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

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

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    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." —Michaela Alves

    Get it from Amazon for $28.95+ (available in sizes S-XL and 21 colors).

    2. A soft AF tie-dye maxi dress, because who said tie-dye was a thing of the past? Not me! Well, not me recently!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    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." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 18 colors).

    3. A floral print mini dress designed with a V-neck, self-tie shoulder straps, partially smocked back, mock button front, full lining, and a flare hem so you're always in style even when you're sweating it out.

    Forever 21

    Promising review: "This dress...this dress is fabulous! I love the colors and the cut. It runs a little large. If you have a smaller waist, I would order a size down. I’m normally a 1X, and I ordered a 0X. It fit like glove! The length is good too, because I ordered a smaller size I knew it was going to be a tad bit shorter, but it passed my sit down test. I feel simply beautiful in this dress." —Crystal P.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $24.90 (available in sizes 0X-3X).

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

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    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." —Brooke Murray

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 15 colors).

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

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    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 — 5'6" and the dress hit right below the knee. 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 $21.99+ (available in sizes S-2XL and 49 prints).

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

    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 $16.49+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 30 prints. It's also available in a 3/4 length sleeve).

    7. A super-basic sleeveless T-shirt dress — everyone needs one of these, it's just a fact so you should stop fighting it.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    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 — 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." —B&E Worthington

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 19 colors).

    8. A lace-up mini dress you can grow into as you enjoy everything all your summer BBQs have to offer.

    Amazon

    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!" —Kindle Customer

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

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

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    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!" —Cryssi

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

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

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Wow! This tunic dress stole my heart! I fell in love with the flattering 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. For reference, I'm about 185 lbs., 37" bust, 30" waist, and 45" hips. Plan to get more! Definitely worth your $! :)." —CG

    Get it from Amazon for $26+ (available in sizes S-2X Plus and in nine colors).

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

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought the dress in a size large (I'm 180 lbs. 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." —Maria Durbin

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in khaki, white, and red).

    12. 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.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    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 — 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 $16.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 31 colors).

    13. A playfully ruffled and ruched elastic bodice midi dress so you can twirl your way into the lead role of a rom-com.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "The perfect warm weather dress. Purchased for an upcoming cruise and it will be a welcome addition to the few clothing items I plan on taking. The fabric looks like linen but is actually a cotton/poly blend with a bit of spandex for stretch. The top is the only part that feels stretchy. The fabric is medium weight. Not too thin or thick. I love the styling, it's conservative yet slightly flirty. It’s like a modern twist on Little House on the Prairie, evoking a romantic innocence, without looking dowdy. The belt is a separate piece, wear with or without. I’m 5’6", 130 pounds, and a size medium fits just right. The best part is I don’t feel I need to wear a bra with this dress. The top hugs well and gives me all the support I need." —Digicabin Family

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 31 colors).

    14. A ruffle back shift dress that'll look SO good alone or layered with your favorite denim jacket.

    Nordstrom Rack

    Get it from Nordstrom Rack for $11.99 (available in sizes 1X-3X and in blue and black).

    15. A playful floral print mini dress designed with elasticized ruffled straps, an open back, and a flared hem that's almost too pretty for words — almost, 'cause people will find the words when they're complimenting you nonstop.

    Forever 21

    Promising review: "I just bought this dress in-store and I absolutely love it. It's SO CUTE. It def runs small, I'm 5'7", very skinny, not curvy at all, and I had to get a large. I also had to buy a half slip because it's a lil' see-through! But I think it looks so good on me and would work with pretty much any body type. I recommend!!" —Emily E.

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

    16. A sexy AF cocktail dress that'll make your next evening out on the town a hot summer night — no matter the temperature.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    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." —Kristen

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 10 colors).

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

    Amazon

    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." —Amazon Customer

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

    18. 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.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I am obsessed with this dress! Such a cute wrap dress with flutter sleeves! The length is amazing on this, not too short. I am wearing an XL, which is a size up for me (size 12 pants). I love the red color but totally crushing on the turquoise." —Taryn Truly

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 22 colors).

    19. A vintage-inspired polka-dot wrap dress designed to be an Instagram moment all on its own.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I am 5'3", 168 lbs., and ordered the medium. I usually wear a size 10 or 12 dress. The medium fit me perfectly. This dress is really pretty on. I wore it the other day and got so many compliments! Even my husband liked it. It is a bit low cut for me, so I just wore a tank top underneath it. The material has a soft silky feel, very light, and flowy. It is not see through at all and comes with a built-in slip on the bottom. The length hit below my knees, which is where I wanted it to. I wore the dress all day and it was extremely comfortable. I really liked it." —Teresa

    Get it from Amazon for $27.29+ (available in sizes S-XL and in four colors).

    20. A floral print halter neck dress you'll just have to be wearing when you dance the night away.

    Forever 21

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

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

    Amazon

    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." —M.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.19+ (available in sizes XS-3XL and in 11 prints).

    22. A ruffle-sleeve polka-dot midi dress I really wanna get just so I can shimmy...I'll shimmy at home, I'll shimmy in the Target aisle, I'll shimmy every damn second I'm wearing it.

    Amazon

    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 $19.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 10 colors).

    23. An adorable floral print dress with a knotted tie front and adjustable straps so you can get just the right fit.

    Forever 21

    Promising review: "Great dress. The straps are adjustable and the front is low cut. You can adjust that little tie in front to help it cover a little more bust. I am a 38DDD, it’s hard to stay covered at the top in this dress. I actually adjusted that tie to a tiny knot. This way it still covers but also looks cute with the keyhole opening. This dress does shrink easily. I recommend not putting it in the dryer. I now have two of it." —Jennifer G.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $17.90 (available in sizes 2X-3X and in green).

    24. A striped ruffle hem dress you could probably get away with wearing to work with a cute blazer layered on top.

    Nordstrom Rack

    Get it from Nordstrom Rack for $29.97 (available in sizes XS-L).

    25. A slit-front midi dress, because sometimes you need to show a little leg.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this dress! It fits perfectly and the color is just like the green in the picture. It is constructed like a wrap dress so the two sides flow independently and open up all the way to the waist — it's definitely risky. I used a tiny safety pin to tack the edge down to the fabric underneath it (about halfway between the waist and knee). It is worth the trouble to me because I love the dress." —Alicia Dujets

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

    26. A flowy button-up summer dress for those mornings when you can't figure out what the hell you're going to wear.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "This dress is absolutely beautiful in person. The colors are bright and vivid. The loops for the buttons are elastic so they stretch, which makes it very easy to button up. It is a tad short for my liking so I'll just wear some shorts under it just in case. I am 5'6, 140 lbs., and I think the small fits well. 10/10 would recommend!" —Elizabeth grimes

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 28 colors).

    27. A knit knee length cover-up perfect for wearing poolside all summer long.

    Forever 21

    Promising review: "When I received this dress for a moment the color reminded me of stuff my mom crocheted in the '70s. On the hanger it's questionable but it looks beautiful on. I'm 5'1" and it hits a little past my knees. My only concern is avoiding anyone and anything with sharp edges so it doesn't unravel this dress." —Angela M.

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

    28. A ruffled sleeve maxi dress that'll have you looking like a total stunner with a deep-V, high slit, and wrap design.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "It’s a quality dress for the price. It’s lightweight and 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. I’m 5’3", 155 pounds, and 36D for reference. It's a beautiful pattern." —Kyra

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S-2XL and in 21 colors).

    29. A gorgeous polka-dot halter dress that's so chic you'll wanna layer it up and keep on wearing it through the fall!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "First, this dress fits me perfectly. Second, the material and the seam are perfect. Third, I’ve been washing it and the color hasn’t faded because it seems the material is like silk. So I purchased an 2XL since I’m pregnant and this is the comfiest dress I’ve had." —Christy

    Get it from Amazon for $26.56+ (available in sizes S-3XL and in five colors).

    30. 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.

    amazon.com

    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 $20.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in seven colors).

    31. A super-comfy striped maxi dress to get you through all those summertime vacations where you're walking for hours and hours and hours on end.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "The dress is extremely comfortable and it fits perfectly! I love how it stretches but still gives that fitted look. It’s a perfect dress for church or a casual event! I wore a purple heel with mine and it added that pop of color to push the outfit over the edge." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in nine colors).

    32. A button-up belted mini dress that's the missing piece to your closet woes.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I like this dress too much!! The fabric is very comfortable and soft cotton but it is not see through at all! After washing, there was a little bit of shrinking, but fortunately, I took a size bigger than usual." —Heloise Joyce

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes 4-10 and in tan and green).

    33. A super comfy ruffle shoulder swing dress so you and your food baby can stay comfy all night long.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love everything about this dress! The red color is vibrant, the material is versatile, and the flutter sleeves are adorable! I’m 5’4", 115 lbs., and usually a 2-4 in dresses! I ordered a medium because I was weary on the sizing but I definitely could have fit a small! The medium just gives me a little extra flow though, so I’m still happy!" —India Aust

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

    34. An absolutely perfect ruffled tie-neck little black dress you can also get in red or yellow — because maybe you have enough LBDs.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this dress. My favorite part about it is the double ruffle detail on the hem. Perfect for a date night or holiday party." —The Fabulous

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

    35. A bandana cami dress designed with an elasticized waist and a buttoned keyhole back — it'll literally be the perfect summertime BBQ dress.

    Forever 21

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

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

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Seriously love. The buttons are functional with an additional button inside to help keep it closed. The material is thick and stretchy, it has the elastic backing and adjustable straps. Want more colors!" —Mande Lucas

    Get it from Amazon for $19.79+ (available in sizes 0-18 and in 22 colors).

    37. A batwing ruffled mini dress, because maybe you've always wanted to fly like a really cute and stylish bat!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Adorable little dress! Was very pleased when it came. The dress does not have much stretch to it so I ordered a size up and it fit really well! May have worked well if I ordered two sizes up for a more flowy look. It was a little shorter than I had originally thought it’d be so in the summer you’d definitely have to wear shorts underneath but since it’s cold I paired it with jeans and boots and it worked out perfectly!" —Shennica McCarthy

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in sizes S-L and in blue and pink).

    38. A backless bodycon dress designed to grab attention with a ruffled high-low hem.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Very happy with this dress! I like the style and design, I feel unique and elegant. I got so many compliments from friends. It is backless, but even if you don’t feel comfortable you can wear a blazer. It is above the knee in the front dress but below in the back. Fit well on me! For reference, I'm 173 lbs., 5’4", and have a 38" bust." —GiGi M

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in sizes M-XL and in black, red, and white).

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

    amazon.com, Amazon

    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." —Virana K.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 16 colors).

    Like I said before...

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