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    30 Dresses From Inexpensive Stores People Will Probably Think You Got Somewhere Super Fancy

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    1. A long-sleeved velvet beauty sure to have you feeling like a princess — correction — a queen.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I wore this beautiful royal blue velvet dress for New Year's Eve and got so many compliments from complete strangers! I had one woman say to me, 'Your dress is so beautiful, I can't stop staring at it.' Another young man broke away from his group to tell me, 'beautiful dress.' The arms were a little tight, but otherwise it fit nicely. The material is heavy, like you'd expect velvet to be. It came to my ankles and I'm 5'6", so it might be long on shorter people. The material is stretchy, so I didn't have any trouble in the bust where I usually have difficulty with dresses. I was very comfortable all night. I tend to get warm, so I was worried about the long sleeves, but I never felt overheated wearing this. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a knockout dress that's comfortable and priced right!" —Liz M.

    Get it from Amazon for $44.80 (available in sizes S-XXL and in six colors).

    2. A knockout embellished mini so you can wear your style on your sleeve — it'll be ~sheer~ perfection.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This was in a BuzzFeed article and I thought I’d give it try. OMG, I’m so glad I did! I wear a pant size 10 and the medium fits perfectly. I got the blue and it’s definitely more of a navy. It’s beautiful." —Ray

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 14 designs).

    3. A sleek and on-trend faux leather puff-sleeve mini dress that'd look soooo badass with fishnet tights and booties.

    A model wearing the short-sleeve dress with dart details on the bodice in tan
    Forever 21

    As someone who doesn't wear leather for ethical reasons, I'm OBSESSED with the huge faux leather trend for fall. It feels like every brand I see these days, from affordable ones to splurge-worthy labels, is cutting jackets, dresses, skirts, and more in the more animal-friendly material.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $38 (available in sizes S-L and in two colors).

    4. A strappy-back dress over 1,800 reviewers love for helping them look classy even if they're ~strapped~ for cash.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I purchased this dress for a wedding. I was a little nervous about the low back; I can’t/won’t go without a bra and pasties don’t work for me. I was happy to see that the straps were adjustable, so my strapless bra worked perfectly with it. I got tons of compliments all night, and who doesn’t love a dress with pockets? The fabric is stretchy so you have a little wiggle room on the size." —Mandee

    Get it from Amazon for $35.92 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 34 colors and prints).

    5. An elegantly embroidered fit-and-flare dress you're sure to get sew many compliments on.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This dress looks like it came from a high-end boutique. The fabric, stitching, and cut are all way above this dress's price point. The bust measurement is the most critical thing to get right when deciding which size to purchase. The dress is has give at the waist and hip. If you have a 36" bust measurement, the size 6 will be too snug. The way the dress hangs and the quality of the workmanship and fabric truly make you look like you spent several hundred dollars on it." —MoxieLoxie

    Get it from Amazon for $59.98 (available in sizes S-XXL).

    6. A tiered floral midi dress, which'll probably have you crying ~tiers~ of joy when you realize you don't have to abandon floral frocks even now that it's chilly out.

    A model wearing the black and white long sleeve dress
    Old Navy

    Promising review: "Must have! Great dress for cooler days and nights. Fabric allows dress to flow softly as you move. Old Navy gets it right with pockets!" —Elizabeth Ohio

    Get it from Old Navy for $44.99 (available in sizes XS-XXL regular and S-XXL tall and in two prints). Find a similar version in plus sizes here.

    7. A swingy laser cut fit-and-flare number for anyone who believes in twirl power.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Reviewers say it runs true to the size chart!

    Promising review: "I fell in love with this dress the moment I put it on. The material is lightweight and the stitching and pattern are perfect. I'm 5'2" and 150 lbs and a a size 36DD, and I purchased a large. It's not tight in the bust or arms." —Kandy & Josh Turner

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in seven colors).

    8. A professional-looking tweed shift dress reminiscent of pieces by a fancy designer that rhymes with Schmanel — for a teeny tiny fraction of the price.

    A reviewer wearing the gray and white tweed short sleeve mini dress
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "So cute — I get so many compliments on this! Even friends ask to borrow it! Works great by itself or with a blazer. Only complaint is that it could be a little longer, as sizing up would make it baggy. Great for winter or summer and the pockets are perfect!" —Virginia Redgate

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99 (available in sizes XS-XL and in four styles).

    9. A pretty patterned sheath you'll actually look forward to wearing this week. And if someone mistakes you for the boss? I wouldn't be surprised.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    You are a boss, after all. Psst...some reviewers recommend sizing up.

    Promising review: "I love this dress! I got compliments on it all day. My students could've sworn it was a $50 dress, and it's comfy to boot! It also goes past my knee, so it's a great length. I'm in love!" —Luke Brenneman

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in four styles).

    10. A lace fit-and-flare that could easily pass as something from a hip designer label.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "It's a gorgeous dress!!!!! I wore a bra but no Spanx — didn't need them. The quality is great! There's a stretchy, knit band sewn in the back that acts like a belt for more of a form-fitting fit. It's really comfortable and the zipper is substantial. I might buy it in navy too." —Madison Ave Kids

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in eight styles).

    11. A red-hot fit-and-flare dress you can pair with high heels and imagine yourself as the hottie Nick Jonas was crooning about in "Burnin' Up."

    A model wearing the long-sleeve red dress with a triangular cutout at the neck and twist detail at the waist
    Maurice's

    I mean, check yourself out — Nick J. wouldn't be able to handle it.

    Get it from Maurice's for $39.90 (available in sizes XS-XXL).

    12. A chic deconstructed shirt dress here to prove pinstripes aren't just for work, but also for play.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Super cute! I love the buttons on the sleeve and the down the side of the dress. You can wear it with heels, booties, or flats. It's a really light fabric, but not see-through. It has two belt loops and a matching belt. It's perfect for a date or just a casual day out. I love it!" —chelsea

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in sizes 4/6-12).

    13. A ruffle sleeved-skater that'd be fab on its own but extra glamorous paired with a statement necklace.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "OMG! This is like the best dress I've ever purchased. The style, the material, the design, and the way it hugs my figure is to die for. I cannot believe how cheap this dress was. I purchased the teal green and the dark pink, then ordered the royal blue one. This is now my favorite dress. I can't wait until my hubby sees me in it . We might never make it to dinner, lol. 😆" —Brooke S

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 19 colors and prints).

    14. A cozy patterned turtleneck sweater dress, which...wait, do you hear that? I think that's the sound of this number screaming "Cozy, but make it fashion."

    Target

    Get it from Target for $39.99 (available in sizes XS-4X and in three patterns).

    15. A lavender sequined cami dress that may look formal, but I am drooling at the thought of it layered over a tee and paired with combat boots.

    A model wearing the mini dress
    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $34.99 (available in sizes 0X-3X and in straight sizes here).

    16. A high fashion striped number with cool bell sleeves more dramatic than an episode of Degrassi.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    (Side note, who else really misses Degrassi?)

    Promising review: "I wore this 👗 to church. Got sooooo much attention. Even some flirts. It wears very well, comfortable, sleek and the sleeves make it sexy. A must have." —PATRICIA WILSON

    Get it from Amazon for $22+ (available in sizes 14-24 and in five colors).

    17. A mermaid-inspired sequined mini that definitely needs to be part of your world.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This dress is amazing, and for the price it's a must-have. I wore it to a wedding and received so many compliments, it was ridiculous. In my opinion it fits true to size." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in nine colors).

    18. A neon mesh bodycon so bold and trendy, orange you able to imagine it in the closet of your fave celeb or influencer?

    A model wearing the sheer orange long-sleeve dress, which hits at the knee
    Kloset Envy

    This beauty is from an LA-based, Black woman-owned business!

    Get it from Kloset Envy for $66 (available in sizes XS-L and in blue here).

    19. An affordable and classic wrap dress that's just as chic and versatile as the designer alternative.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I have the DVF wrap dress, which I love, and it cost me four times what this one cost. I love this just as well and it's actually more flattering. I think this would flatter any figure. It is well-made and looks great. Super price — you can't go wrong ordering this one!" —Coco L

    Get it from Amazon for $40 (available in sizes XS-XL and in 16 colors and prints).

    20. A stellar sequined gown to have you shining bright like a diamond (even if the baubles you pair it with are just costume jewels).

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "When I first saw this dress I couldn't believe it was so inexpensive. I almost thought it was too good to be true. I ordered the rose gold and it blew me away. This dress easily looks about $200-$300 with the beautiful sequins and overall style. I'm fairly curvy and it fit amazingly." —bellaxo

    Get it from Amazon for $56.99 (available in sizes 2-22 and in 32 styles, including one-shoulder and shorter versions).

    21. An embroidered velvet tunic dress just perfect for pairing with your favorite boots. I have a good feeling they're gonna be BFFs.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Super comfy. It's very good quality, which surprised me. It's one of the hidden gems of Amazon. I ordered the biggest size they had as I thought it might run small, but I definitely could've gotten away with my true size. Regardless, it's roomy and very warm." —Brooke B

    Get it from Amazon for $23.98+ (available in sizes S-4XL and in five styles).

    22. A paw-lished leopard sweater dress here to prove cozy and classy can coexist in one garment.

    A model wearing the long-sleeved mini dress
    J. Crew Factory

    It's machine washable!

    Get it from J. Crew Factory for $59.50 (available in sizes XXS-3X).

    23. A 1920s-inspired beaded cocktail dress that'll have you looking and feeling greater than Gatsby — even if there are no mansion parties on your cal for a while. I fully support you being extra and wearing this to a Zoom happy hour.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I cannot write enough praise about this dress! I ordered it on a Thursday for a '20s-themed wedding I had on Sunday and was STRESSED the whole time about it fitting because I had no backup plan! It arrived in time and FIT PERFECTLY! It's absolutely gorgeous. The beading and detail truly exceeded my expectations for the price. I got so many compliments all night. Highly recommend!!!" —Alexandria Segura

    Get it from Amazon for $42.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in eight colors).

    24. A fashion-forward, high-low plaid shirtdress sure to make your old favorite flannel jealous.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I’m living this shirt dress. The plaid is adorable and the fit is too cute. I love the sash tie and the whole look of it. Only thing I would recommend is wearing some shorts underneath. This is overall a cute fit and very comfortable." —Callie

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 11 colors).

    25. A ribbed turtleneck bodycon beauty bound to become your new favorite LBD without forcing you to ~shell~ out a ton of dough.

    A model in the knee-length long sleeve black dress
    Lilly's Kloset

    It's from a Black woman-owned business!

    Get it from Lilly's Kloset for $44 (available in sizes S-L).

    26. A sequined lace gown with a comfy, stretchy bodice, because it's 2020 and formal dresses shouldn't be uncomfortable anymore!!!! Especially since we're most likely wearing them on our couch during a Disney+ marathon, pretending to be a princess!!!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "There are no words to describe how beautiful this dress is! Don't think about it! Just get it! The quality is unbelievable for the price — I am speechless! I needed an elegant dress and this was perfect. I kept getting compliments all night long. I'm extremely satisfied with this purchase!" —Jessica Martin

    Get it from Amazon for $53.99 (available in sizes 14-26 and in three colors).

    27. A wide-striped ribbed sweaterdress here to prove that cold days don't have to mean giving up on looking stylish.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Some reviewers say it runs a bit big!

    Promising review: "This dress looks and fits exactly like the picture! It's gorgeous. It's a thick, heavier knit. I'm 5'10" and 160 lbs. I got the medium and it's perfect. It hangs just right. This dress is worth the price." —Reddragon

    Get it from Amazon for $69.50 (available in sizes XS-XL and in two prints).

    28. A sparkling art deco-inspired skater dress, because a little glitter can make things just a little less bitter.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I got multiple compliments on this dress. It's very comfortable and cute! I have a larger chest and ended up wearing it without a bra anyway because it really wasn't noticeable in the black." —Alaina Nettro

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in sizes S-XL and in three colors).

    29. A boho shift with a fun metallic pattern and a versatile shape, so you'll be ~golden~ from day to night.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This sweet dress is totally on-trend, with the ruffles, drape, and floral motif. Very pretty! Love the fabric. The shoulders and sleeves are sheer; the bodice is lined. The length is on the short side, and it works great with opaque tights and booties. It can even work over leggings, or bare-legged with some strappy heels." —Oliver DeMille, TJEd

    Get it from Amazon for $25.39+ (available in sizes 0-16).

    30. A posh and polished blazer dress that's giving me major "Julia Roberts working an office job in a '90s rom com" vibes and I am very much here for it.

    A model wearing the long sleeve double breasted mini dress with a tie belt in gray
    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $35 (available in sizes S-L and in two colors).

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    Disney

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

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