As summer sizzles on, we’ve got no patience left for fabric touching our skin. Any garment we put on needs to be bountifully breezy with a tent-like silhouette that promotes maximum airflow on the swampiest of days. But, on our hunt for voluminous pieces that rival parachutes, we’re also looking for styles that will seamlessly flounce with us into the upcoming chillier seasons. Enter, the tiered dress.
This lightweight piece is also inherently layered, making it the ideal transitional buy to take our bodies from late-summer right on into crisp fall. With paneled skirts that increase in volume as they reach the floor (or, just our knees) and hemlines that practically float (ensuring top-notch ventilation), these flounciful frocks feel just effortless when layered under sweaters or over turtlenecks and tees.
Click through to see 27 of our favorite freewheelin’ tiered dresses that will keep you feeling lighter than air for months to come.
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The Drop Long Sleeve Tiered Poplin Dress, $, available at Amazon
ASOS DESIGN tiered cotton poplin smock midi dress in white, $, available at ASOS
H&M 100% Cotton Puff-sleeved Dress, $, available at H&M
Résumé Sophia Tiered Frock Mini Dress, $, available at Urban Outfitters
Topshop Textured Check Long Sleeve Minidress, $, available at Nordstrom Rack
Arket Lustrous Gathered Dress, $, available at Arket
Urban Outfitters Paolo Tiered Ruffle Maxi Dress, $, available at Urban Outfitters
Everlane The Tiered Cotton Dress, $, available at Everlane
Glamorous Curve Tiered Check Smock Dress, $, available at ASOS
Kemi Telford Shola Layered Dress, $, available at Kemi Telford
Mango Ruffled shirt dress, $, available at Mango
Lulus Picnic Perfect Black and White Gingham Tiered Babydoll Dress, $, available at Lulus
lemlem Bahiri Maxi dress, $, available at Net-A-Porter
Standards & Practices Maxine Teal Paisley Maxi Dress, $, available at CoEdition
Hope for Flowers Embroidered Yellow Edwardian Dress, $, available at Hope For Flowers
Nation LTD Amelia Tiered Dress, $, available at Shopbop
OONTOODstyle Gingham V-Neck Tiered Dress, $, available at Etsy
& Other Stories Tiered Flutter Sleeve Midi Dress, $, available at & Other Stories
Sundry Tiered Dress With Ladder Lace, $, available at Sundry
Eloquii Flare Sleeve Tiered Dress, $, available at Eloquii
Anthropologie Georgina Tiered Shirtdress, $, available at Anthropologie
Madewell Button-Front Short-Sleeve Tiered Mini Dress, $, available at Madewell
Hope For Flowers by Tracy Reese Elysia Tiered Maxi Dress, $, available at Anthropologie
FANCYINN V-Neck Loose Swing Tunic Dress, $, available at Amazon
COS Tiered Dress, $, available at COS
Simply Be Mono Print Tiered Waffle Smock Dress, $, available at Simply Be
TOVE Ceres Tie-Detailed Mini Dress, $, available at Net-A-Porter
Jae Lenee Silk Organza Ruffle Dress in Black, $, available at …read more