Greetings, friends, and cheers to a long weekend! At least, I hope some of you get a few days off for Easter. Our school district has a 5-day weekend, and my daughter is definitely psyched for that.
I’ve had some requests for more budget-friendly alternatives to shorts, so that’s what I went looking for when Walmart invited me to collaborate on another post. Today I’m sharing two casual spring/summer dresses from their We Dress America collection that are each under $15.
The first one is actually under $10. This sleeveless knit swing dress comes in a bunch of different striped and solid color options, and the material is nice and soft and drapey. It even has pockets.
This dress gets great reviews. It’s super soft and not at all see-through, but what I especially like about it is the length. Oftentimes swing dresses seem to run short for my 5’5″ frame, but this one hits just above the knee. It runs true to size; I’m in the small.
This dress would be cute with sneakers or wedge sandals, but I also like how these criss cross gladiator sandals look with it.
They’re super comfortable and easy to walk in. They have a cushioned foam footbed, and the straps are really soft against the foot. They run true to size as well.
And you know I had to throw a denim jacket on top. I always bring along a denim jacket when I’m wearing a casual dress in case I get chilly, and it helps provide some structure when a dress is a little loose in the waist.
This dress is made of a soft woven cotton fabric, and it’s fully lined so even the lighter colors are not see-through.
It’s also a nice length and comes in a bunch of solid and striped color ways. It has pockets, but I found them to be a little bulky, even after ironing, so I’d probably have them removed. I hear that’s fairly simple for a tailor to do.
I would also probably have it taken in a bit through the waist to give it more shape, but it fits the way a shift should. I just prefer a more fitted sheath style for my body type.
I decided to pair this dress with sneakers to show another option, but both dresses could be worn with either the sandals or the sneakers.
These remind me a lot of the Converse Shoreline, but for a fraction of the cost.
Also, this packable straw tote reminds me a lot of a tan one I got last year that came with a much higher price tag. This bag is roomy and fully lined, making it perfect for the pool or beach. Plus it folds flat for easy packing.
So there you have it, two budget-friendly casual dresses to wear to your spring and summer gatherings, to run errands, or basically anywhere you want to be casual and comfortable but prefer not to wear shorts or pants!
sleeveless knit dress // crisscross gladiator sandals // similar denim jacket // woven notch neck shift dress // slip on sneakers // packable straw tote
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photos: Alison Cornell