The 25 Best Anthropologie Dresses to Add to Cart ASAP, According to PureWow’s Fashion Editor

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Anthropologie has long been one of our favorite places to pick up gorgeous pieces that have a vintage, boho vibe, but no category makes our hearts sing more than Anthropologie dresses. Whether you’re looking for something to impress at your cousin’s wedding, an easy frock to throw on under a cardigan for work or something flirty and fun to sport on the weekend, there are plenty of options to fit your every need. Of course, with so many stunning styles to comb through, it can be easy to suddenly find yourself with 40 dresses in your cart and an overwhelming inability to whittle down your selection. So, to help you determine which pieces are truly worth buying, we went ahead and selected the 25 pieces we’d bestow with the title of ‘Best Anthropologie Dress.’ Read on to learn exactly what it is that makes them stand out from the pack.

The Top 5 Anthropologie Dresses at a Glance

When Does Anthropologie Typically Have Sales?

Anthropologie tends to update its sale section on the weekends, so if you’ve got your eye on something specific we suggest checking on Friday or Saturday morning to see if the price has gone down. The retailer also has larger events centered around all the biggest shopping holidays—Memorial Day, Labor Day, Black Friday. We suggest signing up for Anthro emails if you want to be informed about upcoming sale before the general public.

What Dresses Are On-Trend for Summer 2023?

Anthropologie is particularly good at curating a selection of dresses that is both trendy and timeless. For those looking to sport the trendiest silhouettes for 2023, keep an eye out for shirt dresses, drawstring waists, mini-length shifts, cutout detailing, colorful patterns and all things denim.

How We Chose the Best Anthropologie Dresses

The following styles are a mix of best sellers from the retailer and picks from PureWow’s most stylish editors. Of course, we also read through all the reviews to ensure these frocks are truly worth the splurge, so we feel confident there will be one (or maybe five) dresses you’re bound to love.

The Top 7 Color Trends to Mix and Match This Summer

Breezy Shirt Dress

1. Maeve Bettina Shirt Dress


  • Size Range: XXS to 3X, also Petite
  • Pros: bra-friendly, made from 100 percent cotton, machine washable
  • Cons: reviews suggest it runs large

This best-selling shirt dress comes in a range of vibrant patterns, but we’re partial to this tropical blue-and-white print, which easily goes with a wide range of neutral hues as well as other brights. Reviews suggest this frock runs large, so you may want to size down from your usual, especially if you’re petite. (That said, the material does not have much stretch, so if you have a bigger bust, you might actually be more comfortable in your regular size.) Otherwise, it seems the lightweight cotton fabric and breezy, elegant silhouette are major hits, making the Bettina dress a clear must-have for summer.

Vintage-Inspired Silhouette

2.     Maeve Cecily Sweetheart Dress


  • Size Range: XXS to 3X, also Petite
  • Pros: bra-friendly, machine washable, made from stretchy material
  • Cons: reviews suggest it runs large

We came for the vintage-inspired silhouette, but stayed for the adorable strawberry print. It also comes in a handful of other patterns, as well as solid hues, all of which are made from Anthropologie’s proprietary Magic Fabric. This unique blend of viscose, linen, cotton and elastane has the look and feel of cotton, but with ample stretch to conform to your curves and smooth your figure without feeling constrictive. Reviews say this dress runs a bit large in the bust, but is incredibly flattering overall.

Fancy Linen Dress

3.     By Anthropologie One-Shoulder Linen Dress


  • Size Range: 00 to 16 (select colors also available up to size 26, as well as Petite)
  • Pros: machine washable, can be worn with a strapless bra
  • Cons: skirt is not adjustable

“I’m calling it—yellow is the new pink and this linen one-shoulder dress really pops!” raves senior editor Dana Dickey. “This dress is so of-the-moment without being too frou-frou and is cut for comfort with a wrap front. All this, and it’s machine washable.” Score! The bow at the waist can be tied however you like, but the fit is not adjustable (there’s a side zipper to help you slip it on and off). The yellow hue only goes up to a size 16, but the dress also comes in black and white, both of which are available in plus and petite sizes.

Floral Midi

4. Farm Rio Tiered Ruffle Dress

Farm Rio

  • Size Range: XXS to XL
  • Pros: has pockets, machine washable, made of cotton
  • Cons: straps may be too long for petite frames

Assistant commerce editor Natalie LaBarbera has her eyes set on this ruffled number as her ultimate summer go-to. “The tiering, the colors, the square neckline, the light cotton fabric—there’s not one single thing I don’t love about this Farm Rio midi.” Reviewers rave about how breathable and soft the fabric feels, although some petite shoppers found the straps were too long for them (they are not adjustable). There’s also a pull tie in the waist so you can tighten and loosen the silhouette to your liking.

The Cult Favorite

5.  The Somerset Maxi Dress


  • Size Range: XXS to 3X, also Petite
  • Pros: lots of reviews to comb through, machine washable, has pockets
  • Cons: fixed neckline

The Somerset collection includes some of the highest-rated dresses Anthropologie has to offer. There’s just something about that V-neck and flounced sleeve that hits just about everyone in exactly the right spot. There are now multiple versions of the flouncy silhouette to shop, but we still recommend coming back to the original design. The cotton fabric is lightweight and breathable—ideal for summer—and the smocked waist can stretch along with you so you won’t feel pinched in at your waist. It also has pockets for you to stow your wallet and phone or some SPF and snacks. Our only gripe? The neckline is fixed, meaning there are no buttons or snaps, so if you find the cut a bit too low for your taste, you’re best bet is to use a safety pin or brooch to pin it closed.

Standout Wedding Guest Dress

6.  Delfi Collective One-Shoulder Dress

Delfi Collective

  • Size Range: XS to L
  • Pros: comfortable silhouette, can be worn with a strapless bra
  • Cons: dry clean only

“My day-to-day wardrobe is exclusively neutral, but I love wearing bright colors to weddings (especially in the summer), and this pleated, one-shoulder number is a showstopper,” says wellness director Sarah Stiefvater. Indeed, this stunning ombre gown was basically made for spinning on the dance floor. We love that the silhouette is very forgiving as well, so you won’t feel self-conscious about indulging in delicious food and ample Champagne. The neckline also works with a strapless or one-shoulder bra.

Classic Button-Up

7. Maeve Soren Shirt Dress


  • Size Range: XXS to 3X, also Petite
  • Pros: lots of color options, machine washable, made of cotton
  • Cons: reviews suggest it runs large

“My usual concern with classic-fit shirt dresses like this one is that the hips will be far too narrow, causing the buttons to pull,” says Judith H., a friend of PureWow’s fashion editor Abby Hepworth. “But this one seems to account for that with a wider cut in the hips, yet not so wide that I feel like I am being swallowed whole by the material. It’s just the right level of oversize to be both comfortable and flattering.” Multiple other reviewers express similar sentiments, with many even suggesting that they preferred to go down a size for a better fit in the shoulders and bust. That said, the cotton material has very little stretch, so consider your bust measurement before you add to cart.

Posh Minidress

8. Sue Sartor Flounce Shorty Dress

Sue Sartor

  • Size Range: XXS to 3X, also Petite
  • Pros: bra-friendly, machine washable
  • Cons: material has little to no stretch

If you’re on the hunt for a minidress that still feels grown up, look no further. We’re kind of obsessed with the sharp collar and muted color palette of this airy stunner, which is made entirely of cotton. Reviews suggest it runs small and that the material has little to no stretch (it’s also a pullover fit), so if you’re between sizes or have a larger bust you might be more comfortable going up one size. Just note: Sue Sartor produces her designs in smaller batches, so we suggest snapping this beauty up before it sells out.

Black-Tie Wedding Guest Dress

9. BHLDN Ruby Twist Halter Gown


  • Size Range: 0 to 26
  • Pros: timeless silhouette, lots of colors to choose from, can be worn with a strapless bra
  • Cons: dry clean only

Whether you’re looking for a black-tie gown or a chic bridesmaids dress, this gorgeous halter is an incredibly flattering and comfortable option. The material has a satin finish and plenty of stretch—one reviewer even shared photos of herself wearing the dress while pregnant. Anthropologie suggests using your hip measurement to find your best size, but most reviewers also say it generally runs pretty true to size. However, petites will very likely have to have this dress hemmed, as it falls 62 inches from shoulder to hem.

Backless Cover-Up

10.  By Anthropologie Malika Printed Dress


  • Size Range: XXS to XL (select colors available in Petite and Plus sizes)
  • Pros: lightweight, lots of vibrant patterns to choose from, works well as a cover-up
  • Cons: reviews suggest it runs large

Although this dress is opaque, many reviewers suggest it works best as a beach cover-up rather than a casual frock due to the gorgeous low back and generous cut. In fact, some reviewers even suggest going two full sizes down from your usual to avoid being overwhelmed by the skirt. The straps are adjustable, and some colors do come in petite sizing to help you find the ideal length. That beautiful open back means this dress won’t work well with a bra, but some reviewers liked the look of a cotton bandeau or lace-back bralette in a coordinating color for those who don’t like the idea of going braless.

Lace Mini

11. The Somerset Mini Eyelet Dress


  • Size Range: XXS to 3X, also Petite
  • Pros: bra-friendly, has pockets
  • Cons: hand wash only

As mentioned earlier, Anthropologie’s Somerset collection is pretty vast at this point, with lots of different lengths and fabrics to comb through. But this particular mini is definitely our favorite just behind the OG cotton maxi, especially for summer. The eyelet lace is cut into more of a Mod graphic pattern, as opposed to dainty daisies, which helps balance any twee vibes the flounced miniskirt may give off. And unlike lots of white summer dresses, this one is totally opaque, so you don’t have to worry about your bra or underwear showing through the fabric.

Flirty Tunic

12.  Devotion Twins Embroidered Ella Tunic Dress

Devotion Twins

  • Size Range: XS to L (select colors available in Petite)
  • Pros: bra-friendly, machine washable
  • Cons: limited size range

This breezy tunic has us dreaming of a beach vacation, and not just because it was designed and made in Greece. It comes in a wide range of gorgeous color combos, all with that signature graphic embroidery and easy silhouette. The hem falls 35 inches from the shoulder, meaning it’s not too short for taller gals or those with long torsos. (Petite sizes fall 33.25 inches and plus falls 37.5 inches.) It’s also machine washable so you can toss it in your suitcase to wear as a pool coverup or out dancing knowing it’ll be easy to wash away any sunscreen or sweat.

Eco-Friendly Midi

13. Reformation Rosi Dress


  • Size Range: 0 to 26
  • Pros: can be worn with a strapless bra, made from eco-friendly materials and sustainable production methods
  • Cons: dry clean only

Did you know that Anthropologie recently started carrying a range of styles from Reformation? The Rosi dress is perhaps our favorite because of the super-flattering silhouette that can be dressed up or down to fit multiple types of events. The viscose material does not have much stretch, however the back of the bodice is smocked for a more comfortable fit. We suggest choosing your size based on your hip measurement to avoid any pulling there. Oh, and there’s also a gorgeous cut-out in back as a subtly sexy surprise.

For Brides-to-Be

14.   By Anthropologie Twist-Front Satin Dress


  • Size Range: 00 to 26, also Petite
  • Pros: machine washable, available in plus and petite sizes, bra-friendly
  • Cons: material tends to wrinkle

Both Dickey and commerce editor Olivia Kappler called out this shimmery midi as a must-have for summer 2023. “I love the relaxed, summery vibe of this dress,” says Kappler, “but the satin finish helps elevate the whole thing. The elegant low neckline is sexy without being too in your face, as well.” Reviews suggest that the color is more of a cream or Champagne hue IRL, as opposed to bright white, but also rave about how flattering the cut looks on a range of body types.

Versatile Gown

15. Kahindo Strapless Maxi Dress


  • Size Range: XXS to 3X, also Petite
  • Pros: Black-owned brand, has pockets, made of cotton
  • Cons: reviews suggest it runs small

This stunning strapless gown is the ultimate wedding guest dress, in our opinion, because it can be worn in any season and dressed up or down to fit tons of different dress codes. Reviews suggest it runs small, so you may want to consider sizing up one (or two if you have a bigger bust) from your usual, but there are also petite lengths available for shorter gals. Oh, and did we mention it has pockets? Perfect for hiding tissues, lip balm or even some mid-ceremony snacks.

Ruffled Caftan

16. Maeve Cassandra Maxi Dress


  • Size Range: XXS to 3X, also Petite
  • Pros: has pockets, bra-friendly, machine washable
  • Cons: reviews suggest it runs large

Another best-selling style, this dress has a flattering flowy fit and buttons along the neckline, so you can show as much or as little skin as you like. A large number of reviewers mention owning this dress in multiple colors, with some noting that the dress holds up really well over time and through frequent washing. They also suggest it runs a little big, but going down one from your usual should fit well. Oh, and did we mention it has pockets, too?

Cut-Out Midi

17.  Farm Rio Parrot Halter Maxi Dress

Farm Rio

  • Size Range: XXS to XL, also Petite
  • Pros: machine washable, can be worn with a strapless or racerback bra
  • Cons: reviews suggest it runs large

We’ll admit, the sizing on this cutout midi is a bit tricky—reviewers found the bust fits true to size, but the waist has a more generous cut. We suggest leaning into the flowy nature of this Farm Rio stunner and opting for your usual size and just embracing the extra air flow those sexy cutouts provide. Plus, the orange hue is absolutely stunning and looks gorgeous on just about every skin tone. Per one reviewer, “This dress is just so fun. The orange is vibrant and the embroidered parrots are so cute. Love the knots—they make this dress super unique. It’s also fully lined so I don’t have to think about specific underwear or bras.”

Workout Dress

18.  Splits59 Airweight Scoop-Neck Dress


  • Size Range: XS to XL
  • Pros: built-in bike shorts, sweat-wicking material
  • Cons: limited size range

Hop on the workout dress trend with this chic mini that comes with bike shorts built right under the skirt. The black with white piping is giving us major Meredith Blake from The Parent Trap vibes (in all the best ways), and the nylon/spandex material wicks away sweat to keep you comfortable whether you’re serving on the tennis court or strutting down the sidewalk. Splits59 tends to run true to size, but if you’re unsure, we suggest using your hip measurement to determine your best size.

Ruched Midi

19. By Anthropologie Maya Cowl-Neck Dress


  • Size Range: XXS to 3X, also Petite
  • Pros: bra-friendly, machine washable, material doesn’t wrinkle easily
  • Cons: material may be a bit thick for hot weather

Ruching is great for masking lumps and bumps, all while looking wonderfully chic, which is a large part of why we—and plenty of reviewers—adore this sexy midi. “I absolutely love this dress,” raves one shopper. “The quality is totally worth the price. The material is thick and has a lining as well. This dress hugs all the right places. Love the options of dressing it up or down.” It can also be worn with a regular ‘ol T-shirt bra, which is always a win, in our opinion.

Versatile Midi

20.  By Anthropologie Square-Neck Dress


  • Size Range: XXS to XL, also Petite
  • Pros: has pockets, machine washable
  • Cons: open back is not bra friendly

This flowy midi hits that sweet spot between casual and dressy, and can be accessorized to amplify either depending on what your day has in store. The loose fit is also supremely comfortable, and while the back features a chic adjustable tie, it’s unlikely you could hide the back of a regular bra, even with a strategically knotted bow. The shoulder straps are also adjustable, and it comes in petite lengths so you don’t have to worry about getting this beauty hemmed. Plus, the darker colors work just as well for fall as they do for summer, giving you even more opportunities to wear this frock.

Everyday Minidress

21.  Pilcro V-Neck Shift Dress


  • Size Range: XXS to 3X, also Petite
  • Pros: made of cotton, has pockets, bra friendly
  • Cons: hand wash or dry clean only

Come peak summer, you’ll be glad you picked up this flowy minidress made of breathable cotton. The ruffle detail along the neckline and shoulders is incredibly flattering, and we love the subtle touch of the contrasting stitching along the edge and hem. Reviews say, while the body of the dress is intended to be roomy, this dress fits true to size. Those with a bigger bust may even find going up one to be more comfortable. And for those who’d prefer a brighter pop, this dress also comes in a creamsicle orange hue and a pink-and-red tropical floral.

Comfy Knit Dress

22. L*Space Ellery Halter Dress


  • Size Range: XS to XL
  • Pros: adjustable straps, comfortable material
  • Cons: hand wash only

This fabulous halter dress is made from a super comfortable, ribbed knit with plenty of stretch to hug your curves just right. Although the sexy cutouts at the front are fairly fixed, the shoulder straps are adjustable at the back. Reviewers rave about just how comfortable this dress is. Per one 5’3” shopper, “It hits right at the ankles on me which I think is the perfect length. Nice stretchy material that moves easily with the body.” Note: Some reviewers found the cream color option was more sheer than they would have preferred, but it seems the brown, black and mauve hues are all fairly opaque.

Adjustable Mini

23. Daily Practice Ruched Mini Dress

Daily Practice

  • Size Range: XXS to 3X, also Petite
  • Pros: bra-friendly, machine washable, side ruching is adjustable
  • Cons: reviews suggest it runs small

For days when it’s impossibly hot but you still want to look put together, this ruched mini is a total lifesaver. The comfortable cotton-elastane material is light enough to provide plenty of airflow but still thick enough to not appear sheer or show the lines of a bra. The ruching on each side is fully adjustable, so you can make the hem as long or as short as you like, and it also comes in petite lengths. Reviews suggest that this style runs a bit small, though it is designed for a curve-hugging fit on bottom. If you prefer a more casual fit, you should consider going up a size.

For Tall Women

24. Favorite Daughter The Blackberry Dress

Favorite Daughter

  • Size Range: XS to XL
  • Pros: straps are adjustable, fabric is lightweight
  • Cons: hand wash or dry clean only

We’re kind of obsessed with this ‘90s-inspired slip dress thanks to all the small, special details. The straps are adjustable with a tie in the back and that subtle touch of lace along the bust is oh-so flattering without feeling too twee. The length, 58 inches from shoulder to hem, may be a bit long for petite women, but for tall gals that should be plenty of length to wear with either flats or a low heel.

Editor’s Pick

25. Cala de la Cruz Sabina Linen Dress

Cala de la Cruz

  • Size Range: XS to XL
  • Pros: Latina-owned and operated, made of linen, adjustable straps and waist wrap
  • Cons: dry clean only

Fashion editor Abby Hepworth immediately fell head-over-heels for this dress upon seeing it. “The pattern is just so cheerful and fun and reminds me of Phoebe Buffay if she wanted a sexy beach-vacation dress. I love that it looks a bit like a two-piece set, but is in fact attached on the sides.” The shoulder straps and wrap around the waist are both adjustable, and the back of the bust is smocked to better fit a range of cup sizes.

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