The countdown until Memorial Day—and months of warm, sundress-friendly weather that will follow—is officially on. (Officially 19 days to go, not that we’re counting). After spending weeks, nay months, battling with multiple layers (yes, plural!), it’s finally time to start thinking about lighter, prettier, summer-friendly threads.
Normally, when it comes to building out a new season wardrobe, we talk a lot about which designer pieces are worth investing in. Sure, you’re always going to wear a beautiful, spendy leather jacket to death, but when it comes to dresses, there’s really no need to drain your bank account. Luckily, some of the season’s biggest trends are ultra affordable right now and you can pickup midi wrap dresses, little lace numbers, millennial pink pleats, sweeping maxi dresses, cute little gingham styles, and more of spring and summer’s reigning trends right now for under $100. In fact, we found some expensive-looking frocks for as little as $50.
Right now gingham, stripes, and millennial pink are poised to be some of the season’s most worn trends, while details small ties or cutouts at the waist or back and loose belts are also making a star appearance. As for florals, lace, polka dots, ruffles, and off-the-shoulder shapes? Yeah, they’re definitely still enduring. Mini, midi, and maxi hemlines are all enjoying a moment—just pick the length that works for you.
For a few of our favorite summer dresses that you won’t have to fork out half your monthly rent budget to own, click ahead. Pocket the leftover cash, and put it towards your next summer vacation instead.