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Couture cotton: Comfortable, runway-worthy fashions

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Comfy-chic fashion

Cotton dresses are comfortable, but they can be chic and elegant, too. Check out these runway-worthy fashions, from cute cotton cocktail dresses to sophisticated gowns.

Body-hugging style

This sexy cotton gauze dress ($66 at Amazon) features a sexy form-fitting design and trendy cowl neck. Created from 99 percent Pima cotton with just a touch of Lycra, this cocktail dress is as comfortable as it is cute.

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Delightfully draped

This Velvet dress ($71 at Revolve Clothing) is created from 100 percent cotton and features a beautifully draped neckline. This soft cotton dress is perfect for a cocktail party or special night out. It comes in your choice of Skylight Blue or Gypsy Gray.

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Lovely lace

Step out in style with this easy-chic black lace mini dress ($250 at Net-a-porter) from Juicy Couture. Partner it with classic black pumps or your favorite pair of booties.

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White hot

Instead of your favorite little black dress, try this little white dress with an asymmetrical one-shoulder silhouette. Created from 98 percent cotton and 2 percent Spandex, this easy-to-wear Mark + James by Badgley Mischka dress ($295 at Saks Fifth Avenue) is also fully lined.

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Maximum style

This long Marni knitted cotton dress ($344 at The Outnet) strikes the perfect balance of comfort and style with wide elastic straps and a square neckline. This piece can be your go-to dress for everything from a hot date to a board meeting. For the office, just throw on a blazer, and you're ready in an instant.

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Go for the gold

This gorgeous, sleeveless ASOS maxi dress ($149 at ASOS) will turn heads all night with its metallic gold-beaded stripes. Its lovely drape and flirty full skirt make it runway-worthy.


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Simply splendid

This 100-percent cotton jersey Splendid dress ($66 at Shopbop) is elegant and sophisticated with its scoop neck and racer-back style. Partner this black dress with a bold statement necklace and a glossy pair of patent peep-toe pumps.

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Elegant & eco-chic

This eco-friendly, organic cotton Gypsy 05 dress ($110 at The Trend Boutique) features a fluid style that is flattering to every figure. Comfortable yet elegant, it comes in seven colors, from basic black to racy red.

Read our guide to organic cotton clothing >>

Comfy-chic fashion

Whether you're headed to a cocktail party, a formal gala or a special date, you can find a cotton dress that suits your style. Cotton is comfortable and light, and allows your skin to breathe. Another benefit: Cotton dresses are machine washable -- saving you some cash on your drycleaning bill.

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