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

    You'll wear them right through fall — 'cause they're amazing and 'cause you can!

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    1. A ruffled, smocked bodice open back stunner that just might be the dress of your vacationing dreams.


    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! I'm 5'6", 116 lbs., and it fit absolutely 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 $33.99 (available in sizes S-XL and in 17 colors).

    2. 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 10 colors).

    3. 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: "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." —JTSimmons

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 31 colors).

    4. A button-down off-the-shoulder Free People midi dress that'll have you looking like the lead in a tear-jerking romcom.

    Free People

    Promising review: "I found the other reviews very helpful before buying this — SO glad I sized down! I’m 5’5”/5’6” and my weight fluctuates between 155 and 175... SMALL fits perfectly. I will only be wearing it off-shoulder, but I had planned on doing that anyway. Wish it wasn’t so expensive, I would have bought the yellow as well. I feel like a Renaissance princess wearing it! :) If you’re shorter than me, the midi length won’t work." —Sophia622

    Get it from Free People for $108 (available in sizes XS-XL and in five colors)

    5. 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." —Brooke Murray

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 17 colors).

    6. 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 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 $36.99 (available in sizes S-XXL and in 18 colors).

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

    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 $23.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 25 colors).

    8. A bohemian-inspired mini dress designed with self-tie shoulder straps, a smocked bust, tiered ruffle details, and an A-line cut so you're always in style even when you're sweating it out.


    Promising review: "This is the perfect summer dress. The color is exactly as pictured and well made for the price. It is lined, which I did not expect, and the fabric is soft and light even though it is predominantly polyester. I ordered a large even though I wear a medium and it fits just right at the bust area and has a fuller flouncy skirt at the bottom which is what I wanted. If you want a fuller and roomier fit at the bottom, order one to two sizes up. The dress will look and feel better on the body. I bought the white and now I wished I had bought all of them. I am definitely buying more of these from this seller. Very satisfied! Happy days!" —Truth Wand

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

    9. A sleeveless sloth dress to wear on those days where you just want to take it slow., Amazon

    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 $19.62 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in six prints).

    10. 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 $28.95+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 29 colors).

    11. A smocked-bust off-the-shoulder dress that you can wear right into fall — it's going to look super cute layered with your favorite jeans.


    Promising review: "I'm 5'7", 175 lbs., ordered a size 14 (package said 2X), and fits great. I have big arms, but it's not too tight. Seems like good quality for the price! Happy buyer and would recommend this!" —james casner

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes 0-14 and in six colors).

    12. A flowy lightweight Free People midi dress designed with tie straps and a tiered silhouette so you're drenched in style on your next holiday.

    Free People

    Promising review: "This lovely cotton dress is easy to wear, lightweight with a short slip underneath. Cool cotton for hot weather, flowing, and loose-fitting. Pair it with a denim jacket and sandals and it's perfect for those cool summer evenings!" —RLSMeimei

    Get it from Free People for $168 (available in sizes XS-XL and in yellow and red).

    13. A little A-line midi dress in a soft lightweight cotton with fluttering ruffled sleeves and a zipper closure you can easily dress up or down.


    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 Zetts

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in blue, black, and white).

    14. An airy button-down midi dress so perfect, it'll become your go-to summer AND fall 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 — 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 37 prints).

    15. A cotton-blend casual day dress designed with a flirty slit and a tie-waist so you always have something to wear., Amazon

    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 XS-XL and in 22 colors).

    16. A gorgeous flowing floral-print dress that buttons all the way up and will flow perfectly in the wind.,

    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." —Fern & Janet

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 37 prints).

    17. 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 $13.99+ (available in sizes XXS-XL and in 13 colors).

    18. A ruched crew-neck T-shirt dress that'll look amazing dressed up with heels or down with your favorite sneakers.


    Promising review: "Ok, EVERYONE NEEDS THIS DRESS. It’s so flattering, but more importantly SO comfortable. It reminds me of the Leith dress from Nordstrom but it's half the price and way better quality, in my opinion. I’m wearing a medium and I have a little room to move around so it’s not skin tight." —Amazon Customer

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

    19. A cotton-blend strapless number with a super pretty ruffle layer at the top you'll wear more often than you'd like to admit.

    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 $30.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in eight colors)

    20. An organic-cotton lace and embroidery Reformation midi dress you'll live in from now until mid-October.


    Get it from Nordstrom for $298 (available in sizes 0–8).

    21. An adorable ruffled mini dress designed in a light material and with a sweetheart neckline making it perfect for summer.


    Promising review: "This dress is soo cute and the material is great for how cheap it is! I was so impressed by the quality. I ordered a size bigger than normal and I probably could have gotten my normal size but I wanted to have it a little longer so I could wear it to work!" —Gracyn Herman

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and 26 colors).

    22. An adjustable strap, open-back midi dress so pretty it's obviously a gift from the heavens — they even put a bow on it.


    Promising review: "I love love love this dress. I want to wear it every day. It is so well made and a nice heavy cotton. The color does not fade or wrinkle easily at all. I did order it in two sizes but I only kept it in the smaller size. It was still long enough to be comfortable. One thing to remember is that the bow in the back is not a real bow so you can’t adjust it to be tighter. Like I said before, I love love love this dress. I got the XL and I am 5'10" and I wear a US 14." —Tori

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 15 colors).

    23. A ruffled flowy smocked-bust midi dress to give your summer wardrobe a classic look in the most comfortable way.


    Promising review: "So cute! I am usually a dress size 6/medium, but I definitely had to size down with this dress. A small was still a bit roomy but the stretchy material on top made it flattering! 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 $23.99+ (available in sizes 4-12 and in seven colors).

    24. 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.


    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 $23.99+ (available in sizes 0-10 and in three colors).

    25. A flouncy V-neck A-line pleated mini dress that'll twirl its way right into your heart and closet.,

    Promising review: "I love this dress! For reference, I’m 5'6”, 175 lbs., and I am wearing an XL. It came the next day and fits so well! It’s light and airy, which keeps you cool. It’s a little short so if you’re not into that, be aware. I dressed it up with heels for a wedding and will be dressing it down with sandals for an easy, breezy summer look. 10/10 recommend." —Katherine Klunder (Fontanez)

    Get it from Amazon for $24.89 (available in sizes S-XL and in six colors).

    26. A delightfully soft and stretchy scoop-neck bodycon dress designed with a ruched skirt and a loose-fitting top so it molds to your body in total perfection.


    Promising review: "Love this dress! Such a great find for a great price. Easy to dress up with heels or booties or dress down with flats or sandals. The color is perfect. The material is thin but not in a bad way. It’s so soft and comfortable. The top part falls nicely and the bottom part stretches and hugs perfectly. The ruching looks awesome. The skirt is double layered so the thinness of the material isn’t a problem there either. Perfect length. The small fit just fine but I kept the medium for comfort. It had just a little more room and length. Also, I wasn’t sure how it would wash so if it does shrink just a tad I’ll still be ok." —J&J

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 48 colors and prints).

    27. A beautifully printed spaghetti strap number so you can add a little life to your end of summer wardrobe.,

    Promising review: "I am obsessed with this dress. I LOVE IT! I get compliments all the time. I do have small boobs, so it fits me awesome. I am seriously buying another one just in case something happens to this one. The stripes match, it’s well-made, the fabric is LOVELY! It’s the perfect length on me. I’m 5’5”, weigh 150 lbs., and my bra size is 36B." —MandeeSparkle

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in six colors).

    28. 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.

    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).

    29. 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. 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 22 colors).

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


    Promising review: "Cute and comfortable. I’m 5' and 100 lbs., the small size fits perfectly. 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 $19.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 11 colors).

    31. An open back Free People ruffled hem midi dress that's just as pretty when you're walking in as when you're walking away.

    Free People

    Promising review: "Quality, fit, and color of this dress is superb. Very fairly priced. The neckline reminds me of a Renaissance or Tudor style, while the skirt has a Gunne Sax feel — very unique and beautiful. I am larger chested (D cup) and the bust fit." —moonandwolf

    Get it from Free People for $98 (available in sizes XS-XL and in black and purple).

    32. A bohemian off-the-shoulder number you'll have to put a security lock on because everyone will want to borrow it.

    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 $12.08+ (available in sizes S-XL and in four colors).

    33. A smocked off-the-shoulder empire waist dress designed with a tiered lace design for when Romeo, oh Romeo comes a knocking.


    Promising review: "I’m 5’3” and 130 lbs. I purchased the white in size medium and absolutely love it! It worked out great for me because floor-length dresses are usually way too long. This is a perfect fit and length, and doesn’t drag. Bought this as a cool summery romantic dress for around the house to the beach. Love the white but plan to buy others In different colors also." —Honest opinion

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in sizes S-XXXL and in 10 colors).

    34. A ruffled strap Asos embroidered midi dress, because who doesn't need to splurge on the most perfect LBD summer has ever seen?


    Get it from Asos for $87 (available in sizes 0-14).

    35. A whimsical ModCloth maxi dress designed with the one thing we all need from a comfy dress — pockets!!


    Get it from ModCloth for $54.99 (available in sizes XXS-4X and in two prints).

    36. A gorgeous button-up, split front flowing maxi dress that'll make you rule everyone's Instagram feeds.

    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 $16.49+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 23 prints).

    37. And 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 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).

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

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