This post will show you the best summer dresses under $50 for 2021.
Want to know one of my favorite things about summertime dressing? The ability to throw on a dress and instantly look put-together (while also staying cool in the heat!).
Dresses are a wardrobe essential in the summer, and there are so many cute new designs to check out this season.
To help you find the perfect new dress, I’ve scoured the web to find you the 15 of the best summer dresses under $50, with options to suit every style.
Read on for my top affordable dress picks that will have you looking and feeling fabulous all summer long.
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Printed Elasticized Dress
How cute is this elasticized dress with allover ruching and a sweetheart neckline?
With a ruffle hem and a colorful floral print, you can wear this frock day or night. It even has a lace trim appliqué running across the neckline and under the bust for added cuteness.
Sleeveless Knit Bodycon Polo Dress
Polo-style dresses and shirts are back in a big way this season!
I love the periwinkle blue hue of this mini dress under $50, which gives it a fresh, youthful look to contrast the classic collar.
You can wear this dress with sneakers or sandals for a cute, easy-going summer outfit. It’s blowing up on TikTok, so snag it while you can!
Double-Cutout Mini Dress
This is one of my favorite picks from our summer dresses under $50 round-up – it’s flirty, feminine, and perfect for the summer.
It features sweet puff sleeves and ruffled tie-front with sexy side cutouts leading to an open back for an unexpected twist.
It comes in three shades of gingham print: navy, green, and pink.
Floral Tie-Back Halter Midi Dress
This yellow floral print midi dress has summer written all over it!
Design details like an open tie-back and a halter neck make this dress special. Plus, you can wear this dress casually with flat sandals or dress it up with heels or wedges.
Tiger Print Mini Dress
Animal print (especially zebra and tiger) dresses are a trend to try this season.
You will turn heads in this tiger print mini dress with an O-ring chest cutout and wrap-over design.
P.S. – this dress will also work in the fall; just swap out your sandals for ankle booties, and add a faux leather moto jacket over top.
Linen Ruched Mini Dress
This under $50 dress is a summertime must-have.
Simple yet statement-making, it features a ruched bust and tie shoulder straps for girly touches.
This dress is made from a lightweight linen blend, making it ideal for hot weather, and comes in five different colors.
Knit Ombré Halter Neck Dress
This summer is all about vintage-inspired looks, so this retro knit halter dress is totally on-trend.
The multicolor ombré design is so fun, and the knit fabric gives the dress texture for added interest. Everyone will be asking you where you got it!
Tiered Maxi Dress
You can’t go wrong with a breezy white dress in the summertime. This sleeveless maxi dress has a tiered design which looks cute and won’t cling to your body on hot days – sign me up!
In addition to classic white, it also comes in solid red and blue tie-dye, giving you more options.
Slinky Button-Front Dress
I found the summer version of the shirred button-front dress that took over social media this past spring; you know, the one with the long sleeves and collar.
This is basically the same design, minus the sleeves and with a stylish semi-open back.
The slinky fabric gives the dress a shirred look down the front, and it has a collared halter neck for bonus style points. Don’t forget to snap an #ootd in this one!
Ribbed Bodycon Midi Dress
Are you a neutrals lover? If so, this tan ribbed midi dress is for you.
This simple tank-style dress is a versatile piece that you can dress up or down with your shoes and accessories. It has an effortless vibe that can be worn day-to-day with sneakers and flat sandals, or turned into a nighttime look with heels and a cute clutch bag.
BTW – this dress is stretchy, making it extra comfy!
Polka Dot Mini Cami Dress
This fit-and-flare mini dress with a polka dot pattern is so adorable.
The brown and cream color palette is unique, and its tiered design is flouncy and fun. It also features adjustable cami straps and a surplice neckline.
Cinched Mini Dress
Two words come to mind with this frock: simple and sweet.
This solid pink-colored dress under $50 features a stylish square neckline and ruching on the sides for an eye-catching effect.
The tie straps are another sweet touch; plus, they are adjustable.
Tie-Dye Midi Dress
I’m a huge fan of tie-dye, especially in the summertime!
The light pastel tie-dye print on this midi dress is fun yet subtle, and will look fabulous with sandals.
The dress also features a strappy crisscross back and a cowl neckline, done in a lightweight, woven fabric.
Bustier Terry Cloth Mini Dress
Terry cloth fabric is a big trend this summer, and is turning up in all sorts of unexpected designs, like this trendy bustier mini dress.
This towel-like fabric adds texture to your clothing, and wears well in hot weather. Opt for a bright color, like this green hue which really shows off the material.
This dress also features a bustier design which gives a flattering fit.
Short Sleeve Midi Dress
While I love trendy clothes, I believe that it’s key to invest in staple pieces, too. This black ribbed short sleeve midi dress is a basic that won’t go out of fashion, and has endless styling possibilities.
The solid color, short sleeves, and midi length make this dress ultra-versatile and can be worn in the spring and fall, too. This dress is also available in taupe, gray, and an earthy red, all of which are are super cute.
What do you think of my summer dresses under $50 picks?
Which dress is your favorite? Would you wear these styles? Leave a comment and let us know!