33 Cheap Summer Dresses for Easy, Fun Vibes All Season

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We’re at that point in summer when airy, comfortable attire is all we can stand. Shorts and tanks? Essential. Activewear outfits? Obsessed. But summer dresses consistently rank high with their effortless, throw-on-and-go nature—especially styles that pull away from your body for maximum breeziness.

By now, you surely have some good ones in your closet, but the very best kind for when you want to make a statement is a cheap summer dress. We can find every excuse to rationalize a new one. For example, when you find a new style you love, you're likely to wear it on repeat for weeks to work, run errands, and Sunday brunch. Cost per wear, people: It’s simple math. Or for that occasion you want to dress well for without shelling out all your going-out money, you can absolutely look like a million bucks while spending less than $50. Proof ahead. 

We know the term "affordable" rings different for everyone. Because of this, in the edit below we’ve rounded up 33 options for a range of budgets—we’re talking day dresses under $40, date-ready designs under $70, and a few wow-worthy numbers hovering around the $150 mark from sustainable, small-batch, and emerging labels. Okay, let’s get shopping: read on for the best cheap summer dresses to shop now, so you can look your best all season long without breaking the bank.

Oak + Fort Oversized Gingham Midi Dress
Oak + Fort Oversized Gingham Midi Dress $68
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Quick fact: Gingham is basically summer 2021’s official print, so embrace it in a cheerful shade of green that's perfect for picnics or filming TikToks.

437 The Eclipse Slip
437 The Eclipse Slip $65
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We love a keyhole back to up the ante of sweet buds and frills—creating a style that works equally as well for day or night.

Everlane The '90s Mini Dress
Everlane The '90s Mini Dress $50
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Paired with platform flip flops, this cheap summer dress is throwback perfection.

Mauby Romantic Poplin Dress
Mauby Romantic Poplin Dress $99
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This poplin midi is a cool-in-the-heat way to try out the smocked dress trend.

Tobi Shady Creek Cutout Maxi Dress
Tobi Shady Creek Cutout Maxi Dress $88 $35
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Side cutouts and puffed shoulders level up the fashion effect of a T-shirt dress.

Hill House Home The Roxie Nap Dress
Hill House Home The Roxie Nap Dress $100
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Give florals and stripes a break in favor of some mermaid magic.

Storets Catalina Striped Halter Neck Dress
Storets Catalina Striped Halter Neck Dress $69
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A cheap summer dress that pulls away from your body is all that will do on the hottest days, and it's even better if it has an open back.

Knox Rose Sleeveless Tiered Dress
Knox Rose Sleeveless Tiered Dress $35
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Say hello to the perfect white summer midi dress, which strikes a charming balance between put-together style and easy comfort.

Free People Kaden Mini Dress
Free People Kaden Mini Dress $60
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Another ’90s trend ruling summer 2021? Terry cloth. This halter dress is an incredible way to get into it, and it looks great whether you're on or off the beach.

Cider Pink Rose Print Mini Dress
Cider Pink Rose Print Mini Dress $24
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This sweet, strapless mini will make a confident impression on a first date.

Heartloom May Dress
Heartloom May Dress $99
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You’ll quickly achieve carefree summer ease in this cheap summer dress in the sunniest shade of yellow tie-dye.

NorBlack NorWhite Keylime Wavvy Slip Dress
NorBlack NorWhite Keylime Wavvy Slip Dress $100
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Whether layered over a tee or solo with sandals, this slime-green slip is deliciously bold.

Re Ona Halterneck Dress
Re Ona Halterneck Dress $135
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This minimal halter neck mini is a fail-safe way to channel ’90s summer style.

Rahi Liselle Cut-Out Mini
Rahi Liselle Cut-Out Mini $68
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Flutter sleeves are the perfect offset to a cut-out waist and open back.

Reformation Bella Ecomove Active Dress
Reformation Bella Ecomove Active Dress $98
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No shame in the activewear outfit game—this cheap summer dress is so fun for day hangs or dressed up with heels for cocktails.

Madewell Daisy Embroidered Banded-Collar Tiered Dress
Madewell Daisy Embroidered Banded-Collar Tiered Dress $98 $50
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Daisies give the classic white shirtdress a darling feel for a look that stands out wherever you're headed this summer.

Sunday Best Melody Dress
Sunday Best Melody Dress $48 $32
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Liven up your tank dress game in this sweet, cherry-red style.

Who What Wear Ruffle Sleeveless Dress
Who What Wear Ruffle Sleeveless Dress $40
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Sunny and sweet, this polka-dot dress is summer occasion-worthy—we’re thinking birthdays, parties, picnics, weddings, and beyond.

Diarrablu Astu Dress
Diarrablu Astu Dress $145
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Animal print is always in style, and this sustainable design comes in sizes XS to 3XL.

Universal Standard Foundation Cami Dress
Universal Standard Foundation Cami Dress $62
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This cheap summer dress may just be the most effortless summer LBD.

Ivy City Co. Madeline Dress
Ivy City Co. Madeline Dress $95
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Did someone say dreamy? They sure will when you step out in this dress.

D'Iyanu Ronke African Print Halter Maxi Dress
D'Iyanu Ronke African Print Halter Maxi Dress $100
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You’ll make a summer splash as a wedding guest in this peacock-printed maxi.

Uniqlo Cassie Byrnes Camisole Dress
Uniqlo Cassie Byrnes Camisole Dress $30
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For sweet but bold moods, this cheap summer dress is ready for whatever adventures are in store.

Lacausa Roxy Slip
Lacausa Roxy Slip $64 $51
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Certain summer days call for an easy, ribbed tank dress.

Elise x Elisia Arista Dress
Elise x Elisia Arista Dress $115
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Downplay this plunging halter with sporty extras like a visor and sneakers.

A New Day Sleeveless Dress
A New Day Sleeveless Dress $28
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This printed maxi is begging for a tropical vacation moment.

Whimsy + Row Kate Dress
Whimsy + Row Kate Dress $158
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What’s cooler than an breezy linen dress on the hottest days?

Pitusa Tea Party Dress
Pitusa Tea Party Dress $68 $47
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Lightweight and dainty, this frothy number gives us major margarita happy hour vibes.

Kai Collective Babita Dress
Kai Collective Babita Dress $110
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Whether orange or green is your hue, this puff-sleeve mini has “post-vax summer night out” written all over it.

Lemlem Eshe Blouse Dress
Lemlem Eshe Blouse Dress $295 $149
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By the pool or the sea, this tied-waist mini epitomizes timeless elegance.

Pixie Market Belle Linen Stripe Dress
Pixie Market Belle Linen Stripe Dress $149 $99
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What’s a great collection of cheap summer dresses without a striped linen option?

Into the Night Nyx Mini Dress
Into the Night Nyx Mini Dress $130
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Live your best ’90s life in this artistic satin mini—cowl neck and low back, to boot.

Gergana Ivanova Chloe Satin Cowl Back Dress
Gergana Ivanova Chloe Satin Cowl Back Dress $149
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If a down-to-there neckline isn’t your taste, how about an ultra-low cowl back? Either way, you're sure to turn heads this summer.

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