Spring / Summer Dresses (5 Under $40)!

Do you look into your closet and silently scream … “I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!” I went on the hunt for some cute dresses and found some really amazing and affordable ones that are flattering while hiding a multitude of sins … and the best part (besides five dresses are under $40) is that THEY ALL HAVE POCKETS! I love that you can throw on a dress and look polished without having to figure out a whole outfit. It makes getting ready painless! I’m sharing pics of these affordable spring summer dresses 2022 plus a fun little try-on video so you can see how the dresses move.

I washed my hair and put on makeup just for you (please ignore my pasty, pale skin) …

Affordable spring / summer dresses under $40. I love this green eyelet midi dress kellyelko.com

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Green Eyelet Dress / Braided Block Heels 

I love that this green eyelet midi dress is 100% cotton so it’s nice and breathable for those warm spring and summer days. I paired it with a new pair of shoes that I treated myself to because this mama needs comfort and these block heels provide it. They are a little pricy but I will wear them for years.

Green Dress – Size Down – I’m wearing M

5 Dresses Under $40 - love this cute floral mini dress kellyelko.com

Floral Dress / Braided Block Heels 

I was a little on the fence about his floral dress but I decided to get out of my comfort zone and embrace this colorful pattern. I love the frilly ruffle on the bottom! This dress is polyester but doesn’t look cheap. I plan to pair it with a denim jacket on cooler days.

My thighs aren’t the most toned (I’m looking at you cellulite!) but this dress doesn’t feel too short (I’m 5’7″).

Floral Dress – True to Size – I’m wearing L

Affordable Spring / Summer dresses - love this button front shirt dress in leopard kellyelko.com

Leopard Shirtdress / Gold Chain Slides / Sunglasses 

This shirtdress! It’s called a trapeze dress but don’t let that scare you! I loved it so much, I got it in two patterns (it also comes in solid colors). It’s the perfect throw on dress to run errands but can be dressed up with a cute pair of heels and fun jewelry. I sent a pic of these black slides to my girls and one liked them so much, I got her a pair too!

Shirtdress – Size Down – I’m wearing M

Love this tropical print maxi dress for summer kellyelko.com

Tiered Maxi Dress / Braided Flats 

This tropical print green dress is my favorite of the bunch and I love that it can be worn off the shoulder too. I’m wearing braided flat sandals that are so in this season. I found them at TJ Maxx but linked to a similar pair.

Maxi Dress – Size Down – I’m wearing M and probably could have fit into a S

Red Terrycloth Dress / Gold Chain Slides 

Remember terrycloth?! I loved it as a kid and love it even more in this vibrant red dress.

Red Dress – True to Size – I’m wearing L

5 Affordable spring/summer dresses under $40! Love this black eyelet midi dress paired with custom monogram clutch kellyelko.com

Black Eyelet Midi Dress / Adidas Sneakers 

Yes, I got the green eyelet dress in black too! It’s so cute paired with a pair of white sneakers (I love the little pop of green on the back of this pair of Adidas).

Black Eyelet Dress – Size Down – I’m wearing M

Love this cute trapeze button up striped shirt dress kellyelko.com

Striped Shirtdress 

I told you I got the leopard dress in another pattern and here it is! I love a shoe that adds a pop of color to an outfit and these pom pom mules fit the bill. Sadly, they are no longer for sale (I got them a few years ago).

Striped Dress – Runs Large – I’m wearing M

Seven dresses should keep me looking good this spring and summer. Do you have a favorite?

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  1. I love the first one that green color is so pretty. Thanks I need a new dress, but one that covers my ugly knees, everything falls as I get older, lol!!

  2. Cute frocks! Oh wow, I was absolutely ecstatic to think the gorgeous tiered maxi was in your steal for less that $40 list before I realized it was not haha. My husband laughs at my ability to be drawn to the priciest *anything* in a grouping & I counter that I just have an eye for quality. Thankfully, good taste does not necessarily need to to be the most expensive & your site proves thrifted home finds are a beautiful way to own quality pieces too!

  3. I live the green eyelet! And the leopard, I am
    Always a sucker for leopard.

    It the real star is that pink desk phone ☎️ 💓💖💗💞! What is the story to that? And how did you get it to work? I had a vintage princess phone that I adored. Then it stopped working and I gave it my high school drama club’s prop department.

    Loved this post. I am getting online now to order dresses!!

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