You Need These 5 Summer Dresses — and They’re All Less Than $50

The temperatures have risen, and we know you’re itching to start adding new pieces to your summer wardrobe. Fortunately for you, updating your seasonal closet just got a lot more affordable. We’ve compiled our favorite inexpensive dresses you can start shopping for now. The best part is, while these dresses all cost less than $50, they look far more high-end. Read on to see which gorgeous dresses will become your new summer staples without breaking the bank.

1. BP. Off-the-Shoulder Shift Dress

Off the Shoulder Shift Dress

Shift dress | Nordstrom

It’s universally known that there’s no better time to wear coral than in summer. One coral number that’s captured our attention is BP.’s trendy Off-the-Shoulder Shift Dress. This sweet piece is so chic you’d never guess it’s also extremely affordable. Though the cut is simple, the flared, short sleeves and strapless neckline keep it from looking plain.

2. Knox Rose Lace V-Neckline Empire Dress

Knox Rose Lace V-Neckline Empire Dress

Empire dress | Target

Little black dresses are to date night what flowing white dresses are to summer. To see what we’re talking about, check out the Knox Rose Lace V-Neckline Empire Dress. This fresh and feminine dress completely embodies summer style. It’s ideal for anyone looking to channel a laid-back, bohemian vibe. Just throw on your favorite cross-body and strappy sandals for a cool and casual July outfit.

3. Land’s End Short Sleeve Tunic Dress

Short Sleeve Tunic Dress

Land’s End dress | Land’s End

We bet artistic types will swoon for the Land’s End Short Sleeve Tunic Dress. Its minimalist shape and elongated back hem make it perfect for running weekend errands. Pair it with a silk scarf and an oversized tote for Sunday brunch and a visit to your local farmers market. If you plan on being active, a great aspect of chambray is that it’s dark enough to hide sweat stains. 

4. LUSH Olivia Wrap Dress

LUSH Olivia Wrap Dress

Wrap dress | Nordstrom

No matter how sweet and feminine a dress’s design is, it’s not going to make a good fit for summer if it isn’t made of a comfortably lightweight material. Fortunately, LUSH’s Olivia Wrap Dress manages to combine both style and breezy fabric. This flattering dress will never weigh you down or stick to your body on hot days. As a lucky bonus, it comes in six lovely colors.

5. Francesca’s Chantale Knit Wrap Dress

Chantale Knit Wrap Dress

Wrap dress | Francesca’s

Believe it or not, having the summer blues makes us extremely happy — at least when it comes to fashion. Francesca’s Chantale Knit Wrap Dress is a stunning, no-fuss dress that can be worn for just about any summer occasion. Whether you’re a bridesmaid or a guest, we picture this navy number working perfectly at your next summer wedding.