The Cool Girl's Guide to Summer Dresses

Which summer dress is for you? Let's find out!

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If You Often Ask Yourself, "What Would Stevie Nicks Do?"

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The Brand: Christy Dawn

The Vibe: This L.A.-based designer is known for her dreamy, '70s-inspired silhouettes and muted florals. All of Christy Dawn's dresses are made from deadstock fabrics (leftover materials from other designers), meaning every style is limited-run. So, if you're wearing Christy Dawn and run into your dress twin at a party, it's not just a coincidence—the universe is trying to tell you something.

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The Daisy Dress, $202, christydawn.com.

The Pick: Christy Dawn's floaty, button-down "Daisy" dress looks right at home with white Chuck Taylors or platform sandals.

If Your Spiritual Home Is Halfway Between L.A. and Paris

The Brand: Réalisation Par

The Vibe: Close your eyes and imagine what a cool French girl would pack for a road trip along the Pacific Coast highway. Réalisation Par's designs are sexy without trying too hard—think embroidered slips and wrap dresses edged in ruffles.

The Ozzie in Pansy, $170, realisationpar.com.

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The Pick: A deep V-neck and a bold floral print give this vintage-y design a modern update.

If Jane Birkin Is Your Ultimate Style Icon

The Brand: Rouje

The Vibe: Consider this brand, started by French model-slash-Instagram-celebrity Jeanne Damas, your Parisian style starter pack. Rouje's laid-back dresses are exactly what you want to have in your closet when you're running late and have 10 seconds to get dressed.

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Robe Gabin, $190, rouje.com.

The Pick: Rouje's clever take on the wrap dress fastens with a row of buttons, rather than a sash.

If You Think Pretty Lingerie Deserves to Be Seen

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The Brand: Daisy

The Vibe: Aussie label Daisy takes the guesswork out of wearing lingerie beyond the bedroom, thanks to their layered bustier dresses and lace-trimmed slips. The brand's pieces have a nostalgic flair, without veering into costume territory.

Satin Hook Dress, $410, daisydaisy.tv.

The Pick: One-up everyone who bought a corset belt this year with a full-on corset dress.

If You're a Minimalist Who Likes to Make an Entrance

The Brand: Toit Volant

The Vibe: Even minimalists need to be extra, sometimes. Toit Volant's dresses combine clean lines and crisp fabrics with dramatic details, like oversize ruffles, plunging backs, and deconstructed hems.

Verona Dress, $232, toitvolant.com.

The Pick: The layered sweetheart neckline takes this design beyond your basic slip dress.

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