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13 insanely comfy throw-on-and-go dresses that don't look frumpy, starting at $21

The only thing better than an airy, lightweight frock? An airy, lightweight one at a discount.

Three different summertime dresses.
Looks that tell the world you're heading into summer in style at prices that say you're doing it with smarts. (Amazon)

With hot summer weather here for the duration, we're revamping our wardrobes with some fresh, fashionable frocks — truly, nothing is better on a torrid summer day than a light, lovely sundress. We're constantly on the lookout for the best seasonal styles, and we've found 12 lovely options at retailers including Amazon, J. Crew and Nordstrom Rack that deserve a spot in our — and your — closet.

Quick overview
  • Anrabess Short-Sleeve Maxi Dress

    $35$53
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  • Poetsky Beach Maxi Dress

    $29$31
    Save $2 with coupon
  • Halife Sleeveless Sundress

    $26$33
    Save $7
  • Korsis T-Shirt Dress

    $20$32
    Save $12
  • Merokeety Short Sleeve Tie Waist T-Shirt Dress

    $34$48
    Save $14 with coupon
  • Prettygarden Boho Wrap

    $61
    with coupon
  • Dokotoo Swimsuit Cover-Up Dress

    $34$40
    Save $6
  • Anrabess Tiered Swing Dress

    $36$43
    Save $7
  • Zesica Flutter Sleeve Smocked Tiered Midi Dress

    $45$67
    Save $22 with coupon
  • Prettygarden Ruffle Puff Sleeve Midi Dress

    $33$61
    Save $28 with coupon
  • Lovestitch Gauze Maxi Dress

    $30$88
    Save $58
  • Prettygarden Tiered Maxi Dress

    $50$67
    Save $17
  • J. Crew Caspia Dress

    $60$168
    Save $108 with code
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  • Bold Uniq Purple Toning Shampoo & Conditioner Set

    $36$45
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  • Nicebay Hair Dryer Brush

    $50$200
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  • Hanes Jersey Pocket Shorts

    $9$19
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  • Brouk & Co The Capri Everyday Stripe Tote

    $16$20
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  • Hey Dude Wendy Lace-Up Loafers

    $35$55
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Here are our picks for the best dresses at the best prices.

This cute, comfy maxi dress has it all: a flattering design, an alluring slit and handy pockets. Plus, its roomy fit won't cling to your body, allowing for some welcome airflow.

$35 at Amazon

This wear-anywhere wardrobe workhorse makes for a perfect summer pairing with sandals and a sun hat. And we love this look with a knotted bottom, to keep it clear from waves during long walks on the beach. Prices vary by color and print — 19 options are available ... and all have pockets (we love pockets).

Save $2 with coupon
$29 at Amazon

Ideal for throwing on over your bathing suit or wearing to Sunday brunch, this swishy number has a high front cut, spaghetti straps and a side slit for maximum airiness. 

As one shopper describes it, "flowy and soft, with room to hide the least favorite body areas without being a tent."

$26 at Amazon

Designed for all-day comfort, the dress has an A-line silhouette that fits loosely over the body and hits just above the knees. The best part? It has pockets! Available in 35 colors and prints.

$20 at Amazon

This is the definition of comfy, casual and chic, with a flattering sheath design and a tie waist that creates definition in the midsection. Wear it to work, wear it to the beach, wear it in the backyard — the world is your stylish oyster.

Save $14 with coupon
$34 at Amazon

Looking for something a little more dressy, that'll still help you keep your cool? Ideal for everything from brunches to baby showers, this swingy style is a little bit boho, which will make you feel effortlessly stylish, even in a heat wave. 

Over 7,500 Amazon reviewers have given this versatile dress a glowing five-star rating. Right now you can snag it in 39 (yes, 39) different colors and prints for $20 off with the on-page coupon.

with coupon
$408 at Amazon

Loose and leisurely, you can't beat the breeziness of this beach cover-up. It's made with a light and gauzy polyester that makes you want to sashay from the hotel to the pool to the beach to lunch without stopping to change — you're not going to find a coverup that's more comfortable. 

$34 at Amazon

For only $36, why not get one, two or even three for your warm-weather wardrobe? This tiered maxi dress is light, soft and flowy, with a nice amount of stretch and thickness to prevent undergarments from showing through. The high waistline creates a flattering silhouette for a variety of shapes, and the tiered design adds a little visual flair.

$36 at Amazon

Another option with pockets! Statement sleeves are all the rage this summer, so we're particularly enamored with these fluttery cap sleeves, which are just right for keeping shoulders sheltered from the sun's rays. This dress is available in 27 different colors, including neutrals like Black, White and Khaki; pastels like Mint Green and Sky Blue; and bold brights like Peacock and Rose.

The waistline is well-positioned to hide any belly bulges, while the shirred top makes for a slimming silhouette. And reviewers praise the fabric for being non-clinging and very breathable

Save $22 with coupon
$45 at Amazon

Prints, prints and more prints — 24 options in total, with an additional 10 solid choices in pastel and neutral hues. From bold geometrics to romantic florals, this splashy stunner hits on all the right notes for a stylish, sunny-season wardrobe update. The fabric is soft, breathable and stretchy without being see-through.

Save $28 with coupon
$33 at Amazon

A Yahoo reader favorite, this top-selling maxi dress is currently on sale for up to 77% off. Wear this pocketed number as an elegant maxi at night or as a cover-up for the beach or pool — making it a versatile choice for summer vacations, when packing space is limited. Its flowy silhouette just skims the body, so it's incredibly flattering. Choose from 11 colors.

$30 at Nordstrom Rack

If summer was a dress, it would be this magical number. The lightweight, swingy maxi comes in 21 warm-weather-worthy colors and patterns. With the gathered tie-waist, this dress creates a flattering silhouette and can be dressed up or down.

$50 at Amazon

Thanks to an additional 60% off with promo code JULY, you'll save more than $100 on this pretty piece — but you'll look like a million bucks thanks to its versatile style and luxe-feeling crepe de chine construction, which feels incredibly soft, smooth and lightweight. Black is the only on-sale color right now, but the dress is also available in yellow, brown and blue prints.

Save $108 with code
$60 at J. Crew

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  • Grace & Stella Hyaluronic Acid Serum

    $14$20
    Save $6 with coupon
  • Bold Uniq Purple Toning Shampoo & Conditioner Set

    $36$45
    Save $9 with code
    See at Amazon
  • Brouk & Co The Capri Everyday Stripe Tote

    $16$20
    Save $4