33 Dresses From Brands That Are Just as Good as Zara (But Cheaper)

Best Cheap Summer Dresses



I'm not too proud to admit that I'm a lazy dresser. It's resulted in a closet full of pieces that are easy, comfortable, and never fussy, so I really can't complain. Given this, it's not hard to see why dresses are the item of clothing I own the most of. The phrase "throw-on-and-go" is music to my ears, especially during the summer when I'm sweaty and overheated

Like many of our readers, I'm a huge fan of Zara. But if the retailer is the only place you've been shopping lately, you're missing out on some stellar summer pieces that are even more affordable. Below, I've rounded up my favorite wallet-friendly dresses, with most priced around $40. Scroll down to shop my favorite affordable summer dresses right now. 

The sheer overlay makes this dress look much more expensive than it really is. 

A white dress is the perfect blank canvas to show off jewelry or your new summer sandals. 



This pleated detailing is very sophisticated. 

I won't blame you if you also wear this to sleep.

This is begging to tag along on your next trip to the beach. 

I can't stop admiring this burnt-orange color. 

This will go with anything and everything in your closet. 

This dress is at the higher end of the price spectrum, but I think it's definitely worth it. 

A little tropical flair never hurt anyone. 

Summer dresses under $50



I love how this is styled with a coordinating camel sweater. 

This is the perfect house dress if you're working from home. 

This would look so cute with a denim jacket. 

Who needs a formfitting dress when it's 90º out? 

This $30 dress is a great sale find from Nordstrom. 

Yes, I'd also pair this easy dress with flip-flops. 

I can't seem to stop buying white dresses—they just always look so crisp. 

Don't worry: Puff sleeves are still very much in style. 

Sheer sleeves are so pretty. 

You could also unbutton this dress and wear it over your bathing suit. 

Jersey dresses are so comfortable and easy to take care of. 

This print will brighten up your day in no time.