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    36 Gorgeous Dresses That Won't Empty Out Your Wallet

    Hear ye, hear ye: mini, midi, and maxi styles that don't cost a trillion dollars.

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    1. A boho-inspired mini dress that is equal parts comfy and chic: breezy fabric makes it perfect for hot days (*begins to sweat at the the thought of humidity*), the fun pattern make for an obligatory Insta story.

    reviewer wearing multi-colored sleeved mini dress

    Promising review: "It's long enough as a tunic top for me to wear with leggings. It's super cute and is a breathable fabric. I live in Texas where the heat is sweltering so I'd only wear this out to dinner during the summer months but during the cooler months, this will be adorable to wear with leggings." β€”Dagogirl

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes 0X-4X and in eight colors).

    2. A V-neck maxi dress, because life's too short to not hop in on the tie-dye trend. It's everywhere β€” you can't help but be enticed. This cozy number means an easy, comfy way to add a pop of pattern to your wardrobe.,

    Promising review: "Love this dress! It's exactly what I was looking for. Maxi with sleeves and pockets. It is a little long but works well with a little heel. I also added a belt to give more shape. Super cute, soft, and comfortable!" β€”Melissa

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 24 colors).

    3. A puff sleeve mini dress that is THE one. The perfect little black dress. Congratulations, your search for the ideal LBD is finally over.

    model wearing black crewneck puff sleeve mini dress

    Get it from Boohoo for $8 (originally $20, available in sizes 12-20 and in three colors).

    4. A dotted wrap dress about to become your new wearable BFF. You: "Wardrobe, please meet the newest member of our family... I'll be wearing this every single GNO from now on.",

    Promising review: "I love love love this dress! I also got it in black (with white dots) and I love it too! I got them both for my trip to Nashville and I got so many compliments on it. It’s now my favorite go-to." β€”Kay Pugh

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 11 colors).

    5. A cross-front flutter sleeve dress that is the perfect solid. It's appropriate for any time, any place, any occasion, plus it's basic enough that it'll be ~in style~ for decades to come.

    model wearing the V-neck dark navy blue mini dress

    Get it from Madewell for $24.97 (originally $88, available in sizes XXS-XL)

    6. A bandana print dress I bet you're already envisioning for your next outdoor barbecue-party-of-one. That's right, ~dress~ up for yourself. But maybe take a mirror picture. For Instagram. Just in case.

    model wearing woven cami dress
    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $15 (available in sizes 0X-3X).

    7. A crewneck t-shirt dress you'll basically live in from now until the Year 3000. If one needed to describe the below number in just three words, those three words would be affordable, flowy, and fabulous.


    Promising review: "I was looking for a top to wear with some leggings and this has been perfect!! Long enough to cover my assets and is very comfortable and soft. I love it!" β€”Bkjmom3

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95+ (available in sizes S-XL and in six colors).

    8. A maxi wrap dress available in a gorgeous red hue sure to become the pride of your wardrobe. Prepare to feel fantastique the second your slip this on.

    model wearing red V-neck dress with slit
    Nasty Gal

    Get it from Nasty Gal for $24.30 (originally $54, available in sizes 12-20 and in three colors).

    9. A V-neck mini dress that is equal parts comfy and chic: breezy fabric makes it perfect for hot days (*begins to sweat at the the thought of humidity*), the fun ruffles and pattern are seriously stylish.

    reviewer wearing blue ruffled mini dress

    Promising review: "I wore this to my wedding rehearsal and dinner. I love the ruffles and the loose fit! I originally bought the teal green, but I had to go back and order the other two colors. Plus, this has pockets!" β€”Lg

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in three colors).

    10. A bodycon mini dress for anyone who hates choosing both a top *and* a bottom β€” this is basically just an extension of your favorite tee. Extra brownie points for the slightly longer back, aka you'll be able to walk without having to constantly pull it down.

    reviewer wearing pink dress with denim jacket

    Promising review: "I love this dress. Very comfortable, yet sexy for a night out. You can dress it up with heels or be casual with sandals. It's a perfect fit, great length and a little stretch. I bought it in rose, mint, and navy." β€”Jaye R.

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in sizes S-XL and in seven colors).

    11. A mock-neck maxi dress made from a super soft jersey material β€” so if you want to feel like you're wearing pajamas whilst in public, then you should add this to your shopping cart ASAP.

    model wearing striped high-neck midi dress with slit

    Promising review: "This may become my new favorite dress! It is soft, silky, drapes well, has arm holes that don't show my bra, doesn't wrinkle (hello travel dress!), can be dressed up or down....what more can I say! Great quality and fit." β€”D. Tobin

    Get it from Amazon for $24 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in six colors).

    12. A denim overall dress for anyone who misses their jeans. I personally don’t get it, but this is a summer-approved (and more comfortable version) of your favorite denim.,

    Reviewers suggest going up a size or two for the perfect fit!

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (Available in sizes S-3X and in nine colors).

    13. A sleeved maxi dress with a nifty wrap-around belt, aka your waist will be accentuated and you won't feel as if you're wearing a long, oversized, shapeless tee (a personal frustration of mine).

    reviewer wearing dress in dark blue

    Promising review: "Best dress I've ever owned (besides my wedding dress). It's beautiful, flattering, and now I have to buy more colors. I did size down and it fits so perfectly. Plus, it's super soft and comfortable." β€”Barby Hays

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 15 colors).

    14. A sleeveless dress made from the touch, the feel, the fabric of our lives β€” 100% cotton.

    model wearing camouflage dress

    Promising review: "Great quality and love the fit!! This style is perfect for us taller gals and love that it isn’t as boxy as some T-shirt dresses." β€”Karia

    Get it from Target for $20 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in four colors).

    15. A ruffled dress so gorgeous, I'm pretty sure it inspired the creation of the following emoji: 😍. The affordable price tag is just an added perk.

    reviewer wearing off-shoulder floral maxi dress

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this dress. I have worn it to both a wedding and to a work awards party and got a MILLION compliments on it both times." β€”Heather Whitaker

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in seven colors).

    16. A pleated gingham dress with a lovely A-line silhouette that can easily be adjusted with a waist-cinching belt (ah, the power of a good accessory). Oh, and I should probably mention β€” there are pockets.,

    Promising review: "I LOVE this dress!! The material is so lightweight that it’s perfect for summer, and then the buffalo plaid will also look cute and trendy in fall with a jean jacket! Plus, I LOVE that there are pockets." β€”Theresa St Peter

    Get it from Amazon for $23.89+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in four colors).

    17. A V-neck maxi dress for an easy, breezy, ~doesn't require pants~ outfit you'll want to slip on for and and every occasion. This is comfy enough to lounge in, stylish enough to picnic in. Cue Hannah Montana because 'tis the best of both worlds.

    reviewer wearing maxi dress in black

    Promising review: "This is super comfy and stylish to wear and most importantly, it has POCKETS! This is easy to dress up with a cute hat and accessories. It has a nice soft material without being clingy. This is my new favorite summer dress!" β€”Meredith

    Get it from Amazon for $25.98+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 23 colors).

    18. A cold shoulder maxi dress so trendy, it's practically a requirement to have a photo shoot whilst wearing it. Congratulations on your newest #ootd, now prepare for at least 500K new followers.

    Promising review: "Got this dress to wear in Hawaii! It was beautiful and I felt very comfortable in it, plus it fit great with or without a bra (I decided to go without). Got a lot of compliments on it, the price was great, and I’ll definitely wear it again." β€”Carebear

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in sizes 0X-4X and in 32 colors/styles).

    19. A ruffled cami sundress that's making me want to walk through my garden, and I don't even have a garden! It's got an A-line fit but gentle smocking at the middle, meaning it will cinch (but not pinch at) your waist.

    model wearing the pink floral midi dress

    Get it from Boohoo for $20 (originally $50, available in sizes 12-24).

    20. A simple off-the-shoulder dress with a high-low hem, which means it's slightly longer in the back. Who's going to spend the night fearing that their underwear is saying peek-a-boo? Not you!,

    Promising review: "I purchased this FANTASTIC dress for a masquerade ball. It flows really nicely, is sturdy, and is made with a strong material that does not feel cheap in the slightest. The zipper is also durable and the seams are well-made." β€”JNH

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 10 colors).

    21. A tie-front mini dress that's perfect for grocery store runs, dinner dates, reading a good book in your backyard, etc. In other words β€” this is Versatile with an intentional capital "V".

    model wearing white V-neck mini dress

    Get it from Madewell for $24.97 (originally $98, available in sizes 00-16)

    22. A swing dress destined to be on constant rotation in your summer wardrobe (the poor thing will never get a break). The jersey knit material is super lightweight and the design itself isn't clingy, aka this will really pull through on days where "I'm dripping sweat" doesn't even begin to cover it.

    Promising review: "I bought this dress on a whim because I needed a plain black dress. I spent a few hours at the mall trying to look for something like this before giving up and ordering this one hoping it would be ok. Well, it has surpassed my expectations! This dress is a thick, cottony soft, flowy material, is so flattering, and it does not wrinkle easily." β€”T.Fia

    Get it from Amazon for $20.95+ (available in sizes S-XL and in five colors).

    23. A belted shirt dress so chic, I'd be personally offended if you didn't start a fashion blog immediately after wearing it.

    model wearing the white sleeved mini dress with belt
    Nasty Gal

    Get it from Nasty Gal for $27 (originally $60, available in sizes 12-20 and in two colors).

    24. A halter maxi dress with a smocked bodice, ruffled bottom, an open back worthy of drool, and adjustable back straps that mean a bra may not be necessary (SO LONG, PAINFUL UNDERWIRE). Let's all do this together: *swoon*,

    Promising review: "Absolutely one of the most gorgeous summer dresses I own, and for the price? It's amazing." β€”metta

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 19 colors).

    25. A button-up dress that is truly *chefs kiss* when it comes to fancy-ing up an ensemble β€” without having to sacrifice comfort. Hear ye, hear ye, this V-neck mini is worth the pocket change.

    reviewer wearing black and floral V-neck mini dress

    Promising review: "This is my new favorite dress! The fit is amazing, the length is perfect, and I love that the loops for the buttons are stretchy to allow a little give in the chest area. It’s a very thin, lightweight material perfect for spring and summer, and I definitely recommend washing by hand." β€”Justine

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 43 colors).

    26. A tank maxi dress that is, without a doubt, the perfect basic piece of summer clothing. Get ready to wear this lovely piece of jersey knit all πŸ‘ the πŸ‘ damn πŸ‘ time πŸ‘.

    Reviewer recommend ordering a size down!

    Promising review: "Lately I have been really into maxi dresses for their comfort and convenience. This dress is perfect for the person who needs to get ready in a pinch. I can wear it around the house, grab the mail, throw a T-shirt or sweater over it if I want more modesty to go out, or accessorize for cleaner look. It accentuates the bust and upper waist while hiding the bottom which I like. It’s awesome. I’ve ordered two so far." β€”Joanna

    Get it from Amazon for $18.03+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 10 colors).

    27. A bodycon dress with a delightful porcelain print and *le gasp* pockets, to boot.

    reviewer wears white mini dress with blue pattern of paisley and flowers

    Promising review: "I LOVE this dress! I originally got it in the bright blue and wore it to my boyfriend's law school graduation. Between the dinner, the ceremony, and the after party, I wore this for almost 10 hours and it was super comfortable. I bought the navy blue in a small and plan on wearing it to my best friend's wedding later in the summer, plus I'll be putting this into my regular work rotation under a black blazer." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in six colors).

    28. A smocked mini dress for whenever you're running late, which is pretty much always. Just slip this on, pair it with any shoe, throw your hair into a chic messy bun (emphasis on the messy), and that's it! You're ready.,

    Promising review: "This is a very comfortable off-the-shoulder dress. I took it to Mexico with me and walked along the beach, so it didn't feel too constricting or anything. I have a bigger bottom half so it was comfortable and didn't feel too short when standing." β€”Raina Coleman

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes 0-14 and in six colors).

    29. A halter mini dress available in six gorgeous color and pattern combos. Will you spend the next several hours deciding which color and pattern combo to purchase? Probably. To all the indecisive folks out there, I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

    reviewer wearing leaf-patterned dress

    Promising review: "This dress is beautiful, especially for the price. It's light, comfy, and flowy. I especially like how the back is a little longer so you don't have to worry about flashing people." β€”Trish P.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in six colors).

    30. A cocktail dress so cleverly designed, it deserves a damn award: longer material for your backside means no peek-a-boo surprises when a gust of wind hits. Bless Marilyn Monroe, but I'm not trying to reenact that scene.,

    Promising review: "What can else can I say except I LOVE THIS DRESS?! I haven't had much luck ordering dresses lately, and I had been searching for a cute LBD to wear to a Mardi Gras-themed party with no luck UNTIL THIS DRESS! I went up a size and it fit amazingly. The material itself is thick and amazing and has a BIT of stretch to it, so I didn't even need to use the zipper." β€”Claire Karol

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in sizes S-XL and in eight colors).

    31. A scoop neck swing dress for curling up on the couch with a good book *or* for running errands. The world is truly your oyster with this trusty number.

    reviewer wearing striped mini dress

    Promising review: "So, so comfortable and fits exactly as described. This is definitely my go-to dress when I need something cute and nice looking to throw on quickly. The navy-and-red striped dress is perfect with flip-flops and keeps me nice and cool in the North Carolina heat!" β€”Bebe

    Get it from Amazon for $20 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 14 colors).

    32. A T-shirt dress so ridiculously soft, your body will feel as if it's being enveloped by a fluffy cloud made of kittens and other ridiculously cute baby animals. Plus, this cozy maxi is the perfect thing to dress up or down.,

    Pair this with booties, a leather jacket, and some statement earrings for an outfit that is both trendy and comfy.

    Promising review: "This is SO CUTE! I can’t wait to wear it this this summer. Many have said they used it as a swimsuit cover up, but I will definitely be wearing this as a casual maxi dress! The material is slightly silky and very substantial β€” definitely more substantial than just a cover up. You can even tie up the front into a knot for a cute hi-low look. Just make sure to size up for a more relaxed fit!" β€”Richie P.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.98+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 30 colors).

    33. An off-shoulder tiered maxi dress that I'm pretty sure I'd shed several ~tiers~ over because of how gorgeous it is. Ignore me. I've just chopped a few onions.

    reviewer wearing the white midi dress

    Promising review: "Was thoroughly impressed by this dress. I was considering the same exact one on a popular women’s clothing site but found this one for $40 cheaper. It was comfortable, decent quality, and fit as expected. I wore to a wedding and received many compliments." β€”Tiffany J.

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in seven colors).

    34. A ribbed knit mini dress you'll wear at least one trillion times. The no frills cami design means it'll never go out of style, plus you can layer it with tights, booties, and a jacket for colder months.

    model wearing black mini dress with denim jacket

    Get it from H&M for $12.99 (available in sizes XXS-XL and in two colors).

    35. An A-line midi dress I hereby declare as my "It looks like I tried, but I really didn't" outfit. This cutout one-and-done look polished, semi-fancy, and the breezy material feels divine.,

    Promising review: "I absolutely loved this dress for my trip to Cabo. Received so many compliments on it, the material is good quality, and didn’t wear a bra at all (I wear a 34DD)." β€”Christie B.

    Get it from Amazon for $28.95+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 29 colors).

    36. An off-shoulder maxi dress guaranteed to be the belle of the warm weather ball. Whether wearing it for a casual beach stroll or a family barbecue, everyone will be asking where you got this pretty little number.

    reviewer wearing navy ruffled off-shoulder maxi dress

    Promising review: "Super cute, flattering, and true to size. I like that it can be dressed up or down, although the slit on both sides does give it a more casual appearance. Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase. Love it!" β€”Ali C.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in six colors).

    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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