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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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American Apparel

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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]

Brandy Melville

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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]

Free People: Westfield Fashion Square

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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]

INTERMIX

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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]

Madison

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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.

Nasty Gal

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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]

Planet Blue

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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]

Principessa

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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]

Reformation

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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]

Shopaholic Sample Sales

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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]

Urban Outfitters Surplus

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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.

Fred Segal

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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]

OAK NYC

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

American Apparel

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]

Brandy Melville

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]

Free People: Westfield Fashion Square

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]

INTERMIX

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]

Madison

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.

Nasty Gal

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]

Planet Blue

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]

Principessa

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]

Reformation

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]

Shopaholic Sample Sales

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]

Urban Outfitters Surplus

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.

Fred Segal

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]

OAK NYC

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