10 Casual Summer Dresses for All Your On-the-Go Moments

Perhaps one of the most difficult challenges of the summertime is trying to stay cool when it's sweltering outside. Unless you're indoors getting a blast of A/C, for the most part you're trying to avoid those annoying side effects of hot weather, such as sweaty pits, thigh chafing, and sticky skin. For those outdoorsy gals who can't stand the thought of melting into your clothes, we tracked down 10 trendy casual dresses that'll help you beat the heat while looking chic. Whether you're out at a tiki bar with some friends or taking a stroll in the park, there's no sacrificing style for comfort here with these top picks.

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UO Fireworks Floral Tie-Back Ruffle Midi Dress

One of the most sought-after dress styles for the summertime are midi dresses. Not only do they look great on all body types, they also provide comfort all day long. This season, opt for a loose dress that grazes your calves and won't make you feel like a sweatbox. You can dress it up or down by pairing the dress with wedges, sandals, or even sneakers. ($79; urbanoutfitters.com)

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BB Dakota Overall Winner Dress

Let's face it: You can never own too much denim. Whether you're a fan high waisted or skinny jeans, take your denim obsession to the next level with this dress from BB Dakota. Perfect for mid-day strolls, this mini dress offers edgy appeal to any look. Throw on a pair of platform sandals and — voila! — you're ready to tackle any summer activity. For bonus style points, we recommend layering a simple T-shirt under your dress for extra dimension and warmth. ($88; shopbop.com)

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Nasty Gal Leaf It Out Floral Midi Dress

While florals are synonymous with springtime, the print isn't reserved just for the early months of the year. This summer, tap into your flower power by rocking a floral print dress. With so many styles to choose from, we narrowed it down to one blossoming dress that is worth checking out. The puffed up sleeves and sweetheart neckline from this Nasty Gal frock add a feminine touch to your everyday look. ($90; nastygal.com)

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model in BP. Button Front Prairie Minidress photo

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BP. Button Front Prairie Minidress

Nothing says summer is here quite like this sundress from BP. The easy-breezy fabric and the stripe print make this mini dress the perfect solution to beat the heat in style. It's so comfortable, so don't be surprised if you find yourself wearing it all year round with transitional pieces. Luckily, plus-size babes can also join on the fun, as the dress is also available in sizes 1X to 4X. ($49; nordstrom.com)

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model in ASOS DESIGN Button Through Midi Dress photo

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ASOS DESIGN Button Through Midi Dress

When you think of wrap dresses, one name immediately comes to mind: Diane von Furstenberg. While spending hundreds upon hundreds on a summer dress from the Belgium designer might not be in the budget, there are affordable alternatives to the iconic silhouette. Like DVF's infamous style, this frock nips in the waist with a belt that helps create an hourglass shape. The hemline hits mid-calf, so you don't have to worry about a possible wardrobe malfunction when a subtle breeze comes around. ($64; asos.com)

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Anthropologie Concerto Dress

From the lace eyelets to the button-front, this dress was made to impress during Sunday brunch. Luckily, the dress is made from 100 percent rayon, a breathable fabric made from cotton, so it's lightweight and cooling to wear during the summertime. The frock is also available in petite sizes, so short girls (like myself) can also stun at the next weekend get together. ($190; anthropologie.com)

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model in Free People Cross My Heart Minidress photo

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Free People Cross My Heart Minidress

This summer season, don't shy away from showing off some extra skin. Treat yourself to this stylish, floral lace minidress from Free People that is guaranteed to keep you sweat-free all season long. Whether your running errands or out for shopping excursion, this breezy dress will soon become a go-to staple in your closet. Plus, you can dress it up to keep it going from day to night. ($148; nordstrom.com)

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ASOS DESIGN Bardot Double Frill Sundress in Cherry Print

Are you ready to be a total cherry bomb this summer? Look no further than this casual dress from ASOS. The off-the-shoulder sleeves add a fun and flirty touch to the look, and the bardot neckline lets you bare your sun-kissed glow. If you want to transition the dress easily from day to night, we recommend throwing on your favorite leather jacket for an edgier, rocker chic look. ($35; asos.com)

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Eloquii Contrast Stripe High-Low Dress

For a truly laidback look that looks like you tried (even when you didn't), opt for a chic shirt dress like this one from Eloquii. Available in sizes 14 to 28, this dress helps you stay cool and stylish during the hotter months. If you're not big on loose-fitting dresses, add a belt for definition and to accentuate your curves. ($90; eloquii.com)

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model in Free People Anita Printed Maxi Dress photo

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Free People Anita Printed Maxi Dress

I know what you're thinking. Why is there a black dress on this list when the color is known for its heat-absorption qualities? While you might want to stay clear of an all-noir knitted outfit, you don't have resign to hue this summer. Made from 100 percent cotton, this breathable maxi dress will keep you cool. Whether you pair with platform sandals, mules, or wedges, you can rest assured they will look great with this tiered dress. ($128; freepeople.com)

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