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Top 10 Affordable Trending Dresses

Chic Dresses Don't Have To Break The Bank, And This Edit Is Proof

Chic Dresses Don't Have To Break The Bank, And This Edit Is Proof

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Staying on-trend and on budget is tough, to say the least. The temptation to update your wardrobe every time you spot a new trend is hard not to give into, but rest assured—there's a way to have your cake and eat it too. You see, a chic wardrobe doesn't have to break the bank. Fast-fashion retailers have quickly become experts on designing au courant, affordable options that look much more expensive than they actually are. Finding dresses that are both cute and wallet-friendly is a tough job, but fret not, because we've already done it for you. Whether you're headed to the office or simply refreshing your wardrobe for spring, there's something for you on this list.

How We Found The Best Affordable Trending Dresses

With the help of our unique algorithm, we rounded up a list of the Top 10 affordable trending dresses you can add to your cart right now. The picks on this list all ring up under $70 and come in a range of styles that work for multiple occasions and spaces. Whether you're on the hunt for something sweet and puff-sleeved or a work-appropriate A-line option, the dresses ahead will leave you (and your bank account) feeling good.

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February 1, 2021

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The Rankings

Old Navy Waist-Defined Split-Neck Tiered-Hem Dress
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Old Navy Waist-Defined Split-Neck Tiered-Hem Dress


LOVED FOR: This smocked-waist dress is so chic and so comfy. Don't be surprised when you find yourself reaching for it on the daily.

USERS SAID: "I bought this dress in black because I just can't have enough cute black dresses. I LOVED it so much that I quickly ordered the cheetah print, too. It fits true to size, is very feminine and flattering, and is both work- and going-out-to-dinner appropriate. Another Old Navy win for me!"

H&M Balloon-Sleeved Dress


WHY YOU NEED IT: Gingham has returned to the spotlight. If you've been considering adding it to your closet, this is your chance to get in on the trend for just $20. Thank us later.

HELPFUL TIP: This dress runs large, so we recommend sizing down to achieve your perfect fit.

Lulu's Lust or Love Embroidered Lace Long Sleeve Dress


WHERE TO WEAR: This dress screams chic sophistication. With its sheer chiffon top and striking embroidered polka dots, it's perfect for date night or dinner downtown.  

STYLE WITH: Style this dress with a pair of tall black boots.

The Drop Belted Silky Stretch Dress


BEST FOR: A belted dress is an easy yet effective way to draw attention to your waistline. Plus, the slimming effect makes it perfect for pairing with oversized toppers like jackets and boyfriend blazers.

USERS SAID: "So impressed with this dress! I gained some pandemic pounds and was worried it wouldn’t fit, but it was super flattering. The color is great and I received a lot of compliments. After wearing it, I wanted all the colors."

The Drop Jade Loose Balloon Long Sleeve Tiered Poplin Dress


WHY YOU NEED IT: This loose-fitting dress is so on-trend, but thanks to its simplicity, it's one of those evergreen pieces you'll want to wear for seasons to come.

STYLE WITH: Pair this with some white sneakers and call it a day.

H&M Puff-Sleeved Mini Dress


WHY YOU NEED IT: This dress is absolutely darling. With its square neckline, beautiful draping at the bust, and sweet puff sleeves, how could a gal resist? We plan on wearing this as we re-watch Bridgerton for the third time this year.

STYLE WITH: To dress this piece down, we'd pair it with our favorite denim jacket.

The Drop Ana Silky V-Neck Midi Slip Dress


STYLE WITH: Slip dresses can add a feminine touch to any look. We'd pair this one with a moto-style leather jacket

WHY YOU NEED IT: Designed with a hint of stretch, this dress doesn't skimp when it comes to comfort. If you find yourself reaching for it at bedtime, we won't judge.

H&M Puff-Sleeved Dress


WHY YOU NEED IT: Puff sleeves have reigned supreme for a few seasons now, which makes us highly doubt they'll be going anywhere any time soon. In our opinion, you can never go wrong with a puff-sleeve option, especially not one as chic as this little number.

BEST FOR: If you like your dresses with a pinch of personality, you've got options here. Opt for tiny polka dots, or go for a striking leopard print if that's more your speed.

H&M Faux Leather Dress


WHY YOU NEED IT: Leather looks seem to pop up everywhere we turn. This pick is chic, sophisticated, and by far the coolest take we've seen this season. If it wasn't so memorable, we'd see ourselves wearing it multiple times a week.

LOVED FOR: According to rave reviews, this dress looks and feels way more expensive than $35.

R.Vivimos Tie Waist Sweater Pencil Dress


STYLE WITH: Thanks to its lightweight material, this dress will easily carry you through the transitioning seasons. Wear it with ankle booties now, then style it with chic designer sandals in the summer.

LOVED FOR: The tie-detailing on this dress cinches your waist for an ultra-flattering fit.

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