Posted: Jun 16, 2014 9:00 AM
It's too hot for denim. Pull on a sweet, summery sundress. We've gathered 14 sexy picks that won't break the bank.
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When it gets unbearably hot, clothing optional starts to sound really appealing. While we generally can't run around naked, we can turn to the breezy, comfortable style of summer sundresses. Keep cool and look sexy in these essential summer dresses you can steal for under $40.

Asymmetrical dress

PRICE: Mango, $39

Summer sundresses- Asymmetrical ruffle dress

Knee-length dress

PRICE: H&M, $25

Summer sundresses- Knee-length dress

A busy floral print and plenty of ruffles make this sexy asymmetrical dress flattering and forgiving. Wear it with a strapless bra for a breezy summer look.

Not keen on short dresses? This knee-length dress has you covered just the way you want to be. We love the spaghetti straps. Dress it up with a belt.

Airy woven dress

PRICE: H&M, $25

Summer sundresses- Airy woven dress

Lace dress

PRICE: H&M, $18

Summer sundresses- Lace dress

You can dress this lightweight sleeveless dress up or down. Throw it over your bikini or add a sparkly belt for the evening.

Thanks to a dainty tie-belt and simple flared skirt, this lace dress flatters while it keeps you cool. Available in four colors, it's a go-to summer staple, and you can't beat the price.

Wrap dress

PRICE: H&M, $25

Summer sundresses- Wrap dress

Cross-front dress

PRICE: Old NAVY, $37

Summer sundresses- Printed cross-front dress

Delicate stripes and thin cotton give this sweet wrap dress a very feminine look. Pair it with a cardigan and strappy sandals for work.

Thanks to the size of the straps, this cross-front dress can be worn with a good bra, making it a perfect fit for bustier women. It's available in tall and petite as well.

Embroidered dress


Summer sundresses- Embroidered gauze dress

Knit tank dress


Summer sundresses- Knit tank dress

When you're hitting the beach, stylish gauze is the way to go. This embroidered dress makes a great cover-up and it hugs curves perfectly.

Tank dresses can be unflattering, but this knit tank dress has a cinched waist that gives it sexy lines whether you're wearing it with a belt or not.

High-low dress

PRICE: Target, $39

Summer sundresses- High-low dress

Colorblock dress


Summer sundresses- Color block dress

Perfect for a summer date night, this high-low dress features an asymmetrical hemline and a bold, sexy print.

Trendy colors make this sweet colorblock dress a playful option. Wear it with a strapless bra and wedges.

Sleeveless dress

PRICE: JCPenney, $39

Summer sundresses-Sleeveless dress

Shirt dress


Summer sundresses- Shirt dress

Whether you're wearing this at a resort or to the park in the afternoon, this sleeveless sundress has effortless style.

There's something undeniably sexy about an oxford shirt dress. Not quite a sundress, it's still a breezy alternative when the weather heats up. This one has a cute, feminine gingham print.

Mixed fabric dress

PRICE: Gap, $39

Summer sundresses- Mixed fabric dress

Flowing dress

PRICE: MACY's, $35

Summer sundresses- Flowing dress

Two different fabrics offer pretty contrast on this form-fitting tank dress in a sunny coral shade.

This flowing dress has a handkerchief-hem and a bold print that turns heads. Pair it with your favorite dangling earrings.

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