Finding Inexpensive Sundresses

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They're summer staples, so it only makes sense to seek out inexpensive sundresses as you build your warm weather wardrobe. After all, you want a selection in a variety of colors and styles - the more options you have, the more fun getting ready will be!

Where to Find Low-Cost Sundresses

Sundresses are available at all price points, but there's nothing quite like the thrill of purchasing several lower-priced styles instead of one expensive dress. Since summer finds closets bursting at the seams with vibrant colors and exuberant prints, it can be immensely satisfying to scoop up a bag or two full of great buys!

You'll begin to spot pretty sundresses in stores as early as February (and even sooner, in some cases!). When the styles are fresh and new, you might be taken aback by some of the prices. This is why it's important to choose your stores wisely. If your intent is really to shop on the cheap, make sure your agenda accommodates that. With your thrifty ways in mind, consider these stores in your hunt for inexpensive sundresses:

  • Old Navy: Old Navy's attire may be primarily associated with the young set, but there's no denying that some of the clothes are timeless and sophisticated enough to fit right into a sophisticated fashion maven's wardrobe. Even the newest dresses are priced right, and most are available in a selection of colors and prints. If you're shopping for a vacation or just want to stock up for summer with ease, this is the place to go.
  • Wal-Mart: It's a slightly unexpected stop for the glamorous woman who fills her closet with goodies from Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, but don't be surprised by the inexpensive and charming sundresses available here. Among them is country singer Taylor Swift's collaborative effort with l.e.i. Each sundress in the line is priced at an extremely reasonable $14. With their relaxed, bohemian style, they'll be worn for years. Not a bad investment at all!
  • Target: Truly a one-stop shop for just about everything under the sun, Target carries a wide range of quality clothing for women. During the summer, expect to find cheap, colorful sundresses in the junior, women and plus size departments.
  • Bluefly: If your tastes naturally run a bit upscale, fret not - you can still score glamorous sundresses at reasonable prices. Bluefly is the online mecca of discounted designer apparel, and the dresses section is chock-full of great finds for under $50. Be sure to take advantage of various discounts (offered nearly every day) and sort your searches by price to take in all the offerings.

In addition, you'll want to make pit stops at bargain outlets like Nordstrom Rack, Loehmann's, Marshalls, T.J. Maxx, Filene's Basement and Ross. These stores may seem a bit overwhelming, particularly if their racks are disorganized. Take your time, sort out the good from the bad and you'll likely walk out with at least a few inexpensive sundresses!

Check Quality Before Buying

Remember that going the inexpensive route doesn't have to mean sacrificing quality! Examine the dress carefully before purchasing to ensure there are no visible defects, like threads or loose stitches or embellishments. Occasionally, a dress may be marked down drastically because it is, in some way, defected. This may or may not be noted on the price tag, so it's a good idea to take a good look before you buy. A great deal is only great if the dress is wearable!

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