12 Wrap Dresses for Staying (and Looking) Cool This Summer

As the heat turns up and the layers come off, the mission to find the best pieces for keeping cool — figuratively and literally — takes the lead. Beat the hot weather, even in the dog days of summer, with the an ever useful wrap dress.

A personal favorite of mine, the wrap dress is a summertime clothing chameleon. Wear it as a cover-up to the beach, a special occasion dress, or to work! Though this style is truly year round, I've found 12 of the best summer wrap dresses full of floral prints, lightweight fabrics, and bright colorways made for twirling in sunshine.

Red plus-size Reformation wrap dress on a model photo

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Reformation Rodin Dress Es

Short, sweet and in a bold cherry red, this mini wrap dress by Reformation is made for backyard barbeques and fireworks. Bra friendly with a cap sleeve and adjustable tie waist, this dress is made of a lightweight linen that will breathe and provide comfort. Shown here in extended sizing, this wrap dress is also available in standard sizes. And if you want to go super summery, there's a pale green gingham color available, too. ($178; thereformation.com)

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Blue Faithfull The Brand wrap dress with white daisys on a model photo

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Faithfull The Brand Mira Wrap Dress

Puff sleeves are everywhere this year, so if you think you have all the dresses you need already, think again. Though sleeves sound stuffy, the puff sleeve keeps fabric up and off your body, as seen here. Not only do the sleeves make this Faithfull The Brand wrap dress special, I also love the little design details like the youthful daisy print and white tassel-tipped ties. ($150; shopbop.com)

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Navy Réalisation Par wrap dress with white stars on a model photo

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Réalisation Par The Alexandra

My favorite part of summer is summer nights—from late nights dancing at rooftop bars to laying on a blanket listening to the crickets chirp, both under clear starry skies (if you're lucky). That's why I was immediately drawn to this Réalisation Par wrap dress. It has been a celeb favorite for years, it's one of the brand's bestselling, signature dresses it keeps re-stocking, and it has stars scattered across it like the night sky. ($195; realisationpar.com)

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Yellow and white gingham Old Navy plu-size wrap dress on a model photo

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Old Navy Waist-Defined Plus-Size Wrap Dress

What's cheerier than a sunshine yellow gingham? I can't think of anything, and in the form of a versatile summer wrap dress, it cannot be beat! Made of a lightweight slub-knit cotton, you'll stay sweat-free even with long sleeves on. Wear it with some slip-on sneakers for casual comfort, looking put together has never been this easy. ($40; oldnavy.com)

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Orange Universal Thread Target brand wrap dress on a model photo

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Universal Thread Short Sleeve V-Neck Midi Dress

Target does it again! Their in-house brand Universal Thread continues to churn out high-quality, classic pieces, like this terracotta wrap dress with side pockets and a front snap for when you want to keep things modest. This midi length dress is great for work, and at such a steal of a price, you have some leftover cash to get yourself some jewelry to go with it. ($28; target.com)

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White ruffled H&M wrap dress on a model photo

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H&M Ruffled Wrap Dress

Listen up all you newly engaged ladies and brides-to-be: We know you'll need some white pieces in the coming months. I have no plans to get married anytime soon, but if I did, I would be getting this dress. Bachelorette parties, bridal showers, engagement photos, or honeymoon, the occasion opportunities for this dress are endless! ($50; hm.com)

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Black spaghetti strap floral Free People wrap dress on a model photo

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Free People All My Love Wrap Slip Dress

Show off those freshly tanned shoulders this summer with this spaghetti strap, floral sundress by Free People. The flirty silhouette can be dressed up or down, depending on how you accessorize. Toss it in your beach bag when you head out the door so you have a change of clothes when plans arise after the pool. ($50; freepeople.com)

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Rust colored, ruffled, white polka dot & Other Stories wrap dress worn on a model photo

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& Other Stories Polka Dot Handkerchief Wrap Midi Dress

I talked about a wrap dress perfect for brides-to-be this summer, now I'm focusing on you lucky wedding guests. Whether you're a friend of the wedded couple or a dutiful plus one, you must dress to impress. Stand out in the crowd in this rust-colored, polka dot wrap dress. With ruched ruffle sleeves and a gorgeous bias-cut handkerchief hem, this ulta-feminine number will make you believe in love. ($99; stories.com)

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Yellow Leith plus-size maxi wrap dress on a model photo

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Leith Long Languid Dress

Mini dresses, move aside; this mellow maxi is taking over. Despite its longer length, this maxi keeps you cool while covered up because its featherweight fabric flows as fluid as a summer breeze. The yellow meringue color will look amazing with a sunkissed glow. Slip on some platform sandals and you're all set for patio sangrias with the girls. ($79; nordstrom.com)

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Pastel floral Urban Outfitters midi wrap dress worn on a model photo

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UO Donatella Crinkle Tiered Ruffle Wrap Dress

Just in time for Easter, this Urban Outfitters wrap dress is a pastel floral explosion. Made of a semi-sheer crinkle fabric you can show some skin while still looking appropriate for family brunch. Add a straw woven tote to your look for an adult Easter basket, and you're ready for the egg hunt. ($89; urbanoutfitters.com)

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Orange, kimono sleeved & Other Stories wrap dress worn on a model photo

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& Other Stories Kimono Wrap Mini Dress

What could be more perfect for summer than a punchy orange mini dress? My favorite sleeves for summer, the kimono sleeve, is loose, flattering, and won't cling when it starts to feel sticky out. If you're a fan of orange there's no better time to wear it, and this juicy shade looks great with all skin tones. ($99; stories.com)

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White with black polka dot H&M wrap dress worn on a model photo

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H&M Calf-Length Wrap Dress

I've showed you a lot of cotton, gauzy, and other similar lightweight summer fabrics, so when I saw this shiny polka dot fabric I knew it had to be added in. Unlike the other cooling fabrics, this polyester has a luminous sheen that instantly makes this wrap dress look expensive. Maintain the luxe look with simple hair, jewelry, and mules. ($60; hm.com)

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