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    47 Cheap Summer Dresses That'll Make The Heat A Little More Bearable

    Flowing, colorful, and easy-to-wear summer dresses β€” all for under 30 bucks!

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    1. A button-down midi dress that'll become your go-to summer dress for any occasion.

    Promising review: "Adorable dress! The material is flowy and soft. Great dress for a summer outing! I usually wear size 6 and bought a medium, and it worked perfectly β€”Β 5'6" and the dress hit right below the knee. The background color is navy. There are two pockets at the front β€” LOVE pockets! But they are made from pretty soft material so you can't really keep much in there." β€”J.Y.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99 (available in sizes S-2XL and 28 prints).

    2. A floral-print shirtdress to help keep you comfy and colorful all season long.

    Promising review: "This dress is such a stunner, I love it! The colors are so bright, bold, and cheery. Overall, this dress has a strong '90s vibe β€” I know because I wore dresses like this back then, lol." β€”Meg D.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $22.90 (available in sizes 2X-3X).

    3. A ruffled-hem mini dress so unique everyone will be asking you where you got it.

    Promising review: "I sized up to a large and I'm 5'5", 155 lbs. The large fit me with some room to move. If you're a size 8 in US, the large will fit you perfectly. I am satisfied with the fit. I do not like my clothing tight on me. There is one belt loop and strap on the dress to tie on the side. The ruffles are so darn cute! There is a zipper down the side so that you can fit into your outfit. The quality is great and I will be wearing this all summer!" β€”Schimiggy

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in blue and gray).

    4. A boho-inspired wrap dress pretty enough to make a cameo on your Instagram.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this dress! I used it for a shoot in Malibu, and both the other model and photographer asked where I got the dress. I am 5'3" and it fits me well. It flows nicely as I walk and in the wind. It's super comfortable to wear and the fabric is good quality." β€”Kaila Yu

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes XXS-XXL and in nine colors).

    5. A tie-front midi dress that'll give your midsection a little peekaboo time.

    Promising review: "Absolutely in love. By far one of the cutest dresses I’ve gotten on Amazon, easily. I love the style, color, cut, EVERYTHING. I got a medium and I'm 5'4", 145 lbs., and a 34D. I adore the sash in the front to tie and the buttons you get all the way down the front. It’s a nice new twist on a vintage-style dress. It’s sexy but still appropriate. To my surprise, it is NOT transparent. I have a huge tattoo on my stomach and you can’t see it. The material is just fine. I think it’s a great buy and I highly recommend." β€”Michaela Alves

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in sizes S-XL and seven colors).

    6. An absolutely adorable maternity mini smock dress designed to help you show off your bump and stay cool all at the same time.

    Get it from Asos for $24 (available in maternity sizes 2-16 and in plus sizes 12-28).

    7. An off-the-shoulder floral-print dress so you always have something to wear on date night.

    Promising review: "One of my favorite off-the-shoulder dresses this summer! The color, style, material, and length are perfect!" β€”Izzy_Bella

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and nine colors).

    8. A button-down spaghetti-strap maxi dress for all those days when you need something cute to wear but want to avoid sweating through your clothes.

    Promising review: "Absolutely love, I am buying a second one in a different color. I got a M, I am 5’3” and 125 lbs. It is a little loose without being baggy, and definitely not skintight. The fabric is not see-through, it is actually extremely soft but still light/not a heavy fabric. The adjustable straps make it the perfect fit. LOVE!" β€”Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $15.34+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in eight colors).

    9. A delightfully colorful striped cami dress guaranteed to make a gloomy day way better.

    Promising review: "I really like this dress. The colors are very cute and I like how the top is cut. But since I'm about 5'11" it's short, but I'm going to try to make this work because it's too pretty to take back!" β€”Angel S.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $22.90 (available in sizes 0X-3X).

    10. A strappy lace midi dress you could easily pull off as a last-minute wedding dress. Just imagine it: you, this dress, your lover in the nighttime, a totally not-air-conditioned city hall lobby. So romantic!

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in sizes S-XL).

    11. A festival-worthy halter dress that won't break the bank, because the tickets to get in already did that.

    Promising review: "I bought this dress for Coachella. The skirt is a little see-through but it’s cute, I wore a leopard bathing suit bottom under and it was sexy. The details are cute and it looks just like the Free People dress. Sizing: I wear size 6 pants, weigh 130 lbs., and am 5’2". Size small fit perfect." β€”Brooke Murray

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

    12. A V-neck wrap dress you might just be able to pull off in the office, on date night, and even at brunch.,

    Promising review: "I think this is the cutest dress I’ve ever purchased from Amazon. It looks exactly like the picture. The ruffles are so cute and I think it’s well made. I know I’ll be wearing it a ton. I am 5’5", 120 pounds, and normally a small but got a medium and it fits perfectly! It’s the perfect length. Definitely recommend this one." β€”lulubella

    Get it from Amazon for $12.64+ (available in sizes S-XL and in blue and red).

    13. A flowy mini dress covered in kisses β€” or should I say puckering pouts, but let's just call them kisses because being covered in kisses sounds way more fun.

    Promising review: "Very comfy and soft. I'm a size 18, 38D, and I bought the 2X. I probably could have gone with a 1X because it has a lot of stretch. I haven't tried it with a bra on, but I'm sure it would show through the cutout in the front, FYI. The straps are adjustable too. Can't wait to wear it!!!!" β€”Carolyn M.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $17.90 (available in sizes 0X-3X).

    14. An asymmetrical sleeveless dress designed with a perfect little tie-front detail.

    Get it from Nordstrom Rack for $19.97 (available in sizes S-L and in blue, black, and orange).

    15. A super-soft cotton beach cover-up that'll easily go from poolside to lunch during your next tropical vacation.

    Promising review: "I bought this cover-up for my birthday trip to Ormond Beach here in Florida! I love this classic-style cover-up β€”Β it looked so elegant and helped me keep things covered! I love that it's a beautiful flowy fabric and one size will fit most! It is really well-made and has a really cute and sexy fit. The weight of the fabric was perfect, it has enough coverage (it's not fully see-through even wet) and doesn't get too heavy when wet! This cover-up also saved me from the usual sunburn, and for that alone, I would recommend this to anyone who plans to be in the sun for a good length of time! It kept me cool and let me enjoy the beach and ocean all day long!" β€”Ambee Nicole

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95+ (available in one-size-fits-most and seven colors).

    16. A lightweight boho button-up to help you stay fresh even when it's cook-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk weather.

    Promising review: "I love this dress! It’s lightweight, the colors are pretty and bright, and it fits as expected. I’m 5’4” and 130 lbs., I normally wear an 8 or 10 in jeans and a medium in tops. The medium for this dress fit just right and came a couple of inches above my knees in the front. All of the buttons are real so be prepared to fasten like 40 of them! I would definitely recommend this as a nice, casual, summer dress. :)" β€”Katie M.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in five prints).

    17. An open-back swing dress that's all business in the front and total rager in the back.

    Get it from H&M for $17.99 (available in sizes 2-14 and in light blue and navy).

    18. A ruffled-neck mini dress so you have a visual representation of the phrase va-va-voom.

    Promising review: "The first words out of my mouth when I looked in the mirror were 'Oh my god' because I didn't have high hopes for me looking great in a dress with this mom bod. I haven't looked this cute in a dress in years. The dress is light, flirty, and hugs my curvy body in the right ways. I am 5'7" and 150 pounds, and this dress looks great on me. Even the length isn't too short, and the fabric is not see-through." β€”CK

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in sizes S-XL).

    19. A stunning off-the-shoulder number you'll easily be able to dress up with heels or keep casual with a pair of sandals.

    Promising review: "I bought the dress in a size large (I'm 180 pounds and 5'6") for a cruise this year. I got so many compliments. I love it so much! Good quality, long enough for me, and I didn't use a bra! Amazon is my secret weapon. So happy with my dress." β€”Maria Durbin

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in khaki, white, and red).

    20. A ribbed mini dress designed with some fun ruffled straps to give your summer wardrobe a little something extra.

    Promising review: "This is by far my new favorite dress. Went with a large since I'm a 34DDD. I'm 5'7" and the dress is still short but not too short. Just the right length." β€”yamel C.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $15.90 (available in sizes S-L).

    21. A gorgeous convertible maxi dress you can tie up in over 24 ways β€” so it's really like having two dozen dresses in one!!

    Promising review: "Oh my... I would buy this dress again and again. I am about 5’ and had to get it hemmed quite a bit even with heels, then I also had my seamstress take the top in a bit so it wasn’t so low cut but this dress is phenomenal. Everyone loved it and it was beautiful for my engagement photos. I would buy it in every color." β€”Erin Linitz

    Get it from Amazon for $18.79+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 20 colors).

    22. A very fun tropical-print mini dress, because you should dress for the vacation you want.

    Promising review: "This dress is absolutely perfect for summer since it feels light and has a relaxed fit. The fabric is stretchy, which is really nice, though not necessary for a shift dress, and the pattern I bought it in just gives off a nice tropical vibe. Overall this dress is super comfortable and I will probably buy it again in different patterns." β€”anonymous

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and 10 prints).

    23. A sleeveless body-con dress that'll have people calling for an exorcism because surely you'll be turning heads.

    Promising review: "Fits like a glove, if you have a curvy figure this is a must-have. Get nothing but compliments and the color is great with a tan for summer." β€”Camille C.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $12.90 (available in sizes S-M and in four colors).

    24. A double-layer sundress covered in just enough pom-poms to have you cheering it on all summer long.

    Get it from Boohoo for $24 (available in sizes 2-6 and in black and pink).

    25. A vintage-inspired V-neck maxi dress designed to be an Instagram moment all on its own.

    Promising review: "I don't shop on Amazon for clothing but this was a score!! So pretty and perfect for summer parties and vacations. I wore this to my birthday dinner at a fancy restaurant and looked like a million bucks. Received so many compliments and was proud to tell everyone where I got it and what I paid!" β€”Lily

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL).

    26. A flowy mini dress you can grow into as you enjoy everything all your summer BBQs have to offer.

    Promising review: "This is such a cute summer dress! After reading reviews I decided to order a size down and I'm glad I did. I usually wear a large or extra large, but a medium in this dress fit me perfectly. Very flowy and a good length for a short girl. Would definitely recommend!" β€”Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in three prints).

    27. A soft AF tie-dye maxi dress, because who said tie-dye was a thing of the past? Not me! Was it you? 'Cause you're wrong.

    Promising review: "I purchased this last-minute for a weekend road trip. Loved the fit, lots of compliments! I'm 5'5" and wear a size 16, ordered an XL." β€”Amazon Customer

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

    28. A body-con mini dress you'll be so pretty in pink in they'll decide to redo the movie and cast you in the leading role.

    Get it from Nasty Gal for $12 (available in sizes 0-6)

    29. A flowy AF button-up maxi dress that'll easily be the most show-stopping thing you own.

    Promising review: "Love this dress. It makes me feel pretty. It has a beautiful flow to it. It will arrive very wrinkled and you will probably have to have it taken up as it is very long. I am 5'4" and the dress is over my feet by 1.5" but I always have to take up maxi dresses. The fit is spot-on. I live in Texas and the summer months are extremely hot and sundresses/maxi dresses are the perfect outfits to wear in the summer heat. I plan on purchasing another one in a different color. You won't be sorry if you purchase this dress." β€”seeker

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 22 prints).

    30. An off-the-shoulder ruffle-hem dress, because you already have that pregnancy glow, no need to add a sweaty one.

    Get it from Asos for $24 (available in maternity sizes 12-16, plus sizes 16-28, petite sizes 00-12 and in white, tall sizes 00-16 and in white, standard sizing 0-14 and in standard sizing 0-14 in white).

    31. A tropical-print maxi dress you can wear on your next vacation, or your next I-wish-I-were-on-vacation day.

    Promising review: "Fabulous dress! Pay attention to sizing as you could possibly order a size down and still be ok, but who doesn't want to fit in a dress size smaller than what they normally wear? I wear a 16, maybe a 14 on a good day, but I ordered a large and it fit perfectly. The fabric is nice and breezy, absolutely great summer dress!" β€”Adroit

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

    32. A super-basic sleeveless T-shirt dress β€” everyone needs one of these, it's just a fact so stop fighting it.

    Promising review: "Great purchase for the price. Just what I was looking for! Comfy summer dress for any occasion. Being a momma, I'm always looking for things just like this. You can dress it up or down and it has pockets!! Can't get much better. Fit is perfect for me β€” I'm typically a S-M (120 lbs., 32C) and it's like it was made just for me! Armholes are a little longer than most dresses but I like that for the summer so sweat marks don't show! Not see through so great for any pair of comfy undies. Cute with a belt and also cute with none." β€”B&E Worthington

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 11 colors).

    33. A ruffle-strap denim dress, because denim is a staple every summer and therefore you totally need this.

    Promising review: "Love this dress, I'm 5'10" and was worried it would be too short (have experienced that in the past with F21) but it's great! It is short, but all is covered. I can't wait to wear it all summer." β€”Brittany W.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $22.90 (available in sizes S-L).

    34. An off-the-shoulder maxi dress designed with a very stretchy bodice so you can stay comfortable and in place.

    Promising review: "Love this dress, so cute for summer! I am 5'3", 115 lbs., an A cup, and the small fit perfect. The slits seemed weird to me at first but walking around in it they really make the dress light and airy. Love the red color and the off-the-shoulder style. So cute, especially for the price!" β€”Courtney

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in sizes S-XXL and in five colors).

    35. A frilly cross-back dress that might just be the most comfortable thing you wear all summer.

    Get it from Asos for $17.50 (available in sizes 2-12 and in white, black, and red).

    36. A V-neck belted dress perfect for the office, because as an adult you no longer have summers off β€” and just because *that* sucks, doesn't mean your outfit has to.

    Promising review: "What a great dress! The print is beautiful, the fabric is light, it's elegant, and unique-looking. Perfect for summer. I get compliments every time I wear it. I'm 5'3" and 114 lbs. and the small fits me perfectly." β€”M.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in sizes XS-3X and in six prints).

    37. A multicolor-striped mini dress that'll give Rainbow Brite a run for her money.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $19.90 (available in sizes S-L).

    38. A boho polka-dot-print maxi dress to give your summer wardrobe a classic print in the most comfortable way.,

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this. I'm 178 lbs. and bought a large. It fits just as the chart indicates. I want it in every color. And the pockets make it a winner!" β€”Cryssi

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in eight colors).

    39. A comfy and breezy T-shirt dress, because it doesn't matter if it's 1,000 degrees outside β€” the only way you're not wearing black is if they rip it off your cold, dead body.

    Promising review: "I am 5'5", 150 lbs., and usually wear an 8/M. I ordered the medium and it fits as I would expect. It's super basic both in style and cut but that's kind of what I like about it β€” easy to throw on during summer, dress up with a necklace, and look like I actually put some effort in." β€”GMLSimmons

    Get it from Amazon for $12.98+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 30 colors).

    40. An uber-feminine broderie detailed midi dress perfect for an afternoon tea β€” or should I say, afternoon iced tea.

    Get it from Nasty Gal for $18 (available in sizes 2-8).

    41. A sexy AF cocktail dress that'll make your next evening out on the town a hot summer night β€” no matter the temperature.,

    Promising review: "I love this dress, I wore it out and went dancing and I received so many compliments. I ordered an XL and I could have ordered a large and it would have been fine. I was expecting the color to appear more teal than blue; nonetheless, it's still a pretty color. I would love to order the burgundy color as well." β€”Kristen

    Get it from Amazon for $19.96 (available in sizes S-XL and in six colors).

    42. An off-the-shoulder cotton dress available in some super-fun and classic prints alike to fill your wardrobe with this summer.

    Get it from H&M for $9.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in five colors/prints).

    43. A simple but chic sleeveless belted dress you'll wear more than you'll probably want to admit.,

    Promising review: "Very cute! It fits me well. It's lightweight (but not see-through), and the belt is separate so there aren't any of the little belt loops." β€”Amazon Customer

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

    44. A square-neck Topshop body-con dress I am certain Posh Spice would approval of, even given its longer length.

    Promising review: "Love this dress! The material is of good quality for the price and hugs all my curves like a glove. Even fits my upper body well. Good piece to have for a casual summer day or a night on the town." β€”LuxeHer

    Get it from Nordstrom for $23.99 (available in sizes 8-12).

    45. A leafy-print jersey dress so you can pretend you're in a tropical paradise this summer even if that tropical paradise is just your parents' house.

    Get it from H&M for $12.99 (available in sizes 0-14 and in a green leaf print, a black-and-white print, and blue).

    46. A floral-print T-shirt dress you can throw on in a pinch β€” which you damn well know will be all the time.

    Get it from Nordstrom Rack for $14.97 (available in sizes 1X-3X and in five prints).

    47. And a ruffled off-the-shoulder maxi dress that can be styled in a million ways β€” seriously, just use your imagination!

    Promising review: "I am honestly surprised at how well it fits. I am a size 6-8, pear shape, wide-shouldered. I chose a medium and it fits perfectly. The fabric is thinner than I expected but it's not see-through. It's very comfortable and the slits provide enough breeze since I live in LA and it's hot out here." β€”Virana K.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in navy, black, and pink).

    Your summer wardrobe is complete! All you have to do now is go and frolic in the sun!

    Good Company

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

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