Where To Shop For The Perfect Day Dress

Where To Shop For The Perfect Day Dress

There’s nothing better than waking up on a nice summer day, putting on the perfect day dress, and heading out the door. It requires no effort to style yet looks so put together and summery. The effort, however, goes into actually finding the perfect day dress. The criteria are as follows: it has to be comfortable, not too short, not too long, relatively casual, breezy, and, of course, most importantly, cute. In order to find the perfect day dress(es) to add to your summer outfit rotation, you need to know what stores to visit.

Find your perfect day dress within these stores!

Ever New

Ever New doesn’t get nearly enough credit, if you ask us. The brand has dresses suitable for every occasion, with most featuring beautiful feminine details like ruching, flowers, voluminous sleeves, etc. There are plenty of daytime-style dresses to go around, most between $100 and $200. So, while it’s not incredibly cheap, it’s a fair price to pay for the perfect dress.


Like with every other clothing category at this store, you can trust H&M to provide ample trendy dress styles on a budget. Whether you’re looking for the ultimate vacation day dress or a dress perfect for frolicking around the city in, H&M has a huge variety of stunning options to choose from – that won’t break the bank.


If you’re trying to be “that girl” this summer, you have to check out Aritzia‘s dresses. They’re all so chic! Find the style for you in-store or simply click “Everyday” in its dress category online to narrow down your search. Its collection of poplin dresses has our full attention right now.


When in doubt, there’s always Zara. With the amount Zara is constantly updating its inventory, if you check back often, you’re sure to find the perfect day dress you’re looking for, whatever that may be.


On the hunt for the perfect classic-meets-trendy dress? Dynamite has you covered. Its Dress Shop is full of all kinds of silhouettes and styles, most retailing for under $100. So whether you’re dressing for a BBQ or a wedding, you have plenty of affordable options to choose from.

Old Navy

Never overlook Old Navy when it comes to daytime dressing; its selection has been so cute and trendy lately! We all know the store always has some kind of sale going on, so if you’re lucky, you can snag your perfect day dress for an absolute steal.


If you don’t mind investing in your perfect summer dress, Reformation is the shop to visit. The brand is mostly known for its incredible (and sustainable) dresses, after all! Reformation’s it-girl styles are super versatile and timeless, so if it’s within the budget, we say go for it.


Did someone say “work-appropriate day dresses”? From midi dresses to dresses actually dubbed “work dresses,” we always check Reitmans for professional yet stylish attire. (Especially when a sale is going on).

Frank And Oak

Any of Frank And Oak’s dresses will quickly become a go-to wardrobe staple, thanks to their minimal and sleek designs. Its Seersucker Shift Dress and Open Back Poplin Maxi are two of our faves!

J. Crew

For perfect higher-end day dresses with a preppy undertone, browse through J.Crew’s selection! The brand has really been on the up lately, and we can see why! From its classic pieces that never go out of fashion to its unlimited styling inspiration on its Instagram, we can’t get enough.


Channel your inner-Tumblr vibes by shopping for dresses at Anthropologie! The store carries an assortment of curated brands, as well as its own selection. Expect to find a variety of dreamy boho dresses, perfect for daytime.

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