I Love Dresses, and These Are the Street Style Looks I'm About to Copy

We all love a summer dress, don't we? The ease of tossing it on and running out the door is a styling high we look forward to when the weather warms. But what if we took them to the next style level? Looking to the streets of Paris, London, New York and Milan always bring fresh outfit ideas, and now it's time to re-evaluate just how simple a dress-based look can be.

This doesn't mean adding many more steps to your getting dressed routine; it's just thinking about what those exact steps are. Swapping one little detail can make the whole thing look that much cooler. Whether your personal style is minimalist, trend-based or effortless, here are nine street style dress ideas to try this season. Keep scrolling to see and shop them all.

DOUBLE GINGHAM

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Maria Bernad is the queen of simple styling tricks. And while we've clocked gingham dresses as one of the top buys of summer, the thought of maxing out by pairing it with even more gingham has yet to cross our minds until now. Copying this ASAP.

LEATHER MINIDRESS + HIKING BOOTS

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Camille's mastered the ability to try new-season trends while still maintaining her low-key French cool. A dress like this speaks for itself, so pairing it with low-key hiking boots it balances out.

HEAD-TO-TOE ANIMAL PRINT

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The world is still wild for animal print, and yes, wearing it head to toe is a great idea. Try different shades and prints (cow, tiger, snake) to truly explore the animal-print world. 

NEON + WHITE

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If you're going to try wearing the neon trend this season (go you!) but don't want to look like a glow stick, pair it with white like Elizabeth von der Goltz. Top marks for chic.

PRINT DRESS + BLAZER

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Dresses and blazers are as iconic a duo by now as jeans and a tee, so why not try this formula in new-season colour combos and prints? Jeanette toned down the look with white boots, but you could go one step further with a colourful pair instead.

CORSET DRESS + RUFFLE BLOUSE

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A golden look like Bettina's takes some work in the details. When you're layering a dress over anything (from a tee or roll-neck), I'd advise sizing up with the dress itself. A ruffled blouse elevates the concept as a whole.

MINI SHIRTDRESS + SANDALS

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Do you feel like the shirtdress gets enough credit? I don't. So now's the time to celebrate it. It's certainly versatile, and wearing a shorter one with sandals shakes up its strict workwear reputation.

HEAD-TO-TOE WHITE

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Monochromatic looks are the easiest way to elevate any outfit. It might feel like a big commitment, but trust me—once you try it, you'll love it. It's cool and carefree, I promise.

POLKA DOTS + COWBOY BOOTS

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Of all the ankle boots, I'd never thought cowboy boots were going to be so versatile or even a trend that would last this many seasons. But here I am—loving this dress-and–cowboy boots outfit—and I'm definitely still lusting after this Ganni pair.