7 Stylish (and Affordable!) Dresses To Wear All Summer Long

Now that summer is (finally) heating up, lightweight summer dresses are your go-to attire. Not only do they keep you cool in balmy temperatures, but they make easy outfit solutions for those mornings when you struggle to put together complementary separates. Below, we've rounded up a range of stylish frocks—from vacation-ready maxis to brunch-inspired picks—all under $50, so you can invest in more than just one this season without breaking the bank.

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Lulus La Vie En Roses Navy Blue and Red Floral Print Dress

Complete with a mesmerizing mosaic pattern and subtle back cutouts, this standout number is sure to earn you countless compliments. For slightly more coverage, slip on a lacy bandeau underneath.

To buy: $44; lulus.com

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Express Floral Ruffle Wrap Cami Dress

A closet staple, this floral dress can easily be dressed up or down for a variety of different occasions. Pair it with slides for a casual daytime look or pumps if you're heading to a party.

To buy: $60; express.com

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PrettyLittleThing Cami Lace Ruffle Hem Midi Dress

This fit-and-flare lace dress will hug your curves in all the right places—plus it's versatile enough for a daytime or evening wedding, so you rewear it to multiple ceremonies on your calendar this season.

To buy: $45; us.asos.com

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Tobi Angelica Blush Multi Maxi Dress

This stunning ombre maxi calls to mind some of the best parts of summer: sweet popsicles and early morning sunrises. Not to mention, the high-front halter neckline makes it an extremely flattering pick, particularly if you have broad shoulders.

To buy: $44 (originally $88); tobi.com

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Forever 21 Smocked Swing Dress

From apparel and accessories to even furniture, gingham is having a major moment right now. We love this off-the-shoulder number featuring the on-trend pattern, which looks especially stunning when worn with a summer-ready straw bag.

To buy: $20; forever21.com

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Topshop Tie Sleeve Print Bardot Dress

Tie sleeves offer a flirty twist on this traditional cold-shoulder silhouette, while a smocked bodice will mold to your figure for that second-skin fit.

To buy: $50; topshop.com

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A New Day Polka Dot One Shoulder Midi Dress

If you've ever wondered how to mix patterns without looking like a crazy person, this dress may just be your key. It flawlessly meshes complementary polka dot prints together in one piece, so you can easily nail the effect without having to think too much about it.

To buy: $20 (usually $28); target.com

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