Best Bet: Lincoln Tank Dress

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As summer approaches, there's the need for that dress: the one that would work for anything from outdoor brunches to bridal showers to picnics on Governors Island. The print on this silk tank dress is strikingly pretty and feminine, and the canvas belt keeps the shape from looking sacklike (though a leather belt would work just as well). Worn with a strappy sandal and delicate jewelry, the dress is appropriate for a more formal, daytime event, yet the scoop neck and short hem keep it from being too matronly.

American Vintage Lincoln Tank Dress, $105 at shopbop.com.