I Rarely Spend Huge Amounts on Dresses—Here Are 36 Affordable Frocks I Love

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Dresses are my most favourite thing to shop for. More often than not, I'll return trousers or tops based on their unpredictable fit, but I find it easier to tell whether a dress will fit and suit me; even if I only have a product shot to go by. Another plus side of dresses is I find that you don't need to spend a fortune to find a really beautiful dress.

I've become a dab-hand at spotting a great affordable summer dress. Putting my skills to the test, below I've curated an edit of affordable summer dresses, just for you. It's worth noting that one person's idea of what's affordable will always differ from the next, but with stand-out dresses from as little as £18 and £29 (from COS no less), and peaking at £145, I'll let you determine what you deem as affordable for yourself. Regardless, with prints so pretty and colours so bold, I'm sure you'll find at least one you love. Before you reach them, I've also rounded up some fashionable people who also have a soft spot for affordable summer dresses. Enjoy!


Basma wears a green printed dress from Arket.

Chloe wears an orange knitted dress from House of Sunny.

Claire wears a pretty pink dress from & Other Stories.

Lydia wears a black knitted dress from H&M.

Francesca wears a ruffle dress from Ghost.

Tricia wears a chic checked dress from ASOS.


COS Smocked Puff-Sleeve Dress (£59)

H&M Linen-Blend Dress (£20)

& Other Stories Plant-Dyed Bandeau Midi Dress (£95)

Never Fully Dressed Summer Swirl Ruffle Mini Dress (£79)

COS Ribbed Dress (£29)

Anthropologie Maeve Tiered Maxi Dress (£130)

& Other Stories Ribbed Cut Out Midi Dress (£75)

Kitri Fonteyn Black Gingham Dress (£145)

River Island Orange Asymmetric Slip Dress (£38)

H&M Flounce Detail Dress (£18)

Free People Ain't She A Beaut Midi Dress (£98)

Uterqüe Multicolour Checked Dress (£100)

French Connection Sara Bonita Dress (£65)

Karen Millen Curve Linen Blend Cami Corset Maxi Dress (£120)

House of Sunny Hockney Dress (£98)

ASOS Curve Pleated Skirt (£35)

Ghost Meadow Dress (£95)

Arket Shirred Sundress (£59)

Zara Linen-Blend Dress (£28)

Uterqüe Tropical Print Dress (£125)

& Other Stories Collared Twist Detail Midi Dress (£85)

Marks & Spencer Ditsy Floral Dress (£45)

Free People Love Of My Life Midi Dress (£88)

H&M Smocked Bandeau Dress (£18)

Ghost Palm Dress (£89)

Kitri Arabella Striped Cotton Shirred Dress (£145)

AllSaints Tierny Two-in-One Dress (£119)

Arket Tiered Cotton Dress (£89)

Mango Embroidered Dress (£70)

River Island Beige Short Sleeve Tie-Strap Bardot Maxi Dress (£55)

Sister Jane Sideline Jacquard Mini Dress (£89)

Marks & Spencer Linen Round Neck Midi Shift Dress (£35)

Mango Gingham Check Dress (£60)

& Other Stories Tiered Puff Sleeve Mini Dress (£75)

Nobody's Child Pure Cotton Midaxi Waisted Dress (£59)

French Connection Ekeze River Rhodes Dress (£90)

Zara Limited Edition Shirt Dress (£60)

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