It’s peak summertime, which means weekend plans are booked and outdoor happy hours are in full swing. A packed calendar means there is little time left to spend coordinating outfits and little money left to spend on overpriced items. Plus, the temperatures are getting intensely high and wearing any clothes at all seems like a major imposition.
The goal from here until fall is easy outfit formulas that won’t weigh you down and won’t weigh too heavily on your wallet. Fabric, silhouette, fit, and neckline are all things to consider when aiming to stay as cool as possible. Seek out more natural fibers like cotton and linen along with lighter and brighter colors that won’t attract heat. I scoured the internet to find 20 dresses of these sorts, all under $75, that fit into five cool-girl trends of summer (so you can spend your money on more important things, like that bottle of rosé).
This silhouette and fabric might just be summer’s favorite. The flowy skirt keeps the air circulating while the more-fitted bodice will give a sleek shape. It’s the perfect formula to achieve an easy, elevated summer style in the hottest temps.
Just because a dress is a longer length doesn’t mean it will weigh you down. These neutral midi dresses are actually quite airy. Note the cut-outs and shoulder-baring details for added ventilation.
I know what you’re thinking—sleeves in the blistering heat? No way. But hear me out. Those of us who need a more office-appropriate breezy dress and/or are looking for some extra sun protection should go for one of these stylish frocks. They are done in lightweight fabrics that will keep you cool and covered (literally).
If you haven’t noticed, green is having a major moment this summer. There is something especially pleasing about a solid mint hued-slip dress. These affordable pieces can be worn with flats, sneakers, or even a heel for nighttime.