From The Dress Code
Class Uniwear
Type Dress
Material Cotton
Length Varies; Mini - Full
Shape Unknown
Alias Unknown

A sundress is a type of casual dress intended to be worn in warm weather. The sundress provides a feminine look that is more comfortable than a skirt and blouse or another sort of dress.


The dress is made from lightweight fabric, most commonly cotton, and usually has a loose-fitting form. It is commonly a bodice style, sleeveless dress, typically with a wide neckline and thin shoulder straps, and may be backless. A sundress is typically worn without a layering top and is not typically worn over a blouse, sweater or t-shirt, nor with leggings.

Sundresses can be of any neckline and hemline, ranging from mini to full length. It is typically sleeveless and collarless with a wide neckline and thin shoulder straps.

Sundresses can use a variety of closure types, including back zippers, side zippers, front buttons, back buttons, back ties, pullover or other closure styles. They may also be without any closures or fasteners and put on over the head or slipped on by pulling up from below.


While the word "sundress" was first used in the early 1940s, they really came into vogue in the 1950s, and were especially popularized by Lilly Pulitzer in the 1960s.