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The Must-Have Under-$30 Dress

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3/4 Sleeved Jersey Dress ($29)

I bought this dress last month as a throw-on for afternoon errands.  But every time I wear it, women tell me how great it looks, they stop me on the street to ask me where I bought it, and no one believes that it’s Old Navy.  It’s perfectly ruched at the waist to accent in all the right places and shape those areas that need it.

I’ve worn this dress with high heels and a stack of multi-tone bracelets to celebratory drinks.  I’ve worn it with a long, turquoise necklace and sandals to dinner with my parents.  I’ve worn it with open-toe flats and a colorful cardigan to class.  It seems like whenever I don’t know what to wear, I’m reaching for this dress.

Other Old Navy pieces worth checking out?  This cable sweater dress would look great with chocolate tights and tall boots (or grey, if you prefer).  This gauzy, navy-printed scarf is sublime.  I also like this simple, striped-jersey dress for any season.

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    14 comments

  1. Sarah says:

    Love it…just bought it! Thanks for sharing.

    September 9, 2014/Reply
  2. Stephanie says:

    Belle, I am around the same size as you. Would you mind sharing what size you bought? Thanks so much for sharing your find 🙂

    September 9, 2014/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I bought the small and it’s a bit snug, I tried on the medium and it was more daytime appropriate, so at this price, I have both.

      September 9, 2014/Reply
  3. S says:

    You guys . . . no more blaring Tresemme ad. (At least not for me.) Hooray! Thanks, Belle, for whatever you did to make it stop…

    September 9, 2014/Reply
  4. Anna says:

    How is this dress at hiding or showing the lumps and bumps? This fabric/style tends to not be too forgiving.

    September 9, 2014/Reply
    • Belle says:

      The ruching helps conceal unevenness. As another reader mentioned, it can get a bit figure hugging. I wore it to class with a long cardigan and it was no problem, but the fabric is not super forgiving by any means.

      September 9, 2014/Reply
  5. Meredith says:

    Love it – just bought it too (along with the stripe dress — been looking for something like that forever!) Thanks for sharing!

    September 9, 2014/Reply
  6. Erica says:

    I bought this dress in black – when it was available in black last month. I love it. Just a warning, at least in the black, it is very fitting – should i say – or to be more blunt, if you have any hint of a figure it will be va-va-va-voom level. Just a tid bit 🙂

    September 9, 2014/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I sized up, it did need it. But I kind of liked the tighter look too. Just depends what you’re going for.

      September 9, 2014/Reply
  7. Cait says:

    I recently bought the striped jersey dress and I think it’s fabulous! Good quality fabric and a nice fit that will go well into fall.

    September 10, 2014/Reply
  8. Joules says:

    Definitely going to stop into the Old Navy by my work today to see if they’ve got this in stock. It looks perfect!

    Style by Joules

    September 10, 2014/Reply
  9. briana says:

    Snagged this dress — thanks for sharing. Am wondering how you might style for a corporate office (if appropriate)?

    September 10, 2014/Reply
  10. Jamie says:

    Ugh, damn you and your suggestions. I was eyeing this last week and thought that I didn’t need it. This week, you made me realize I needed it 😉 At 30% off you can’t go wrong, though. I ended up getting two dresses for $38 online! 🙂

    September 10, 2014/Reply
  11. Sarah says:

    @Joules, the ON web site said it’s only available online. Just FYI.

    September 10, 2014/Reply