mini dresses under $50

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i had originally planned on this post being about little white dresses for summer, but if you follow me on instagram and watched my stories (@shawnaleeann), you’ll know that i employed your advice in an instagram poll on whether or not to keep this dress in white. seeing as i’m not wearing it in this photo, you now know that i heeded to the 42%’s advice and returned it to urban outfitters (side note: polls are so insightful, it was pretty much split down the middle!).

so for a lunch date to our local brewery with S and my family, i decided to pull this cute little striped mini dress out from my closet and take it for a spin. as you may have deduced, i don’t wear a lot of short dresses so it was definitely a change from my normal gravitation toward midi/maxi lengths. but the weather was warm and i was feeling particularly confident so i went with it.

once i had styled it with the appropriate accessories, i wondered to myself why i don’t wear mini dresses more often. i suppose i’m always nervous about having an errant wind kick-up and cause a wardrobe malfunction, but on a still day, a shorter frock is not only a great way to stay cool, but heck, it’s an opportunity to show off some toned gams! if you’ve been hesitant to wear shorter hemlines like me, maybe these cute budgetary dresses will convince you otherwise.


while the one i’m wearing above is probably five years(?!) old, this one is very similar

can never go wrong with a chambray/denim mini –this, this and this are all great options

though i’m not certain i’ll ever be considered bohemian, i love a boho style like this

what’s more versatile than a t-shirt dress? wear them with flats, sandals, or tennis shoes! love this striped one or this solid number (under $30!)

show off some shoulder for summer date nights with this off-the-shoulder printed version

and here are a few more…

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old navy dress (similar) || madewell sandals || brixton hat

zara straw bag


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