Summer is finally here and the heat is on! Barbecues, weddings, and rooftop parties will have fashionistas scrambling to find that classic summer dress. No need to worry, help is on the way.
If in need of inspiration, Hollywood starlets of the past are a great place to start. Just look at Audrey Hepburn, who always sparkled in the classic midi dress. Bombshell Brigitte Bardot rocked a mini like no other. And the halter dress is reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe’s famous pose in The Seven Year Itch. While there are plenty of new adaptations, styles like these are still rocking the fashion scene.

Now, let’s turn it up a notch and look at today’s hottest, yet classic summer dresses.

Get ready to bring the BBQ to a halt in either Modcloth’s Oh So Sweet Dress in Plus Size  (47.99) in this daring red or Vince Camuto’s Zig Zag Halter Dress ($128). Dress them up with a pair of strappy wedges or down with a pair of sandals.

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This summer’s favorite silhouette, the maxi dress, will be begging for some attention. Look chic and be comfortable at the same time. Available in a wide variety of colors and prints, there are tons of options. For a casual, but sexy look try Young, Fabulous, and Broke’s Maelle Maxi Dress ($176) with its tie-dye print and high slit. Rachel Pally’s strapless Kai Dress ($268) would be perfect for that summer wedding.

Lace is lovely this season! ASOS Lace Skater Dress ($49.71) in magenta is an eye catcher and Torrid’s Blush Lace Maxi Dress ($54.98) is two styles in one. Both dresses are perfect for any special outdoor event. Any open-toe or strappy heel would go perfectly with these beauties.

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Challenge the heat this summer with the always smoking mini dress! Rock that rooftop party in this ASOS Curve Bandeau Dress ($79.54) or T-Bags Mini Dress with Ruffles ($194) in cobalt. Grab a bright clutch and head out the door for a fashionably fun night.

Looks can be deceiving and the babydoll style isn’t for the sweet-at-heart anymore. The Meshing Up Babydoll Dress in Neon Pink ($42) and Free People’s Sleeveless Lace Babydoll dress in Neon Pink ($128) are proving this point. Stand out and show summer a thing or two.

It doesn’t get anymore classic than the oh-so-popular midi style. It’s not a mini or a maxi, but somewhere in between. Topshop’s Limited Edition Fluro Stitch Midi Dress ($190) is for that boho chic chick.  While ASOS Curves Midi Dress ($82.85) with a daring cross-back is just what the summer ordered.