Getting Thrifty: 10 Cute Dresses for Under $10

We here at DivineCaroline like a challenge almost as much as we like a reason to leave the office, so we took it upon ourselves to debunk one of the most pernicious myths of fashion: that it takes deep pockets to look deeply fabulous. We hit the streets to find 10 dresses for under 10 dollars each at local bargain-basement thrift stores. We found that sleuthing out budget-friendly fashion is easy, as long as you go equipped with a sense of adventure, a little time to spare, and a lot of imagination. A few good-humored coworkers help, too. Take a peek at our top picks in secondhand style.
Pretty in Periwinkle
Aqua Daydream
Vintage Appeal
Lacey Occasion
Little Black Dress
Belting It Out
Flower Power
Style’s a Cinch
Casual Comfort
Striped Sensation
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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.

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Aqua Daydream

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.

Vintage Appeal

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.

Lacey Occasion

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.

Flower Power

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.

Casual Comfort

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.

Striped Sensation

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.

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