Outfits Under $100: How to Wear 5 Must-Have Summer Dresses

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Strappy, shift, babydoll, bodycon. Does any garment scream summer more than the sundress? It's that time of year when temps are higher than hot and there's no more getting away with jeans. There's no doubt about it: dresses are the ultimate go-to when it comes to creating an easy and cool outfit during the dog days of summer.

We have sought out five darling dresses, and curated cute looks that will show you how to wear each one. Each outfit totals under $100, but most pieces are easy to mix and match with what you already own in your closet!

1. Maxi Dress - $95.68

Maxi dress summer outfit under $100


Product Information: Dress - Wet Seal, Shoes - Windsor, Bag - Alloy, Earrings - Body Central

Don't automatically assume a maxi dress is going to be too clingy to wear on a scorcher. A long maxi in a flowy material is breathable and easy to wear. Max out your Greek goddess factor in tall wedges. Overdoing it on the jewelry and accessories is a no-no; all you need are some chic earrings and a cool fringed carry-all.

2. Shift Dress - $75.74

Shift dress summer outfit under $100


Product Information: Dress - Forever 21, Shoes - Ippolitan, Purse - H&M, Ear Cuff - 2020 Ave

Headed out on a hot summer night? We love this shapely shift dress that doesn't cling too much. The small pleated detail sets it apart without being over-the-top. Sky-high white stilettos, a bold bag, and an ear cuff keep this look on-trend.

3. T-Shirt Dress - $79.59

T-shirt dress summer outfit under $100


Product Information: Dress - Target, Shoes - 6PM, Bracelet - Daily Look, Headband - Miss Selfridge, Ring - Daily Look

The ultimate wear-everywhere dress this summer is the t-shirt dress. Flattering and unique, this style is simple yet cute. It could be dressed up or down, but we love the idea of rocking it a little country. Studded boots, a feathered headband, and funky jewelry make this dress an absolute must-have.

4. Cut-Out Dress - $89.49

Cut out dress summer outfit under $100


Product Information: Dress - Zara, Shoes - Charlotte Russe, Bag - Dorothy Perkins, Earrings - Topshop, Nail Polish - Essie

Cutouts and pattern-blocking make this Zara dress as trendy as trendy gets. When paired with cage heels and an envelope clutch, this dress is sure to turn heads. Be sure to rock some cool nail polish and big jeweled earrings, too.

5. Backless Dress - $92.96

Open back dress summer outfit under $100


Product Information: Dress - Brandy Melville, Bandeau - Amazon, Shoes - Aldo, Hat - Modcloth, Earrings - 6PM

It goes without saying: backs are the ultimate new accessory. We love this Brandy Melville dress that dips low to show off a cute, lacy bralette. Change it up with cute kicks and a wide-brimmed hat. A little bit of unexpected makes for a fabulous outfit.

What are your go-to summer dress trends?

Which dress above is your favorite? How are you rocking dresses this summer? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below!