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    33 Summer Dresses You'll Basically Never Want To Take Off

    Not even the sweat from this summer heat will make you wanna take these babies off.

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    1. A gorgeous flowing floral-print dress that buttons all the way up.

    Promising review: "Loved this dress! I’m 5’1”, weigh 130 lbs., and I bought a small. I thought it was going to be too long but it wasn’t. The material is soooo comfortable, didn’t want to take it off." —J Perez

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

    2. A showstopping red halter-neck maxi dress you can also find in the dictionary next to WOW!

    Get it from Asos for $8 (available in sizes 4-12 and in red and white).

    3. A little A-line midi dress in a soft AF lightweight cotton with fluttering ruffled sleeves and a zipper closure.

    Promising review: "Absolutely beautiful!!! Looks exactly as pictured. I’m 5’11” and normally a size 10/12 and the large fits like a glove!" —Jennifer M.

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in sizes S–XL and in blue and white).

    4. A Dorothy Perkins tropical-print shirtdress designed with a tie waist and lightweight fabric to keep you festive and fresh this summer.


    Get it from Walmart for $52.50 (available in sizes 2-16).

    5. A tie-front midi swing dress perfect for that summer brunch date or your next tropical vacation.

    Promising review: "I am obsessed with this dress. It is much better than I expected to come from Amazon for this price. The material is definitely the type that needs to be steamed well to get the wrinkles out, but other than that it's great! I'd say the color is definitely a little more bright yellow than the picture appears. Fits true to size. If anything it's a little more scandalous than I thought because it does show more cleavage than expected and you can't really wear a bra with it, but overall a great summer dress." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 14 colors).

    6. An asymmetrical floral-print wrap dress to dance the night away in.

    Get it from H&M for $49.99 (available in sizes 18-22).

    7. A bohemian 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'm 5'5" and 130 pounds; I ordered this dress in a medium and typically wear a medium. This dress is absolutely stunning and does not look cheap! I received so many compliments on it. It's very comfortable. The bands on the arm or chest did not slide at all. Great for all types of weather, as it isn't super heavy!" —Kelsey Lynn

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in sizes S-XL and in red and yellow).

    8. A cotton Free People midi dress designed with a drop-waist silhouette, adjustable tie straps, and a slit detail.

    Promising review: "I love this dress! The bows are adorable, the way it falls is beautiful, which was totally a pleasant surprise when I tried it on. It runs big — I’m 5’6", 140 lbs., and a size small fit perfect. Yes, the straps need to be taken up a little but that’s really not a big deal. Don’t stress get the dress!" —Free People Customer

    Get it from Free People for $128 (available in sizes XS-L).

    9. A button-up midi dress that'll be the perfect thing to wear while you're living out your casual life.

    Promising review: "LOVED THIS DRESS! I am usually a large but ordered an XL after reading the reviews. The buttons are hard to button, but once you get them done this dress can easily slip on and off without unbuttoning. I also had the issue with the gaps in between the buttons across the chest because of the elastic in the back but used fabric glue, cannot see the glue and no more gaping." —Erin Storm

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

    10. An Italian-made floral-print mini dress with the prettiest ruffled sleeves you ever did see.

    Get it from TJ Maxx for $29.99 (available in sizes 1X-3X).

    11. A flowy floral spaghetti-strap number you can wear loose or belted.

    Promising review: "This dress is the BOMB! It's light and airy without looking cheap, the pattern is beautiful, it has POCKETS, and the fit is perfect. I am a 34DD and am never comfortable going bra-less but somehow this dress falls perfectly and the girls look great. My only 'complaint' is that the bottom of the dress is slightly narrow for my stride but I wouldn't even deduct a star for it, the rest is so perfect! Can't recommend enough, gonna buy it in a few more patterns and it will definitely be my summer uniform!" —Molly Komlenic

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in sizes S-3XL and in 18 colors).

    12. A halter-neck midi dress easily layered and worn with sneakers for a day out or with heels and a clutch for a night on the town.

    Promising review: "I had a graduation to go to and I needed something to wear. I turned to Amazon and ordered this dress. I needed something comfortable and with pockets. This dress was amazing. It was a little too long, but I had a seamstress cut an inch off the dress and add a liner to it. I wore it to my pre-K class graduation and received lots of compliments. I am 5'9", 150 lbs., and I ordered a medium. Love this dress! Can't wait to wear it again." —KarSen

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in four colors).

    13. A button-down body-con maxi dress designed with adjustable straps and a V-neck to make it quite possibly the perfect summertime date night dress.

    Promising review: "I love this dress! I'm really short (4‘10”), and for me, it did end up fitting perfectly as a maxi dress, which is what I wanted! Very soft material! I def recommend. The green was more of a dark forest green and not an army/camouflage green as shown in the images but I am still happy with it." —kelly

    Get it from Amazon for $15.94+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 13 colors).

    14. A sleeveless sloth dress designed specifically for those days where you just want to take it slow.,

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this dress and thought it was adorable! I love sloths so the moment I saw this dress I knew I had to have it! I got the small/medium and the dress fit as expected and it was really comfortable. I’m a teacher and was able to wear it the whole day without any issues." —Rachel

    Get it from Amazon for $29.80 (available in sizes S-XXL and in a sloth and fox print).

    15. A lightweight one-shoulder pencil dress that'll be the perfect not-too-hot look to wear to all your summer weddings.

    Get it from Asos for $56 (available in sizes 0-14, maternity sizes 2-16, tall sizes 0-14, and curve sizes 18-20).

    16. A ruffle-sleeve polka-dot number for when it's hot AF and you just wanna throw something easy on.

    Promising review: "Cute and comfortable. I’m 5' and 100 lbs., the small size fits perfect. Good, flowy material. Doesn’t come with a liner but since it’s a dark color, it’s not see-through. I would still wear one but not a deal breaker. Would recommend. It also arrived earlier than expected so that’s a plus!!" —Claudia Torres

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in red, blue, and black).

    17. A colorful Free People slip dress designed to give you a perfect silhouette thanks to its gorgeously embroidered waist.

    Get it from Free People for $88 (available in sizes XS-L and in five colors).

    18. A cotton-blend strapless number with a pretty ruffle layer at the top.

    Promising review: "So happy with this dress!!! Super cute and exactly what I had hoped for! I'm 5'3", 133.5 lbs., and the medium fits great!" —Krystal Smartt

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in pink, navy, black, and floral colors)

    19. An open-back midi dress to keep you looking cute AF even the temperatures make it look like you just walked into a sweat storm.

    Promising review: "Love this dress! Bought it for a trip to Italy and can't wait to wear it. The material is great to travel with — doesn't wrinkle easily. It has elastic at the back, so I think it runs slightly larger. I'm smaller up top than I am on bottom, so this fit great because the elastic has enough room for my behind. It's a good mix of sexy and cute. I'm normally an 8/10 in bottoms and the large was too big. Medium fit just right." —meganruss

    Get it from Nordstrom for $55 (available in sizes XS-XXL).

    20. A simple and comfy ruffled hem midi dress you just might live in all summer long.

    Promising review: "Cute dress, got lots of compliments on it the first time I wore it. Can dress up or down with shoes and accessories. I wore it for a Friday look when I wanted to look put-together but not like I was trying too hard, haha. I am 5'4" and the back/longest part of the hem hit me at the top of my heel/back of my ankle. The fabric is soft, jersey material, but heavy enough that it doesn't cling and does have a nice movement/flow. A good loose-fitting garment for summer." —Minnette Spencer

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

    21. A lightweight flared-skirt maxi dress perfect for those days you just wanna go braless — so every day.

    Get it from H&M for $59.99 (available in sizes 0-2 and 6-12 and in khaki and beige).

    22. A ruffled-shoulder cotton Kensie dress to keep you cool and comfy during all those summer BBQs.


    Get it from Walmart for $66.75 (available in sizes S-XL).

    23. A ruffled-hem mini dress that'll be the visual representation of the phrase "va-va-voom."

    Promising review: "This dress is sooooo pretty! It took me a while to figure it out, but I did. I love how flattering it is, and how I can wear it on any occasion. To solve your guys’ problems for those who can’t seem to tie it: There’s a small hole near the waist area where the string goes through and you just loop it through there." —Lynn H.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in sizes 2-10 and in 32 colors).

    24. An asymmetrical black-and-white dress to help you survive those arctic summers in your office.

    Promising review: "Love this dress! I'd buy it in more colors if they made more! It’s such a cute style. You’ll definitely feel like twirling, just for fun!" —Meg

    Get it from Target for $29.99 (available in sizes X-4X).

    25. A totally effortless faux-wrap Free People dress that'll be just the piece you're looking for the day you're running way too late.

    Promising review: "This dress is adorable! Cute pleating at shoulders. For reference, I have a smaller top (34B, 29" waist, 5'6") and bigger hips/thighs. The 6 felt too baggy so I tried the 4. But I preferred the 6 because it has a relaxed fit and hits almost at my true waist (far more flattering)!" —anniwa

    Get it from Free People for $148 (available in sizes 0-14 and in topaz, red, and ivory).

    26. A mini swing dress for when you decide to capture the most epic Instagram photo ever.,

    Promising review: "Really cute. I ordered a small. I'm 5'6", 130 lbs., pretty proportionate. I don't like things to be super baggy so I added a belt. Back straps are nice and lay well on your back. I wore it as a bridesmaid dress and then later for art on top of the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado. :) Only setback is having to wear a stick-on boob-bra." —Nicki

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

    27. A 100% cotton peplum shirtdress to make going from work to a night out with friends totally doable.

    Get it from Asos for $32 (available in sizes 0-14).

    28. A colorful and lightweight button-down dress that just might be the look of your Instagram dreams.

    Promising review: "Love this dress. Cute as a button and bright!! It is fitted in the bodice, so if you are broad-shouldered and/or large-chested, order up!! I am 5’6” and normally wear a 14 — I ordered a 3XL. Perfect length, does not drag on the floor. I can wear with flats and sandals. But it runs smaller in shoulders and chest. If I button up into the chest area (as most would normally wear), I will need to put a snap in between one button so it won’t gap and show my bra. Or wear a camisole or colored tank under and leave that one button undone. I love this dress, with or without the belt. I was very pleased." —Jay & Glenda

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (available in sizes S-3XL and in black, blue, purple, and red).

    29. A cotton-blend casual day dress designed with a flirty slit and a tie-waist.,

    Promising review: "I really am pleasantly surprised! It fits great! I’m 5'4” and I was worried since most maxi dresses are too long on me. I can wear flats with this and it's perfect for summer. You do need to be modest when sitting to avoid showing too much, as the slit is high and seems to rise a bit when sitting." —RunnerGirl

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

    30. A ruffle-hem tank dress for when you feel like twirling around town in a pretty AF OOTD.

    Get it from Target for $32.99 (available in sizes XS-XXL).

    31. A button-down swing dress that'll look SO good with your favorite denim jacket.

    Promising review: "I ordered this dress out of desperation. I just had my fourth kid and absolutely never have time to shop lately. Been wanting a fresh spring dress and this came up when I searched. I’m pretty impressed with it. I like the material, very soft. I really love how the buttons aren’t real because then my huge boobs can’t pull them open like most button-down shirts do on me. I’m def gonna order more prints now that I see how well it fits. I’m 5’2", 145 lbs., and I ordered the medium. Love it!" —Bdv2642

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 29 colors).

    32. A cold-shoulder T-shirt dress so comfy you'll want to get it in every color (it comes in 15!).

    Promising review: "This dress is adorable! I wear a size large shirt, size 12 pants. I got the size large and it fits great. I will say that I am busty (38DDD), so if you aren't, you may be able to go down a size. However, for it to fit just like it does in the picture, I'd order your regular size. I'm 5' 5" and it hits right at the knee on me. That's exactly where I wanted it. As you can see in one of the pics, when I pair it with high-heel platform wedges, it's about 1" shorter (the height of the platform). Not too short. I've added pictures of it with a belt, as well as without. The dress has some shape on me without the belt, but probably wouldn't if my bust were smaller. I think it's cute either way." —tigerlily007

    Get it from Amazon for $18.88+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 15 colors).

    33. And an open-back halter dress that's just the right amount of elegant.

    Promising review: "Omg absolutely beautiful, well-made dress!!!! This is a must-buy for summer, the picture doesn't do it justice. It fits perfect and flows beautifully. Perfect for an outside wedding or even just to run to Target! Depends how you style it. It's very true to size, and the elastic waist is genius." —Sexylia

    Get it from Nordstrom for $59 (available in sizes XXS-XXL and in pink and navy).

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

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