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Summer is the time for beach excursions, sizzling romances and poolside relaxation. Most importantly, though, it’s time to turn up the heat on your wardrobe! Let’s face it, no collegiette’s wardrobe would be complete without the top summer essential: a sundress. Whether you need an outfit for a crazy night out, a trip to the beach with your girls or a hot date, a sundress is the perfect option. Read on to check out the sundresses we’re simply dying over this season!

1. Pretty in Pink

Summer is definitely the time to make a bold style statement, and bright colors are a great way to do it. This fun and flirty dress from Charlotte Russe ($28.99) is an absolute must-have for any outdoor party. The hot pink lace and shorter length will show off your sun-kissed skin. Plus, the simple design of the dress allows you to get creative with your accessories. Add a statement necklace, like this one from Target ($16.99), to personalize your outfit.

2. All Wrapped Up

A sleeveless wrap dress is a chic way to battle the scorching heat. A wrap dress flatters almost every body type and provides a cool and comfy feel with a classy look. This cream dress from Forever 21 ($22.80) features an adorable floral print. For a relaxing day of picnics and fireworks, be sure to pair this dress with some comfortable summer sandals ($39.95).

3. Maxi-mum Heat

Not all of your sundresses have to be sweet and simple! Show off a little leg with this sexy maxi ($17.80). For some extra flair, add a skinny belt to define your waist and some heels to make your legs look even longer. This little number is the perfect choice for a night on the town with your new summer fling!

4.  Rock the Chevron

 We absolutely love this dress from ModCloth ($49.99), and who could blame us? The versatility of this dress will allow you to move from work to dinner to a late-night bonfire. Plus, who doesn’t love chevron? For you working girls, make this dress more professional by pairing it with a neutral blazer, like this one from Gap ($88).

5. Lovely in Lilly

No one does sophisticated summer quite like Lilly Pulitzer. This timeless navy dress from Lilly’s new collection ($178) is essential for any collegiette with a schedule full of dressy events for her fabulous internship. We promise you’ll never want to take it off!

6. Glowing in Yellow

This sunny piece from Francesca’s ($58) is sure to have you glowing. The feminine yellow daisies and conservative cut make it a natural fit for Sunday brunch with your girls, just like our favorite ladies from Sex and the CitySo this summer, collegiettes, embrace the sundress! With these options, you’re sure to look fabulous no matter the occasion.

Sarah is a junior at Centre College. She is majoring in International Studies and Religion with a minor in Linguistics. Along with working as a Contributing Writer for HerCampus, Sarah also writes as a Contributing Writer for USA Today College. At school she serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the school paper, a Resident Assistant, and the Marketing and Publicity Intern for the Norton Center for the Arts. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys riding horses and attempting to satisfy her coffee addiction.
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