Spring 2010: Five Dresses You Can Actually Afford

Spring is all about dresses.  There’s nothing simpler than throwing on a colorful, easy dress and heading out into the bright, sunshiny world.  

The warm weather frees me from the arduous task of coordinating outfits.  I simply select a dress, a pair of shoes and some jewelry and head to work.  I imagine that this is what it is like to be a man: easy.  

Here are five essential spring dresses that can be purchased for under $125.  Enjoy!

The Floral Dress

BB Dakota Pia Voile Dress (Piperlime, $80)

Every woman needs a pretty floral dress, even if the only place she ever wears it is to tea with Nana.

The Shirtdress

Reed Shirtdress (Anthropologie, $118)

The shirtdress is a classic shape that is perfect for casual Fridays and weekend dinner dates.

The Racerback Maxi

Racerback Tank Dress (Forever 21, $17)

This is the dress that I throw on when I head neighborhood errands or I need a pool cover-up.

The Brightly Printed Dress

Maggy London Jersey Shift Dress (Nordstrom, $98)

While this print is a bit garish, it is this kind of bright, sartorial idealism that is perfect for spring/summer.  It’s like wearing a sign that says, “Our national nightmare is over. Welcome Spring!”

The Basic Black Sheath

AGB Solid Shift (Bonton, $60)

Every woman needs a basic black sheath dress.  Pair it with a statement necklace or a patterned sweater and you have an easy outfit for those mornings when the alarm just goes off too early.


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  1. M says:

    Do you think bare arms are OK for work in a sleeveless option like your black dress (aside from the potential arctic chill from over-A/C-ed offices)? I have a lot of sleeveless dresses but I grew tired of always wearing cardigans in the winter!

    March 22, 2010/Reply
  2. Donna says:

    What kind of shoe would you wear with a maxi dress?

    March 22, 2010/Reply
  3. Anna says:

    Love the Maggy London!

    March 22, 2010/Reply
  4. Belle says:

    M- I think bare arms are fine. I just get cold so I need a sweater or a jacket.

    Donna- You could wear a sandal or an open toe flat like these :

    March 22, 2010/Reply