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    33 Inexpensive Dresses You'll Want To Wear All Summer Long

    Step away from the denim, folks. The time for summer dresses has arrived.

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    1. A cold shoulder maxi dress so trendy, it's practically a requirement to have a photo shoot whilst wearing it. Congratulations on your newest #ootd, now prepare for at least 500K new followers.

    Promising review: "Got this dress to wear in Hawaii! It was beautiful and I felt very comfortable in it, plus it fit great with or without a bra (I decided to go without). Got a lot of compliments on it, the price was great, and I’ll definitely wear it again." —Carebear

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in sizes 0X-4X and in 32 colors/styles).

    2. A smocked mini dress for whenever you're running late, which is pretty much always. Just slip this on, pair it with any shoe, throw your hair into a chic messy bun (emphasis on the messy), and that's it! You're ready. No one will notice that you were *ahem* 45 minutes late.,

    Promising review: "This is a very comfortable off-the-shoulder dress. I took it to Mexico with me and walked along the beach, so it didn't feel too constricting or anything. I have a bigger bottom half so it was comfortable and didn't feel too short when standing." —Raina Coleman

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes 0-14 and in six colors).

    3. A t-shirt dress that must be the child of summertime Christmas because this is here to bring you tidings of comfort and JOY. This cozy maxi is the perfect thing to throw on and is *super* easy to dress up.

    Promising review: "This is SO CUTE! I can’t wait to wear it this this summer. Many have said they used it as a swimsuit cover up, but I will definitely be wearing this as a casual maxi dress! The material is slightly silky and very substantial — definitely more substantial than just a cover up. You can even tie up the front into a knot for a cute hi-low look. Just make sure to size up for a more relaxed fit!" —Richie P.

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 27 colors).

    4. A belted mini dress so inexpensive, I'm pretty sure I've bought iced coffee that costs more. ("I have NO idea where all of my money goes," I say to myself as I sip on my third iced coffee of the day.)

    Nasty Gal

    Get it from Nasty Gal for $12.80 (originally $32, available in size 8).

    5. An off-shoulder maxi dress that does NOT include an all-expenses-paid trip to Prague as seen below (rude), but if you happen to have a vacation planned? Say hello to your stylish daily uniform.,

    Promising review: "I bought this dress in blue about a year ago and was nervous because I don’t normally buy clothes before trying them on. But every single time I wore it, I had at least a handful of people compliment me or ask where I found it. It was insanely comfortable, and I've since ordered two other colors." —MCD

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in eight colors).

    6. A button-up midi dress you should truly pack in your carry-on. If your luggage gets lost (which has never happened to me hahahaha), have peace of mind knowing that you can wear this *one* item every single day of your vacation.

    Promising review: "This dress is so cute and comfortable! I also really love that there's stretchy material on the back, meaning it can accommodate larger busts. I will definitely be purchasing this in other patterns!" —KB

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 37 colors).

    7. A fitted jersey dress available in the most vibrant, unique hue gracing the runways this season: black.


    Get it from H&M for $12.99 (available in sizes XS-XL and in three colors).

    8. A sleeveless halter dress featuring a gorgeous lace-up back, the kind that you can tighten/loosen for a fit that feels custom tailored to you.,

    Promising review: "I bought this dress for an outside wedding and it was PERFECT. If you tie the back tight enough, there is no need for any type of tape or bra (I wear a 34D and went braless). The length was great for dancing all night and it was light enough to feel comfortable in the summer heat. None of my friends could believe I got the dress from Amazon." —Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in sizes S-L and in two colors).

    9. A bandana print dress you can pair with a snazzy straw hat and BAM! You are ~romantic stroll by the beach date~ ready.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $15 (available in sizes 0X-3X).

    10. A high neck A-line dress made from a soft, lightweight knit that won't stick to your skin the *second* a hint of humidity hits. Hallelujah for fabrics that don't cling to even the sweatiest parts of your body.


    Get it from Target for $14.99 (available in sizes XS-XXL).

    11. A halter mini dress available in 22 gorgeous color and pattern combos. Will you spend the next several hours deciding which color and pattern combo to purchase? Probably. To all the indecisive folks out there, I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

    Promising review: "This dress is beautiful, especially for the price. It's light, comfy, and flowy. I especially like how the back is a little longer so you don't have to worry about flashing people." —Trish P.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98+ (available in sizes S-XL and in six colors).

    12. A square neck sundress you'll find yourself wearing at least eight days a week (😉) because of how versatile it is. You'll be able to easily dress this up or down depending on the social function you *sigh* have to attend.


    Get it from Boohoo for $11.20 (originally $28, available in sizes 12-24 and in three colors).

    13. A simple off-the-shoulder dress with a high-low hem, which means it's slightly longer in the back. Who's going to spend the night fearing that their underwear is saying peek-a-boo? Not you!,

    Promising review: "I purchased this FANTASTIC dress for a masquerade ball. It flows really nicely, is sturdy, and is made with a strong material that does not feel cheap in the slightest. The zipper is also durable and the seams are well-made." —JNH

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 10 colors).

    14. A porcelain print skater dress so gorgeous that I now understand the whole concept of ~love at first sight~. Maybe Shakespeare wasn't completely off about the whole Romeo/Juliet thing.


    Get it from Missguided for $20 (available in sizes 2-10 and in four colors).

    15. An A-line midi dress featuring an itty bitty cutout. Uncle Joey, this is where you step in to tell everyone to ~cut it out~ with the compliments.,

    Promising review: "I absolutely loved this dress for my trip to Cabo. Received so many compliments on it, the material is good quality, and didn’t wear a bra at all (I wear a 34DD)." —Christie B.

    Get it from Amazon for $28.95+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 29 colors).

    16. A jersey knit tank dress you'll be able to quickly throw on when you've agreed to meet your friends for lunch at 2:30. The time is now 3:15 and you've got to hurry it up.


    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, shrug, a cardigan, or a blazer. It washes very nicely and I love that it doesn't wrinkle when I fold it up." —THE IslandGirl...Sharon

    Get it from Amazon for $21.63 (available in sizes 1X and 7X and in three colors).

    17. A cheetah print dress that is easy, comfy, and cute. If you're looking for a wearable soulmate, I strongly believe you've just found it.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $22 (available in sizes S-L and in two colors).

    18. A ruffled dress you can easily dress up with wedges and dress down with sandals. I’m pretty sure this should be a visual aid next to the dictionary definition of “versatile”

    Nasty Gal

    Get it from Nasty Gal for $11 (originally $44, available in sizes 4-10).

    19. A basic t-shirt dress you can hypothetically wear 365 days a year. Pair this with some statement jewelry, your favorite booties, and BAM! You're now both comfortable and stylish, and it took about 0% effort to get you there.

    Promising review: "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 would look great on anyone. And most importantly - ITS COMFORTABLE!" —Riley Faircloth

    Get it from Amazon for $20.91+ (available in sizes XS-3XL and in 27 colors).

    20. A bodycon dress that I have two words for: summer wedding. If you’re planning on celebrating some nuptials this season, this gorgeous little number goes above and beyond the dress code.


    Promising review: "I purchased this three days before a wedding I had to attend. As soon as it arrived, I tried it on and i fell in love. The dress is such a good length, the material is super stretchy, and it fit my curves so well. I got so many compliments on it! Super worth it." —Claudia Velez

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in sizes S-3XL and in four colors).

    21. A yellow tie-waist dress symbolic of all the sun your body will FINALLY be getting after a long few months of hibernation. Vitamin D, it's been too long.


    Get it from ModCloth for $19.97 (originally $69, available in sizes XXS-4X and in three colors).

    22. A sleeveless dress because humidity has arrived and with it, an endless amount of sweat. Presenting the easiest way to wear as little clothing as possible while still feeling dressed up enough to go your office building/the grocery store/a dinner date. You’re welcome.,

    Promising review: "I love this! The fabric is super lightweight and flowy, but it isn't see-through or anything like that. I just wanted a cute, casual, swing dress and I am SO pleased with this one!" —Kai Yanga

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 26 colors).

    23. An off-shoulder maxi dress so gorgeous, you’ll struggle to keep it out of the grubby paws of your roommate (who steals your clothes and your food more than your own flesh and blood does).

    Promising review: "Super cute, flattering, and true to size. I like that it can be dressed up or down, although the slit on both sides does give it a more casual appearance. Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase. Love it!" —Ali C.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 16 colors).

    24. A floral mini dress you'll find yourself grabbing over and over (and over) again. Folks, say hello to your new go-to wardrobe staple. Please remember to wash it every once in a while.

    Nasty Gal

    Get it from Nasty Gal for $25 (originally $50, available in sizes 2-10).

    25. A bodycon dress that has pockets. Don't know how to pose your arms in a picture without looking awkward? Bam! Pockets to the rescue. Tuck your hands in and call yourself chic.

    Promising review: "I LOVE this dress! I originally got it in the bright blue and wore it to my boyfriend's law school graduation. Between the dinner, the ceremony, and the after party, I wore this for almost 10 hours and it was super comfortable. I bought the navy blue in a small and plan on wearing it to my best friend's wedding later in the summer, plus I'll be putting this into my regular work rotation under a black blazer." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in six colors).

    26. A button-up dress that can be worn with 1) sneakers, 2) heels, 3) sandals, 4) flip-flops, 5) wedges, 6) mules, 7) booties, and 8) Crocs. You can even wear it with Uggs if you're feeling especially bold.

    Promising review: "This is my new favorite dress! The fit is amazing, the length is perfect, and I love that the loops for the buttons are stretchy to allow a little give in the chest area. It’s a very thin, lightweight material perfect for spring and summer, and I definitely recommend washing by hand." —Justine

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 43 colors).

    27. A black bodycon dress with no expiration date. This LBD will be in style from now until the Year 3000 and yes, that is a Jonas Brothers reference.


    Get it from Target for $14 (available in sizes 1X-4X).

    28. A V-neck maxi dress made from a light, breezy material that'll feel like an answered prayer in the summer humidity. No more heavy fabric to remind you of how sweaty / in desperate need of a shower you are.,

    Promising review: "This is going to be a staple in my spring/ summer wardrobe. There are adjustable straps which is great, the fabric is thin and breezy without being see-through, and it has POCKETS. Deep, useful pockets. I sent this link to half the girls I work with because everyone loved it so much. It's super versatile — I wore it with a long black cardi and black mules, but I can see it with a denim jacket, you can belt it, wear with sandals or wedges, etc." —Misee

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in six colors).

    29. A fit-to-flare dress that'll have you humming 🎶 itsy bitsy teenie weenie 🎶 even though you are wearing neither a bikini or the color yellow.


    Get it from H&M for $17.99 (available in sizes 0-18 and in two colors).

    30. A flutter sleeve tie-waist maxi dress that I’m going to go ahead and add to my own shopping cart. Excuse me while I sign into Prime and submit my own personal order.,

    Promising review: "Okay, I am in LOVE! This might be my favorite Amazon purchase EVER. It's the perfect length the winged sleeves are beautiful and far more flattering than I thought it would be. I want this dress in ever pattern!" —TA

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 20 colors).

    31. A semi-nautical off-shoulder striped dress to fool everyone into thinking you’re some sort of fashion-forward sailor who’s never experienced sea sickness in their life. No sir! Not you!


    Get it from Boohoo for $18 (originally $36, available in sizes 12-20).

    32. A ruffled dress to prove that — SURPRISE — mermaids exist. Do you see that mermaid silhouette? You’ll be walking, talking proof of Ariel’s existence.,

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this dress. I have worn it to both a wedding and to a work awards party and got a MILLION compliments on it both times." —Heather Whitaker

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in seven colors).

    33. A V-cut dress with a whole lotta lace overlay, and a whole lotta fancy. Not sure what to wear to the birthday party for a distant relative who is mysteriously rich? Wear this! A glass of champagne in hand will match perfectly.


    Promising review: "Definitely buy this dress! I ordered my usual size and it literally fit like it was made for me! The v-neck is sexy but very classy. The dress is on the shorter side, but since I'm kind of short it was perfect. It definitely looks just as good in person! I wore it to a wedding and got so many compliments on it." —Amazon User

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes XL and XXL and in two colors).

    You in your new dress:

    20th Century Fox

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

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