You’ve heard the term a million times, but would you know a sundress if you saw it? According to Webster’s (yes, they’ve got a definition) it’s a dress made of lightweight fabric that typically has a wide neck and thin straps. Okay, that leaves some room for interpretation, which in the world of fashion is a good thing. Take a gander below at our picks for sundresses that are grown up enough to call your own, loosely fit the definition and, as a bonus, are all under $50. Keep track of your favorites and you might even get them on clearance a couple weeks down the road.
When in doubt, wear stripes. Simple, classic and this dress has a twist. Tiny pleats add a textural element that stands out. Belt it or wear it in all of its loose, comfortable glory.
$34.99 at Mango.
Hot and Pink
This ladylike cut mixed with a totally hot color is just what you need for casual cocktail hours under the stars or on the beach. And the price is pretty unbeatable, too.
$11.99 at JCPenney.
Love the old school 70s vibe of this dress. From the color combination and the curving blocks to the easy knit construction with tons of movement, this is a picnic frock if there ever was one.
$15.80 at Forever21.
Crop top dresses with a faux two-piece vibe are very happening, very flattering and very comfortable. This blue shade will flatter a bunch of different skin shades and remind you of great blue waves we all hope to see at least once during our summer vacations.
$13.65 at Dillards.
In The Navy
What's not to love about the endless possibilities of such an easy look? Pile on your favorite statement pieces. Put on your favorite wedges or sandals. Wear this to dinner, to lunch, to brunch and to do your laundry. This is your sundress workhorse.
$30 at Gap.
When it comes to lightweight and loose, it doesn't get much better than a cotton dress that keeps you cool and allows you to eat your fill at every rooftop BBQ you attend on a given Saturday night. Forget about the need to be constricted to feel sexy. Sometimes carefree and fun is more appealing.
$42.43 at ASOS.
This dress reminds me of a moonlit luau I've only ever seen glimpses of on TV. But I can pretend amazing memories in this dress, and look adorable while doing it.
$27.00 at Old Navy.