It's the Summer of Cotton Dresses, and We're Staying Cool in These 14 Stylish Options

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Aside from escaping to a beach whenever possible, wearing cotton dresses is how we survive the blistering summer heat. Nothing is as uncomfortable as sweating through a thick shirt, whether it be tweed or suede, in the depths of June, July, and August. There's a season for every fabric, and this is definitely the summer of cotton dresses.

We love them because they are lightweight and airy. Plus, if you're headed on a vacation or work trip, the fabric is easy to fold and pack up. If you don't want to break the bank on a new dress, we curated a selection of our favorite cotton designs under $100. These reliable pieces will become your summer uniform, no doubt.

Additional reporting by Macy Cate Williams

Flowy and Feminine: Tie-back Tiered Cotton Poplin Dress
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Flowy and Feminine: Tie-back Tiered Cotton Poplin Dress

Your friend calls and asks that you quickly get dressed up for a brunch party. What do you wear? This strappy Tie-back Tiered Cotton Poplin Dress ($58 with code SALEONSALE) that'll earn you the most effortlessly stylish guest for all occasions.

Ideal For Everyday Wear: Puff-sleeve Cotton Poplin Wrap Dress
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Ideal For Everyday Wear: Puff-sleeve Cotton Poplin Wrap Dress

We don't know about you, but we love a one-and-done outfit, and this Puff-sleeve Cotton Poplin Wrap Dress ($53 with code SALEONSALE) is looking like it right now. We're planning to live in easygoing and polished styles like this all summer long.

Stylish New House Dress: Cottage Dress
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Stylish New House Dress: Cottage Dress

From the puff sleeves to the subtle print, you'll love everything about this Cottage Dress ($38 with code SALEONSALE). With its easy silhouette and removable belt, you'll turn it into your new house dress (or wear-everywhere uniform) in no time.

Fresh Paint of White: Cotton Poplin Shirtdress
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Fresh Paint of White: Cotton Poplin Shirtdress

There's something about a crisp white Cotton Poplin Shirtdress ($39 with code SALEONSALE) that looks so refreshing, it pairs nicely with the lightheartedness of the summer season. We wear this color the most when it's warm.

A Hot-Weather Dress: Everlane Weekend Tiered Dress
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A Hot-Weather Dress: Everlane Weekend Tiered Dress

For the days you just want to be comfortable, opt for the Everlane Weekend Tiered Dress ($60). The versatile dress also comes in cream, black, and a pretty blue shade.

The Summer Office Dress: Eliza J Stripe Belted Shirtdress
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The Summer Office Dress: Eliza J Stripe Belted Shirtdress

For the days you just really want to wear a dress and stay cool, we'd go for the Eliza J Stripe Belted Shirtdress ($98). Its breathable texture won't overheat you, but it's still office ready. Plus, the tie waist is so cute and flattering.

A Classic Warm-Weather Staple: Cotton Poplin Shirtdress
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A Classic Warm-Weather Staple: Cotton Poplin Shirtdress

A classic J.Crew style gets a summery upgrade with this Cotton Poplin Shirtdress ($45 with code SALEONSALE). Whether you wear it over a bathing suit or on its own to roam the city, you'll find that it's just the perfect warm-weather dress, thanks to the short sleeves and loose fit.

Cute and Comfy: AE Waffle Scoop Neck Bodycon Mini Dress
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Cute and Comfy: AE Waffle Scoop Neck Bodycon Mini Dress

This AE Waffle Scoop Neck Bodycon Mini Dress ($40) is a printed twist on an otherwise basic everyday dress. We love the relaxed fit and modern look.

For a Trendy Pick: Good American Ruched Dress
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For a Trendy Pick: Good American Ruched Dress

This Good American Ruched Dress ($77, originally $129) offers all-day comfort while looking effortlessly stylish. It looks stretch and easy to move in, so we're sold.

Light and Airy: AE Puff-Sleeve Babydoll Mini Dress
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Light and Airy: AE Puff-Sleeve Babydoll Mini Dress

For a dress that's lightweight and easy to move in, the AE Puff-Sleeve Babydoll Mini Dress ($37, originally $50) is your answer. Complete the look with a herringbone necklace and some barely there sandals.

For a Stylish Closet Addition: Open Edit Open Back Dress
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For a Stylish Closet Addition: Open Edit Open Back Dress

Looking to add the perfect vacation style to your summer closet? Look no further than this flattering Open Edit Open Back Dress ($69). We're ready to be hanging poolside in it, a cocktail in hand.

For a Dress That's Made For You: Good American Ribbed Tank Dress
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For a Dress That's Made For You: Good American Ribbed Tank Dress

This Good American Ribbed Tank Dress ($99) makes a sleek, modern, and sexy statement in your closet. If it gets chilly, just wear it under a leather jacket and you'll be good to go.

A Splash of Pink: BP. Polo Terry Cloth Minidress
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A Splash of Pink: BP. Polo Terry Cloth Minidress

This BP. Polo Terry Cloth Minidress ($39) will keep you looking sporty and cool. Wear it with platform sandals to make it even more comfortable, or low sneakers for a casual look.

A Smocked Dress: H&M Smocked-bodice Dress
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A Smocked Dress: H&M Smocked-bodice Dress

The cute back detail on this H&M Smocked-bodice Dress ($50) sold us. It would look perfect with either sandals or sneakers.