Here’s what happens when I try to “budget shop”: I see tons of gorgeous summer dresses that are way out of my price range. Then I find one measly dress that looks like it’s been sitting on the sale rack since 1960. But hey, it’s cheap and cute enough, so I’ll take it.
Sigh, why wasn’t I born as a celebrity? It would be way easier for me to blow my entire savings on clothes if I could afford it. Thanks, life. But seriously, shouldn’t it be illegal to be this hard to find a gorgeous summer dress for a bargain? It’s simple: I want a dress, and I don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on one.
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I’m done with walking out of every store empty-handed (after frantically flipping through the racks to find the cheapest dress they have, trying to ignore the evil stares from the workers). So I decided to talk to fashion stylist Stephanie Prommer to help me find 12 perfect-for-summer dresses that are both cute and affordable.
Get this — all of these dresses are under $100. Some are even under $10. Prommer helped us break it down into price ranges, so you can literally find the best dress in your budget. Awesome, right?
And if you’ve never seen dresses this cute and cheap before, that’s probably because you’re looking in all of the wrong places. Prommer recommends shopping at stores like Target, H&M, Old Navy, Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe for cheap dresses. Then, instead of blowing all of your savings on one dress, you can use that money to buy two or three dresses from this gallery. Plus, they can be re-worn next summer too … so worth it.