The Best Affordable Summer Dresses to Wear With Sandals


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Truth be told, I'm not the biggest fan of shopping for dresses. My number one shopping goal is versatility, and I find acquiring dresses that are actually versatile to be a tall order. They often fall into a category, i.e., going-out dresses, cocktail dresses, or even garden party dresses. To me, ultimate versatility when it comes to a dress means that it can be worn with any current shoe trend, as there's nothing that can make a look appropriate for a number of different occasions than a footwear change.

Speaking of summer shoe trends, the styles that are on the horizon include plenty of sandals (of course) in the form of espadrilles and slides, specifically. But fashion girls will also be wearing sneakers and ankle boots (per usual), mules, platforms, and kitten heels. So what criteria did we use in choosing these 15 summer dresses that go with every shoe trend, you ask? Simply put, none of them are too tight or too boxy, too short or too long, too fancy or too casual. They're all easily capable of being dressed up or down based on your choice of on-trend footwear. Oh, and they're all under $200, with many of them under $100. Music to your ears, right?

Read on to shop 15 affordable summer dresses that go with every shoe trend.

Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.