If you're shopping for affordable dresses for an upcoming party or wedding, you know how hard it is to find something cute that won't break the bank. And for some reason, these dress needs always seem to sneak up on us. If you've been that girl (ahem, hi) who's texted her girlfriends on a Thursday night begging to borrow something — anything — for a destination wedding that Saturday, this guide of affordable dresses is for you. Do yourself a favor, check out the selections below, and scoop up a few options before the eleventh hour. You'll feel more prepared and you'll have money left over for cocktails and presents.

The selection can be overwhelming but there are definitely deals to be had. Try searching "skater dress" for flattering fit-and-flare numbers or shopping ASOS Collection for pretty embellished options. My picks: bow dress ($53), pink backless ($104), chic ruffle ($72).

All the dresses in the graphic above are Dorothy Perkins finds. Not familiar? I wasn't either until I stumbled upon a veritable treasure trove of wedding-appropriate dresses under $100. My picks: embellished dress in fuchsia and lime ($69), navy halter dress ($89), and striped fit-and-flare ($57).

Their assortment skews a little more casual and you'll have to do a little digging but the juice is worth the squeeze if you're looking for a dress that no one else will be wearing. My picks: blue bow dress ($69) and green stripe dress ($79).

Yes, they carry higher end labels like Alice & Olivia and Kate Spade, but the juniors section has a surprising number of age-appropriate picks for ladies in their twenties and thirties. One line to look for is Lush. My picks: chic shirtdress ($88), pretty in pink ($46), and preppy stripes ($38).

If you're on a serious budget, this is your spot. You'll have to sift through lots of bodycon don'ts but the dos are worth the wait. My picks: the perfect party dress ($27), sweet stripes ($27), and scarf print ($23). 

I usually shop Piperlime for shoes but they have a ton of dresses under $100. My picks: this dress in every color ($79), backless with a bow ($89), A-line mini ($49), and nautical stripes ($83).

Heavily discounted designer wares ranging from super casual to wedding-ready. My picks: geometric navy ($94), jersey wrap ($96), and T by Alexander Wang stripes ($85).


Anonymous said...

I am LOVING the navy and blue dress in your top photo. I need to buy dresses ahead of time instead of panicking at the last minute and having nothing to wear! Great advice. xo

KackyC. said...

Thank you for the Goodnight Macaroon recommendation! I think I'll quickly be becoming a fan.

Gals and Grace

Catherine said...

I love these less heard of websites, they have such great things and their prices can't be beat!! Gotta love an affordable dress!



Anonymous said...

Thank you for the info!! Goodnight Macaroon is having a 20% off sale right now woot- so your suggestions are more of a reality :)


courtney parker said...

Love this post, definitely one to bookmark!


Anonymous said...

I'm always on the look out for affordable and cute dresses so this post is perfect! So many great options to online shop.

Jamie @ SnapGinger Blog said...

I've used ASOS, DP and Oasap, but I haven't heard of some of the others! Thanks for the tips! The 3 I know are phenomenal!
Jamie @ SnapGinger Blog

Gabriela said...

I was totally that girl for a wedding this past May, and ended up wearing an old dress that I hated. Ugh, not fun. I'm going to a wedding this weekend and already snapped up a Zara sale steal for $35, but I'm so tempted to pick up that lime Dorothy Perkins for all next summer's festivities!

healthier.life said...

word to the wise about dorothy perkins - if they run out of the size you ordered, they'll just send you another size (instead of, i don't know, telling you and not taking your money?). I ordered a size 4 dress from them and I ended up with an 8. And with international shipping being what it is I was stuck with it. So be careful.

Kathleen Walpole said...

I love Dorothy Perkins!! After spending time in the UK, it became a favorite brand. Just remember the tip to usually order 2 sizes up. If you're an 8, you're usually a 10 in the UK.

Citrine Jennifer said...

Hey, thank you so much for sharing this post. I was really looking forward to buy some beautiful dresses for me and my sister, but price was my only concern. These budget friendly dresses are heart alluring.

RoyallyPink said...

The navy and white dress is gorgeous! I also love the pink one! I'm definitely in the market for new dresses and these are all such great sites and stores to get them! I love your style, thank you:)