Summer Dresses for Girls: 20 Under $20

Summer days are here, and for my daughter that means she can wear dresses every single day if she wants to… and she does!

I just love going shopping for her, and now that that she’s almost six years old she certainly wants to have a say in the wardrobe I pick out for her. Of course, I’m looking at the style, durability and price factor, while she just cares whether it’s a shade of pink or purple, that it’s flowy, and that she can twirl in it.

We both were able to agree on these 20 summer dresses for girls that are all cute, playful, and under $20.

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    Light, breezy and just plain cute!

    Find this girls smocked sundress in white at for $16.94.
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    Most girls love a dress that can deliver a good twirl and this one does that with the most beautiful and exotic floral print.

    Get the Ardmore Floral Twirl dress from Tea Collection on sale for 19.50. P.S.: Very few sizes left!
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    A bright color to shine in all summer long. The lace and the cut make this the perfect summer dress for special occasions.

    Find this Cherokee Lace Sunburst dress exclusively for $19.99.
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    I just love how tiered dresses look on little girls. This one in hot pink has asymmetrical tiers of cascading ruffles and is so light and fun.

    This Epic Threads girls dress is available at on sale for $14.99.
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    Such a pretty cut, print and colors for this poplin dress and the price is to die for!

    Get the George Girls Printed Poplin dress at on clearance for $6.00.
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    This printed halter dress is in my girl's closet right now and even dad had praise for it when she first wore it.

    The Girls Tiered Halter sundress comes in four great prints, on sale for $18.00 at
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    Maxis are so in right now and this tank one is just a perfect everyday dress. Makes me wish they had a matching one in my size!

    Find this Girls Slub-Knit Tank Maxi on sale at for $14.00.
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    How adorable is this floral jumper? Very! I can see this being worn as a dress and then as a bib shirt with leggings for a longer life.

    The Cactus Flower T-Back Jumper from Tea Collection is on sale for $17.50.
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    A shiny, sequined and flowy dress that girls will just love to wear and will keep them feeling light all summer long.

    Get this Embroidered Yoke Tiered dress at Children's Place on sale for $18.71.
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    A great red, white and blue sundress for a 4th of July celebration and beyond.

    Find this OshKosh B'gosh dress at JC Penney for $18.00.
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    Time to stock up on play dresses that are easy to wear, care for and even travel with.

    The Girls Printed Jersey dresses come in five different prints and are found only at for $12.00.
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    Cute, cute, cute and adorable! This lawn dress is just all sorts of  beautiful and so breezy for hot summer days.

    Find this Raffia B-fly and Braided Floral Lawn dress on sale at for $19.99.
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    Floral halters are meant for girls. Don't you think?

    Find this Epic Threads floral halter dress only at Macy's on sale for $14.99.
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    A neon striped dress with a bit of lace rocks the summer.

    Find this neon striped lace dress at Children's Place for $16.95.
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    A maxi dress in denim that can be dressed up for a party and down for a playdate and she'll always look great.

    Find this Faded Glory girl's maxi dress on for $10.00.
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    Cute flutter sleeves on an African-inspired print make this a very special and unique summer dress.

    Find the King Protea Mini dress at Tea Collection on sale for $14.50.
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    A maxi with removable straps that's just screaming "take me to the beach!"

    Find the Circo Girl's Maxi at Target for $12.99.
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    A fun rocker-chic tank mini dress that's prefect for days in the park and playdates with BFFs.

    Fidn the Cisco Girls sundress at Target for $14.99.
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    A fluttery sleeveless dress with a fun pattern that comes in five color combinations. Pretty and enchanting.

    Find the Neon Trimmed Beach Ball dress at Naartjie Kids on sale for $17.99.
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    A basic cotton, sleeveless dress is a must in every girl's summer wardrobe. This one packs in comfort and style.

    Find the Girls A-Line Jersey dress at Old Navy on sale for $8.00.


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