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

    Not one dress on this list is over $100 — and, if I'm being honest, most are under $40!

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    1. A tie-front midi dress to give your midsection a little peekaboo time.,

    FYI, this dress is included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "I want this dress in every color! The material is amazing and is that silky material that always comes from China. The bust ties are VERY stretchy. I hope to get it in every dark color. If you go with white and yellow I’m sure it’s see-through." —Kim

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 40 colors).

    2. A ruffled, smocked bodice open back stunner that just might be the dress of your vacationing dreams — emphasis on the dream part.


    Promising review: "I have been wanting this same dress from Free People but it was $118. I was leery about this considering it was much cheaper in cost but it is PERFECT! Great length too. Keep in mind you can't wear a bra with it and if you are larger-busted (I'm small, an A cup) then it may fit totally different. It's thin and lightweight but with skin-colored undies, I had no problem with lines or visibility. I'm considering buying it in another color 😍" —Bullitt02797

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 22 colors).

    3. A flowy ruffled-hem dress you're ::best Rick Astley voice:: never gonna give up, never gonna put down, and that's never gonna make you cry, never gonna tell a lie, and hurt you.

    reviewer wearing the polka dot dress with a row of ruffles under the bust and along the hem

    FYI, this dress is included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this dress — it fits perfectly and it's so adorable. The first day I wore it I got so many compliments and it was so comfortable. It was nice to wear as a dress or even a long shirt with leggings. The color is really cute too. I definitely recommend it and will probably buy more in different colors!" —Jasmine Ball

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 12 colors)

    4. A ruffled flowy smocked-bust midi dress to give your wardrobe a classic and effortless look.


    Promising review: "So cute! The dress is exactly as pictured. Love the color. I was worried about the quality because it was so inexpensive, but it’s actually really nice and not see-through at all! Such a perfect dress for vacation!" —JP0811

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in sizes 4–10 and in five colors).

    5. A show-stopping low-back maxi dress that's begging you to take it on vacation. Begging.

    A model wearing the dress in beige next to a pool
    Coco de Chom on Etsy

    Coco de Chom is a Dallas, Texas-based Etsy shop founded by a mother-daughter duo and is filled with unique and handcrafted pieces.

    Get it from Coco de Chom on Etsy for $49.95 (available in one size and in three colors).

    6. A soft tie-dye maxi dress, because who said tie-dye was a thing of the past? Not me! Well, not since quarantine started!,

    Promising review: "I purchased this last-minute for a weekend road trip. Loved the fit, lots of compliments!" —TKGRIERRRR

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and in 30 colors).

    7. A ruffled sleeve and embroidered maxi dress you'll wanna wear with a comfy sandal as you roam the streets of some new city that just so happens to be filled with cobblestone streets.

    A model wearing the embroidered maxi dress
    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $44.99 (available in sizes 0X, 2X–3X).

    8. A festival-worthy halter dress that won't break the bank, because, well, dress for the future you want — one where we can go outside again.,

    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." —Brooke Murray

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 23 colors).

    9. A button-down midi dress so perfect it'll become your go-to summer dress for any occasion.,

    FYI, this dress is included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "Adorable dress! The material is flowy and soft. Great dress for a summer outing! The background color is navy. There are two pockets at the front — LOVE pockets! But they are made from pretty soft material so you can't really keep much in there." —J.Y.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 35 prints).

    10. A super-basic sleeveless T-shirt dress — everyone needs one of these, it's just a fact so you should 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. 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." —B&E Worthington

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in 29 colors).

    11. An adorable vintage-inspired midi dress designed with tie-able straps and a smocked back for the perfect fit.

    A model wearing the dress in green
    Blanco And Barley on Etsy

    Blanco And Barley is a US-based Etsy shop filled with dresses, knitwear, and a bunch of other cute things.

    Get it from Blanco And Barley on Etsy for $49.38 (available in sizes S–L and in two colors).

    12. A tiered skirt American Eagle smocked mini dress designed with three complementing colors that I personally think makes it look super elevated.

    A model twirling in the dress
    American Eagle

    Promising review: "This dress is absolutely amazing. I love the way it fits and the way the top scrunch looks. The bows on the top allow you to make the sleeves a little tighter which is amazing. I definitely recommend!" —Molly

    Get it from American Eagle for $54.95 (available in sizes XXS–XXL).

    13. A ruffled sleeve maxi dress you'll look like a total stunner in with a deep-V, high slit, and wrap design.


    Promising review: "It’s a quality dress for the price. It’s lightweight and the material doesn’t feel heavy when wearing it. I ordered a large based on reviews and I think I should have ordered a medium instead. I’ll still wear it though, it just fits a little loose. It's a beautiful pattern." —Kyra

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in 24 colors).

    14. A comfy and breezy T-shirt dress, because it doesn't matter if it's 1,000 degrees outside — and all you wanna do is eat ice cream.,

    Promising review: "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 — easy to throw on during summer, dress up with a necklace, and look like I actually put some effort in." —GMLSimmons

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 41 colors).

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

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this. It fits just as the chart indicates. I want it in every color. And the pockets make it a winner!" —Cryssi

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 11 colors).

    16. A comfy bohemian tunic you can perfectly match with an adorable pair of strappy sandals — especially when those temperatures are blazing.,

    Promising review: "Wow! This tunic dress stole my heart! I fell in love with the drape and print, it's absolutely beautiful! It has a nice flow to it and you can most definitely wear this in warmer and cooler months. I have broad shoulders (bust 37) and the large was very comfortable and roomy. It's also surprisingly NOT as short as I thought it would be. The material is uber SOFT and came in great condition. Plan to get more! Definitely worth your $! :)." —CG

    Get it from Amazon for $29.49+ (available in sizes S–2X and in eight colors).

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

    A model wearing the off-the-shoulder dress on a beach

    Promising review: "I bought the dress 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." —Maria Durbin

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in khaki, white, and red).

    18. A strappy bodycon mini dress you should probably have in your closet — in the event of a fashion emergency.,

    Promising review: "I am OBSESSED with this dress! It is hot hot HOT!!! It’s super comfortable!" —JJSchmal

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (available in sizes S–XL and in 21 colors).

    19. A fantastically casual faux-wrap style V-neck dress with long enough sleeves to have your shoulders and arms covered, but not so long that you can't rock it in the summer heat.,

    Promising review: "I love love love this dress. I wore it for Easter this year and got so many compliments. My ONLY complaint is the boob area. However, this was only a complaint on Easter when I would have liked to have been more modest. I had to pin the dress in the cleavage area to make sure the girls were covered. Since then I have bought another dress in a different color and am excited to wear them this summer! BUY THIS DRESS. If you’re second-guessing whether or not to buy it, BUY IT." —Rhianna Hill

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in 19 colors).

    20. A 100% cotton boho-inspired embroidered baby doll dress — it'll quickly become a staple in your wardrobe rotation.,

    Promising review: "I've worn this dress multiple times when I just need something to throw on. It is quite short so if you know you will be outside or doing a lot of sitting/standing etc., wear some bike shorts under it. Overall super cute and super comfortable!" —Bianca v

    Get it from Amazon for $17.90+ (available in sizes S–2X and in eight colors).

    21. A flowy smock dress designed with the prettiest aquatic theme (including some starfish) — I think this dress was part of the reason Ariel wanted legs.

    A model wearing the smock dress

    Get it from Boohoo for $20 (available in sizes 12–14).

    22. A colorful lantern sleeve midi dress that's sure to grab everyone's attention.

    A model laying in the grass while wearing the midi dress
    Mr Water New York on Etsy

    Mr Water New York is a New York-based Etsy shop filled with unique, stylish, and sometimes vintage-inspired pieces.

    Get it from Mr Water New York on Etsy for $89 (available in sizes S–XXL).

    23. A ruffled off-the-shoulder maxi dress that can be styled in a million ways — seriously, just use your imagination!,

    Promising review: "I am honestly surprised at how well it fits. 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." —Virana K.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and in 20 colors).

    24. A V-neck swing dress perfect for a workday filled with errands — errands and maybe a few cocktails.,

    Promising review: "Ok. WTF. This dress is super cute and actually looks just like the pic. 😍😍 Do take into consideration your breast size though, mine are DDDs and I will def need an undershirt. Sleeves are super comfy too." —Maria Torres

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in three colors).

    25. A deep-V ruffle swing dress you can easily throw on over your swimsuit after a day at the beach or for a day running errands.


    Promising review: "I was initially so confused by this beautiful dress as I have never had a true wrap dress!!! Then luckily I re-checked the listing here and saw the seller’s very helpful instructions for how to tie a wrap dress and now realize that my usual size fits PERFECTLY. I highly recommend both this gorgeous dress and, for wrap dress newbies like me, following the very helpful guide the seller has posted!!!" —Mother of LEGOs

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in 19 colors).

    26. A flowing floral-print midi dress designed with a smocked bust to give you the comfort and support you've been looking for.

    A model wearing the midi dress
    Nasty Gal

    Get it from Nasty Gal for $39 (available in sizes 18–22).

    27. A gorgeous polka-dot halter dress that's just so chic you should buy it now and save it for later!

    A series of photos of a model wearing the polka-dot halter dress in brown

    FYI, this dress is included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "This dress is the best. I am so happy I found a great good quality polka dot dress! It's true-to-size and doesn't wrinkle at all. Definitely a favorite. I really recommend this gorgeous dress." —Yamira Shappell

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in sizes S–3XL and in five colors).

    28. A puff sleeve and open-back gingham midi dress you can throw on for the perfect amount of color with minimal effort.

    Two models laughing while wearing the gingham midi dress in blue (right) and red (left)
    Mint Cloud Boutique on Etsy

    Mint Cloud Boutique is an L.A.-based Etsy shop filled with super cute dresses, jackets, jumpers, and more.

    Get it from Mint Cloud Boutique on Etsy for $65 (available in sizes S–L and in two color options).

    29. An adorable lace mini dress designed with a tie back and adjustable straps for a perfect fit.


    FYI, this dress is included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "This dress is REALLY pretty in person. I like it a lot. I don't think there is any way to wear a bra with it but the material is thick enough that it's not necessary. The back is really beautiful. You must tie it right to get it to lay flat." —Connor McKay

    Get it from Amazon for $25.98+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 33 colors).

    30. A flowy and ruffled baby doll dress you can perfectly pair with your favorite sandals or sneakers.,

    Promising review: "Love it! Great quality and a perfect look. I am buying it in another color." —BRANDI D WALKER

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and in three colors).

    31. A ruffle-sleeve polka-dot midi dress to easily wear while you saddle up and hit the road.,

    FYI, this dress is included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "Based on the reviews, I ordered a size up for the chest area to not be too tight but I found it runs true to size. I love the polka dots, and the style of the dress is exactly what my grandma (who was born in 1918) used to wear when I was a kid in the '80s. The fabric is not see-through." —CK

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

    32. A lightweight button down V-neck dress you'll never break a sweat in.,

    Promising review: "Just as pictured. Runs true-to-size. Made surprisingly well! Has an extra snap built into the inside at the bust for extra reinforcements but I'd likely take it out — the snap is bulky on me but really easy fix. I definitely recommend it! :)" —BennettMom

    Get it from Amazon for $14.69+ (available in sizes S–XL, 0–14, and in 10 colors).

    33. An embroidered eyelet smock dress designed in a roomy and comfy design you can layer or wear alone.


    Promising review: "This is such a sweet dress! This was a hit! I am very impressed with this dress! Quality and fit are perfect! Length is great, wasn’t too long or too short — it was perfect! Flutter sleeves are super cute too! Low V front but not too low. I absolutely love it!" —Lahela

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 20 colors).

    34. A tiered square neck midi dress that's designed in just the prettiest color palette this summer has seen.

    A model wearing the tiered dress
    J Crew Factory

    Get it from J.Crew Factory for $59 (available in sizes 00–20 and petite sizes 00–12).

    35. A gorgeously romantic floral print midi dress designed with a puff sleeve, smocked bodice, and just the right amount of ruffle detailing. When I say I am in love with this dress it is quite honestly the understatement of the century.,

    Promising review: "One of the cutest dresses I have ever purchased! I have thick arms and the sleeves didn't cut off my circulation. It isn’t see-through, which is nice, and I got a lot of compliments on it." —Lauren

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99 (available in sizes XS–XL and in seven colors).

    36. A stretchy bodice, tie-wrap midi dress made of a super-soft material perfect for wearing for hours and hours. These are super easy to throw on, layer up, and dress up. Basically, you can wear them for whatever you want.

    A model wearing the dress in dark blue

    Promising review: "Fits well! Just make sure to tie your knots very tight." —Adam Hutton

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

    37. A ruffled and strapless maxi dress that looks just as whimsical as you're going to feel.


    Promising review: "Absolutely stunning dress! I chose the lavender color and I am amazed, the color is even prettier compared to the picture. The material is great quality overall. There are different material pieces for the underdress, it's big and flowy. Looks great for summer, I feel like a princess." —Mona Liza

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in eight colors).

    38. An absolutely perfect Plant Kween x Tonlé Torey Tunic — it's designed with a hand-printed plant motif, two side slits, hand-carved coconut buttons up the front, and one patch pocket on the chest.

    A model wearing the tunic in the royal blue print

    Tonlé has a mission to create sustainable, inclusive, and honest fashion. As a community of makers and wearers, they're envisioning a new fashion ecosystem— one where those historically sidelined or exploited by the traditional fashion industry are recognized and centered as leaders and creators.

    Get it from Tonlé for $86 (available in sizes XS–3XL and in four prints).

    39. A super cute Boho-inspired flare dress designed with a ruffled waist, hidden zipper, and double tie straps — just make sure to wear sunblock the day you frolic around town in this number.

    A series of photos of a model wearing the flare dress in green

    Promising review: "Love love love it! Totally worth the price. It has a zipper so it’s easier to get on. The straps are hard to tie in a cute bow by yourself, it’s definitely easier with someone’s help. But this dress is so cute, just buy it!" —Shelby Dixon

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes 0–10 and in eight styles and colors).

    40. A ruffly mini denim dress that's just the pick-me-up you need for your once-a-week adventure out of the house.

    A model wearing the dress in blue

    Promising review: "I am soo happy with my purchase. The material and fit are really soft and comfortable. I would definitely recommend it. It is also true to size." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in three colors).

    41. A sweet little open-back dress designed with a V-neck, lantern sleeves, and just enough swing in the skirt to have you twirling into people's hearts., Amazon

    Promising review: "This dress is super cute. Material is nice and not see-through." —Allison

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 34 styles).

    42. A classic ruched long-sleeve T-shirt dress that'll be the dress you turn to in moments of "I have nothing to wear!!!" despair.,

    Promising review: "Really cute dress! The one I received is not lined but the material is soft and not very see-through. I wore nude-colored undies and you couldn’t see a thing. If you are looking for a slightly looser fit then size up. The ruching on one side does wonders for shaping my waist and the pink color is gorgeous! The price is just right and much cheaper than other versions I’ve seen online. There are other versions from different sellers on Amazon at $20–$22 but the quality on this one is excellent and I’m glad I ordered it." —MizLis

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 20 colors).

    43. A gorgeous flowing maxi dress you'll rule everyone's Instagram feeds wearing.,

    Promising review: "I loved the colors. This dress is quite comfy, very easy to pack for international travel (doesn’t take up much space), playful, and fun, but easy to wear with tights for a warmer outfit. This was the perfect combination of fun and adventurous and was a great 'outing' dress to travel with." —Addyson Burke

    Get it from Amazon for $37.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and in nine prints).

    44. A super playful layered mini dress almost too pretty for words. Almost, because people will find the words and they will all be about how cute it is.

    A model wearing the dress in B-yellow while walking down some stairs

    Promising review: "Perfect spring dress or hot summer day around the house. Shipping was very fast. Material is cool and the dress is cut a little bit larger than true-to-size but it’s fine for the style." —MamaToTwo

    Get it from Amazon for $18.04+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 18 colors).

    45. A comfy and stretchy strapless maxi dress for the summer dress of your bohemian dreams.,

    Promising review: "Love this dress! It is comfortable and well made. Being strapless there’s always a concern that it will slip down but I did not have that issue at all. I received so many compliments! Highly recommend!" —Lisa Marram-Haug

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 17 colors and prints).

    46. A ruffled smocked bodice midi dress that just might make all your Disney Princess dreams come true.

    A model wearing the dress in orange

    Promising review: "Such a soft dress and good quality for the price point. The fit was perfect. Obviously a lot of stretch but didn’t look like a bunch of fabric! Love it! Great transition from summer to fall dress." —Bri

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in sizes S–XL and in five colors).

    47. A lightweight and very flowy tie-back mini dress you can wear on- or off-shoulder for however you're feeling.


    Promising review: "This dress is gorgeous! It is beyond gorgeous actually, with flowy material and poofy sleeves that are so perfect for the overall look of the dress. I love the cute tie-up accent in the back, gives it a sexy flair without being too sexy. The dress is flowy and very dainty, there is a slip inside so you're not bared to the world. The dress is versatile, can be worn off the shoulders or on, though I have yet to wear it off the shoulders. Can be dressed up with heels, or dressed down with sandals and still look amazing. I definitely recommend this dress, especially in the summer. It is flowery, dainty, and flowy." —Ayen

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in nine colors and prints).

    48. And a button-up chambray dress you should just have in your closet.

    A model wearing chambray dress

    Get it from Maurices for $32.98 (available in sizes XS–XL and 0X).

    Your closet can address all their thank you notes to me.


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