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Summer is just around the corner, everybody, which means that now’s the perfect time to overhaul your dress collection for the season. Sure, dresses are a wardrobe staple suitable for any season, but fall is when some of the best styles flourish. If you’re like me, you may have found yourself recently browsing the web in search of the best places to buy dresses online—shopping IRL is cool and all, but who has the time and/or patience these days?
Plus, with in-person events back on track (I’m talking weddings, outdoor concerts, birthday parties, you name it), there’s a laundry list of dress-appropriate occasions that make investing in a few new frocks completely justifiable.
With all of that being said, and with so many e-tailers on the market these days, it can be tough to find the right place to find the dress you’re looking for, based on sizing options available, the special occasion in question, or just one that aligns with your personal aesthetic. Because there’s really no one-size-fits-all dress shop, we’ve gone ahead and outlined the best places to buy dresses online, whether you’re looking for a retro frock or a classic LBD.
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Farm Rio has tons of vacation-ready dresses that are also elegant and chic enough to dress up for a wedding, gala or just about anything you have on your calendar. It’s a brand born out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and its colors reflect the vibrant scenes of the country.
Full Of Flowers Organic Cotton Midi Dress
This stunning blue and white number will make you look like you just stepped off a boat in Italy when you’re really just headed to your cousin’s gender reveal party.
JCPenney is known for having great deals on all your favorite brands, and they just so happen to also have a ton of dresses for any occasion. In fact, over 2,000 spring dresses just landed on the site, so now is a perfect time to shop and stock up for all of your upcoming warm(er) weather events.
Ryegrass Long Sleeve Blouson Dress
This long-sleeve flowy dress is perfect for days when it’s warm, but you still want a bit of lightweight coverage, just in case. It comes in a gorgeous floral or stripe pattern, and it’s currently on sale for 30 percent off with the code BATHDEAL at checkout, making it under $60.
This brand is an Alix Earle-favorite and has dresses for all occasions (birthday, festival, wedding) that pack a punch to them and always add a bit of edge to their unique designs.
Love You For Life Maxi Dress
Need something with a show-stopping edge to it? Try White Fox. The edge stitching on this full-length maxi make it stand out from just another monochromatic look.
Lulu’s has long been known for being the destination of choice for finding high-quality, yet affordable bridesmaids and wedding guest dresses, but while that still rings true, they have so much more to offer. From bohemian midi dresses to sexy going-out dresses, there are tons of options to choose from—and plenty of under $100 styles to boot.
French Countryside High-Low Midi Dress
Wear this to your cousin’s wedding, a boozy Sunday brunch with your besties, or an outdoor dinner Date—this floral midi is perfect for almost any occasion, so you’ll definitely wear it more than just a handful of times.
Zara is basically our tried-and-true chic but budget-friendly apparel destination that never lets us down—especially when it comes to finding stellar dresses. Whether for a wedding or a first date with a promising Hinge match, they’re bound to have something that’s going to look amazing without leaving a dent in your wallet.
Short Embroidered Dress
This easy, breezy Zara dress can be worn in so many ways. It’s perfect as a cover-up at the beach but can also be worn on a hot summer night to a party or out to dinner.
If you want something that’s adorable and affordable, the only place you need to check out is Target. The store’s selection is vast in styles and sizes and never seems to fail us whether we’re planning ahead or making a last-second purchase on the way to the event.
There’s never a bad time to wear a button-down dress, especially when it’s as cute as this denim one. Layer it with cardigans, sweaters, leggings and tights to create a look that’s uniquely you.
We’re obsessed with basically everything that Revolve carries, from their selection of influencer-approved contemporary denim to their huge assortment of apparel by up-and-coming labels like Selkie, ASTR The Label, Cult Gaia and LPA. But with that being said, we’ve always been ~extra~ impressed by their sizable dress offerings. You’re not going to find uber-cheap dresses at Revolve, but there are plenty of reasonably priced contemporary styles to choose from if you’re down to make a slight splurge.
When it comes to dresses, it’s best not to overthink the style. This Millie dress is everything you could want: it’s sleek, sexy and has a subtle yellow color that’s to die for. Wear it to weddings, brunches and everything in between.
We know, we know—Amazon probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you’re thinking about shopping for trendy clothes, but we’ve done some digging, and trust us, there are some serious gems to be found. In fact, if you’re looking for a budget-friendly nap dress or a designer dress dupe, you’ll be happy you stopped by (virtually, that is).
R. Vivimos Vintage-Inspired Floral Nap Dress
This gorgeous floral dress features a vintage-inspired floral print and smock detailing. There’s a reason it’s an Amazon best-seller!
If you’re a fan of Free People, Reformation, Lulus or Asos, then save yourself some time from going from site to site and simply check out Nordies. It carries all of these beloved brands and then some. You’ll no doubt find what you’re looking for here (and it’ll probably be on sale at that).
ASOS Tie Front Crepe Midi Dress
If you think maxi dresses can’t be sporty, let me introduce you to this yellow ASOS ensemble. The tie-front adds a layer of depth and personality to the number that will surely take the top spot in your fall wardrobe. This dress in particular makes for a great transitional piece.
What I love about Meshki is all the different color options you can find in a single design. You can truly find the perfect look for any occasion and once you find the style you like, the color can really change the mood from wedding guest to Miami vacation in an instant.
Chandra Lace Satin Maxi Dress
The unique neckline on this dress elevates the look and makes it appear so much more expensive than it really is.