What Does "Sundress Season" Mean? Fashionable Trend Drives Men Crazy

“What piece of woman’s attire most stokes a man’s desire?” The answer, of course, is a sundress.

Sarah Kester - Author

May 15 2024, Published 10:09 p.m. ET

There are a lot of burning questions running rampant on social media. What is a "golf widow"? Why are people using the term "grippy" on TikTok? And what the heck does "sundress season" mean?

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Now that the balmy, warm weather is here, more women are trading in their cardigans and sweatpants for airy sundresses. They are light and breezy and provide much-needed airflow during those sweltering hot days. Not to mention, they are gorgeous and men love them.

Keep reading to learn the ins and outs of what sundress season means.

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What does “sundress season” mean?

The meaning of sundress season depends on who you’re asking. If you’re asking a woman, sundress season typically refers to the time of year when they can wear a sundress.

To clarify, sundresses aren't the same as regular dresses. A regular dress can be used for various occasions, such as work events, parties, and formal evenings. A sundress, on the other hand, is reserved for casual summer outings, such as a trip to the beach or a barbeque at a friend's house.

Sundresses are made out of breathable cotton or linen fabric for an important reason. They need to be lightweight so that women don't feel too hot or weighed down by their clothes.

Here's the part of sundresses that both men and women love: The bodice is often form-fitted. It snugs in close to the gorgeous curves of a woman’s body, and sundresses often feature floral designs and bright colors. This helps women stand out and feel their best. They may pair the look with beachy waves.

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“Sundress season” has a much different meaning to men.

For any heterosexual man with a beating heart, sundress season is their favorite time of the year. A lot of this has to do with men finding sundresses to be one of the sexiest things a woman can wear.

In How I Met Your Mother, Barney Stinson summarized a man’s obsession with sundresses beautifully. “What piece of woman’s attire most stokes a man’s desire?” he asks Ted to answer the riddle in a clip. The answer, of course, is a sundress.

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“Lightweight outfit, pink or white, makes the front of my slacks abnormally tight?” Yeah, you get the idea. Men practically salivate over seeing a woman in a dress that exposes the most possible amount of skin.

Men on TikTok have also shared their two cents on social media. “When you realize it’s almost sundress season,” the text overlay read on this viral video by user @daytonmodderman. Natasha Bedingfield's “Pocketful of Sunshine" plays as Dayton eagerly awaits his favorite time of the year.

So, for many men and women, sundress season is one of their favorite times of the year. In addition to more daylight and fun outdoor activities, women get to wear their favorite summer sundresses and the men in their lives get to enjoy the view. Everyone wins!

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