Idle afternoons in public parks and picnic aesthetics all over Instagram have me craving a cheery dress for summer. And if there's one silver lining to our summer of social distancing, it's that we've finally adapted this European pastime in the park. It feels entirely appropriate to celebrate this accomplishment with a breezy new dress to fit the mood—especially considering park days may be our only occasion for dressing up for the foreseeable future. If you're in need of a pick-me-up via a package at your doorstep, try one of these styles for your next session in the sunshine. 

The Pleated Knit.
I love people-watching for outfit inspiration, and this weekend I legitimately fell in love with a passerby wearing this gorgeous Jacquemus dress. I may never get her picture of summertime perfection out of my head, but I might be able to achieve a similar look.
MANGO Knit Dress, $49
SIR THE LABEL Aya Dress, $340
The Voluminous Tiers.
This is my absolute favorite trend of the moment, as it's versatile through seasons and fun to pair with everything from chunky booties to dainty heels.
ARITZIA Rengo Dress, $168
H&M Puff Sleeve Dress, $30
The Chintz Print.
Chintz traces all over history, but has been particularly associated with 80s home decor—which, yes, is also coming back in style. If you're in the market for a new floral dress, look for muted colors and light backgrounds to feel especially on-trend.
GANNI Georgette Dress, $225
FAITHFUL THE BRAND Sidonie Dress, $159
The Romantic Frock.
Clearly, I'm no history major, but it's safe to say we're finally moving a few centuries beyond the reigning 90s trend and into a period of far more romantic references. Whether those are Victorian, Georgian, or Elizabethian, I'm admittedly unclear—but basically, anything with a bodice, a ruffle, or an Old English feel is a go.
FOR LOVE & LEMONS Rose & Stripe Dress, $233
STAUD Wells Dress, $295
The T-Shirt Dress.
Unsurprisingly, this summer calls for a casual take on the LBD, whether you're picking up on everybody's favorite padded shoulder trend or picking out a preppier polo collar. 
REFORMATION Rumi Dress, $128
H&M Cotton Dress, $18

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