Best Dresses

The fashion industry has always been very global and it can sometimes be difficult to find great style that is made in the USA. A good dress is no exception! We did the research to find the brands that are making stylish and comfortable dresses made in the USA. No matter the occasion, hopefully this list of dresses has something that will fit your needs and taste. Below are all of our findings and the factors that we considered during our research process. Happy shopping!

Our Findings

Overall, we found six brands that made the cut and are made in the USA: Amma’s Umma, Bailey 44, Flynn Skye, Hard Tail Forever, JudyP, and Lazy Caturday. Each of them have slightly different styles (and I know everyone has different preferences), so we put each of our top picks into some popular style categories.

We know you want dresses that are long-lasting, easy to care for, and allow you to flaunt what you’ve got. The dresses on our list are made of in-demand fabrics such as cotton, polyester, linen, and chiffon. So, they will look great and allow you to relax and have a good time while wearing them. Ready? Let’s get into our top picks.

Top Recommendations

Best Dresses Best for:
Amma’s Umma Casual Wear
Bailey 44 Classic Style
Flynn Skye Bohemian Style
Hard Tail Forever Maxi Dresses
JudyP Business Style
Lazy Caturday Most Affordable

Recommendations: Going Deeper

Check out additional details on each of our top picks, why they made the cut as the best of the best, and things we both liked and didn’t like about each brand.

Best for Casual Wear

Amma’s Umma

Amma’s Umma will take you through every season both of the year and life with minimal effort. An instant outfit on its own will look great in a casual setting paired with some sneakers or understated jewelry.

Many of their styles have pockets. You know the drill, ladies- put your hands in and twirl. You know you want to.

The best part of buying a dress from Amma’s Umma is that they give back to the community in an incredible way. Founder, Chelsea Dutta, is changing what it means to produce clothing- motivated by the fact that she found out many families need to put their children up for adoption or into orphanages not because they wanted to, but because they couldn’t afford to care for them.

Shopping through their site makes a difference as they make all of their dresses in the USA under fair trade principles.

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Things we like:

  • Helping children on a global scale
  • Dresses of different lengths
  • Rompers included in dress line
  • Gorgeous solids, tye-dyes, and floral prints available
  • Easily paired with jean jackets or cardigans for layering

Things we don’t like:

  • Quick return timeframe – within 15 days of purchase

 

Best Classic Style

Bailey 44

This L.A.-based company has a modern take on your “LBD” (little black dress). Every woman needs a dress like Bailey 44 will provide in your closet. Dresses like these work for so many different occasions; they are classic with a new edge.

They can be worn to weddings, a fancy dinner, or the theater. They have black, white, and navy in their collection with one pop of color in a beautiful red shade.

This company is woman-led and run, so they understand the needs of the modern woman eager for pieces that easily transition from day to night. They use luxe fabric and take into consideration how their pieces will look on every body type.

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Things we like:

  • Woman-owned and led company
  • New limited collection every month- always something new!
  • Carried in many brick and mortar stores so you can see and feel the clothing before taking it home to your closet

Things we don’t like:

  • Expensive

 

Best Bohemian Style

Flynn Skye

With every color under the sun floating around in this dreamy, bohemian collection, something is sure to catch your eye. There are dresses made of lace, chiffon, cotton, and everything in between.

There are styles with cut-outs, ties, slits, and scoop necks. Truly something for everybody. Their array of fun patterns and personality shines through in their garments.

Flynn Skye is named after owner Amber’s daughter. She built her business out of her garage with no design experience and now has this beautiful line available to you that showcases her free-spirited style.

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Things we like:

  • Limited-run manufacturing for unique pieces
  • Appeals to many different women
  • Varying lengths and styles

Things we don’t like:

  • No plus size options

 

Best Maxi Dresses

Hard Tail Forever

Want a dress that covers your legs, looks great, and feels like comfy loungewear? Enter the maxi—no need to sacrifice style or comfort to have this dream come true.

Hard Tail Forever makes beautiful maxi dresses in a variety of patterns and styles. They would look fabulous, walking along the beach with your love or having a casual date night in the park.

The founding couple, inspired by their three daughters, promotes a message of empowering females. They started with an athletic line and branched out from there, eventually becoming an internationally known company but never straying from their California roots. All of their products are still manufactured here. This is a brand we can stand behind with pride.

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Things we like:

  • Website pairs with Rakuten for cash back
  • Great for layering
  • Maximum comfort

Things we don’t like:

  • Slightly pricey

 

Best Business Style

JudyP

With bold, bright colors, these dresses will make a splash at the office. They are best for business because of their traditional silhouettes. Flattering for any body type and with a vast array of colors to choose from, you are sure to find your perfect dress.

JudyP also runs a blog with style tips, there is a section to shop by specific style on the site, and a lookbook is provided seasonally. This company is truly putting their best foot forward to help you look your best.

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Things we like:

  • Shop by style or color
  • Easy to care for
  • UPF rated 50+
  • True to size

Things we don’t like:

  • None

 

Most Affordable

Lazy Caturday

This product category on Lazy Caturday is literally labeled “cute dresses,” and we couldn’t agree more. There are so many fun styles that include buttons, ties, color blocks, and more.

You can stock up from Lazy Caturday at a more affordable price point than others on the list and not feel guilty about it. They also have “cute tights” and “cute shoes” you can pair with your dresses, so with the leftover money from this budget-friendly option, you can create an entire outfit!

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Things we like:

  • Variety of colors and styles
  • Varying sleeve lengths for every season
  • Small, family-owned boutique
  • Plus size options- sizing up to 3X
  • Excellent sale prices- as low as $12!

Things we don’t like:

  • All short dresses

Factors We Considered

Occasions

Different occasions call for different types of dresses. You wouldn’t wear the same one for a picnic as you would to a wedding. We compiled our list to give you options no matter where you may be headed. Each one will allow you to look your best and be dressed appropriately for the activity in which you are participating.

Comfort

No one wants to be caught dancing the night away or trying to enjoy a night out sipping cocktails while uncomfortable. The companies we have included on this list make their dresses out of comfortable fabrics that will keep you feeling your best.

Speaking of comfort, make sure to check out our top picks of the best leggings made in the USA too.

Style

The point of wearing a dress is to look great! There are so many options to choose from on this list, and they will all have your friends or your SO saying, “wow!”
What a great feeling to arrive and be noticed. Every woman wants to look in the mirror and love what they see looking back at them- these dresses will allow for precisely that.

Community

Many of the companies on this list give back to their communities. They are real women or couples with real dreams and goals. Their missions are admirable and are just another reason on the list we love to support them by buying their clothes.

No matter which company you decide to go with on this list, you will be supporting a great American business. They have chosen top quality materials, are small family-owned shops, and take serving their communities seriously. You can and should feel proud to support these companies by wearing their dresses. Shop on, ladies!

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