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Vacation-Worthy Dresses

Every Under-$200 Summer Dress Worthy Of Its Own Instagram Post

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Whether you’re jetting off to a tropical vacation or you’re just heading a town over for a backyard BBQ, if the occasion calls for fun, your outfit should match it. Thankfully, today’s designers know how to have a good time when it comes to creating head-turning summer dresses. Between bold patterns, vibrant colors, and surprising silhouettes, it’s safe to say there’s no shortage of exciting styles to take for a spin this season.

Plus, many of the options out there are designed for hot weather—think breathable linen, airy cotton poplin, and flowy, frame-skimming forms. So, if you’re looking for a statement piece to throw in your carry-on ahead of your next holiday, look no further than the 20 jaw-dropping dresses ahead. Curated with the help of our team of product experts, there’s something for every style and occasion in the lineup of summer frocks below.

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July 13, 2023

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Farm Rio Vivid Garden Off White Mini Dress

$185

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Only Farm Rio can pull off the combo of ruffled shoulders and a rainbow color palette.

En Saison Crista Dress

$158

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The unique, eyelet-trimmed neckline evokes the image of butterfly wings.

Moon River One Shoulder Midi Dress

$130

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Proof that when it comes to shoulders, sometimes less is more.

Marea Sarah Flutter Dress

$178

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When coral meets floral, the results are beautiful.

Moon River Cutout Midi Dress

$125

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Tip: Use the drawstrings to adjust how the cutouts fit your frame.

J.Crew A-Line Midi Dress

$178

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Take a hint from Lorde and embrace your inner Solar Power.

Free People Rosie Posie Midi Dress

$128

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Strapless, smocked, and it has pockets? This one's a winner.

WAYF Nia Sleeveless Dress

$108

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Show off some sun-kissed skin via this style's open back and deep v-neckline.

Moon River Sleeveless Maxi Dress

$140

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The shimmery, lightweight voile makes this maxi worthy of a special occasion.

Farm Rio Summer Garden Ombre Mini Dress

$185

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Let your sleeves do the talking this summer.

J.Crew V-Neck Smocked-Waist Dress

$198

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The perfect style for showing off J.Crew's crowd-favorite cotton poplin.

Free People Moondive Maxi

$168

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Flowy and fun, this dress delivers a perfect take on the patchwork trend.

Maaji Bouquet Curiosity Dress

$151

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It's all in the details, which is why we're obsessed with this maxi's cowrie shell accents.

Let Me Be Cutout Tiered Dress

$190

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Where bold color and fun textures come to play.

Anthropologie The Raya Colorblock Maxi Dress

$98

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Let's make sure you have the basics: Sunblock? Check. Colorblock? Check.

Z Supply Kendra Tropical Mini Dress

$79

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Linework and linen: a match made in heaven.

Free People Real Love Embroidered Dress

$168

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There are nine colors this maxi comes in from Lace Fern to Cranberry Juice.

Free People Fifi Midi Dress

$98

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Evidence that corsets can be casual.

Velvet Joanna Dress

$198

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Described as "dependingly comfortable," this may be the cutest errand-friendly dress we've seen.

Velvet Kayla Dress

$198

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'Tis the season to sport eye-catching colors after all.

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