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    30 Stylish Summer Dresses That Only Look Expensive

    You'll look like a million bucks in these gorgeous frocks!

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    1. A floral wrap maxi dress that'll billow beautifully in the wind and make you feel like you're starring in your own music video.

    Promising review: "I am sooo surprised by this dress. Purchased as a last minute dress for a wedding this weekend. It’s super elegant and summery. Heads up, it has a zipper in the back and no stretch. Now I want to order more in other patterns." —Erin Thompson

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in sizes XS–3XL).

    2. A gingham frock perfect for a picnic in the park because you'll look like an absolute snack.

    Old Navy

    Get it from Old Navy for $35 (available in sizes XS–XXL and 1X–4X).

    3. A boho-chic floral dress your friends will think you sourced from a fancy boutique.

    Promising review: "I LOVE THIS DRESS! The pattern is so versatile, I wore it out to a party and felt so good and confident in it. It also fits in a way that I feel comfortable wearing it to work on a hot day. TONS OF COMPLIMENTS. I have a larger bust, and it always makes me nervous to buy button-down, but this fits like a glove. The fabric is very soft and extremely comfortable." —MM Dolleton

    Get it from Amazon for $19.88+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 21 patterns).

    4. An ~a-peel-ing~ orange print maxi number because you're ready for a vacation in the Italian countryside.


    Get it from Boohoo for $10 (available in sizes 12–24).

    5. A lace cami dress that's the long-lost BFF to your favorite denim jacket.

    Forever 21

    Promising review: "This dress is so cute! It fits well and the straps are adjustable as well. I love the lace and this would look great alone, or with a cardigan or kimono." —Amber D.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $24.90 (available in sizes 0X–3X and two colors).

    6. A halter mini dress in a tropical print perfect for tropical weather. Hawaii, here I come!

    Promising review: "I’ve received so many compliments on it. It’s beautiful, comfortable, and extremely lightweight! I would recommend this to anyone and would definitely purchase again!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.98+ (available in sizes S–XL and 20 patterns).

    7. A galaxy print number you'll love with your all heart and sol(ar system). Bonus: it won't cost an astronomical amount of $$.


    Did I mention it has pockets?!

    Promising review: "I like this dress so much I bought a backup one for when I wear the first one out. I get so many compliments on this dress, whether I'm volunteering at the local observatory or just out and about in town. The fit is good and the pockets are perfect." —lenore

    Get it from ModCloth for $34.99 (available in sizes XXS–4X).

    8. A deep-V halter mini dress to wear while you make a wish to be transported to a beachside resort — pretty ~pleats~!


    Promising review: "Wore this dress to a wedding. It was a hit! Very comfortable. Looks expensive." —ayasha20

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 11 colors).

    9. An easy breezy sundress that'll become the most photogenic piece of clothing in your closet.


    Promising review: "I love this dress! It's lightweight and so comfortable. The buttons don't actually unbutton. It is all sewn together, but I like that so there are no awkward holes. Highly recommended." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in sizes S–2XL and 30 colors).

    10. A retro polka dot number for anyone whose wardrobe is missing some '50s flair.

    Promising review: "I love that the fabric has give and is wrinkle-resistant, I did not have to iron it after pulling it out of the package. Fits true to size and very comfortable to wear. The fabric is in no way cheap, and it even came with an extra button. It looked exactly like the picture." —Tiffany

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

    11. A boho wrap dress you can wear as a swimsuit cover-up on the beach and to a fancy dinner on the boardwalk.


    Promising review: "I bought several little dresses to wear with cowboy boots for dancing, and this was the only one that was exactly what I expected, and more. It's well made, beautiful fabric, so cute with boots, flats, or heels. I'm actually back to buy another one in a different pattern." —J. Bauer-Elmore

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

    12. A ruffle sundress with a shirred bodice to make a ~frilling~ addition to your closet.


    Get it from Asos for $38 (available in sizes 12–28).

    13. A breathable linen-blend dress that'll not only look cool but also feel cool on a hot day. The print is ~unbe-leaf-ably~ cute, too!


    Get it from H&M for $24.99 (available in sizes XS–XL and three colors).

    14. A puff-sleeve sundress for getting some really excellent pics for the 'gram.


    Get it from Asos for $28 (available in sizes 14–24).

    15. A tie-front midi dress you have a lot in common with because it's cute as a button.,

    Promising review: "Wore this dress to a formal dinner on vacation and received so many compliments. The looks of people when I said I got it on Amazon and the price I paid for the dress was priceless!" —Stephanie Jones

    Get it from Amazon for $10.36+ (available in sizes S–XL and 22 colors/patterns).

    16. An off-shoulder number so gorgeous, it'll bring a ~tier~ to your eye.


    Get it from Asos for $24 (available in sizes 12–28).

    17. A chic and simple sleeveless maxi that'll be your throw-on-and-go outfit for the entire summer. 0% effort, 100% cute.


    Promising review: "This is such a great dress, it's got pockets, it's not too long, and it's a nice material. It's great on it's own and it's not too thin so you don't need to worry about a slip either, which is a huge bonus." —B. Castro

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

    18. A button-down frock for days you want to go purse-less. Just pop your keys, phone and wallet into the (generously sized) POCKETS!

    Promising review: "I love this dress! It fits nicely and I've already gotten plenty of compliments on it. The material is not see-through and feels nice and soft. I washed and dried it and it kept its shape nicely. The pockets are deep so my cell phone doesn't fall out when I sit down." —Bridget Zepeda

    Get it from Amazon for $16.88+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 16 colors).

    19. A loose-fitting polka dot number with three-quarter sleeves so you can shield your arms from the sun while still allowing your legs to feel airy. It's a win-win!

    Promising review: "Great fit and travels well, doesn't wrinkle. Good for the summer and around the house. You can dress it up with a nice belt as it adds a bit of a shape, very comfortable to wear." —jack sherak

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

    20. A tailored chambray dress to help you win the award for "Best Dressed Summer Wedding Guest."

    J.Crew Factory

    Get it from J.Crew Factory for $39.50 (available in sizes 00–24).

    21. A white midi dress with *so* many excellent details: a plunging neckline, kimono sleeves, button-front closure, and a removable sash.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $22.90 (available in sizes S–XL).

    22. A knit maxi dress in bold prints that'll have strangers turning their heads (in a good way).


    Promising review: "This is the perfect summer maxi dress! It is very comfortable, true to size, and the material is the right thickness to give you coverage. It does run a little long on me if I wear sandals but is perfect with wedges." —alstar

    Get them from Nordstrom: the striped maxi (available in two colors) or the tropical maxi (available in four patterns) for $38.90

    23. A flowy tunic dress with gorgeous mesh sleeves for anyone whose aesthetic is comfy cute. You can even add a belt for a totally different look!,

    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!" —TiaAleseWong

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 11 colors).

    24. A leopard print halter dress you'll ~swish~ you'd bought sooner. Animal print isn't just for fall and this dress is proof!


    Get it from Target for $39.99 (available in sizes X–4X).

    25. A belted sleeveless dress to wear during office hours with closed-toe shoes and then to happy hour with those new strappy sandals you bought.


    Promising review: "This dress is AMAZING! 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!" —doggymommy

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and seven patterns).

    26. An elegant linen-blend LBD that's like a casual version of the iconic dress Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany's.


    Promising review: "This simple dress reminds me of how great it is to be a woman — to glide elegantly to work then out for an evening of simple sophistication. I wear it belted. I wear it straight. I wear it with a jacket. I wear with with arms bare. I add a necklace or not. I reach for it more mornings than not. It makes my day." —Lucy

    Get it from Uniqlo for $29.90 (available in XS–L and three colors).

    27. An ombre high-neck maxi dress for embracing your inner goddess — it's honestly so majestic!

    Forever 21

    This dress has tasseled self-tie cami straps, a keyhole back, and a woven mini skirt lining.

    Promising review: "The color is stunning and it’s a perfect fit. A gorgeous combo of classy and sexy." —Mya A.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $29.90 (available in sizes 0X–3X).

    28. A tulip-hem dress so you have an outfit for all your fancy summer occasions, from garden parties to wine tastings.

    The shoulder straps are adjustable!

    Promising review: "I ordered this dress to wear during a trip to Napa for wine tasting and a Harvest Party in September. The dress was very well made and was a nice lightweight fabric. The slit on the left side is quite high so you will have thigh showing, but the shorter skirt underneath made me feel much more secure. I felt amazing in this dress and got several compliments throughout the event." —Melissa V.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 15 patterns).

    29. A stretchy faux-wrap dress to twirl around in all day long. All your other dresses won't be able to compete!

    Promising review: "WOW! I thought this might be a risky purchase, not knowing exactly the quality, size, texture, stitching and all the things you worry about when you order from a small picture. I really went out on a limb and got one in red and one in black. I WAS AMAZED! These dresses exceed any expectation I had and are two of the most comfortable, well fitting, go-to dresses I own. I LOVE THEM! Quality is A+, color is perfect, and they aren't just beautiful, but they are very soft and fun to wear, and feel great. They can be changed up with a jacket, belt, or even a long-sleeved turtleneck. The length was just as shown. Not too short or too long. I wish I had a criticism so my review would be more credible, but I just have nothing negative to say. I feel sure you will LOVE these dresses, especially for the price!" —Maria-Elisavetia Micajah

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 29 patterns).

    30. An off-shoulder embroidered shift dress that has no right to look this good.


    Get it from Tobi for $31 (available in sizes XS–XL and two colors).

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