Prettiest Plus-Size Summer Dresses \\ © Lauren by Ralph Lauren\Macy's(© Lauren by Ralph Lauren\Macy's)

When warm weather hits we tend to reach for the old reliable denim shorts and T-shirt combo. But a simple frock can be much more comfortable, more flattering, and it lets you strut your individual style. Whether it's a sexy halter dress, a retro-chic day dress, a crisp linen sheath for the office, or a lace-touched LBD to dazzle your date, there's a frock in stock for you. Here we pay tribute to the beautifying effects of the unabashedly feminine plus-size summer dress.

Day Dresses: Walk the Frock

Usually a tick up from your more casual frocks, day dresses are the epitome of pretty, and they're polished enough for Sunday brunch or a Saturday spent shopping with drinks and dinner later. The resurgence of the ladylike look translates into fit-and-flare dresses woven warm-weather-right in cotton broadcloth, twill, poplin, or that stalwart of sticky summers: linen. Tea-length or knee-length hems keep gams cool, a slight nip at the waist gives hourglass charm, and the flare of this cut skims over hips beautifully.

Colors and embellishments on the newest day dresses make a refreshing splash. Ace a hot summer trend and wear an all-white number anchored by a mid-heel slide sandal. Go demure with pastels or brazen with citrus or neon shades. Vintage-tinged florals are also big (sometimes literally) on sundresses this season, as are relaxed A-line skirts, subtly sexy crossover bodices and textural play such as shutter pleats, pintucks or all-over crinkle fabric that feels as good as it looks.