We recessionistas really like maxi dresses -- especially ones that are as lovely as this design from Swell.com! Available for $59, the floor-length dress covers the entire leg -- no slits -- and it's in a nice, soft jersey fabric to keep you cool. The colors are a subtle tie-dye and the dress is empire waisted with a pretty ruffle.
Lauren Conrad and Kate Hudson like the really pricey ones and they're lovely for them, but for a summer piece, we'll take this. We also love the length, which is suitable for ladies of all heights. If you're adventurous, this can be a transition piece and can be worn and wide-belted with a loose cardigan or one of those basic layering tops. Pull on a boot or a clog and you're all set for Fall!
Purchase info: Buy it here.