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Sweet Relief: 18 Summer Dresses To Beat The Heat

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Right about now, the best relief from the high temperatures is a little wisp of a summer dress. Perfect for drinks on the deck are short and flouncy dresses, like Boulee's cross-strap number in fire engine red, or a floaty spaghetti strap mini with a funky pink and blue print, from Forever21. For those looking to show a little less skin, ASOS's geometric print dress still feels breezy because its made from light-as-air-cotton. For all those times when sleeves and pants aren't required (like all your time spent out of the office), we've rounded up 18 dresses that are sure to keep you cool while the thermostat rises.—Julie Chen

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