7 Stay-Cool Summer Dresses Under $50

Summer Dresses - ShoppingIt's one thing to beat the heat—but to beat it at a discount? Sign us right up! With temperatures soaring, we've got the urge to drench ourselves in cold showers and slip into the lightest, comfiest and most skin-baring clothing imaginable (within reason, natch). Here are seven lovely summer dresses that meet your needs, all for under $50. It doesn't get cooler than that! Take a look at our summer shopping must-haves.

Smocked Waist Tank Dress

Summer Smocked DressA relaxed drape accentuates this smocked waist dress and lends it a Grecian-style quality usually seen on much costlier pieces. With its soft jersey fabric and sophisticated blouson influence, it's the polished tank dress of your dreams.

Find this dress for $49.50 at LOFT.

Mixed Print Crepe Shift Dress

Summer Mixed Print DressBold prints are so summery you'd be crazy not to take advantage of the moment and slip into something exceptionally vivid right now. This mixed-print shift dress is the perfect choice: it's light and airy, with an easy throw-on-and-go silhouette and a pattern that's earthy-meets-Euro-chic.

It's $29.94 at Old Navy.

Printed V-Neck Dress

Printed V-Neck Summer DressAnother summer must? Light colors that reflect sunlight and keep you just a tad cooler. This printed dress features a flattering V-neck and is bathed in sunny yellow-green for a cool alternative to bright white. The geometric pattern lends it instant cool points, and it can be easily pulled together with a belt and sandals.

Available for $41.99 at GAP.

One Shoulder Printed Tie Maxi Dress

One Shoulder Maxi Summer DressDon't let the overwhelming heat stop you from having fun with your style! This Stitch one-shoulder maxi dress brings it all together: stripes, florals, a sinewy tie belt, bare skin, and a lean length. Sounds like a lot, but once you try it on you'll see just how much sense it makes. Talk about serious style.

Get this dress for $24.99 at Loehmann's.

Bandeau Stripe Halter Dress

Bandeau Strip Halter Summer DressTonal stripes take this Caslon halter dress from plain to perfect in a flash. With a lithe band at the neck and a strategic pattern, this lightweight dress is a must whether you're meandering about town with the kids or enjoying a little downtime with friends.

Find it for $49 at Nordstrom.

Sleeveless Dress with Inverted Pleat

Printed Summer Dress for WorkFinally, a work-appropriate dress that doesn't feel at all stuffy. The AGB sleeveless dress features a practical beige backdrop, the perfect setting for the tropical navy print and waist-cinching belt. (Bonus points for the flattering fit-and-flare silhouette!)

Available for $47.40 at Amazon.

Draped Sleeveless Dress

Draped Sleeveless Summer DressJersey fabric is a wonderful year-round option for its soft touch and figure-flattering tendencies—just another couple of good reasons to make this O'2nd sleeveless dress yours. From the draped front to the easy elastic waist, it unites classy style with incomparable comfort.

Find it for $49 at Barneys New York.