If you had to wear one article of clothing for the rest of the summer, what would it be? We know our answer: a dress! The great thing about dresses is the versatility – walking down the street you’re bound to see a cute, floral mini dress, a swanky, sleek black dress and at least a couple of super trendy backless maxis. Dresses also have the ability to transition from day to night with just a few swaps of shoes and accessories. Never downplay a dress, people. Anyone who doesn’t think that a dress is an absolute staple to a summer wardrobe is just kidding themselves. Here’s a list of 25 affordable summer dresses that we highly recommend.
1. Forever 21 Smocked Off-the-Shoulder Black Dress, $29
Off-the-shoulder dresses are way too adorable to pass up. Ever. See one in a store? Buy it immediately. It allows you to show a little skin, but still look appropriate for dinner at Grandma’s.
2. Forever 21 Denim Dress, $38
Kylie Jenner is not the only one who can pull off a load of denim. The masculine cut of this dress screams for a nude lip and some serious attitude.
3. Asos Boo-Hoo Cutout Dress, $33
Speaking of the Jenners, remember Kendall’s dress at last year’s MMVA’s? This slightly less daring one is also totally buyable without crying about your dented wallet.
4. Brandy Meville Belle Slip Dress, $30
This casual little number is bound to turn some heads while at lunch with your friends. The exposed back and the shortness? We’ll take two.
5. Urban Outfitters Out From Under Opt Out Tunic Cover-Up, $34
The tye-dye feel of this baby is really doing something for us. Nothing says fun like a good ol’ dress that will definitely sway in the wind.
6. Urban Outfitters Out from Under White Dress, $39
A white dress is not reserved for those headed down the aisle. Have no fear, all my single ladies, this white one will have you wishing you were married to your clothes.
7. Zara Lace Dress with Halter Neck, $36
A dress like this would be perfect for any music festival. If Coachella’s not your cup of tea, wear this one with pride to anywhere you wanna do a little impressin’. Let your dress do the talking.
8. Zara Embroidered Tunic, $40
When going out for a nice dinner, sometimes we eat a little too much. Dresses like this one were invented for the nights we wish we hadn’t had that last slice of cheesecake. With this one on, go ahead, order the garlic bread. Who’s gonna know?
9. Zara Double Layered Strappy Top, $26
This dress would go great with a pair of black strappy heels, or grey cutout ankle boots. Pair any of these for a crowd pleaser.
10. Zara Patchwork Print Dress, $26
A dress that looks like a puzzle is a challenge we’d love to accept. This summer, the more detailing, the better.
11. Zara Dress with Zip at the Front, $36
The babiest of blues in this dress looks almost too pretty to wear. Don’t worry, once you finally stop gazing lovingly at this one, you’ll never want to take it off.
12. Zara Jacquered Dress with Low Back, $20
From the textures of the dress that will make kids think it’s a piece of art to the low back, this dress will never disappoint.
13. Zara Faux Leather Dress, $30
Faux leather is the new black. Not only is faux much cooler in the hot sun, this army inspired green is a lot less ‘grunge’ than your usual black.
14. Forever 21 Embroidered High-Slit Maxi, $43
For the all you boho-chic ladies out there, we’ve got the dress just for you. Warning: this stunning blue maxi might leave you with more confidence than usual.
15. Forever 21 Embroidered Mesh Maxi, $43
If you’re looking to make a statement with your summer ensemble, look no further. This standout maxi dress matches well with a standout personality. How would you like a dress that takes no prisoners?
17. Zara Fringed Dress, $26
While fringe usually takes us back to the ‘70s, this dress allows us to stay in our generation while still looking like a little rockstar. It’s a win-win situation.
18. Zara Metallic Detail Dress, $20
This dress would not only look good on just about anyone, the neutral shade of this maxi lets you stand out. We all gotta make sure that we are the ones wearing the dress, and the dress does not wear us. Capiche?
19. Zara Kaftan with Guipure Lace Bib Front, $36
You don’t need to be headed to Santorini anytime soon to wear this Greek inspired dress. The easy, boxy nature of this one gives you the opportunity to wear a dazzling sling back.
20. Zara Haltered Dress with Frayed Hem, $36
Sticking with the rodeo theme of the season, remember that cowboy boots are always a good idea.
21. Zara Cupro Draped Dress $30
A drapey dress is a yes in our books. The colouring of this one also lets your accessories be a part of your look. Add a fedora some chunky bracelets for an outfit you’d wish to duplicate.
22. Garage Striped Drop Shoulder T-shirt Dress, $40
We all need one of those dresses that we can just throw on and we’re out the door. This is the dress. With its cool striped draped material, this dress brings a relaxed vibe that we are kind of obsessed with.
23. Dynamite Shirt Dress with Zip, $45
Can’t you just imagine yourself walking down the streets of Toronto with a cappuccino gelato in your hand, enjoying the summer breeze? Take note that this dress looks spectacular on any and every shape and size out there.
23. Bluenotes Print Smock Tube Dress, $15
Remember Courtney Robertson on Ben’s season of The Bachelor? She wore that tube maxi dress probably five million times on the season, and we can’t blame her. This similar styled maxi is also so easy to turn into a night look. Throw on some dazzling earrings and a blazer and you’re good to go.
24. Guess Dancer Dress, $30
This red stunner adds just the right pop of colour to anyone’s day. You can’t go wrong with a dress that has a personality of its own.
25. BooHoo White BodyCon Dress, $43
For all you sophisticated dreamers out there, look no further for the perfect dress. This white gem is too gorgeous to pass up. Not only does white go with absolutely EVERYTHING, but white is such a refreshing sight for all those looking for a breath of fresh air.