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Hallelujah, the end to last month’s deep freeze is finally in sight. It’s cute summer dress time! Instead of buying a bunch of styles you’ll wear only once or twice, we suggest sticking to classics you’ll get more mileage out of. Without further ado, the only five warm-weather dresses you need.

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This versatile dress is great for both the office and a weekend of shopping on Fillmore Street. Play with belts and accessories to customize the look.

Get the look:  Serena & Lily ($60); Anthropologie ($90); The Podolls ($217)

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This is the perfect casual look for when you’ll be outside all day. From brunch to a picnic to wine tasting, you’ll be dressed for the occasion. Plus, the floral pattern will disguise any wrinkles or sweat marks when it’s really a scorcher.

Get the look: Modcloth ($65); Tahari ($128); Amour Vert ($218)



The right kind of long dress can do double duty. Pick something in a light, airy fabric: It’s breezy and bohemian during the day and chic when paired with a jacket and scarf at night.

Get the look: Felicity & Coco ($68); Amour Vert ($198); Alice + Olivia ($400)

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The problem? Wedding season. The solution? A dress you can wear to all of them, from the casual ceremony in the redwoods to the formal affair at The Battery.

Get the look: Laundry by Shelli Segal ($91); Maje ($220); ASOS ($425)



Casual but put together, the shift is tailor-made for San Francisco. It’s comfortable and loose around the waist, and it can easily be dressed up or down. Wear it with flats on the weekend or strappy sandals and gilded bangles for rooftop happy hours.

Get the look: Lulus ($48); Lou & Grey ($60); Madewell ($98)

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