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13 LA Shops for Stocking Up on Summer Dresses of Every Style

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Now that we're officially in skin-baring season, it's time to revisit our hot weather wardrobes. Summer dresses—a seasonal staple in most other cities—are a year-round essential in always-sunny LA, making it a cinch to find a silhouette for every style and occasion.

Below, we've rounded up 12 local shops for scoring no-pants outfits, like sustainable stunners at Reformation, fest-ready options at Planet Blue, and cult-fave numbers at Nasty Gal. For those on a throwback treasure hunt, hit up our map of vintage shops, which includes DTLA dress oasis Shareen and designer vintage wonderland The Way We Wore, among others.

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1. American Apparel

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7726 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles
CA, 90046
(323) 782-0170
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There's a hue and silhouette for everyone on the skin-baring spectrum at the LA basics brand's many shops, from bodycons to skater dresses to tent dresses and more. [Photo]

2. Brandy Melville

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12200 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 308-7903
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Known for its epic warehouse sales, this LA-inspired, Italy-bred brand is favored by tweens and T. Swift for its breezy and affordable dresses, rompers, crop tops, and more, which tend to come in "one size fits all" or smaller sizes. [Photo]

3. Free People: Westfield Fashion Square

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14006 Riverside Dr
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 783-0550
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No contemporary hippie closet would be complete without a piece from the bohemian retailer, which stocks an array of beach- and fest-ready styles at its largest LA store in Westfield Fashion Square. [Photo]

4. INTERMIX

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110 N Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 860-0113
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Once a paparazzi-stalked hot spot, the designer retailer continues to attract stars thanks to its inventory of luxe labels. Come here for dresses by Rag & Bone, Iro, Joie, Zimmermann, and more cult-favorite brands for summer pool parties and cocktail fetes alike. [Photo]

5. Madison

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8745 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 273-9900
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Helmut Lang, T by Alexander Wang, Raquel Allegra, and The Great are just a few luxe labels you'll find at the contemporary designer boutique chainlet's West Third Street outpost.

6. Nasty Gal

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1254 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
From skintight, cut-out, lacy and racy, and more, the online-turned-IRL shop stocks edgy-cool dresses from cult-fave brands like UNIF, For Love & Lemons, Keepsake, and more, plus a selection of designer vintage. [Photo]

7. Planet Blue

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800 14th St
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 394-0135
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The boho babe outfitters stocks a host of fest-ready labels for your summer wardrobe, from gauzy dresses by Jen's Pirate Booty, sexy maxis from Flynn Skye, printastic pieces by Show Me Your Mumu, and Alessandra Ambrosio's Ále line. [Photo]

8. Principessa

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1323 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 450-6696
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Since 2001, this local boutique has dressed the hippie nabe's bohemian babe residents. In addition to all the requisite boho brands (Flynn Skye, Novella Royale, Stone Cold Fox, and others), the shop also stocks perennially summer-ready dresses by Wildfox, Rachel Pally, Again, and more. [Photo]

9. Reformation

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8253 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
There's a reason why stylish stars like Alexa Chung, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, are part of the #RefBabe army: the sustainable local label crafts guilt-free, retro dresses in sexy silhouettes (maxis, two-pieces, off-the-shoulders, more) from deadstock and upcycled fabrics. [Photo]

10. Shopaholic Sample Sales

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8032 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 930-9909
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Everything's always on sale at this off-price boutique, which offers dresses from cult-cool Australian labels like Cameo, Finders Keepers, and Keepsake alongside LA basics brands like Dolan, LA Made, and others. [Photo]

11. Urban Outfitters Surplus

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14608 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
The trendy retailer sends overstock and past-season merch to its massive surplus store in Sherman Oaks (not far from its Studio City outpost), where you'll be greeted with 50 to 80% off everything. Find dresses from UO staples like Silence & Noise, Kimchi & Blue, and more in-house brands alongside summer sandals and accessories.

12. Fred Segal

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8118 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 651-1800
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At the department boutique's shop-in-shops like Ron Herman and Ron Robinson, find sexy dresses by blogstar-designed Are You Ami, fit-and-flare styles by Parker, luxe basics by A.L.C., minimalist maxis by Vince, and more. [Photo]

13. OAK NYC

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910 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015
If your aesthetic runs minimalist and monochrome, NYC-based OAK is your dress mecca. At its DTLA boutique (they've also got one on

1. American Apparel

7726 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90046
There's a hue and silhouette for everyone on the skin-baring spectrum at the LA basics brand's many shops, from bodycons to skater dresses to tent dresses and more. [Photo]
7726 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles
CA, 90046

2. Brandy Melville

12200 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
Known for its epic warehouse sales, this LA-inspired, Italy-bred brand is favored by tweens and T. Swift for its breezy and affordable dresses, rompers, crop tops, and more, which tend to come in "one size fits all" or smaller sizes. [Photo]
12200 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

3. Free People: Westfield Fashion Square

14006 Riverside Dr, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
No contemporary hippie closet would be complete without a piece from the bohemian retailer, which stocks an array of beach- and fest-ready styles at its largest LA store in Westfield Fashion Square. [Photo]
14006 Riverside Dr
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

4. INTERMIX

110 N Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Once a paparazzi-stalked hot spot, the designer retailer continues to attract stars thanks to its inventory of luxe labels. Come here for dresses by Rag & Bone, Iro, Joie, Zimmermann, and more cult-favorite brands for summer pool parties and cocktail fetes alike. [Photo]
110 N Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

5. Madison

8745 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Helmut Lang, T by Alexander Wang, Raquel Allegra, and The Great are just a few luxe labels you'll find at the contemporary designer boutique chainlet's West Third Street outpost.
8745 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

6. Nasty Gal

1254 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401
From skintight, cut-out, lacy and racy, and more, the online-turned-IRL shop stocks edgy-cool dresses from cult-fave brands like UNIF, For Love & Lemons, Keepsake, and more, plus a selection of designer vintage. [Photo]
1254 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401

7. Planet Blue

800 14th St, Santa Monica, CA 90403
The boho babe outfitters stocks a host of fest-ready labels for your summer wardrobe, from gauzy dresses by Jen's Pirate Booty, sexy maxis from Flynn Skye, printastic pieces by Show Me Your Mumu, and Alessandra Ambrosio's Ále line. [Photo]
800 14th St
Santa Monica, CA 90403

8. Principessa

1323 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Since 2001, this local boutique has dressed the hippie nabe's bohemian babe residents. In addition to all the requisite boho brands (Flynn Skye, Novella Royale, Stone Cold Fox, and others), the shop also stocks perennially summer-ready dresses by Wildfox, Rachel Pally, Again, and more. [Photo]
1323 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

9. Reformation

8253 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
There's a reason why stylish stars like Alexa Chung, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, are part of the #RefBabe army: the sustainable local label crafts guilt-free, retro dresses in sexy silhouettes (maxis, two-pieces, off-the-shoulders, more) from deadstock and upcycled fabrics. [Photo]
8253 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

10. Shopaholic Sample Sales

8032 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Everything's always on sale at this off-price boutique, which offers dresses from cult-cool Australian labels like Cameo, Finders Keepers, and Keepsake alongside LA basics brands like Dolan, LA Made, and others. [Photo]
8032 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

11. Urban Outfitters Surplus

14608 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
The trendy retailer sends overstock and past-season merch to its massive surplus store in Sherman Oaks (not far from its Studio City outpost), where you'll be greeted with 50 to 80% off everything. Find dresses from UO staples like Silence & Noise, Kimchi & Blue, and more in-house brands alongside summer sandals and accessories.
14608 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

12. Fred Segal

8118 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
At the department boutique's shop-in-shops like Ron Herman and Ron Robinson, find sexy dresses by blogstar-designed Are You Ami, fit-and-flare styles by Parker, luxe basics by A.L.C., minimalist maxis by Vince, and more. [Photo]
8118 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

13. OAK NYC

910 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015
If your aesthetic runs minimalist and monochrome, NYC-based OAK is your dress mecca. At its DTLA boutique (they've also got one on
910 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015