Each summer I like to put together a seasonal fashion post with a handful of stylishly casual (and mom-friendly) outfits. I typically buy a few new pieces for these posts and pull the rest from my neutral closet.
Last summer, I ended up finding quite a few new items and since I steer toward classic cuts and neutral colors (and because our summers are fairly short and the clothes don’t get worn much) everything I bought last summer will still make up my wardrobe this year.
Because I really didn’t need any new shorts and am not a big fan of just adding more to my closet if I don’t really need or love it, I decided to stray from my regular summer fashion post this time around.
What I was looking for this year were easy summer dresses to throw on on warm summer days. I found a few and wanted to share them with you!
I do a most of our shopping online (which means Amazon Prime is my best friend) and kept seeing these inexpensive dresses pop up on my screen. After hearing an online friend talk about this great caftan she bought on Amazon, I decided to take a closer look at all those dresses and ordered a few to try.
When ordering off-brand clothes on Amazon for less than $25, you don’t really know what you’re going to get. The material could be terribly thin, the sizing could be completely off, the dress could be poorly made. I picked five dresses (well, four dresses and one coverup) and crossed my fingers that I would find at least one that I wanted to keep.
Turns out, I like all five!
Yesterday while the kids were swimming/paddle boarding/getting stung by jelly fish (oops), my friend Erica and I played photoshoot. I am not so sure about my modeling skills, but we had fun and hopefully it helps you see what the dresses look like in real life instead of the stock images you’ll find online.
Let me show you each one in a little more detail:
This dress is my favorite of the bunch and probably the most flattering as it is slightly less voluminous than the others. The material is a great weight, it has pockets (yes!), and the length is long, but just right for my 5’7 height.
This one comes in seven different colors and they suggest sizing down, but I ordered my normal size small and it is just right.
The price is right at $20.99. Order here.
When taking photos, Erica joked that this dress looked a little like a sleep sack. And she’s pretty right. It is super comfy and loose fitting, with a tapered bottom opening and is fairly wide right where the pockets are. Therefore, I can’t say it is the most figure-flattering dress of all times, but if you’re going for slouchy, casual, comfy, this one is it.
I like that the sleeves are just a little bit longer and I’m super in to this olive green color. If olive isn’t your thing, there are nine other colors.
You can order this dress here for $16.99.
A simple cami maxi dress is the easiest thing to wear – so far I’ve worn it over a swimsuit or with a pretty bralette under (as shown). I suppose you could do a strapless bra under, but I’m not a big fan of strapless bras, so I opt for bralette.
Like the others, this dress also has pockets which makes me happy. The length is slightly shorter (it hits right above my ankles), but still works with flip flops or sandals.
Comes in 10 colors for $19.99. Order here.
This dress surprised me. It is made of thick, stretchy fabric with a super weird cut, but I actually really love it. It’s the perfect throw-on dress, but still passable for wearing out and about. Again, maybe not totally flattering (and I can’t promise your husband will love it), but you will love how it feels on!
Grab this dress here for $23.99
The final dress is this extra-flowy beach coverup. What caught my eye were the stripes (of course!), and the light-weight fabric and easy to throw on style makes me excited to wear it all summer.
There are deep v’s in the front and back, with slits on the sides and the fabric is slightly sheer (but not see-through).
For $17.40, it’s a cover up you’ll want in your beach bag! Order it here.
*UPDATE* it looks like the cover up is out of stock. Keep checking back and hopefully they will restock it soon!
I’m happy I gave these dresses a try. They will be on regular rotation all summer long.