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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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1. Zara

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503 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
(212) 219-2958
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Striped midi dress, $69.90
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558 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
(855) 466-7467
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Patterned dress, $34.99
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3. Kirna Zabete

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477 Broome St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 941-9656
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Sandy Liang Doris denim dress, $425
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4. Planet Blue

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191 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10013
(646) 546-5498
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Seashell lace off the shoulder dress, $325
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5. Opening Ceremony

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35 Howard St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 219-2688
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Acne Studios Alca net dress, $690

6. Nili Lotan

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188 Duane St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 219-8794
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Linen eyelet Marseille maxi dress, $850
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7. SWORDS-SMITH

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98 S 4th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(347) 599-2969
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Howard column lilac dress, $398
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8. & Other Stories

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505 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10017
(212) 328-4012
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Cold shoulder dress, $145
505 Fifth Ave
New York, NY
(212) 271-9999
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Oversized striped dress, $125
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10. Jeffrey

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449 W 14th St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 206-1272
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Stella Mccartney, $745
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11. DVF

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874 Washington St
New York, NY 10014
(646) 486-4800
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Baylee cotton voile tank dress, $298
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12. Kate Spade

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135 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10010
(212) 358-0420
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Scattered daisy fit and flare dress, $648
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13. Totokaelo

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54 Crosby St
New York, NY 10012
(844) 868-6523
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Junya Watanabe white drape shirt dress, $593
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14. Creatures Of Comfort

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205 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 925-1005
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Aldo short silk linen dress, $425

15. Topshop

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478 Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(212) 966-9555
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Striped bow midi dress, $85
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16. William Okpo

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6 Fulton St
New York, NY 10038
(212) 482-8869
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Piano strap dress, $375
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1. Zara

503 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
Photo: Zara
Striped midi dress, $69.90
503 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

2. H&M

558 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
Photo: H&M
Patterned dress, $34.99
558 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

3. Kirna Zabete

477 Broome St, New York, NY 10013
Photo: Kirna Zabete
Sandy Liang Doris denim dress, $425
477 Broome St
New York, NY 10013

4. Planet Blue

191 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013
Photo: Planet Blue
Seashell lace off the shoulder dress, $325
191 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10013

5. Opening Ceremony

35 Howard St, New York, NY 10013
Acne Studios Alca net dress, $690
35 Howard St
New York, NY 10013

6. Nili Lotan

188 Duane St, New York, NY 10013
Photo: Nili Lotan
Linen eyelet Marseille maxi dress, $850
188 Duane St
New York, NY 10013

7. SWORDS-SMITH

98 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Photo: Swords-Smith
Howard column lilac dress, $398
98 S 4th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

8. & Other Stories

505 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10017
Cold shoulder dress, $145
505 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10017

9. COS

505 Fifth Ave, New York, NY
Photo: Topshop
Oversized striped dress, $125
505 Fifth Ave
New York, NY

10. Jeffrey

449 W 14th St, New York, NY 10014
Photo: Jeffrey
Stella Mccartney, $745
449 W 14th St
New York, NY 10014

11. DVF

874 Washington St, New York, NY 10014
Photo: DVF
Baylee cotton voile tank dress, $298
874 Washington St
New York, NY 10014

12. Kate Spade

135 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10010
Photo: Kate Spade
Scattered daisy fit and flare dress, $648
135 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10010

13. Totokaelo

54 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012
Photo: Totokaelo
Junya Watanabe white drape shirt dress, $593
54 Crosby St
New York, NY 10012

14. Creatures Of Comfort

205 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012
Aldo short silk linen dress, $425
205 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012

15. Topshop

478 Broadway, New York, NY 10013
Photo: Topshop
Striped bow midi dress, $85
478 Broadway
New York, NY 10013

16. William Okpo

6 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038
Photo: William Okpo
Piano strap dress, $375
6 Fulton St
New York, NY 10038