The Under-$100 Party Dress All My Friends Are Asking to Borrow

Not to toot my own horn, but I will readily admit how pretty darn skilled I am when it comes to finding last-minute dresses for summer parties. Weddings are my forte. The challenge of finding the perfect frock that suits the dress code, weather, activities, and location is thrilling. Especially when I have to do it under pressure, i.e., three days before the event and with a limited budget. (Hey, we all have our thing.)

I recently did some of my best sartorial work when I was confronted with a chic, garden party–themed Palm Springs wedding a few weeks ago. Adamant to keep my budget to under $100 this time around (because there have been a lot of weddings this year), I discovered a little-known brand at Nordstrom that provided me with just the right balance of romantic ruffles, bold colors, and a flattering silhouette. Not to mention it offers a budget-friendly price and expedited shipping! (I also delight in the fact that it resembles the woman dancing emoji.) A fashion victory if there ever was one.

At the wedding, the dress garnered plenty of compliments, and several friends have already asked to borrow said dress for their upcoming summer soirées. Shop the dress below, plus more of my summer favorites for under $100.

Shop More Under-$100 Dresses for Special Summer Soirées

This is perfect for an outdoor summer wedding.

Available in sizes XS to XXL.

This floral frock can be dressed up and down.

Available in sizes 4 to 8.

This looks much more expensive than it actually is.

Available in sizes 0 to 14.

Garden-party chic.

Available in sizes XS to XXL.

When in doubt, opt for a black slip dress for evening affairs.

Available in sizes XS to L.

The epitome of elegance.

Available in sizes FR34 to FR42.

An off-the-shoulder silhouette is ideal for warmer temps.

Available in sizes M to XXL.

You can't do summer without an LWD.

Available in sizes 0 to 14.

Pretty floral pleats for the win.

Available in sizes 0 to 14.

This also comes in five other pretty hues.

Available in sizes 0 to 14.

Just add statement earrings to add a touch of elegance to a boho silhouette.

Available in sizes 0 to 14.

Keep the rest of your accessories simple in this striking maxi dress.

Available in sizes 2 to 8.

A silhouette that makes a statement.

Available in sizes 0 to 14.

Perfect for a party scene.

Available in sizes XS to M.

Wear with metallic heels and earrings.

Available in sizes 0 to 14.