When it comes to curating our closets, we talk a lot about investment pieces and budgeting for a well-rounded wardrobe. While this is effective in the long-run, the changing seasons and consistent wave of trends add a temptation to buy, buy, buy. Luckily, spring’s most stylish dresses are (surprisingly) accessible — seriously, you don’t have to spend more than $150 to get your hands on some of the season’s coolest pieces.
Gingham and leopard are still the reigning champions as far as prints go, but this spring, look for businesslike belts and ladylike smocking as subtle details that make a big difference. And groundbreaking florals? Yeah, they’re still very much a thing. So, for all of the mini, midi, and maxi dresses that won’t drain your bank account, click ahead. With all of that extra cash, you’ll be able to reclaim those rooftop happy hour cocktails and stay on-trend.
Fashion Your Seatbelts
Chic dresses come with belts this season, and we like it. And this is not your standard wispy dress tie, either — it’s a belt that means waist-cinching business.
Lulus Striped Midi Shirt Dress, $46, available at Lulus
Checks Gone Wild
From plaids to ginghams to checks, we’re seeing all kinds of picnic-inspired prints this season. Look for every color except your standard Dorothy-in- Wizard-Of-Oz- blue.
Farrow Valerie Plaid Tie-Back Dress, $138, available at Need Supply
Making a Smockery
Feminine smocking is alive and well this spring, and we can see why — it’s a detail that tends to flatter the girls, no matter their size or position.
Faithfull the Brand Marni shirred floral-print crepe mini dress, $150, available at Net-A-Porter
The Animal Kingdom
We’ve probably shown you all of the standard leopard print the internet has to offer, but have we discussed remixed leopard? Injecting the standard animal print with new, not-found-in-nature colors, this new animal skins are pumping up the volume for summer.
H&M Shirt Dress, $34.99, available at H&M
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