Summer Dresses Under $100

Everyone knows I love a good deal.  I’m talking any sort of discount whatsoever… $1 off, throw in a free gift, some sort of upgrade… it makes me giddy inside.  There’s a constant battle of splurging vs. saving in my head and I probably think about my purchases (both past and future) every 5 minutes.  I knew I had it bad when I once saw a sign while passing Old Navy at age 13 for .34 cent shirts.  I swear to you I remember nothing – like a total black out.  I came to, hours later, in my closet sifting through about 15 of the same exact shirt in every color they had.  I mean, I cleared out the racks.  Upside?  I still only spent about $6.  Low?  The shirt was horrible… like, really, really ugly.

There’s something about a deal that condones the purchase.  It’s a trap.  But, I’ve realized at the time it was so I’d have something to back up my argument when my Dad would get my Visa Buxx card statement (a pre-set limit debit card made for teenagers to teach them how to manage money which I BEGGED my parents for).  Being able to say, “YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND.  This was a once and a lifetime opportunity!  It would have been stupid NOT to have bought it!!” was just so much easier than flat out breaking the ‘no more clothes’ rule.  It got so bad that I used to buy things, hide the bags at my friends houses and then smuggle them into my house days later when my parents weren’t home… but that’s another story for another day.

In all reality, I’m still using the sale signs as a crutch for my chronic buyer’s remorse and the proof is that I wanted a really expensive pair of jeans last year so I flagged the website to let me know if any discounts/savings were happening.  A week later I got an email from them saying, “Free Shipping Until Midnight”.  Deal was done.  I saved $5.  Problem.

Summer Dresses Under $100 (Better Than The Alternative!):

           

Motel Rosie Dress $63

              

ASOS Midi Slip Dress in Floral Print $40.60

                         

Funktional Tunnel Midi Dress $98

                      

DV by Dolce Vita Cullen Shirt Dress $68

                        

Zara Linear Dress $79.90

                          

Joie A La Plage Mayan Printed Collie Dress $98

                          

Velvet Keenan Dress $68.60

                   

MM Couture by Miss Me Printed Strapless Dress with Tie Waist $94

          

Sam & Lavi Dextra Shift Dress $98

                  

MINKPINK Wishful Thinking Sundress $83

              

Zara Lace Print Dress $89.90

               

ASOS Skater Dress in Heart Print $24.86

              

Backstage Nikki Dress $70

           

Zara Silk Tunic with Lace at the Sides $89.90

            

River Island Chelsea Girl Spot Lace Dress $41.43

          

Indah Yang Cold Shoulder Tunic $54

       

Hive & Honey Floral Blousant Dress $39.99

            

C&C California Smock Tank Dress $98

          

ASOS Animal Print Swing Dress $46.40

       

Forever 21 Sheer Floral Dress $17.80

             

ASOS Bandeau Dress with Strawberry Print $40.60

                  

TopShop Fluro Dip Hem Dress $96

               

Michael Stars Belted V Neck Cami Dress $59.99

           

Forever 21 Vibrant Tribal Dress $19.80

                        

River Island Denim Shirt Dress $49.71

                 

Zara Printed Dress $79.90

                    

Asos Knitted Shift Dress $52.20

                         

TopShop Crochet Shirtdress $80

              

Forever 21 Dotted Peter Pan Dress $19.80

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Flat Out Necessary

My feet are distorted.  The reasons for this are twofold.  One, because I have an ongoing (and overwhelming) fear of asking for my actual shoe size and admit I have bought a size that isn’t right out of pure embarrassment.  I am… *taking a breath*… a size 10 (…and a half… ok sometimes – seriously only sometimes – 11, if the shoe is cut weird).

I’ve spent many trips to the Mall trying on 10’s and have mastered the act of, “OMG this is so weird!  This 10 doesn’t fit.  ALL my other shoes are 10’s… this line must be really small”.  Yes, the sales people see right through it, but it’s just like ordering two entrees from room service while alone on a work trip and making sure to ask for TWO sets of silverware… you know, for your friend that’s meeting up with you.  Sometimes I even through in an extra detail like “OH and can you make sure there’s no basil… my friend is really allergic to basil”, just to sound convincing.  #Problems

The other reason, however, is that I really do love heels and even if I mentally prepare myself to hear “YOU ARE SO TALL” from every person I run into while wearing them (remember I’m 5’10”), I have definitely been stuck one two many times spending hours in painful pumps.

That being said, I am constantly scavenging to find cute flats.  I’m all about boots in the fall and winter, but as the Summer gets closer, I find myself looking for fun alternatives to pair with fresh looks that won’t be boring.  And, even though I’m mostly style over comfort, c’mon… my ankle once swelled up twice its size in Vegas because I was wearing 5″ heels all day.  I was 100% sober and I will never get the man’s voice out of my head saying, “DUDE, that girl is SO drunk!” as he watched me wabble to my room (not even a little bit ok in the first place and also breaks my cardinal rule to not wear heels over 3″ during daylight to be sure I won’t be mistaken as a transvestite).

Here Are My Picks for Spring/Summer:

Loeffler Randall Star Sandals $175, Tan and Glitter Sandals $136.34, Black and Tan Sandals $36.36

Dolce Vita Red Sandals $109.99, Black Sandals $100, Joe’s Jeans Cobalt Sandals $90

Rebecca Minkoff Gold Sandals $125, DV by Dolce Vita $59.99, Silver Sandals $34.95

Ted Baker Pink and Orange Sandals $63.63, Lacoste Pink Jelly Sandals $63.63, Yellow Jelly Sandal $47.90

Embellished Sandals $99, Petal Sandals $79, Yellow and Gold Sandals $70

Elizabeth & James Ballet Flats $198, Black Patent Leather Flats $84.50, Two Tone Flats $62

Rebecca Minkoff Aztec Flats $195, Nude Patent Leather Flats $70, Yellow/Nude Flats $59

Steven by Steve Madden Blue Flats $119.99, Mint Green Flats $66, Red Bow Flats $15

Perforated Loafers $118, Striped Smoking Slippers $115,  Zig Zag Espadrilles $21.81

Loeffler Randall Flat Moccosin $195, Steve Madden Leopard Flats $80, Dalmation Casual Flats $79.95

Milly Two Tone Rose Boat Shoes $125, Milly Two Tone Yellow Boat Shoes $125, Gold Boat Shoes $89.95

Jil Sander Red Lace Up Shoes $758, Cole Haan Leather Oxfords $178, Leather Shoes with Spikes $154.52

Chuck Taylor + Missoni High Tops $200, Neon Keds $45, Leopard Sneakers $30