Getting Thrifty: 10 Cute Dresses for Under $10
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Pretty in Periwinkle
As our illustrious staff writer Allison knows, this season is all about bold, playful colors. This explains why she picked out this adorable empire-waist periwinkle tank dress. The fact that it perfectly complements her eyes also may have had something to do with it.
Our beloved grammar guru and resident vintage specialist, Vicky, found this whimsical aqua number buried deep in the racks of Goodwill. The flowery Art Deco pattern and light, breezy fabric transports us (and apparently Vicky) to a warm summer day—or at least somewhere far away from that ominous shelf of VHS tapes.
There are so many things to love about this dress. Not only is the red, white, and blue perfect for Fourth of July festivities, the ruffles and bold floral print ensure that wherever you go, the party’s already underway.
What’s summer without a white dress? This one, spotted by our resourceful staff writer Renae (who cleverly uses it as camouflage against the white walls of the Salvation Army), hits all the right notes. Its modest cut and playful polka-dot lace are bound to flatter anyone’s figure, and it can be easily dressed up or down for almost any occasion.
Little Black Dress
No wardrobe is complete without a little black dress, but finding one that flatters both your figure and your wallet can be a chore. Vicky hit the jackpot with this fitted lace LBD, which manages to look sophisticated and casual all at once.
Belting It Out
Okay, so this one’s not a dress, but we were so impressed by Allison’s prowess at pulling this look together that we’re including it. A little accessorizing goes a long way in bringing new life to the land of secondhand.
They say it helps to dress for the job you want rather than the job you have. We here in foggy San Francisco figure this applies to weather as well. Here, Allison summons the sunshine with a pretty floral-print dress that makes the bees want to pollinate.
Style’s a Cinch
Here Vicky channels her inner MacGyver to transform a loose-fitting shirtdress into a slimming and stylish ensemble, and all with a $1 belt. No wonder we keep her around.
The great thing about this drawstring tube dress, other than the lively splash of color, is that it looks so darn comfortable. Sure, it’d be great for a day on the beach or in the park, but why stop there? As far as I can tell, there’s no good reason to take this dress off.
This may be our favorite dress of the lot. The bold pattern is both retro and modern, and the cut is perfect for work or play. And, as with most things secondhand, it’s bound to be an original.