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    36 Pieces Of Lightweight Summer Clothes That Scream "I'm Vaxxed And Relaxed"

    Hot Vax Summer is finally upon us.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women's.

    1. A flowing bathing suit cover-up if you're trying to be comfy, covered, and carefree when you hit the beach for some much-deserved sunshine after staying inside for a whole year.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love this coverup! Classic lines and soft cotton fabric, it was perfect by the ocean and poolside! Drys quickly! Got many compliments on my trip to Maui!" —M. Foster

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes S-3XL and 35 colors).

    2. A flowy white mini dress that's breezy enough for sitting by the pool yet elegant enough for dinner plans thanks to the elegant puffy sleeves.

    Beginning Boutique

    Beginning Boutique is a woman-owned small business based in Brisbane, Australia.

    Get it from Beginning Boutique for $59.99 (available in sizes 2–12).

    3. A bestselling V-neck top with cute cap sleeves and sleek lacy detailing to make it stand out from the other countless tank tops you'll be surrounded by.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I don't usually order clothes from Amazon but I have this in three colors. It is soft, and fits well, and isn't thin material or sewed weird. It's a great top that can be dressed up or down and is really comfortable." —BookWorm620

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes S-2XL and 28 colors).

    4. A ruched maxi dress with a V-neck cut and middle slit that's practically begging to be worn to your next summer get-together. Just throw on some strappy sandals and you'll have the ultimate party 'fit.

    model wearing the blue and orange multicolor maxi dress
    Lilly's Kloset

    Lilly's Kloset is a Black woman-owned online boutique that was founded by Kemetria Lilly in 2012. The shop is based out of Houston and offers unique and glamorous clothes, shoes, and accessories.

    Get it from Lilly's Kloset for $68 (available in sizes 1XL–3XL).

    5. A true wrap dress for a customizable fit that comes in tons of summer-friendly patterns. You can keep it classically cute in polka dots or go with a vibrant floral print that you'll still be reaching for once spring rolls around again.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "It can often be a surprise when you order dresses off Amazon, you might get a dress that fits like a tent or one that seems like it belongs in the kids section. But let me tell you, this dress is INCREDIBLE. I have to post a picture to prove this, but I just got it and tried it on and it’s nearly one of the most pleasant surprises of my summer. It’s stunning, the fabric is of a nice weight and quality, and the length is just past mid thigh, so not too short." —TJ

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S-2XL and 19 colors).

    6. A lightweight swing dress with adjustable spaghetti straps and a ruffled skirt that you'll be tempted to spin around in all summer long.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "So soft and lightweight! The colors are so pretty! Ordered a medium and fit perfectly! The adjustable straps are a plus." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.59+ (available in sizes S-2XL and seven colors).

    7. A button-up midi sundress that'll keep the casual vibes coming all season long — and it might even take you through the fall when paired with a denim jacket.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Don't you hate when you buy the exact same thing in different colors and the sizes are completely different? Well, no need to worry about that with this dress. I have five different ones, all the same size (m) and all fit exactly the same. They are perfect ... The dress is amazing, it has real functional buttons all the way down. It's made of a nice soft material that is light enough to be cool and comfortable even in the south Florida heat but it's not even the slightest bit see through even in the lighter colors." —KL

    Get it from Amazon for $19.90+ (available in sizes S–XL and 22 colors).

    8. Or a similar bohemian-style design with spacious pockets for your sunglasses, sunscreen, and all other sun essentials.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS DRESS. I cannot begin to describe how much I love it. The length is just right, not too high up the calf that it makes them look awkwardly thick but not too low that it’d be considered a maxi dress." —Kelly

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes S–2XL and 34 colors).

    9. A knotted cotton tee you can easily pair with some leggings for the ultimate cleaning-the-house-while-still-looking-fabulous outfit.

    model wearing the gray t-shirt with a not in the front
    Babes

    Babes is a Black woman-owned, Los Angeles-based, small business founded by Ciera Rogers. Babes pieces are specially made to celebrate and accentuate every body type.

    Get it from Babes for $12 (available in sizes S–3XL and five colors).

    10. A pair of bestselling high-waisted bike shorts that will make you way less sad that it's finally too hot to wear leggings all the time.

    Reviewer wearing black Baleaf shirts
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I wore them for the first time during a 10K race (took a chance) and they served me well. The high waist keeps my tummy in place. The 8" inseam is a comfortable length on my thighs, not too short or long. The legs didn't ride up either. The pockets were perfect for my big phone: a Samsung J7. Not once did my phone pop out. Perfect thickness of fabric. It passed the squat test (not see-through when squatting)." —Lauren

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS-3XL and 41 colors).

    11. And a pair of slightly longer knit bike shorts that are as perfect for intense workouts as they are for wearing underneath that new dress you just bought for your return to the office.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These were EXACTLY what I was looking for! I wear these under dresses for work to prevent 'chub rub' or for doing chores around the house or working out. They do not roll up on me, even when I am jogging. They feel substantial, a bit thicker than typical cheap leggings, but not too much to feel bulky or noticeable under dresses." —StellaStars

    Get it from Amazon for $5.91+ (available in sizes XL–5XL and two colors).

    12. A swing dress with a unique cutout design so you can give 'em the cold shoulder even when the temps are nearing 100 degrees.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I can't tell you how awesome it is to have a comfy cotton dress with pockets...and not only that, but pockets that are big enough to actually put something in them bigger than some chapstick. I love the cold shoulder, too. If you're like me, and you want a little something extra than just a tank dress, this is perfect in giving that extra flair. Also, if you have bigger arms (like myself), the cold shoulder is the best way to help conceal them, but also, still feel like you're wearing a tank. Buy this dress. You will not regret it." —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $25+ (available in sizes S-2XL and 24 colors).

    13. A flowy "freezer dress" by Columbia that's made with moisture-wicking fabric, temperature-regulating technology, and UPF 50 sun protection, making it perfect for anyone who overheats the second they step outside.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "It's almost like bathing-suit fabric. Very thin, but substantial at the same time. The dress is cut beautifully. I LOVE the weight, and the way it hangs. It's flowy and feminine without being frilly and silly. LOVE this dress. Got one in a shorter version too." —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $59.95+ (available in sizes XS-2XL and 9 colors).

    14. A moisture-wicking tank top with ❄️ Cooldri ❄️ technology to help regulate your body temperature and keep you dry at all times. It also has UPF 50+ so your skin will stay protected while you enjoy some much-needed sunshine.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love that this isn't too low in the front and the armholes are the right size (your bra is covered. Can't see things you don't want to be seen). I don't wear tanks often, but bought these for extreme heat, camping and around the house. I've been very pleased with them and actually wear them more than I expected." —Mary Beth

    Get it from Amazon for $6.50+ (available in sizes XL-5XL and eight colors).

    15. A bohemian print dress that feels like your favorite nightgown but looks trendy enough for an Instagram photoshoot.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This dress is super cute! Material is soft and lightweight; the fit is loose and flowy. Perfect throw-on dress for summer in Florida, but cute enough to wear to brunch or dinner." —Lauren Carlucci

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and 13 colors).

    16. An A-line dress with a wrap waist design perfect for any upcoming summer parties... even if that party is just you and your roommate sitting around drinking wine.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "You won't be disappointed by this dress. It is good quality, the fabric is not see-through at all, and I LOVE having pockets! ... It washes well, the colors are vibrant and I went back to order more. This is perfect for casual shopping with cute sandals or the office." —Domestic Bliss

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in sizes S-2XL and 11 colors).

    17. Or a gorgeously floaty dress that has a true wrap design, meaning you can customize it to your perfect fit. It's practically tailor-made for walking around barefoot on the grass.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This dress is absolutely gorgeous! I love that it is a wrap dress because you can customize the waist for how you would like it to fit. I was worried about it being too low cut (because I am large in the chest area), but it fits perfectly. I can wear a regular bra and I don't feel like I am showing too much cleavage." —Danielle Palermini

    Get it from Amazon for $29.74+ (available in sizes S–2XL and 24 colors).

    18. A floor-length swing dress with spaghetti straps that's so flowy and comfy you might just find yourself accidentally wearing it as a nightgown too.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "It’s very hot these days and I needed something cool to wear. These dresses allow air flow all over my body keeping me cool and comfortable. They are also beautiful and I have received many compliments. I plan to order many more to take me through the summer. They can be both casual and dressy. Absolutely love them." —BSC

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes XS-5XL and 43 colors).

    19. A casual-chic cocktail dress — it has gorgeous lace detailing at the waist for an extra dainty touch. It'll definitely be one of those "excuse me, where did you buy that?" kind of dresses.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is one of the most flattering dresses I own. I was nervous about ordering online without trying on first, but BOY did it pay off. The decorative band around the middle is not at my waist. It's slightly above my waist, but not so high as to be a princess waist (right below the bust). This means it PERFECTLY conceals my tummy while making it look like I have an hourglass figure. I ordered the size 8 which fits snugly but not tight. The skirt is all the way to the knee but not below it, so it's conservative enough to wear to a cocktail party...but also fun and twirly enough to wear out dancing (which is what I got it for). Am now looking for more dresses by this company!!!" —GHBeckwith

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in sizes 4–12 and 33 colors).

    20. A pair of wide-leg pants that will have you feeling comfier than your favorite pajama pants but look just as sleek and elegant as your go-to dress pants.

    a plus size model wears the black printed wide leg pants with a white tee that reads "CRVY"
    Kin By Kristine

    Kin By Kristine is a Black woman-owned business based in Los Angeles. They design gorgeous pieces, including maxi dresses, dusters, and crop tops for plus-size women.

    Promising review: "These pants are the real deal. They’re buttery-soft to the point where it feels like you’re wearing a cloud. And you don’t see underwear lines. Love these pants and would buy in other patterns." —Kin By Kristine Customer

    Get it from Kin By Kristine for $62.95 (available in women's sizes 12–26).

    21. A sleeveless number with a button-down design and tiered skirt if you're looking to put a unique twist on the classic swing dress.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This dress is utter comfort without lacking style! Seriously butter soft and has my most favorite thing in clothing- POCKETS! I want to get more in different colors cause its the perfect casual dress during the summer whether you are home or running errands. Its very figure flattering/forgiving and form fitting in the right areas." —Jason and Stephanie

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 17 colors).

    22. A gorgeous dress with subtle floral cutouts at the hem and an off-the-shoulder design that you'll still be reaching for during the hottest days of summer.

    Reviewer wearing black off-the-shoulder dress
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I ordered the size I normally wear and it fits great! Got it for vacation and ended up using it as a swimsuit cover up as well; the elastic in the waist and shoulders makes it easy to get on and off." —Kira T.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes XL–4XL and 23 colors).

    23. A short-sleeve dress that's way too cute to not wear on a weekly basis. You'll feel dressed up enough for an important meeting, but you won't mind lounging around in it once you get back home.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Material is light but I love that I can wear a slip, tights and a cardigan in the fall or winter to make this dress last year round. Great buy!!!" —FOUR UR Review

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in 14–26 Plus and 34 colors).

    24. A short-sleeve button-up dress that's long and fluttery yet lightweight and breathable, so you'll probably still be wearing this all summer and into the fall.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I bought this dress on a whim and was a little skeptical about it. I have never received so many compliments on a dress before. I wore it on a trip to the Biltmore Estate with my husband and in laws and we honestly couldn't get through the day without someone stopping me every few minutes to ask where I got my dress or to tell me how gorgeous it was. It flowed beautifully on that windy day. I'm obsessed with it, I even bought two more in different colors. I highly recommend!!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes XS-2XL and 27 colors).

    25. This comfy cami-style romper with a button up neckline and stretchy elastic waistband, because we're carrying the cozy-chic vibes of 2020 into 2021 and beyond.

    Model wearing black cami romper
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I’m 4’8" so I’m very hesitant about ordering rompers online because they are normally too big. Not this one!! It fits me perfectly. It’s great quality material and super soft! I definitely foresee myself living in this during the summer! Can’t wait to dress this up for date nights or dress it down for beach days! Definitely recommend!" —Alexis Ashton

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 15 colors).

    26. A breezy blouse with a chic cutout design that you'll probably want in every single color.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I ordered this shirt after my sister wore it on our girl's trip last summer. It looked great on her and I loved the style. This top fits and looks great! It fits as expected, even maybe a little loose. I don't like form-fitting tops, so this fits amazingly! I definitely recommend this top and am considering order another!" —Danielle D.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.96+ (available in sizes XL-4XL and 28 colors).

    27. This extremely popular jumpsuit that's become a bit of a viral sensation — and for good reason. Reviewers say it's stylish enough to run errands in yet soft enough for curling up on the couch, so you'll probably be wearing this 24/7.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Made very well. Nice breathable fabric that isn’t too thick/heavy but also isn’t cheap or too thin. It’s very soft, lightweight, flows nicely. Nice quality.

    I’m always extremely skeptical about elastic waists because they can kill a look and be terribly unflattering; I was ECSTATIC to find that this isn’t your average elastic waist. It gathers just enough to give definition between torso and hips and isn’t even close to being too tight or snug around the waist....heavenly turnout. Seriously, I was so excited.

    The off-shoulder neckline is sexy and feminine, and living in Arizona, between having a shoulder exposed and putting my hair up, it makes me feel 50% cooler in the hot temps. Love it." —Holly

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in sizes S-3XL and 31 colors).

    28. A V-neck blouse with a ruffled design that's so flowy you'll probably have to fight the urge to twirl around in it all day — especially once the free office coffee finally kicks in.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This gave me great coverage around my stomach, the fabric was loose and flowy in a delicate way. I usually hate floral print, but this shirt looks great on me. Most tunic-style shirts hang on my hips weirdly and make them look lumpy, but this shirt cuts perfectly around my hips. I also love the neckline and the style of buttons that make it slightly open at the middle of the neck. I would buy five more in different prints." —Renee

    Get it from Amazon for $21.68+ (available in sizes XL–4XL and 21 colors).

    29. A V-neck dress with an adjustable twist-tie waist that comes in tons of adorable polka dot designs to add some much-needed summer vibes to your office wardrobe.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "For me, clothes pay for themselves based on the number of compliments that are received when an item is worn. I already liked the dress the moment I put it on, but all day long women commented about what a lovely and pretty dress it is (ooh, I like the color, ooh it’s so pretty, ooh, that dress looks like the start of a whole new wardrobe). The compliments made the reasonable dress price feel like a bargain deal. I guess I’m a sucker for polka dots and the power of hearing something positive during the day." —Isadelle Mercedes

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 15 colors).

    30. A relaxed dress with a flowy empire waist and perhaps the most important feature a dress can come with — SNACK POUCHES! ... I mean POCKETS!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love this. I started out with one and found myself wearing it so often that I have now purchased three more patterns. I’m working at home because of COVID and the dresses are a perfect way to look nice in video meetings but as comfortable as if I am wearing a nightgown. I would wear them to church once that starts happening again. They will look nice with a sweater once it cools down, but are great as summer dresses." —RPaxman

    Get it from Amazon for $19.98+ (available in sizes S–XL and 27 colors).

    31. Or! A similar knee-length flared sundress with a unique buttoned skirt design that comes in so many different color combinations. You could pretty much just buy one for every day of the week and have a much more stylish version of a summer work uniform.

    Reviewer wearing Berydress in black-green
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is dress is prefect for work, casual events, etc. I absolutely loved it and it’s really comfy. The material is soft and not too heavy but heavy enough. I reside in Arizona and it’s prefect for the summer! A lot of people confused it for a skirt, so I think of it as two outfits in one. I wear a size medium in women’s shirts and blouses, so I ordered a medium, which fit perfect everywhere. Thus, I would say it’s true to size." —Robert G.

    Get it from Amazon for $28.90 (available in sizes S–XL and 23 colors).

    32. A pair of lightweight athletic shorts — they're technically made for running, but we won't judge if they make you too comfortable to even think about exercise.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "If you haven’t purchased yet, go ahead and do it right now! These are the comfiest running shorts. I’ve got bigger hips/butt which makes finding running shorts a tad harder. Other popular brands feel restrictive, but these have an extra give to them. They come up a little higher than most running shorts — which I love; even with them coming up higher, they do not look too short or like booty shorts. I’ve already ordered three additional pairs." —Haley LeBarron

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in sizes XS-3XL and 21 colors).

    33. A tank top with a workout-friendly cross-back design to allow for some extra airflow so you can keep your cool even when it's not so cool outside.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "This tank is super cute. The material is really soft and it’s overall a very cute top. The back is adorable too. The color is bright and pretty. I wore this during my workout today and it held up great. I would definitely recommend this top!" —Gina Andrews

    Get it from Amazon for $18.98 (available in sizes XS–XL and 20 colors).

    34. A ridiculously cute dress with a stretchy high-waisted design that's so comfortable you might still reach for it on your work-from-home days. It also has a unique bow-tie neckline and ruffled sleeves to help it stand out from the rest of your go-to dresses.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this dress. I have recently gained a lot of weight due to health issues, so finding clothes I feel pretty in is not easy. As soon as I put this dress on, I felt amazing. My husband and I went out for dinner, and almost every employee at the restaurant complimented me. I felt so beautiful!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and 27 colors).

    35. A tank top with a breathable mesh panel at the back so you can get your workout on without your top sticking to you.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this shirt! I plan on buying another in another color because I want to wear this everyday during my work-out! It makes me feel confident and also is very easy to move around in without being revealing! Highly recommend!!" —Faith

    Get it from Amazon for $16.98 (available in sizes XS–XL and 21 colors).

    36. And a capri-style pair of leggings with a durable 3-inch wide waistband so you won't have to worry about pulling them up every five seconds.

    ShyCloset/Etsy

    Promising review: "These leggings are hands down the most comfortable pair I own! I wear them all the time; it's the first thing I wear when it's dry. For sure gotta order more colors!" —Amber Parnell

    ShyCloset is a small Etsy shop based in Los Angeles, California.

    Get it from ShyCloset on Etsy for $12.99 (available in two sizes and 14 colors).

    Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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