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Here are 7 casual dresses under $50 you can just throw on and go this summer

For those summer days when it’s so hot that you don’t want to leave the house but have to, a sundress is an easy option. I gravitate towards a specific type of sundress on those occasions: The “throw on and go” dress.

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A throw-on-and-go dress perfectly combines comfort and style. It’s the type of dress that looks like I put some effort into my look, but in reality, I was lying on the couch in the air conditioner watching TikToks in my pajamas five minutes before leaving. Nonetheless, I always feel confident and cute in a throw-on-and-go dress, whether I’ve paired it with heeled sandals, flip-flops or sneakers.

I’m currently working on stocking my closet with more of this type of dress, so I’ve done a load of research to find the best options under $50. They’re casual but can be dressed up if needed without adding many accessories.

This cotton-linen blend dress is light and airy and, quite simply, a straight-down sheath dress. What makes it more interesting is that it’s one-shouldered and has a thigh-high slit on the side. Pair it with Birkenstocks and sunglasses if you want to look cool without even trying.

You can never go wrong with denim. This utility-style denim dress looks great with sneakers, but you could dress it up with heels, too.

If you can’t tell by this list, ASOS is a great spot to find well-priced stylish dresses. If this is your first time ordering from it, it’s a U.K.-based company that ships relatively quickly to the States. This maxi dress is comfy and cool and comes in four colors.

This puff sleeve maxi dress gives modern Bridgerton vibes with its off-the-shoulder fit and smocked bodice. However, per the product notes, it’s more of a midi dress meant to hit right above the ankle, so it won’t feel overly dressy or gown-like.

Available in three colors.

$42 at GAP

You can’t go wrong with a LBD, ever. This simple V-neck style looks great with platform sandals, sneakers or heels, under a jean jacket or over a swimsuit. It’s so versatile.

Available in three colors.
$30 at H&M

This ruffled maxi dress comes in two floral prints or plain black, and you may want to get all three colors at this price. While the model on H&M’s website dresses it up with heels, you could wear it with sneakers to lunch or copy her look for a more fancy affair.

Available in three colors.

$35 at Nordstrom

Here’s another great ASOS option, but you can find it at Nordstrom. Actually, you can find a lot of the ASOS dresses on this list at Nordstrom, but there are more size options on the ASOS website. Nonetheless, this A-line mini dress has a lot of sizes in stock, and it comes in white, lavender and a floral print as well.

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