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    Jul 28, 2019

    34 Light Summer Dresses That Are Like Built-In AC

    Summer dressing just got a whole lot breezier. I mean easier.

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    1. A lightweight knotted-front midi that'll feel like the maximum of comfort.

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    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in sizes S–XL and 25 colors and patterns).

    Promising review: "My boobs are on the smaller side so I do have to tie the front super tight. Straps are adjustable, this one has a small slip under the dress which was a plus even though it's not see through. Material is light and linen will be perfect for summertime! Currently ordering more as I love the dress!"—Sarah K.

    2. A floral handkerchief-hem dress perfectly designed for twirling and showing off those ~stems~.

    Torrid

    Get it from Torrid for $43.43 (originally $64.90; available in sizes M–6X).

    3. A silky 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 $110 (available in sizes XS–XL and four colors).

    Promising review: "The material is much nicer than I expected. It is a great throw-on summer dress that makes you look like you put more effort in than you did." —kskeating7

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

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    It's so flowy and breezy, reviewers swear by it as a maternity dress too!

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 15 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 '20s-inspired crepe dress for a low-key gorgeous Downton Abby cosplay.

    HM

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

    Get it from H&M for $49.99 (available in sizes 0–18 and three colors and patterns).

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

    amazon.com

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

    Promising review: "Cute, comfy, and perfect for concerts! Helps if you want to cover up but not worry about overheating. Looks cute on top of any outfit!" —Cassidy U

    7. A Nancy Drew cover–esque sleeveless number that'll prove plaid isn't just for the fall and winter months.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $35 (available in sizes S–XL and in green).

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

    amazon.com

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and eight 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. An asymmetric dress so you can ~button up~ a put together look without sweating all dang day.

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    And despite the tailored cut the super-lightweight fabric is made for breathability!

    Get it from American Eagle for $44.95 (available in sizes XXS–XXL and in black and pink).

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

    Walmart

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

    Get it from Walmart for $38.99 (available in sizes 2X–3X).

    11. A t-shirt dress you will *knot* regret purchasing. T-shirt comfort, but with a little step up in cool girl style.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in sizes S–3X and five colors).

    Promising review: "Loved this dress and the fit is just perfect! The cut outs are in a good spot that give the dress an extra 'pop' for a fun night out. The fabric is super lightweight and will add some cute shoes and be set for a night out." —mallory

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

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    Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in sizes 1X–5X 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

    13. 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–XL and 10 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

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

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

    Promising review: "I thought this was going to be one of those stiff cheap print fabrics because the price was low, but I thought the print was so cute I'd deal with the fabric not being the best. I was so pleasantly surprised to find that it was soft, adorable, and MUCH higher quality than I expected. I would have been happy with this dress if I had purchased it from ModCloth or similar at twice the price. It was true to size. Fully lined, just awesome. Love." —Allison Jackson

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

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes S–4X and seven colors).

    Promising review: "I wore it to a wedding with a pair of black capris. Got SO many compliments. It was comfy, and true to my usual US size. Nicely lined. Not a fan of the cold shoulder thing, but this is the definite exception. Very well made as well." —Amazon Customer

    16. A chartreuse satin slip dress so you have the perfect dressed-up option when that schmancy outdoor wedding is forecasted to break triple-digit temperatures.

    Nasty Gal

    Get it from Nasty Gal for $14 (originally $60)

    17. A leopard-print mini dress with a fluttery hemline that'll make you say "this breeze is really the cat's meow."

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in sizes S–XL and seven solid colors).

    Promising review: "The material of this dress is super soft and flowy. It is great for a summer day or to use as a beach cover-up. It runs true to size and I am wearing a small. It is not lined on the inside, but that does not seem to be an issue. I want one in every color! Great buy!" —Amanda Powell

    18. A linen mini for a modern twist on a '90s classic...you can wear every time it reaches 90°.

    Nordstrom

    Get it from Nordstrom for $45 (available in sizes XXS—4X and six colors and patterns).

    19. 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.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and 10 colors and patterns).

    Promising review: " Love the colors in this dress! It’s super cute and easy to dress up or down. Is a true wrap dress, a good length, not see through, and not too low cut! Lightweight & perfect for summer!" —Olivia Noles

    20. A floral tiered babydoll that's perfectly packable for any warm-weather vacation you go on.

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    Get it from American Eagle for $49.95 (available in sizes XXS–XXL).

    21. A ruffle-bedecked off-the-shoulder dress people will thing you got a a fancy local boutique.

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    And it has pooooooockets!

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

    Promising review: "My third dress purchase on Amazon and I am not disappointed. The dress material feels like quality. Love the off shoulder feature of this dress and the length is just right for me. I was pleasantly surprised that the fit was true to size too! Score!!" —deardoxie

    22. A lace-trim coverup–dress hybrid so you don't have to give up a dramatic sleeve when the mercury rises.

    All Saints

    Get it from All Saints for $150 (available in sizes XS–L).

    23. A sleeveless shirtdress for when life gives you lemons — and by lemons, we mean a heat index of 108°. Oh, and it comes with the belt!

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (available in sizes XS–XL and eight patterns).

    Promising review: "OHHHH MYYYYY GOSH!!!!! I will say that up front, I am AMAZON everything because I'm always so busy with work that I have no patience to shop for clothes in the 'outside world.' And I NEVER have time to write reviews, but THIS dress, out of the hundreds of clothing orders I've placed on Amazon, TRULY deserves the time to review! This dress is AMAZING!! It is not only beautiful, it makes you FEEL absolutely gorgeous in it!! No ironing, no fussing, just easy, breezy, and ready for fun! It's casual enough for the day and dressy enough to just switch out the boots for heels for a Saturday night date. It is so comfortable, playful and I got TONS of compliments on it!! Everything is perfect about the dress and I hate to say one bad thing about it, but the sizing is slightly off. I'd say go with a size down. You'll feel like a million bucks in this dress -- and everyone will tell you that YOU look like a million more! YESSSSSS!!" —DaisyLove

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

    Amazon

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

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes 0X–3X and five patterns).

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

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

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    Summer, but make it goth.

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 15 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 lightweight material and open sleeves kept me cool in this hot LA weather!" —Tia Alese Wong

    26. An open-back smock dress that'll be your go-to when you can't ~face~ the 12th consecutive day of a heat wave. Get it? Because it's an abstract face print.

    Asos

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

    27. A drawstring-waist maxi that'll make dressing for the beach, a backyard hang, or casual-chic vacation, and more a ~cinch~.

    amazon.com

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

    Promising review: "Was pleasantly surprised when I received this dress. I was really concerned that this dress wouldn't fit me right, but it actually fit perfectly. The dress wasn't too long and it went right to my ankles. I can't wait to wear this dress out. The great thing about this dress is that you can dress it up with jewelry and wedges or you can wear it with sandals for a more casual look. Definitely thinking about purchasing this dress in another color!" —Megan Klein

    28. A sequin shift so you can sparkle far more than just the beads of sweat on your forehead. It's CALLED A GLOW, OK?!

    Eloquii

    Get it from Eloquii for $139.95 (available in sizes 20–24, sizes 12–18 and 28 are currently waitlisted).

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

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

    Get it fr6m 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

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

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and three 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

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

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

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 24 colors, both with and without sleeves).

    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

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

    Urban Outfitters

    I have this dress and love it! Super light and comfy — and since you can tie it in the back, you can tailor the fit!

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $29.99 (originally $69.99; available in sizes XS–L).

    33. A fit & flare dress so you can pretend you're out in space where it's cold. Too cold? Yes, but still.

    ModCloth

    Get it from ModCloth for $59 (available in sizes XXS–4X and seven patterns).

    Promising review: "As soon as I saw this print I knew I had to have it! I have quite the collection of kitty print dresses thanks to MoCcloth and this dress was a perfect addition. It's lightweight enough for summer and will layer well in the winter. Also, as someone who is between sizes, I love when dresses and skirts have an elastic panel in the back." —Zoe

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

    amazon.com

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in sizes 0/2–8/10 and five 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

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