If you're going to spend most of the season sweating in something, might as well not spend a fortune on it, right? So goes our mantra on summer dresses, which is why we've done the homework for you on the best affordable options to own this season. From a denim minidress to a floral maxi fit for weddings and beyond, these dresses all provide airflow to minimize overheating during the hottest months. And, they all clock in at under $150, so you can buy one or even two dresses for summer.
Once the weather reaches peak summer, you won't need your denim jacket so it replace with a denim minidress. This button-up fit-and-flare style from Aritzia has a square neckline for modest chest coverage and a raw hem that gives it that slightly unfinished cool touch. With this dress on, you won't miss your denim jacket or skinny jeans for the rest of the season.
Guys, I found the perfect picnic dress. With wide sleeves, so you don't overheat, and a billowy buttoned skirt, this piece has all the makings of a summer staple. I can just picture it now: you in this dress, with a cold glass of white wine in hand, as you people watch in the park.
For a two-in-one, scoop up this floral three-quarter sleeve dress. When it's completely untied, it doubles as a long cardigan. Wear with a tank top and denim shorts underneath for a Chrissy Teigen-inspired look.
This is as dressed up at work as you'll find me in the summer. The button-down shirtdress instantly makes you look put together and proper without feeling overly stuffy (it hits above the knee). You can wear it with boots, with chunky dad sneakers, or just plain sandals—it matches everything.
This dress is for the bride who's throwing an engagement party or bridal luncheon. The silver stripes and florals work together to turn a cream-colored dress into a summery statement piece. Strap on a pair of heels and some oversize earrings for an effortless bride-to-be outfit.
A dress without pockets is a travesty in my book. Thankfully, this H&M number doesn't lack in them. The dress draws it's design inspo from cargo pants, hence the four pockets, and is woven from a viscose fabric with a sheen to make it look a littler fancier. Wear it on the weekends while at the farmer's market or with a pair of pumps for work.
This spaghetti strap dress is an easy piece you can bring on vacation. Throw it on with some sandals and you'll be ready to take photos for the 'gram. Should the front dip too low for you, layer a tee underneath for the fashion-girl way to wearing a dress.
I call this the "summer events dress." You can wear it to weddings, bridal luncheons, baby showers, birthday parties, and more. The dress' versatility lies in the colors (pink and navy florals don't break any wedding rules) and the sweet design details like ruffles that are punctuated with a high-low bottom for a sexy touch.
From far away, the textured gingham print looks like stripes in this laid-back midi dress. It's the piece you turn to on days when you "just don't know what to wear" because it can be styled multiple ways. Wear with kitten heels and a cardigan for the office (because that damn AC will be blasting on overdrive) or wear it as is with sneakers.
Repeat with me: you can never have too many floral maxi dresses. To prove my point, here's another one to consider adding to your wardrobe. It has cute ruffle sleeves and an easy leg-flashing overlay so you can show off your summer sandals. It can be dressed up or down, depending on your mood, and when paired with a denim jacket and tights, will take you right into fall 2019 (when that time comes).
Breathable and lightweight material like linen will be your best friend against summer's sweltering heat. This linen-blend minidress has it all and then some, with cute details like a side-waist tie and a v-neck to show off your delicate gold necklaces.
State your love for florals loud and proud with this georgette dress. The cold-shoulder style is perfect for someone who wants to show a little bit of skin but not her entire arm (three-quarter sleeves will take care of the rest!). And because it is wedding season, this is yet another dress to have on hand for the occasion.
This dress may remind you of the one Meghan Markle wore, though for less than half the price. Channel your inner duchess with a pair of lace-up brown sandals or if you want to take things up a notch, wear with bright accessories. Count this classic number as one of your go-to dresses for the season.
The more details, the merrier and this ditsy floral mini has it all. Short sleeves, check. Flattering ruched finish, check. Though it'll look best with a pair of heels, you can easily turn it into a Sunday outfit with slip-on leather slides or a pair of white sneakers.
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