The Cutest Summer Dresses for Under $100

Budget buys never looked so beautiful!

The income can't come quick enough with a new season shop, but rather than spend it all at once, we're shopping smart, and bringing you Stylizen's pick of the best 12 dresses for under $100.

29 Feb 2016 By Emma-Charlotte Bangay

Well, that was fun. But now that summer is soon to shut up shop for another year, we can’t help but ponder what it’s taken out of us – physically, aesthetically (is your skin dry as well?) and financially! All those soirees, new season’s styles and well, sunscreen! It adds up. So coming into autumn, we at Stylizen are going to do our darndest to tighten the financial belts. Yes, we’re going to budget on our buys. At least today. So in the argument for more affordable fashion, we’ve put our heads down and found the best dresses for every penny-pinching sister out there.

We stand united in our quest for the under $100 dress!

The Party Dress

One thing a party dress has to do is stand out in the crowd. But that kind of impact doesn’t have to come with a price. The best party dresses are those that capture the effervescence of the event, yet remain simple and shimmy-friendly. This one ticks all the party boxes, don’t you think?

14 Dresses for Every Occasion For Under $100: AW16 - Portmans Strapless Crochet Trim Maxi Dress

Strapless Crochet Trim Maxi Dress, $99.95 now $49.95 – available at Portmans.

The Maxi Dress

Spare change is all that stands between you and the most romantic maxi dress you could ever dream of. Floaty and feminine, you can take your summer self into the autumn months for under $20. Now that’s what I call maximum dress for minimum spend!

 

14 Dresses for Every Occasion For Under $100: AW16 - Style London Ditsy Maxi Dress with Cape Detail

Style London Ditsy Maxi Dress with Cape Detail, $91 now $15 – available at ASOS.

The LBD

There is something so timeless about the LBD. It’s the go-to, fail-safe, one style fits all dress every woman should own. Admittedly, there are many shapes and sizes of this style, but for 2016, we love the lace elements of this bargain buy!

14 Dresses for Every Occasion For Under $100: AW16 - Violetta V-Neck Lace Dress

Violetta V-Neck Lace Dress, $69.95 – available at Dotti.

The Season Stripe Dress

Stripes are still a trend on everyone’s lips and hips. It’s edgy and urban, timeless and on-trend. Perfect for the colder climates teamed back with some ankle boots and a swing coat, this print style is ideally suited for office or off-duty.

14 Dresses for Every Occasion For Under $100: AW16 - All About Eve Runaway Dress

All About Eve Runaway Dress, $79.95 now $50 – available at Universal Store.

The Weekend Dress

Sometimes, a dress doesn’t have to be ‘dressy’ at all. But it must be soft, comfortable and able to take you on Saturday or Sunday in style. That’s why we can’t go past this dress which brings it’s A-Game in street cred and cuteness.

14 Dresses for Every Occasion For Under $100: AW16 - Boohoo Lace Up Jersey Jumper Dress

Boohoo Lace Up Jersey Jumper Dress, $30 – available at ASOS.

The Swing Dress

The big winner of the worldwide dress stage has been the high-neck swing dress. Hugging in all the right places – to elongate the neck and accentuate the shoulders – it also covers all manner of sins! Team it with a super cute hat and a cross-body bag to take it from simple to sassy in seconds.

14 Dresses for Every Occasion For Under $100: AW16 - Tara High Neck Sleeveless Swing Dress

Tara High Neck Sleeveless Swing Dress, $16 – available at boohoo.

The Cape Dress

Nothing says chic-meets-street like a sexy cape dress. Skin may be front and centre, but the silhouette is all class. Go for a statement-making shade to am up the appeal, without paying the price tag to reflect it!

14 Dresses for Every Occasion For Under $100: AW16 - Nasty Gal Sweetest Cape Off-The-Shoulder Dress

Nasty Gal Sweetest Cape Off-The-Shoulder Dress, $82 – available at Nasty Gal.

The Denim Dress

Let’s just put it on the table. You’re kidding yourself if you think you can get through autumn and winter without a denim dress. It’s just not going to happen. So grab one for a steal right this second, that ensures a perfect match with autumn coats, winter tights and beyond.

14 Dresses for Every Occasion For Under $100: AW16 - The Fifth Label Downtown Dress

The Fifth Label Downtown Dress, $90 – available at Princess Polly.

The Work Dress

Gone are the days when 9-5 meant boring, scratchy dresses. These days, the rulebook has been rewritten when it comes to office attire. And we love it. Reinvent the career-girl dress code with a chic shirt dress in a trans-seasonally tried-and-true tone.

14 Dresses for Every Occasion For Under $100: AW16 - Sasha Denim Shirt Dress

Sasha Denim Shirt Dress, $79.99 – available at Forever New.

The Last-Minute Dress

There is always an event where you have nothing to wear, right? Well, that may be about to change with this last-minute design that is universally flattering – even if you aren’t feeling it – and is equally perfect worn with trainers for casual affairs, or teamed with a belt, heels and blazer for after 5.

14 Dresses for Every Occasion For Under $100: AW16 - Boohoo Plus Hanky Hem Swing Dress

Boohoo Plus Hanky Hem Swing Dress, $26 – available at ASOS.

The Shift Dress

When is a figure-hugging dress not a figure-hugging dress? When it’s a modern-day shift dress to be worn alone – with a little extra wiggle room – or over autumn’s best accessories. Go for a paneled approach to up the ante on detail and design.

14 Dresses for Every Occasion For Under $100: AW16 - Finders Keepers Sweet Nothing Dress

Finders Keepers Sweet Nothing Dress, approx. $229 now $55 – available at Pixie Market.

The Event Dress

Nothing says sophistication and sexiness like satin, so when a wedding, cocktail party, anniversary or date night calls for it, slip into something more comfortable – and affordable!

14 Dresses for Every Occasion For Under $100: AW16 - Ravie Satin Dress by HD in Paris

Ravie Satin Dress by HD in Paris, approx. $69 – available at Anthropologie.

Which dress are you dying to slip into this season? Are you as amazed as us about all the great budget buys?


29 Feb 2016 By Emma-Charlotte Bangay

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