Sundress Spectacular: 24 Dresses for Summer Fun!

My mind is on fall fashion, but summer is far from over!  Now is the time for airy sun dresses that take you from day to night with ease.

Being curvy and petite, it is always a challenge to find a proper fit. 
I wear mostly straight sizes and buy petites when I can.  I also wear a few plus-size brands. I know that many of you can relate to this! 

For that reason, I'm open to shopping just about anywhere and alter as needed.  I've been doing a ton of "Windows" shopping lately to bring you a round-up of fun sundresses and other casual sundresses in a variety of sizes. 

Here are some of my picks for dresses that are perfect for those dog days of summer, when you just want to throw on something easy and breezy.

The plus side?  Many of these dresses incorporate trends that will be big this fall, such as botanical and animal prints and shades of cobalt, royal, and navy blue.  Add jackets, tights, and/or boots, and you're sure to get a lot of wear out of them come cooler weather.

Trapeze Artist
Airy, flowy trapeze dresses are the ultimate in summer ease and comfort!

Asos Petite Printed Indie Halter Dress
Lane Bryant Asymmetric Colorblock Dress

Myrda J abstract peplum tent dress

Stripes Ahoy!
Striped dresses have a slight nautical vibe that is always summertime chic.

This petite dress from Target goes up to a 2X, and it also comes in plus sizes (not petite plus) up to a 4X here

try a striped body con dress for sexy summertime fun!
Merona Petites Ponte Dress by Target
Eloquii Striped Body Con Flounce Dress
Maximize Summer
Pretty maxi dresses with special details like beading or a backless silhouette are perfect for summer weddings and other special events, but they also work for day with flat sandals!
Forever 21+ beaded maxi dress
LOFT Petites wallpaper floral maxi dress
The Limited Printed Hi-Lo Maxi Dress
Made for You
Customizable options allow you to get the perfect length and perfect fit!

eShakti tie-dye print cotton hi-lo dress
Smart Glamour Arianna Convertible Dress
Prints Charming
Have fun this summer with quirky or sweet prints sure to put a smile on your face!

Mod Cloth Pull Up A Cherry Dress
Asos Curve zebra print dress
Keep It Easy
Sleeveless dresses with wide straps provide enough coverage to cover bra straps.  No need to fool with strapless bras!

Torrid Butterfly Mesh Skater Dress
Old Navy Cross-Front Jersey Dress
Peter Som for DesigNation by Kohl's Solid Eyelet Dress
Flirt Away
Want something playful?  Flirty little dresses in florals, fuchsia, or polka dots are just the ticket!
Wet Seal Floral Knot Back Dress
AX Paris Floral Print Camisole Dress
Lane Bryant Lane Collection Zipper Back Dress
H&M jersey dress

Artsy Prints
Artsy prints were a big trend this spring and will continue into fall. Express you inner Kahlo or Van Gogh with some cool painterly prints.
Mod Cloth Down To A Fine Art Dress
Target Junior's Sharkbite Printed Dress
Vince Camuto Sleeveless Watercolor Print Dress
Strap Happy
Interesting straps provide interest and edge to summer dresses.
Eloquii Strappy Flare Dress
AX Paris Animal Print Cami Dress
So, what do you think of this round-up?  Have a favorite pick?


  1. I love this dress. I'm 5'0 and a sizeable chest and it fits perfectly. Not too high in the front and not too long in the back. http://www.lanebryant.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=204505

  2. I am sooooooooo glad you included some plus sizes! I can occasionally get into an XL in a regular size range, but I need a 1X or a 20, especially if it's fitted in the middle. I love the Starry Night dress from Mod Cloth and the lavender with black trim from Eloqui, both places I've shopped from before. :)

  3. Awesome! Thanks for sharing! It can be so difficult to find anything that fits perfectly when you're petite and curvy! :-)

  4. Hi Carla! Glad you found some that you liked! I am so in-between sizes that hardly anything ever fits properly right off the rack. I tend to be a creature of habit and buy from a lot of the same places, but I'm always shopping everywhere! At least 18 of the above dresses are plus-size or are available in such!

    P.S. The Starry Night dress is one of my favorites too! :-)

  5. I rarely get a good fit right off the rack, as well. My husband has become a proficient tailor for me or else I take it to a pro. I'm glad a lot of shops are offering free returns now, so just in case. . . . LOL

  6. Oh, exactly! I'm horrible about making a ton of returns because I love on-line shopping and my sizes are rarely available in store. How wonderful that your husband can tailor a lot of your clothing! I'm jealous! :-)


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