My best friend and I were just lamenting how you can’t find a cute summer dress for under $300. While it’s true that so many of the dresses I’m loving right now are $500-plus (and if I’m lucky, they drop down to $300 something on sale), I hate spending that much on summer dresses.
The fact is, I like to buy new dresses every summer. There are always so many options, lots of fun events to wear them to, and it’s hard to resist breezy sundresses and beach dresses, ya know? Plus, I get a ton of use out of my summer dresses (and even try to stretch them into the fall and winter months with some smart layering), so I’m either sick of them by the following year or they’ve seen better days. And there’s the fact that they have to endure NYC subway rides, ice cream dates with a toddler, beach and pool parties, barbecues (and lots of ketchup and rose) and all of that. Bottom line: I don’t love to spend a ton on summer dresses because I hate having to worry that I’ll ruin them when I’m trying to have fun.
So I made it my personal mission this week to find a bunch of cute summer dresses for under $300 and I am sharing them here. Many are even under $100, because I firmly believe you don’t have to spend a fortune to look amazing, and you shouldn’t have to worry about whether your dry cleaner can get that ketchup stain out of your dress.
On me: Dress (now on sale for under $300!); Shoes (old Ancient Greek but similar here and here for under $60)
My Favorite Summer Dresses Under $300:
This zebra striped midi dress is so chic and under $20!
This under $80 white linen maxi dress is the perfect option for balmy summer nights, afternoon bbqs or pool parties, and can be paired with a blazer for work.
This under $60 striped maxi dress is everything I want to be wearing this summer.
I love this blue and white maxi dress. It makes me feel like I’m ready to sail the Greek isles and it’s under $60!
I would wear this eyelet dress everywhere if I wasn’t pregs.
This pretty white dress reminds me of the LoveShackFancy ones that I love but for half the price.
Ok, this gorgeous dress is really expensive for J.Crew but I am in love and it’s the perfect statement dress for summer. I’d wear it to weddings and parties as well as work.
Such a fun, chic sheath.
I also love the maxi version for a party or wedding.
This off the shoulder dress is gorgeous and on sale for under $200.
I have been dreaming of this dress forever and wish I had a wedding to wear it to. It’s under $200 so I may just buy for a future wedding or party.
On sale for under $300 and I would wear year-round.
This floral number is on sale and a major steal at this price.
At $200, this dress is too cute not to buy. You’ll wear it everywhere this summer.
This mint green dress has been on my wish list for awhile now and since it’s on sale for under $300, I may just grab it and save it for after the baby.
The perfect beach dress.
I’ve been eyeing this ruffled number forever and now it’s on sale for under $250. Sadly, it won’t fit my bump.