The question on everyone’s mind as of late: What will I wear as I re-emerge into society this summer and actually have to put outfits together again? If your styling skills are a tad rusty and creating a put-together look feels impossible (after a year of exclusively wearing joggers and old tees, it’s tough to think outside of the loungewear drawer), take comfort in wearing a simple dress. This one-and-done, often breezy option removes a lot of the styling pressure. For your shopping pleasure, TZR rounded up the best summer dresses under $200, so you can build out your re-emergence wardrobe without blowing your seasonal budget.
If you’re hoping to keep the comfort-over-all mindset you developed in quarantine, you’ll want to keep an eye out for looser silhouettes and garments made of lighter fabrics when dress shopping. Interest piqued? You’ll discover a rust-colored gown from AG Jeans, below, which is basically a relaxed T-shirt in maxi dress form (aka a comfy dresser’s dream come true).
On the other hand, if you feel up for a fashion challenge and want to experiment with Spring and Summer 2021’s dress trends, there are plenty of options to get you back in the styling game. Try nu-in’s white midriff-revealing dress if you’ve been eyeing the controversial cut-out trend. Or, for those who’ve enjoyed the Nap Dress craze started by Hill House Home, Residus offers a blue cotton dress take on the easy-to-wear trend. Scroll ahead to find the 14 best affordable dresses for summer.
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Tie-dye will always be in, and this halter-neck frock is a testament to the groovy print’s timeless and fun nature.
The more ruffles, the better. A simple white dress can benefit from this playful detail as this See By Chloé piece proves.
Are you searching for a wedding guest dress to wear to the summer nuptial you just RSVP’d to? Rachel Zoe’s lavender chiffon mini dress is an ideal option for any upcoming, warm-weather events.
Handkerchief hemlines are due for a comeback and this romantic dress will put you way ahead of the curve.
A checkered moment will never go out of style. In fact, this black and white Ganni wrap dress correlates perfectly with the long-lasting gingham trend that’s been all over Instagram for the past year.
Residus’ cotton dress is heavily reminiscent of Hill House Home’s Nap Dress, meaning it will be as comfy as can be. It’s also the perfect breathable option for hot summer days.
With its puff sleeves, smocked waist effect, and soft yellow floral print, this nu-in dress has the same easygoing energy of a laid-back summer day.
Ah, the timeless shirtdress. STAUD’s take on the iconic style would pair well with colorful sandals that have a slight heel for some romantic flair. Or, if you’re more inclined to a grunge vibe, try lug sole combat boots.
This dress says, “I watched Little House on the Prairie for the fashion inspo and I’m not afraid to admit it.” In other words, Alex Mill’s Daisy Dress taps into the ever on-trend cottagecore look.
Head out for a day of summer-filled activities in this floral midi dress with thin spaghetti straps. Throw on some white sneakers — perhaps a pair of Hailey Bieber’s beloved Nike Air Force 1s — for a fun mix of feminine and sporty aesthetics.
For an extremely casual and effortless look, try AG Jeans’ Micah Dress. This flowing maxi is like an extra-long T-shirt dress, making it a true throw-on-and-go option.
With its dark olive color, this high-necked dress from Samsoe Samsoe makes for a great summer date-night look. Pair with statement gold hoops and slim heels.
If your summer social calendar is filled with grabbing drinks with your besties, this Pinko shirtdress is for you. Style with sky-high platforms, pointy stilettos, or even a chunky Chelsea boot.