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The shirt dress you need is 40% off: 'Cool and loose, but also flattering'

When it's hot and muggy outside, I tend to care less about how I look and more about how I feel. I want to wear something breezy to help keep me cool — something that won't stick to my skin. With the dog days just starting to bark here in June, I was on the hunt for a piece that will help me stay chill in the summer swelter, and I found it in the Zilcremo Denim Shirt Dress. My luck didn't end there, though: Turns out it's stylish, flattering and over 40% off at Amazon right now.

Soft and flowy, it'll be the thing you grab most this summer.

$37 at Amazon

This versatile little number can be worn for all manner of summertime occasions, and right now you can get it for under $40. The price fluctuates a bit depending on the color you choose, but still, considering the cost per wear (cuz you'll be wearing it a lot), you'll come out way on top. Pair it with flip-flops during the day, heeled sandals at night or even over leggings when the temperatures drop back down.

Just to reiterate: This will be your new favorite summer closet staple. But first things first, let's get one thing straight: It's not exactly real denim. This dress is made with soft viscose and polyester that only looks like denim; it's more like a chambray. Ah, but that's what keeps it flowy and lightweight — perfect for fun under the sun — but also gives you the ability to dress it up a bit.

The light blue jean color is the most popular, but it comes in 12 other colors including white, black, green and a few more blue shades. All of them feature a loose cap sleeve, a collar with buttons down the front and two pockets on the chest. It's basically like an oversized shirt, but with more shape.

As for the length, a small measures 34.25 inches long and an XXL is 35.83 inches. A relaxed fit is baked into the cake, but if you want it extra loose, considering choosing a size up.

woman wearing shirt dress in white, denim blue and army green
When we say this is a "go-to" piece, we mean you can toss it on and go to the store, the beach, a poolside cocktail party and a serious dinner ... maybe all in the same day! (Amazon)

More than 4,000 Amazon shoppers have given the Zilcremo Denim Shirt Dress a five-star rating and rave about how comfy and flattering it is.

"I feel so confident and comfortable in this dress," said one happy customer. "Wore it to a happy hour at a nice restaurant and was also able to walk around the city. It’s cool and loose, but also flattering. I am usually a medium but went with a large, as I have bigger hips and the medium was snug in the hips. It will definitely be a go-to outfit for summer."

"Adorable and it hides my belly!" said another. "The material is lightweight and comfortable. Not too short, either."

"I love this dress. It is very flattering and great quality, doesn’t look cheap," added a five-star fan.

About that sizing-up suggestion...

"Dress is light weight and comfortable," noted one shopper, before adding: "If you are a big-breasted woman, you probably want to order a size up. It will still be a flattering dress on you. I received several compliments on it."

"I say this dress fits true to size! Maybe size up if you’re a little busty like myself," said another. "I did have to keep checking buttons (since I didn’t wear anything underneath), but I love it and find it flattering. Perfect to wear on a hot day — it’s breathable and cute!"

You can never go wrong with black! Not only is it flattering, but it could hide sweat stains on a simmering day.

$37 at Amazon

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These shades have gone viral on social media because they look pretty similar to a chi-chi pair by Celine.

$16 at Amazon

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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