8 Super Cute Dresses to Stay Cool In (PHOTOS)

Target dressThe Duchess of Cambridge (who I will forever think of as Kate Middleton!) had the right idea, wearing a cute yet comfy Jenny Packham shirt dress when she left the hospital the other day, beautiful babe in arms! I love dresses because they're an entire outfit in one (lazy people unite!) and they're often very body-flattering.

Dresses are great any time of year, but I especially love them in the summer for a cool, casual yet put-together look that's a step above shorts and a tank without being too fussy. Here are some great picks!

Do you like wearing dresses?

  • Vanessa Dress from Boden


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    This chic Boden dress is a bit splurgy, but well worth the money, as they make such beautiful, high quality garments. (Though I'll be watching for it to go on sale!) If you click through to the site, you'll see the gorgeous pleated detailing. A dress Mrs. O would wear! ($148 at BodenUSA.com)

  • Black and white dress from Marshalls


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    Stores like Marshalls and TJ Maxx are great places to go dress-hunting. This back and white number is only $29.99 at Marshalls right now! Check out MarshallsOnline.com for store locations.

  • Pim and Larkin 'Anna' shift dress from Piperlime


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    I looooooove shift dresses because they are so flattering AND comfy. I want this cute striped shift dress to get in my closet NOW! ($79 at Piperlime)

  • Bargain! Mixed print crepe shift dress from Old Navy


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    What a steal! This super cute shift dress is one of those dresses that can become a summer/fall uniform. It comes in a red shade as well. ($29.94 at Old Navy)

  • Graphic charmeuse dress from Coldwater Creek


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    This pretty, graphic dress from Coldwater Creek is a great look for day or night. I love that pretty, asymmetrical detailing at the one shoulder. (On sale! Reg. price: $109.95, on sale for $89.99 + 50% off!)

  • Vintage floral belted girly dress from Muse


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    Are you familiar with the dress brand Muse? If not, you should be, because they make some of the most consistently flattering, high quality, and stylish dresses out there -- especially in their price range. Right now they're having a great sale: 50% off all their summer styles, many of which you can totally wear into the cooler months -- like this ultra feminine party dress. (On sale! Reg. price: $138, on sale for $69)

  • Spaghetti-strap maxi by INC International Concepts


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    This rayon maxi dress is great because, though it's comfy, it's got some shape to it, so you won't feel like you're wearing a nightgown (which is how some maxi dresses make me feel). The empire waist and the diagonal stripe pattern are both quite flattering. (On sale for $58.99 at Macys.com)

  • Bargain! Colorblock shirttail dress from Target


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    This adorable colorblock shirttail dress comes in three color combos and I love them all equally. Time for a visit to Tar-jay! ($20! at Target)

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