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    34 Inexpensive Dresses You'll Want To Wear All Summer

    Gorgeous dresses of the mini, midi, and maxi variety β€” all under $50!

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    1. A lace-up babydoll dress you will definitely go ga ga over. That's baby talk for "MAN, I love this dress."

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $49 (available in sizes XS-XL and in three colors).

    2. A loose-fitting maxi dress perfect for layering over your bathing suit at the beach, for running errands, for dinner plans, and everything in between.

    Promising review: "This dress is very soft and flowy, but also thick, not see- through, or flimsy." β€”SpedAisd

    Get it from Amazon for $14.70+ (available in sizes XS-L and in 11 colors).

    3. A mini dress with a HUGE ego. All the compliments are really starting to get to it...,

    Promising review: "This dress is so comfortable and has such a unique design! I can't wait to wear it this summer with some flats or with some pumps for nighttime outings." β€”Brittney Muller

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes XS-L).

    4. A button-front sundress featuring a tropical print you'll want to pack for a tropical vacation. Now all you have to do is book the trip...

    Get it from Asos for $35 (available in sizes 12-28).

    5. A bodycon dress with a gorgeous lace-up back that will rep~lace~ the current favorite in your closet. No hard feelings, old favorite. These things happen.

    Get it from Tobi for $34 (originally $68, available in sizes XS-XL and in three colors).

    6. A sleeveless v-neck dress made from a πŸ‘ ridiculously soft πŸ‘ jersey material that you will never want to take off.

    Promising review: "Love this dress! I'm working on a 'capsule wardrobe' and this fit the bill. It's lightweight and can be dressed up with scarves, a shrug, a cardigan, or a blazer. It washes very nicely, and I love that it folds up and doesn't wrinkle. An excellent buy!" β€”THE IslandGirl...Sharon

    Get it from Amazon for $20 (available in sizes 1X-7X and in two colors).

    7. An off-the-shoulder maxi dress you can pair with sneakers for a sporty look, with black booties for an edgy look, with heels for a fancy look, etc.

    Get it from Cotton On for $39.95 (available in sizes XXS-XXL and in five colors).

    8. A square neck sundress that may have just stepped off the set of The Notebook. So vintage-feeling, so romantic.

    Get it from Asos for $24 (available in sizes 0-14).

    9. A ruffle maxi dress with NO association to Ruffle chips...although it should be noted that they are both equally delicious.

    Promising review: "I love this dress for summer! It's so lightweight and airy, and it's perfect for going out on a hot summer night." β€”Amanda

    Get it from Aerie for $37.46 (originally $49.95, available in sizes XXS-XXL and in two colors).

    10. A floral print bodycon dress made from a stretch-knit material that will give your curves a warm, wonderful bear hug.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $28 (available in sizes S-L).

    11. A midi dress perfect for year-round wear. Bring it to the beach! Wear it with leather in the fall! Pair it with tights in the winter! Versatility is your friend.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this dress! I get so many compliments on it, and I love wearing it for everything from running errands to going to summer grad parties." β€”sambbb

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $49 (available in sizes XS-XL and in three colors).

    12. An open-shoulder dress to solve all "what the HECK should I wear to this summer barbecue?" dilemmas.

    Get it from H&M for $29.99 (available in sizes 2-16 and in three colors).

    13. A knit maxi dress so comfortable, you'll be temped to wear it in lieu of your pajamas...

    Promising review: "This dress ROCKS. It's super comfortable and can definitely be dressed up or down." β€”alexandrannm

    Get it from Nordstrom for $38.90 (originally $52, available in sizes XS-XL and in three colors).

    14. An off-the-shoulder skater dress that has "bottomless brunch attire" written all over it. Now pass the mimosa, please.

    Get it from Tobi for $28 (originally $56, available in sizes XS-L and in two colors).

    15. A scoop neck t-shirt dress known as essential. Closet essential. (I hope you read that in James Bond mode.)

    Promising review: "This is a great spring and summer dress. It's simple, easy-to-wear, and the fabric is nice and soft. Throw it on with a cute pair of sandals or shoes and your favorite bomber jacket and you're ready for anything!" β€”E. Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $18 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in five colors).

    16. A floral maxi dress with adjustable, tailored-to-you straps to make this pretty thing feel like it's made JUST for you.

    Get it from Torrid for $48.67 (originally $64.90, available in sizes 10-30).

    17. A maxi dress that'll trick everyone into thinking you're a blogger with, like, 900K followers. This outfit is just perfect for the 'gram, IMO.,

    Promising review: "This dress is super cute and comfortable, just as pictured! I think that sizing down is a good idea (I usually wear a medium but the small fit perfectly), and I love the pockets!" β€”JessiesGirl7

    Get it from Amazon for $17.38+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 20 colors).

    18. A bodycon mini dress sure to become your new go-to LBD. Sayonara, former little black dress.

    Promising review: "The material is amazing, it can be dressed up or down, and the length is great." β€”SSout

    Get it from Nordstrom for $12.60 (originally $18, available in sizes 0-14 and in three colors).

    19. An open-back maxi dress that has "I would totally save this to a Pinterest board" written all over it.

    Promising review: "The dress is gorgeous! I love the way it fits and flows, and the material is perfect for the summer. Absolutely love it!" β€”Akasha

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes 1X-3X and in 11 colors).

    20. A floral dress with a tie-up bust that can be dressed up or down. The choice is yours!

    Get it from Hello Molly for $47 (originally $67, available in sizes XS-L).

    21. A lace trim cotton sundress available in a gorgeous ivory color or a statement-making lipstick red.

    Promising review: "This is the perfect dress for summer! The fit and flare shape is stylish, retro, and compliments many figures!" β€”NordstromShopperOHM

    Get it from Nordstrom for $49 (available in sizes XXS-XXL).

    22. A knot t-shirt dress you can slip on whenever you're running late and/or in a rush. This pretty little thing? It's perfect for any occasion.

    Promising review: "Love this! It's so comfy! I ordered a size down, and it fit just right." β€”Lisa

    Get it from Aerie for $26.21 (originally $34.95, available in sizes XXS-XXL and in three colors).

    23. An off-the-shoulder dress known for being particularly painful. It has a ton of thorns. But as the old saying goes β€” beauty is pain.

    I personally never understood that saying, but what do I know.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $35 (available in sizes 1X-3X and in two colors).

    24. A t-shirt dress that is basically the longer version of your favorite, most comfortable tee. This is very exciting stuff, I know.,

    Promising review: "I am loving this dress. It doesn't shrink when washed, keeps its color, fits perfectly, and it looks good on! It's one of those dresses that anyone can wear and it'll be flattering. And most importantly, IT'S COMFORTABLE!" β€”Riley Faircloth

    Get it from Amazon for $12.98+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 13 colors).

    25. A ruffle dress made from a woven cotton fabric that will airy and lightweight on your body, in spite of the disgusting humidity outside.

    Get it from H&M for $34.99 (available in sizes 2-16).

    26. A bodycon dress so inexpensive, your wallet may start weeping uncontrollable sobs of joy. Just give it a moment. It'll be fine.,

    Promising review: "This dress is GORGEOUS! The fabric feels so good on my skin, it fits like a glove, and really accentuates your curves." β€”Lai Mayer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.89+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 12 colors).

    27. A tie-shoulder pinafore dress you'll want to throw on over your bikini for romantic strolls on the boardwalk.

    Get it from Asos for $35 (available in sizes 0-14).

    28. A leopard wrap minidress that may just give you fever.

    Promising review: "Love this dress! It's flirty and fun." β€”McCallB

    Get it from Nordstrom for $34.99 (originally $70, available in sizes 0-12).

    29. An off-the-shoulder maxi dress complete with side slits. Ya know, for anyone who wants to show off just a teeny tiny bit of leg.,

    Promising review: " This is such a cute dress β€” I absolutely love it! The fabric is so soft and comfortable, and I love the slits and off-the-shoulder look. I would definitely would buy this again in other colors, too!" β€”Christina S.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in three colors).

    30. A button-up midi dress so adorable, I guess you could say that it's β€” PUN APPROACHING β€” as cute as a button.

    Get it from Nasty Gal for $36 (originally $60, available in sizes 4-8).

    31. A tie-front dress in a gorgeous lavender color that your wardrobe desperately needs more of.

    Promising review: "This is the perfect summer dress! I actually wore it on my honeymoon and it was perfect! You can tie the front chest tie tighter which helps add support, and it's perfect for dressing up or down." β€”Samantha N.

    Get it from Lulus for $18 (originally $59, available in sizes XS-XL and in five colors).

    32. A button-up maxi dress available in a bunch of gorgeous patterns and vibrant colors you'll want to purchase immediately.,

    Promising review: "Love love love this dress! We went on a trip to Venice and it was the perfect! Everyone complimented it, and a few people with a camera kept following us everywhere we went in Piazza San Marco and took pictures of" β€”Adriana

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 19 colors).

    33. An a-line dress made from a soft jersey fabric you'll want to wear every morning, every afternoon, and every night. All summer long. Seriously.

    Get it from Aritzia for $48 (originally $60, available in sizes XXS-XL and in four colors).

    34. An open shoulder maxi dress that β€” WARNING β€” will get you a ton of enemies. Everyone will ask to borrow it, and you'll tell them that they absolutely can't.

    Get it from Boohoo for $15 (originally $30, available in sizes 4-12 and in five colors).

    Me, trying to restrain myself from buying everything on this list.

    New Line Cinema

    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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