Affordable Summer Dresses That Make the Heat Bearable

Today I’m giving you the juicy details on where to find cute summer dresses for less than $35!

summer dress floral print black hat sunflowers high heels Mash Elle

Summer is still in full swing. Case in point: one of my lipsticks melted in my car yesterday. Even though I’m not a fan of the heat (read: hate) I do love the opportunity to rock a cute summer dress. Summer dresses are the ultimate lazy girl’s best friend. No need to find matching tops and bottoms, a summer dress allows you to have a complete outfit in one – all you need is a great pair of pumps and you’re out the door!

Today I’m sharing an unexpected store that carries the sweetest summer dresses – most under $35! All dresses have a summer flare, but feature dark colors so they can easily be worn into fall. Keep reading to see the summer looks I put together using some of my favorite pieces from Kohl’s!

summer dress floral print black hat sunflowers high heels Mash Elle kohls

summer dress floral print black hat sunflowers high heels Mash Elle Kohls

Shop My Outfit: Pumps (come in 4 colors) | Dress (comes in 5 prints

Nothing says summer like a flirty, floral dress. I scooped up this button front scoop neck floral dress as the perfect everyday summer dress. You know, those days where you have under 20 minutes to get ready? I love that this dress is completely versatile – it can be dressed up with a cute pair of pumps, like these bow accent block heel pumps (on sale for $20!) or it can also be dresses down with a pair of flats or white kicks! The fabric is super stretchy and comfortable. It’s also a great length, I’m 5’10 so it will sit lower on my shorter babes! I’ll be wearing this dress on repeat for the remainder of this summer! It’s currently on sale at Kohl’s for $18 and comes in 5 prints!

summer dress floral print black hat sunflowers high heels Mash Elle Kohls

summer dress floral print clutch sunflowers high heels Mash Elle Kohls

summer dress pink floral print clutch sunflowers high heels Mash Elle Kohls

Shop My Outfit: Dress (comes in 5 colors) | Bag (comes in pink blush) | Pumps (come in 5 colors)

Y’all know my obsession with wrap dresses is real. I found this gorgeous pink floral wrap dress at Kohl’s and it fits like a dream! Again, the fabric is super comfortable and has the perfect amount of stretch. It comes in 5 colors (I’ll be picking up the black floral version!) and is on sale for $23. I paired the dress with this scalloped crossbody bag and these basic black pumps from Kohl’s. I’ve been on the hunt for a pair of basic pumps with a lower heel (these have a 3.5″ heel). These pumps are nearly identical to designer pumps I’ve had my eyes on – however they have a cute $38 price tag! They come in 5 colors (I also want the pink blush pair!).

summer dress stripes sunflowers high heels Mash Elle Kohls

summer dress stripes sunflowers high heels Mash Elle Kohls

Shop My Outfit: Dress (on sale for $28) 

When it comes to fashion, every once in a while you have to step out of  your comfort zone. Stripes are difficult to wear – they can easily become unflattering if you don’t wear them correctly. However, the placement of the stripes on this dress are actually extremely flattering. Here’s a rule of thumb: horizontal stripes emphasize width (ie. make you look larger) and vertical stripes emphasize height (make you look more slender). The vertical stripes on the front and back of the dress are figure flattering. The stripes on the sides of the dress are positioned at an angle, giving the perception of the perfect curves. This dress features darling flutter cap sleeves which give it a flirty edge. I love this unique dress (on sale for $28) and can’t wait to pair it with a bold red lip for fall!

summer dress floral sunflowers high heels Mash Elle Kohls

summer dress floral sunflowers high heels Mash Elle Kohls

Shop My Outfit: Dress (comes in 2 colors) | Pumps (come in 4 colors) | Bag (also comes in pink blush)

The last summer dress I picked out is this cute  floral fit and flare dress. I adore the contrast of the low v-neck and ruched sleeves. This dress features cute lace detailing and is on sale for $31. It’s is also available in a gorgeous mauve and can be worn into fall! I paired the dress with bow accent pumps also available in nude and gingham and finished off the look with this darling scalloped trim crossbody bag! I adore the rose gold hardware and how lightweight it is. It’s a cute designer bag dupe (for a fraction of the price – it’s on sale for $16!) and also comes in a sweet pink blush version that I plan to get my hands on! It is the perfect size to carry all of my essentials – my phone, makeup, wallet, and more!

If you’re on the hunt for some cute summer dresses and accessories make sure to check out your local Kohl’s or shop their online store for affordable options! I’d love to know some of the hidden gems you’ve found at Kohl’s in the comments below!

Photos by Marie Ernst 

Thanks to Kohl’s for sponsoring today’s discussion. As always, all opinions are mine alone. 

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