the 2000s is back with a vengeance. This trompe l’oeil denim silk dress is the epitome of that era.
Drink in hand: Jello shot.
Kekeo graphic-print midi dress
Not for the lighthearted, Farai London dresses will always turn heads.
Drink in hand: A $22 cocktail from a bar that doesn’t have a sign on its door.
For a prim and proper look fit for royalty, try Genny. The Italian brand is known for modern twists on classic silhouettes—there are so many unique details on this wiggle dress.
Drink in hand: A digestivo, like a grappa
x REVOLVE Nolan Maxi Dress
You’ll never look back at this backless option.
Drink in hand: French 75
Astr Women’s Sleeveless Lace Fit & Flare Midi Dress, Navy, X-Small US
This dress is a garden party personified.
Drink in hand: Moscow mule
Chloe Corset Dress | Black
This flirty, tuxedo-inspired LBD will put you in the running as the star of the next Bond film (not just the Bond girl).
Drink in hand: Martini, of course.
Grace Neck-Sash Satin Dress
This mini dress with a built-in neckerchief is ideal for a swanky summer evening that’s still a little too hot for a full-length dress.
Drink in hand: Champagne (the real stuff, not prosecco)
A perfect summer dress like this one will get love from both your Mother-in-law and Gen Z niece alike.
Drink in hand: White Negroni
One Shoulder Balloon Dress
This mash-up print will get you all the compliments at your next event.
Drink in hand: Whiskey Sour
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