The Affordable Dress Every Girl Needs

Dress: Romwe, Amazon | Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell | Sunglasses: Nordstrom | Bracelets: Julie Vos, Julie Vos [c/o] | Bag: YSL | Lipstick: Perla

Photography by: Angie Garcia

Affordable clothing, you are oh so bittersweet. I’ve shared before in my online shopping tips that I really prefer to find affordable options in person. I’ll run in Marshalls or TJ Maxx if Maxi and I have a little bit of time to kill. I also love Target and their collections with designers [but those prices can get to be ridiculous, too]. Naturally, this makes it a little tricky with blogging. I would say 8 times out of 10, an affordable clothing option online is going to have a poor fit, be COMPLETELY see through or unravel by the time it arrives to your doorstep. I won’t recommend something like that, so I’m always on the hunt for something great. There’s a lot of trial and error and you wouldn’t believe the amount of tops/dresses my poor husband has returned for me on his lunch break.

In terms of personal style, I love to mix high and low prices. When I see a girl in an adorable outfit and she tells me her top was $10 all while rocking a chic handbag, I automatically love her creativity. Even if I wasn’t a normal girl on a budget, I think I’d always love to find inexpensive items because it shows your passion for clothing. I think it makes your look versatile and look curated. I mean we could all look good in $200 tops-right?! Or at least I hope they would make us all feel stylish for that price! haha!

Price truly is relative. I have readers e-mail me that they want affordable tops that are $80 and I have readers e-mail me that they want affordable tops that are $18. But in general, I think we can all agree that this dress is a great price point! I purchased this dress here for $17, but if you prefer Amazon, you can get it there for $25 or $21 with a Prime account. The store I purchased this item from can be hit or miss because they sell really inexpensive items. I’ve ordered some items that were a JOKE and then I’ve ordered some that are amazing-like this dress. Once I ordered a blazer that people to this day think is Chanel. I just about shock the lipstick off of them when I tell them it was $30. I wore this dress to my sister’s graduation and I don’t think I’ve ever gotten so many compliments on an item. It isn’t thin and after I ironed it, put it on, it looked like a find from Nordstrom! I did size up to a M as more price-conscientious clothing is known to run small. I’m 5’3″ for reference! Last thing to note, is that this dress took about a week and a half to 2 weeks to arrive to my door. But hey, for a dress under $20 I am NOT the Queen of England and I will NOT complain about 2-week shipping. Because Anthropologie charges $13 for standard shipping and it ALWAYS takes a week at minimum to arrive to my front door.

The coloring of this dress brightened up my whole look and made me feel so much more tan for summer. I wore this on Snapchat and my phone legitimately died because I was getting so many questions about where this dress was from! haha! So I hope this dress becomes your new favorite thing in your closet as it is mine. I wear it at least once a week and wish I had it in a few other color combinations.

Do you have any affordable finds as of late?!

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  1. This is a super cute dress. I REALLY love the pastel colours, and the colour blocking. It’s minimal but special!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Published 23 Jun 17Reply
  2. This dress is so perfect and I love how you styled it! The cutouts on the shoes & the straw clutch add such a nice texture.

    It can sometimes be hard to find unique affordable pieces, so it honestly makes my day when I stumble upon them!

    Thank you for sharing!

    Xo, Emily
    Epicurean Emily

    Published 23 Jun 17Reply
  3. Bianca wrote:

    I ordered this dress as soon as you posted it! I couldn’t believe the price. I was so excited. Thank you for sharing and I can’t wait to get it to wear it. 🙂

    Published 23 Jun 17Reply
  4. Allie wrote:

    TJ Maxx is seriously my FAVORITE! Nordstrom Rack also always has GREAT finds! I found that yellowish crop free people sweater you have in red for half off and I had to snag it!

    This dress is adorable! Happy weekend 🙂


    Published 23 Jun 17Reply
  5. Nora wrote:

    I bought this dress the second you told us where to get it from a few weeks ago! (I assume I was one of the people attributing to your snap lol). I wore it for the first time yesterday and OMG it’s life changing. Even my fiancé mentioned how cute it was. I adore it and like you said the material so thick. Perfect for summer and may be my new go to. Thanks so much, Katey. You’r great sense of style wins again.


    Published 23 Jun 17Reply
  6. Allie wrote:

    Such a cute dress!! TJ Maxx is seriously my favorite – they have such great home goods stuff too!
    I also love scoping out deals at Nordstrom Rack. I recently found that yellow crop Free People sweater you have for half off (in red) and I scooped it up so fast!

    Have a fab weekend 🙂

    Published 23 Jun 17Reply
  7. Sara Grace wrote:

    I also ordered this in XS as soon as it was on your Snapchat! However, I needed to size down rather than up. For reference, I am 5′ tall and normally an XS, so for really short girls even the XS in this can be a bit long and full! I love it so much I will have it altered. Hopefully that helps someone with sizing- but everyone’s bodies are different!

    Published 23 Jun 17Reply
  8. Marah wrote:

    This dress looks so pretty! I’m always looking for awesome affordable fashion.

    Fashion Blog

    Published 23 Jun 17Reply
  9. Can’t believe how great the price is! Love this!

    Published 24 Jun 17Reply
  10. Ellen Hoffman wrote:

    I loved this dress when I saw it on your Instagram. So happy you did a full post about it! Can’t agree more about the Romwe site – I ordered three dresses about a month ago and one (thankfully the one I was most excited about) fit perfect! The other two are iffy…. But, glad your review on this one is so positive – just bought it!

    Published 26 Jun 17Reply