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15 Must-Have Dresses This Season Under $99

May 08, 2018

15 Must-Have Dresses This Season Under $99

With the arrival of Spring and Summer on the horizon, warm weather has our thoughts turning to pretty spring dresses. After all, what better way to feel great and beat the heat than with a fun, flirty new spring dress?

Here’s the deal though, spring dresses need to meet a few requirements. First of all, they’ve got to be affordable. Secondly, they need to be comfortable! When the weather’s warming up, no woman wants to wear a restrictive, tight or stiff dress. You want a dress that basically feels like a t-shirt and yoga pants but still looks chic and pulled together.

Last, but not least, you need dresses on-trend. When you treat yourself (and girl, you’ve GOT to treat yourself once in a while), it may mean buying one or two key pieces to really speak to the season. And for this season, it’s all about comfy dresses with unique details, fun floral prints and bright bold colors. These dresses look perfectly polished for work or a special occasion, but they’re still casual enough to throw on with sandals and a denim jacket for brunch.

Here are 15 totally amazing dresses to fit the bill and your bod! Best of all, they’re ALL under $99! Get ready to get your shop on!

1.    UO Blaze High-Neck Maxi Dress from Urban Outfitters

Why this spring dress is great: This maxi dress comes in bright, sunny yellow solid or a beautiful green and blue floral print. Maxi dresses are perfect spring fashion because they’re so comfortable and give a little leg coverage if the weather turns chilly. This dress would look awesome with a pair of bright slides and big, bold jewelry. I would also love it with a leather moto jacket to add a little edge.

2.    Chelsea 28 Ruffle Wrap Dress from Nordstrom

Why this spring dress is perfect for every bod: If you haven’t discovered the miracle of the wrap dress, you MUST check it out, stat. Wrap dresses are easy, comfy and soooo flattering. They instantly slim your waist and add great shape. This darling little ruffle number comes in green, red or navy floral and is perfect for a dinner, work or an outdoor wedding. I’d love to see it with a pair of red sandals to pop those red flowers!

3.    Soft Spun Midi T-Shirt Dress with Twist Knot Detail from GAP

Why this spring dress is going to be your favorite: T-shirt dresses are everywhere this season. This simple dress falls on the casual side of the spectrum, but the twist knot detail accentuates your waist and looks more interesting than a basic t-shirt dress (yet, still ultra-easy). Dress up this soft frock just like you would do with your favorite tee: add heals, fun jewelry or a blazer for a perfectly office-appropriate look.

 

4.    Ruched-Waist Dress in Neon Floral from J. Crew

Why this dress is sassy and sweet: First of all, neon floral! Yes! I love the idea of styling this sweet floral dress with a contrast strip sweater or doing a little pattern mixing. When you wear a fun bright dress it’s tempting to play it safe, but I know you’re ready to get bold, right? Go for it with bright sandals, texture or even layering with other floral prints.

5.     Michael Stars Surplice Dress from Anthropologie

Why this dress will go from day to night: Michael Stars began as a t-shirt designer (Represent!) and is well known for comfy, easy basics. This dress is no exception, but the cut with a subtle wrap style and shoulder-flattering tank sleeves elevate it beyond basic. This dress comes in light red, green and dark grey. Who knows? After you buy one you may love it so much you’ll want all three colors! No shame in the buying multiple game.

6.    Carine Striped Dress from Anthropologie

Why this dress flatters: Vertical stripes elongate the body and look terrific on any figure. This dress is a simple design, but I love how well it layers! Wear it over a t-shirt for a pinafore-style look (super of-the-moment), throw it on over leggings or skinnies. Mix it up with floral patterns, under a blazer or jacket. The navy stripe in this dress looks great with everything!

7.    Citrus Tie Shoulder Midi Sundress from Top Shop at Nordstrom

Why this dress will let you own the room: Everyone needs a bright, bold dress. You know, the type of dress that turns heads whenever you wear it? This dress has a beautiful cut and an airy quality that flows and skims over the body (making it feel relaxed, even though it looks dressed-up). Add a cropped denim jacket and kitten heals to be the center of attention. Own it!

8.    Edie Floral Faux Wrap Dress from Bardot at Nordstrom

Why this dress is HOT, HOT, HOT: It’s not just the tamale red color that makes this little floral dress flattering and flirtatious. Pair this dress with a pair of killer heals to make your legs go on for days and look like a million bucks. The faux-wrap V-neck makes it sweet and sexy. You will feel like a firecracker in this dress. Boom!

9.    UO Betsey Embroidered Halter Midi Dress from Urban Outfitters

Why this dress is an instant classic: Ready to channel your inner Marylyn Monroe? This Betsey Embroidered Halter dress brings sexy back with a darker version of the classic white Marylyn halter. The retro-inspired floral embroidery keeps this look fresh and spring-appropriate even in black. I love love love the chunky sandals this dress is styled with. It would look equally great with a pair of platform wedges too. Add a light jacket or wrap and you’ll feel as pretty as a pinup girl.

10. Donna Maxi Dress from Free People

Why this dress will give you wanderlust: This is one of those dresses that’s perfect for a travel day-into-evening on the town. It comes in a drop-dead-gorgeous cherry red, a Tuscan sunflower and white. This dress would look spectacular with a range of spring accessories—espadrilles, an oversized wicker bag, some shades or a sunhat. You will feel totally primed for wherever your next adventure takes you in this frock.

11. V-Neck Sheath Dress in Lemon Jacquard from J. Crew

Why this dress will give you a sunny outlook: Ready to turn lemons into lemonade? It’s nearly impossible to feel sour when you’re wearing a bright, fruity pattern. The cute lemon print looks playful on this simple V-neck sheath dress, but it’s sophisticated enough you could sport this at the office or even during a cocktail hour. Add a cute pair of sandals and a shrunken cardigan for a sunny springtime look.

 

12. So Easy Knit Mini Dress by Free People

Why this is a perfect Saturday dress: Seeking a sporty, easy look that still feels sexy? This knit mini dress is a weekender’s dream. You’ll be ready for brunch, shopping, errands or just chillin’ outside and soaking up the beautiful spring weather. This dress comes in a light or dark stripe and it will end up being your favorite to throw on, whip your hair into a messy bun and go! Oh—and did I mention you could easily pair this one with flipflops or sneakers? Yep.

13. Floral Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress from Express

Why this dress will make you feel like a goddess: There’s something so womanly about flowy, floral maxi dresses. They’re everywhere this season and ready to wear. This dress is feminine and beautiful but super low-maintenance (like your best pal in dress form). Wear this lovely creation with strappy sandals to complete the commanding look.

14. Square Neck Pephem Midi Dress from ASOS Design

Why this dress is perfect for parties: Hello frills! This dress has the cutest square neckline with playful frill trim that will have you feeling super girly. Speaking of super woman, there are so many bright, “super hero colors” on the palette right now. Primary hues like red, blue and yellow are HUGE and ultra-popular this season. Don’t miss out on the trend in this pretty super cobalt blue dress.

15. Button Front Denim Dress by BB Dakota from Nordstrom

Why this dress is totally of-the-moment: Jumpers, jumpsuits and overalls are everywhere right now. Pinafore-style jumper dresses are easy to wear, playful and fun. This dress in classic denim is perfect if you’re ready to jump in! I love denim for its versatility—wear this dress with sandals, dress it down with flip flops or dress it up with heals. Like jeans, it goes with practically anything!

I hope this list has given you a little spring style inspo! Dressing up will get you ready to take on the world. Plus, at under $99 each, you can rock any of these frocks on a budget. You’ll look ultra-stylish and still have money to play! So get out there and cool your spring fever with these awesome spring dresses!

 





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