Wardrobe conundrums happen to the best of us. If you’re anything like our R29 team, dreaming of the perfect outfit isn’t the hard part. No — the problem starts with finding a dress we want to wear while settling on a price our wallets want to pay. As we’ve come to realize, these two factors are rarely mutually exclusive.
As appealing as an expensive dress may be, so is paying your rent, utilities, and cell phone bill on time. If these monthly expenses are painfully pulling from your shopping budget, sometimes it’s just smarter to go for a cheaper alternative to a designer dress.
But, a cheap price tag doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice style. More now than ever, fast fashion retailers are producing major runway trends for the masses. So, that fun and flirty dress you saw in a window on 5th Ave. (with a price tag to match its coveted address) that would be perfect for your birthday dinner might also be found just a few blocks over at a more budget-friendly chain. And, at a cheaper price, you could also pick up a few more dresses for an entire week’s worth of new clothes!
From T-shirt dresses to ball gowns, or whatever your dress needs might be, we’ve got you covered. We understand that not everyone can wear dresses straight off the runway. That’s why we’ve made roundups of our favorite affordable dresses to fit the tightest budget and the strictest of occasions while still being completely on-trend. Low price tags don’t mean that pieces have to be low on style.
If you’re a fashion-lover and want to your dress to be the talk of the night (or your brunch crew), check back here for our recommendations for what styles to buy — without breaking the bank.