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    31 Light Summer Dresses That Are Like Built-In AC

    Summer dressing just got ~breezier~.

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    1. An eyelet minidress for when you want to take a ~plunge~, but you don't have a pool to dive into.

    Free People

    Get it from Free People for $128 (available in sizes XS–XL and five colors).

    Promising review: "Loved this dress! It’s absolutely beautiful and super comfortable. You can dress it up or wear it as a cover up at the beach. 10/10 recommend!" —Tinao

    2. A lightweight button-down midi that'll feel like the maximum of comfort.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.89+ (available in sizes S–3X and 21 patterns).

    Promising review: "So happy with this dress! The print is beautiful and the fit is perfect. It has plenty of stretch to it, so I'd say order your true size. Pleasantly surprised by the soft material and the fact that it is lined; bonus points for this." —The5Ts

    3. An embroidered, lace-inset tank dress to show off your ~stems~.


    Get it from Additionelle for $69 (available in sizes 1X–4X).

    4. A tie-dye maxi with pockets, side slits, and a soft 'n' stretchy feel you'll fall in love with.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 18 colors and styles).

    Promising review: "I LOVE THIS DRESS! I am a HUGE fan of tie dye. Fits true to size and exactly like the model does in the picture (loose and not form fitting at all). I always get so many compliments on this and would wear it every day if I could. I wore it all summer and was sad to have to put it away for winter. It will be in heavy rotation next summer as well! Its a great quality for the price and you honestly can't go wrong with this purchase!" —Aew

    5. A gauzy cotton dress for a low-key gorgeous Downton Abby cosplay.

    Sorry to say this does *not* come with a footman bringing you a cold drink or your very own Matthew.

    Get it from H&M for $69.99 (available in sizes 0–8).

    6. A sheer t-shirt dress you can wear as a swimsuit coverup, over shorts and a bralette, or over a lightweight slip.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in sizes S–XL).

    Promising review: "Cute and inexpensive piece to add to your closet. Great for all seasons, layered or worn as a coverup" —Brittany Jones

    7. A halter-neck number that'll prove plaid isn't just for the fall and winter months.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $24.90 (available in sizes S–XL).

    8. An A-line, bold shouldered shift for when the thermometer reads "it's too hot for any fabric to actually touch your body."

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

    Promising review: "This dress is sooo completely adorable!! I got so many compliments on the dress and I felt totally comfortable." —Nakia E. Cook

    9. A t-shirt dress you will *knot* regret purchasing.

    Get it from American Eagle for $34.95 (available in sizes XS–XXL and three colors).

    Promising review: "I love this dress, I brought it in grey and blue. I'm thinking about buying it on black as well. It is on the thinner side like a t-shirt but not see through. It can be dressed down or up. Love it!" —Jasmine

    10. A short-sleeve maxi for anyone who loves a good print — this one's available in 15 different ones!

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in sizes 0X–4X and 15 colors and patterns).

    Promising review: "This dress is really beautiful. Fit was true to size and it’s so comfortable and flowy. Its an easy pack for vacation. Ordering soon in all colors. I love this dress!!!" —Jbwa

    11. A slouchy cotton-blend dress, because you're missing your jeans-and-a-tee outfits, and this is the next best thing.

    Free People

    Get it from Free People for $50 (available in sizes XS–L and seven colors).

    Promising review: "I’ve been on the lookout for a dress like this. Dress up or down, I think it can go anywhere. Fabric is soft and light, and just loose enough where it doesn’t look like a tent. I definitely recommend this product." —DSC51

    12. A cactus-print fit-and-flare option you can turn to when all other options have ~deserted~ you.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes 4–18 and in black).

    Promising review: "I just received this dress in the mail a couple of days ago and it's already my favorite article of clothing! It's so soft and pretty! The print is adorable (I love plants!) and looks just like the pics posted. I am busty and the dress covers me up without clinging. The dress is lightweight and flares out. I would recommend wearing a nude colored slip underneath if you plan to wear it in direct sunlight; it's slightly see-through but not too bad. Love this dress and will order other designs from this seller!" —Chuck Noblet

    13. An off-the-shoulder chambray dress that'll never make you blue.


    Perfect for when you've been longingly staring at your jeans.

    Get it from Walmart for $16.50 (available in sizes 1X–3X and two colors). This dress is also available in straight sizes (XS–XL) for $14.50.

    14. A cold-shoulder LBD with white lace detailing to break up your all-black-everything wardrobe juuuust a tad.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.91+ (available in sizes S–4X).

    Promising review: "Five stars. This dress is amazing and fits amazingly." —Dinnette Clarke

    15. A leopard-print satin dress with a thigh-high slit that'll make you say "this breeze is really the cat's meow."

    Get it from Nasty Gal for $42 (originally $70; available in sizes 2–8).

    16. A v-neck wrap mini in a breathable cotton to show your stripes without showing how much you sweat on your way to the office.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes 4–10 and two colors).

    Promising review: "This dress is REALLY cute! I got this to wear when we go to the lake. It's casual enough to wear during the day but with wedges it looks dressy enough to wear to a nice dinner. I like that it has dark and light colors so it matches dark or light shoes. It's very beach-y looking. The material is lightweight and comfortable. It's pretty low cut so depending on who I am with I will wear the cami under it. I would def recommend." —Connor McKay

    17. A floral stretch-knit option perfectly packable for any warm-weather vacation you go on.

    Get it from American Eagle for $39.95 (available in sizes XS–L).

    Promising review: "The fabric is light and airy, perfect for the 80° days we're having! I wish there were more colors to choose from because I would buy them all!" —Ash04

    18. A button-bedecked short-sleeve dress people will think you bought at a trendy vintage store.

    Are you someone who hates when dresses have smocking in the back? Then this dress is FOR YOU!

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and eight colors).

    Promising review: "This dress is adorable! It came looking exactly as I expected. The fabric is thick enough that you can't really see through, but feels light like linen. The buttons are just for design, which means there is no gaping.) It's a great dress!" —Ann M Sostaric

    19. A scalloped-edge dress so you won't ever li-lack for options in even the hottest days of August.


    Get it from Boohoo for $20 (available in sizes 12–20 and two colors).

    20. A strapless minidress for when life gives you lemons — and by lemons, we mean a heat index of 108°.

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and four patterns).

    Promising review: "I like the other colors as well, but the lemons were too cute to pass up! Its comfortable, not itchy, and is a great length on me. It’s perfect for the hot weather during summer- it’s like 90 degrees where I live! I can wear it with a bathing suit too. I’m definitely happy with it!" —Thomas D.

    21. A pretty-in-pink shift, because when you're wearing this, a little sweat won't ~ruffle~ your feathers.


    Peep those cute buttons down the back!

    Get it from Nordstrom for $41.40 (originally $69; available in sizes XS–XXL and four colors and patterns).

    Promising review: "My go-to summer dress. Bought the the navy & yellow floral in June. Easy breezy & comfortable. You can dress it up with a cardigan and heels or down with flip flops. Loved it so much ordered the navy and red floral in July!" —Karen Eliz

    22. A strappy-backed maxi dress that'll solve your "what should I wear to this summer party??" problems once and for all.

    Straight sizes S–L are also available in some patterns in the same listing!

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes 0X–3X and 10 patterns).

    Promising review: "The dress is gorgeous!!!! I love the way ot fits and flows. The material is perfect for the summer time. I am absolutely in love with this dress." —Akasha

    23. A chiffon tunic with lace sleeves so you won't have to wait until fall to bring out your Morticia Addams side.

    Summer, but make it goth.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.09+ (available in sizes S–XXL and six colors).

    Promising review: "I love this dress! It's the perfect summer dress. I threw this on for a day full of errands and the light weight material and open sleeves kept me cool in this hot LA weather!" —Tia Alese Wong

    24. An open-back dress that'll be you go-to when the 12th consecutive day of a heat wave is starting to make you ~dotty~.

    Get it from Asos for $56 (available in sizes 0–14).

    25. A high-low option with pockets (and over 1,000 reviews) you'll turn to again and again and again and again.

    Will you cry when you put it away for the winter? It's likely.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 11 colors).

    Promising review: "Very comfortable, and light. Perfect for these hot summer (and lazy) days. I love that the back is lower for good coverage in case of an unexpected breeze." —Consumer Reporter

    26. An ruffled dress in an eyelet fabric that breathes so you'll be comfy on your sweaty commute *and* look crisp in your office.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and two colors).

    Promising review: "This dress far surpassed my expectations! To my disbelief, and after reading other reviews, I took a chance and ordered my regular size medium and it fit like a glove! My BFF's 15-year-old daughter said I look like a modern day Cinderella (she totally made my day!). The dress is beautifully made; I would buy it a 100 times over!" —Anitaj

    27. An LBD you can ~slip~ into quickly when you get a last-minute invite out — when you had planned on staying in and enjoying Netflix and air conditioning.

    There's a drawstring so you can increase or decrease the keyhole in front!

    Get it from Nordstrom or Topshop for $68 (available in sizes 0–12).

    28. A tropical-print shift that'll be unbeleafably cool and comfy, no matter what the summer has in store.

    This is the next-best thing to being fanned with an actual palm frond.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 17 colors).

    Promising review: "This dress is SO cute, and you can't beat the price! It is not a cheap, thin material, but it actually feels very expensive. Great quality and very flattering on. It's also not quite as short as it looks in the picture (at least it isn't on me — I am 5'6"), which is great because I am wearing it to a work event." —Alyssa Creed

    29. A twist-front midi dress for a lot of look — without feeling like you're wearing a lot of fabric.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Oufitters for $79 (available in sizes XS–XL and two colors).

    30. A stunning(ly inexpensive) maxi dress you can wear to that beach wedding you know is going to be hotter than heck.

    Get it from Amazon for $15+ (available in sizes 0/2–8/10 and four prints).

    Promising review: "This dress is so amazing! It's super lightweight. I bought this for a wedding I'm going to very soon in Texas so I needed something light and flowy and this dress is perfect! It fits perfectly!" —Sarah Ta

    31. A photorealistic dress so you can pretend you're taking a lovely reef-side swim rather than standing under the sun.

    ::listens to "Under The Sea" on repeat::

    Get it from ModCloth for $79 (available in sizes XXS–4X and two patterns).

    Waiting for these breezy dresses to arrive in the mail like:

    Universal Pictures

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