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    Sundresses, Tank Tops, And More Cute Clothing Under $40 To Save Money For All Your Summer Plans

    You can look ~cool for the summer~ without going broke before your big vacation.

    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women's.

    1. A set of bestselling ribbed crop tops — fair warning, you'll probably end up buying multiple sets for more ~color options~ once you witness how cute and versatile they are for yourself. You can style this warm-weather basic SO many ways, and *many* people are drawing comparisons to Free a fraction of the price. 

    reviewer in the olive green tank
    reviewer in the lavender tank

    Note that these run small, so consider sizing up for a more relaxed fit.

    See them in this TikTok!

    Promising review: "I love them! The colors are as pictured with the little bit of distressed, faded look in areas. Looks like they came from Free People! The neckline lands mid to high chest area, and the armpits scoop in like a scuba tank style. Love love love, want it in more colors." —Amber

    Get a pack of three for $19.98+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and dozens of styles, including two-packs and three-packs). 

    2. A V-neck wrap dress casual enough for a bunch of different occasions, with extra-cute ruffling above the hem and at the shoulders for a bit of flair.

    reviewer in a blue floral dress
    reviewer wearing the yellow floral dress

    Prime members: You can try before you buy!

    Promising review: "I can't express how excited I am to have found this dress. I'm already ordering every other color I can in my size! Not only does it fit the way it is supposed to around the body, but the length is perfect where other dresses are too long for how short I am. If you are a curvy woman of short-average height, this is the dress for you! The best part is that it's completely wrap around so there is room to order a little bigger or smaller then your normal size if the color you want isn't available in your size. This is now my new favorite dress!" —Chelsea Prime

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in 33 colors).

    3. Flowy tie-waist shorts that won't choke your legs and become a breeding ground for sweat; instead, they allow ample ~breathing room~ and freedom of movement for all of your summer activities. Throw a cute tank or tee on with these, and you'll be golden. 

    reviewer wearing the shorts
    reviewer in the snake print shorts

    Promising review: "Summer must-have. These are just my fave. I bought them in three colors and wear them all the time. As a bigger girl I want something that's loose and doesn't choke my thighs. These are it. I wear these with a slimming tank and I'm good to go dress them up or down with heels or flops." —Elizabeth Christine

    Get them from Amazon for $13.29+ (available in sizes 16–24 and in 10 colors).

    4. A versatile bodysuit tank reviewers say is like a cross between shapewear and a swimsuit in all the best ways — it's stretchy, supportive, and comfy with very light compression. It's another must-have basic because you can slip this on under jeans, a skirt, or shorts and go as casual or dressy as you like with it!

    reviewer wearing the white bodysuit tank tucked into distressed denim jeans
    reviewer in the white bodysuit tank

    Promising review: "Bought this bodysuit in three colors: white, brown, and olive green. The brown is definitely more of a burnt orange. These are amazing!! I don’t even bother wearing a bra with them, because the support is so nice. Since I am short, the bottom part is a little longer, but I don’t mind it because then I don’t have to deal with chafing. I’m definitely buying more colors! I’ve worn these with shorts, joggers, and jeans. Worn to date night and a Chicago Cubs game when it was 90 degrees! The material is breezy, so I don’t get hot. Think of like a bathing suit/workout tank material. So it allows for easy breathing and does not get hot. A summer staple!" —Ms. Martinez

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 24 colors). 

    5. An open-back stunner featuring a smocked bodice, ruffles, and a loose, dreamy fit that'll keep you feeling comfy *and* cute on that upcoming vacay.

    reviewer wearing the dress in gray
    reviewer showing the open back of the dress in yellow

    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 $36.99 (available in sizes S–XL and in 25 colors).

    6. A popular pair of high-waisted trousers for a look that's polished and professional while still breathable enough for summer heat and humidity. The best part, though? They're *ridiculously* comfy thanks to the baggy design and elastic waist, so you might find yourself throwing these on with a T-shirt for Sunday brunch. 

    reviewer in the light gray pants
    reviewer in the salmon pink pants

    Promising reviews: "Oh my goodness I love these pants so much! They are extremely comfortable — soft and stretchy fabric, elastic waistband, and gently tapered leg to give it some style without being too tight. I get tons of compliments when I wear them to work! I already have them in three colors, but honestly, am probably going to buy some more. These are the real deal!" —Chelsea

    "I wore these to a conference, and they were great. Stays where you want them. Breathable but high quality material. Never wrinkled. And very cute with a top tucked in!" —AECastle

    Get them from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in sizes XS–3XL, in sets of two, and 44 colors).

    7. A bodycon dress for dressing up or down as much as you like — either way, this versatile piece is lightweight enough for summer, but you can style it across multiple seasons because it has ~range~.

    reviewer in the blue bodycon dress
    reviewer in the black and white striped bodycon dress

    Prime members: You can try before you buy!

    Promising review: "I have ordered T-shirt style dresses in the past only to be disappointed in them all, until now. This dress (and the two other colors I own) are hands-down my favorite staple in my closet. They are long enough to be office-appropriate, but can be 'shortened' with the ruching for a sexy night out. I ordered a large and for reference, I typically wear a medium in tops and an 8 or 10 in pants depending on the brand. I have a hourglass shape and this dress makes my hips look great. The dress is very good quality and has a slip or liner inside. It is thin enough to be comfortable in the South Texas heat. I would recommend this dress any day of the week." —Emily

    Get it from Amazon for $28.03+ (available in sizes S–XL and 33 colors).

    8. Or a drawstring option that's equally versatile, since you can sport it on its own or throw on a jacket, cardigan, or flannel button-down on chillier days. It's casual enough for everyday wear but cute enough for going out at night, too. 

    a reviewer posing in the baby blue dress with a white top and matching purse
    A model wearing the pink dress and showing the side view of the drawstrings and ruche detail

    Promising reviews: "I finally bought this dress after seeing it all over TikTok and HOLY SMOKES. I cannot believe how universally [good it looks on people]. It's absolutely stunning!" —Catherine Thriveni

    "This dress is amazing! The fabric is so soft and silky but also has structure and because the sides are ruched, I can adjust it to the perfect length, which means a lot when you're only 5'1". The ruching allows me to control the amount of fabric gathered in the tummy and behind areas. To sum it all up, I LOVE the dress and plan on purchasing at least two more in the army green and the brown because this style dress can also be worn in the fall and spring months with a basic or colored denim jacket and a cute pair of boots or booties!" —Tonya

    Get it from Amazon for $16.19+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 27 colors/styles).

    9. A ribbed halter top with a built-in, no-underwire bra, a useful basic for days when you're *really* not feeling like putting on a bra but need a lil' extra support. Its cropped fit and solid color means it'll pair well with all your high-waisted skirts, pants, and shorts, and you won't be distracted by an uncomfortable bra poking you in the side. 

    model in black halter top
    model in yellow/orange halter top
    Klassy Network

    You can see how to style this cute top on TikTok here.

    Klassy Network is a woman-owned business that sells stylish blouses, swimwear, eyewear, and their well-known Brami top, aka a top that provides amazing support and doesn't require a bra underneath!

    Promising review: "I totally love these Brami Halter tops. Being a cup size C; not having to wear a bra was almost impossible for me. With the Brami I am so happy that I do not have to use a bra, and it still keeps my boobs in place. These are so versatile that I used them everywhere, all the time, even to do yoga. I just love them!" —Klassy Network Customer

    Get it from Klassy Network for $39.99 (available in sizes XXS–3XL and three colors).

    10. A ruffled, lace-front flounce swimsuit *because* not only is it a ridiculously cute and comfortable option for all of your water adventures; it ALSO doubles as a stylish top when you throw denim shorts or a skirt over the bottom. That means it's perfect for taking from the boardwalk to dinner, or to a music festival where rain is in the forecast — it's fast-drying!

    reviewer wearing orange one piece
    reviewer wearing blue bathing suit

    Promising reviews: "As I pushed 'add to cart' on this swimsuit, I did so with an eye roll and a sigh — I am a short, curvy girl and I'm chesty too. I've seen this design on a few different sites claiming it's one of the 'great bathing suits' for the summer, but there was no way this was going to work on me, right? Well, I can take back the eye roll and sigh — not only does it fit, but it makes me look dang good. The material on this suit is nice and thick, you can adjust the strings in the front to show more or less skin, and so far it has managed to adequately cover my booty despite me roaming around the house in it to try it out. I'm smitten — surprised too — but smitten." —Tenacious

    "I LOVE this bathing suit, I hadn’t bought a bathing suit in almost 3 years and I’ve been struggling to find the perfect one. AND HERE IT IS! It was also an awesome outfit for a festival, which was super helpful cuz it actually rained the day I wore it so it dries super fast! AND it’s a cute top when paired with some jean shorts or a skirt!!" —Ant

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS–22 Plus and 44 colors).

    11. Cute running shorts drawing comparisons to pricier brands like Lululemon, Nike, and Under Armour in terms of quality. They're designed with a stretchy elastic waistband, soft and breathable fabric, and even deep zipper pockets for holding your phone and other small items. Workouts aside, these would be great for everyday summer wear!

    reviewer in the white running shorts
    reviewer in the green running shorts

    Promising review: "DO NOT WALK….RUN! Better than all my Lululemon shorts EASILY! These shorts look great while being so comfortable. I do CrossFit and I felt covered the whole time, but didn’t feel like I was being suffocated, the fabric is so breathable the zipper is a perfect size, I love everything about these shorts. I can not recommend them enough. I’ve told everyone who will listen, these are THE shorts everyone needs." —MadelineVanHoose

    Get them from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes XS–3X and 35 colors)

    12. A tie-front midi dress with a small mid-section cutout that'll let your torso feel a bit of ~breeze~.

    reviewer in the blue dress with pink floweres
    A customer review photo of the midi dress in red

    Promising review: "I love the shape this dress gives me and it makes your cleavage look amazing. There's extra fabric left on the side boobs for me but if you are full-breasted it might look better on you. I got yellow and the color was more vibrant than pastel but still a [cute] yellow in my opinion. I didn't need a slip for mine and the length is comfortable for my nerves. The fabric is sturdy but light enough for mid-summer. If you're looking for a dress that is a bit different and sexy...this is your dress!!" —Sarah Fischer

    Get it from Amazon for $26.09+ (available in sizes S–XL and 34 colors).

    13. A twist-front tube top that'll look *so* chic paired with your high-waisted jeans and shorts, and reviewers say the heavy ribbed material makes it feel way more expensive than it is. 

    reviewer wearing the top in tan
    the top in beige

    Promising review: "I saw so many videos of this on TikTok!! It did not disappoint. It’s super cute for this summer! It’s a must-have!!!!!! I’m wearing a large and it has a fit that's amazing." —Tania Zabala

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99 (available in sizes S–L and in 14 colors).