I Tried on 21 Dresses From Reformation, Topshop, and Zara—These 10 Made the Cut

Judith Jones

If there’s one type of email I love to receive in my inbox this time of year, it’s a summer invitation. Whether it's for a wedding, a barbecue, brunch, or bridal shower, seeing a Paperless Post pop up in my inbox never fails to excite. This is followed closely by my second favorite email: a travel confirmation from an airline. (It's true. I get giddy at the sight of a booking reference number.) Why? Because both emails signify the start of fun summer is finally here.

It also signifies the need to get my summer wardrobe into gear. And lots of summer events call for lots of gorgeous summer dresses (or at least a small handful to see me through the season).

So this week, I went to some of my favorite retailers—Reformation, Zara, and Topshop (all known for their chic selections of dresses)—to seek out cool summer frocks that will see me through laid-back summer weekends, an upcoming Italian vacation, a wedding, an engagement party, and a bridal shower—all taking place in the next few months. I tried on a plethora of dresses (21 to be exact), but these 10 made the final cut. From floral minidresses to polka-dot slip dresses, scroll below to whet your appetite for a brand-new season of summer dressing.

Reformation Dresses

An effortless white dress is high on my wish list for weekend summer getaways. I'm obsessed with this lace and linen midi dress from Reformation. Just add espadrille wedges, a straw hat, and the Italian Riviera for good measure.

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Reformation Wyoming Dress ($248)

This is such a fun little floral frock. The neckline and puff sleeves are super flattering and utterly charming. I do wish the hemline was one or two inches longer, but I'll definitely be wearing these with kitten-heel sandals or chic flats once summer rolls around.

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Reformation Kopa Dress ($218)

I'll be wearing this stunner for an elegant outdoor summer wedding with black sandals and statement earrings. The fitted bodice is exquisite.

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Reformation Nikita Dress ($248)

This relaxed floral slip can easily be dressed up or down with strappy sandals or flats and is the perfect option for those laid-back summer days.

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Reformation Crimini Dress ($128)

Shop the shoes I styled the dresses with:

Zara Strappy Mid-Heel Leather Sandals ($80)


My penchant for white dresses continues. I love the delicate details on this chic frock—from the deep-V neckline lined with lace to the pleated drop-waist silhouette.

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Topshop Ivory Lace Insert Pinafore Dress ($130)

Consider this your day-to-night wardrobe savior. The romantic ruffles and elegant, short puff sleeves add a charming touch to the ditsy floral-print frock.

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Topshop Verona Ruffle Ditsy Floral Print Rea Dress ($75)

A lightweight knit dress looks super chic for casual summer days. I'm particularly fond of the elegant neckline and longer length.

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Topshop Knitted Natural Yarn Dress With Linen ($55)

Shop the shoes I styled the dresses with:

Topshop Vegan Nude Hight Toe Loop Heels ($100)


Garden-party chic! This may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I'm head over heels for this vintage-style silhouette and bold floral print. Perfect for, oh you know, that polo match or that garden tea party, dahling.

Shop the dress:

Zara Printed Midi Dress ($70)

I've been looking for a slip dress with a draped neckline and delicate spaghetti straps for some time, and this gorgeous silky frock fits the bill perfectly. It looks much more expensive than its price tag.

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Zara Slip Dress ($50)

I've been in need of a couple of simple, easy, and relaxed knit dresses for weekends at the beach and brunching on the balcony with friends, and this soft yellow midi is the perfect not-too-precious option.

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Zara Textured Weave Dress ($30)

Shop the shoes I styled the dresses with:

Zara Animal Print Heeled Leather Sandals ($70)

Zara Flat Leather Sandals With Buckle ($60)

Up next, here are nine glorious pieces to buy in May.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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