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Where to Buy Summer Dresses in New York City Right Now

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It's almost that time of year in New York City when we shed all the bulky layers in favor of something lighter — much lighter. The less fabric that's touching your skin, the better. And what greater feeling is there than knowing that the ultimate warm-weather dress, one that allows you to look polished and pulled together with minimal effort, is ready to go in your closet?

We've selected the best dresses available at some of our favorite stores in the city, including both cool boutiques and fallback chains, that you can buy now before the real heat waves hit. Below, find dresses at a variety of price points that'll work for several different occasions mapped from north to south for your shopping convenience.

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Striped midi dress, $69.90
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Patterned dress, $34.99
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Kirna Zabete

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Sandy Liang Doris denim dress, $425
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Planet Blue

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Seashell lace off the shoulder dress, $325
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Opening Ceremony

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Acne Studios Alca net dress, $690

Nili Lotan

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Linen eyelet Marseille maxi dress, $850
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Howard column lilac dress, $398
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Cold shoulder dress, $145
Oversized striped dress, $125
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Jeffrey

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Stella Mccartney, $745
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Baylee cotton voile tank dress, $298
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Kate Spade

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Scattered daisy fit and flare dress, $648
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Totokaelo

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Junya Watanabe white drape shirt dress, $593
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Creatures Of Comfort

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Aldo short silk linen dress, $425

Topshop

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Striped bow midi dress, $85
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William Okpo

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Piano strap dress, $375
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Zara

Photo: Zara
Striped midi dress, $69.90
Photo: Zara

H&M

Photo: H&M
Patterned dress, $34.99
Photo: H&M

Kirna Zabete

Photo: Kirna Zabete
Sandy Liang Doris denim dress, $425
Photo: Kirna Zabete

Planet Blue

Photo: Planet Blue
Seashell lace off the shoulder dress, $325
Photo: Planet Blue

Opening Ceremony

Acne Studios Alca net dress, $690

Nili Lotan

Photo: Nili Lotan
Linen eyelet Marseille maxi dress, $850
Photo: Nili Lotan

SWORDS-SMITH

Photo: Swords-Smith
Howard column lilac dress, $398
Photo: Swords-Smith

& Other Stories

Cold shoulder dress, $145

COS

Photo: Topshop
Oversized striped dress, $125
Photo: Topshop

Jeffrey

Photo: Jeffrey
Stella Mccartney, $745
Photo: Jeffrey

DVF

Photo: DVF
Baylee cotton voile tank dress, $298
Photo: DVF

Kate Spade

Photo: Kate Spade
Scattered daisy fit and flare dress, $648
Photo: Kate Spade

Totokaelo

Photo: Totokaelo
Junya Watanabe white drape shirt dress, $593
Photo: Totokaelo

Creatures Of Comfort

Aldo short silk linen dress, $425

Topshop

Photo: Topshop
Striped bow midi dress, $85
Photo: Topshop

William Okpo