If You Buy One Dress This Summer, It Should Be Button-Front

Dress weather is officially in full swing and this season, it really is all in the details. Button-front dresses have all but taken over at retail and everything from sundresses to sheaths are available adorned with the fastenings. Some are functional, some are purely decorative but either way, these simple add-ons are taking summer dresses to a chic new level.

As fashion trends go, buttons are hardly a revelation. After all, they’re pretty much guaranteed to be included on at least one piece we’re wearing on any given day. But the versions we’re seeing this season aren’t just functional, they’re fashion, adding an elevated, vintage-inspired vibe to airy linen and cotton frocks. Whether they’re lined up straight down the middle or adding a dynamic effect off-center, buttons are officially the must-have dress detail of the season. Forget about closures, these are embellishments — and they’re everywhere.

So whether you prefer a sleek, tailored frock or a flirty spaghetti-strap style, the button-front dress offerings are plentiful with options that are perfect for everything from a casual Friday at the office to a weekend park jaunt. Ahead, 15 wallet-friendly picks that will give your summer dress game an instant upgrade.

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