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Edited by on June 14 2011 at 3:54 PM

When summer starts to get really hot with one 95 degree day after another, I start to run out of new dresses. It never fails: by July, I’m sick of everything I own and raid all the thrift stores in the city for cheap and (sometimes) shapeless muumuus. If you have the same summer wardrobe issue, not to fear. We found 50 dresses for less than $50 you’re going to love.

Bargain Alert: 50 Dresses Less Than $50

Tribal prints – Colorful and fun, these cool, statement-making dresses will spruce-up your closet in no time.

Clockwise from top left:
Dorothy Perkins Multi Tribal Print Dress $39, dorothyperkins.com

Billabong Friday Dress $$31.99, tillys.com

dELiA*s One-Shoulder Tribal Dress $29.99, delias.com

Forever 21 Tribal Maxi Dress $24.80, forever21.com

Papaya Tribal Print Beaded Halter Dress $18.99, papayaclothing.com

Forever 21 Self-Tie Tribal Dress $19.90, forever21.com

Forever 21 Strapless Patch Print Dress $19.80, forever21.com

Forever 21 Abstract Drawstring Dress $19.80, forever21.com

dELiA*s Tribal Woven Dress $29.99, delias.com

AX Paris Tribal Print Shift Dress $49, axparis.co.uk

 

Bargain Alert: 50 Dresses Less Than $50

Country chic - Channel the prairie life with a mix of down home and big city style.

Clockwise from top left:
Jane Norman Horse Print Tie Waisted Shirt Dress $37, janenorman.co.uk

Forever 21 Striped Chambray Dress $18.90, forever21.com

Daytrip Flower Power Dress $36, buckle.com

Akira Silk Blend Lace Sleeve Dress $39.90, shopakira.com

dELiA*s Vintage Crochet Dress $39.50, delias.com

ModCloth Homeland Honey Dress $47.99, modcloth.com

WeSC Ika Dress $39.99, swell.com

ModCloth Vase Vortex Dress $47.99, modcloth.com

 

Bargain Alert: 50 Dresses Less Than $50

Maxis - Bring it to the floor with a breezy ankle-length dress. We have one here for every body type and taste.

From left:
Vero Moda Floral Print Maxi Dress $34, houseoffraser.co.uk

Dorothy Perkins Orange Embellished Maxi Dress $46, dorothyperkins.com

Forever 21 Leopard Maxi Dress $24.80, forever21.com

Forever 21 Ikat Maxi Dress $16.50, forever21.com

ModCloth Bicycle Taxi Maxi Dress $49.99, modcloth.com

Old Navy Smocked Gauze Maxi Dress $39.94, oldnavy.gap.com

Mudd Crochet Maxi Dress $29.99, kohls.com

Dressrail Boobtube Colour Block Maxi Dress $25, dressrail.com

 

 

Bargain Alert: 50 Dresses Less Than $50

Sporty spice - Sleek and easy to move in, these classically casual frocks can be reinvented time and time again.

Clockwise from top left:
Life In Progress™ Pinstriped Dress $24.80, forever21.com

American Apparel Fine Jersey Racerback Tank Dress $32, americanapparel.net

Nordstrom Stem Knit Tank Dress $37.90, nordstrom.com

Forever 21 Draped Tube Dress $16.90, forever21.com

Steve Madden Blushing Ruffle Dress $46.62, zappos.com

American Eagle Pintuck Dress $39.95, ae.com

Go Green M by M Lina Sustainable Vest Top Dress $42, fashion-conscience.com

Aqua Sleeveless Racerback Stripe Maxi Dress $23.52, bloomingdales.com

 

 

Bargain Alert: 50 Dresses Less Than $5070s-Inspired – Whether going for the hippie or late mod feel, these vintage-esque dresses will quickly become summer staples.

Clockwise from left:
Peacocks Belted Wrap Dress $33, peacocks.co.uk

Dorothy Perkins Mocha Gypsy Lace Panel Dress $46, dorothyperkins.com

Peacocks 70s Maxi Dress $25, peacocks.co.uk

Vero Moda Fluted Sleeve Low Back 70s Shift $48.27, asos.com

Vintage 1970′s Womens Mod Knit Dress $42, rustyzipper.com

H81 Anita Sleeveless Woven Dress $16.90, forever21.com

Peacocks Chiffon Crop Dress $32, peacocks.co.uk

GoJane Printed Tie-Waist Tank Dress $31.70, gojane.com

 

Bargain Alert: 50 Dresses Less Than $50

Darling denim - Keep this classic look updated with rope belts and colorful accessories.

Clockwise from left:
French Connection Phillipa Dress $39.99, usa.frenchconnection.com

Oasis Skater Dress $25, oasis-stores.com

Thread Sense Sweetheart Button Denim Dress $35, threadsense.com

H&M Flared Denim Dress $21, hm.com

Hurley Wilson YC Denim Dress $44, zappos.com

Peacocks Denim Embroidered Dress $25, peacocks.co.uk

Forever 21 Denim Tube Dress W/ Belt $24.90, forever21.com

Forever 21 Belted Denim Dress $19.80, forever21.com

 

What are your favorite dresses from this guide? Let us know in the comments.

Story by Amanda Gabriele

I stole my first pair of platforms from the Spice Bus in 1997 when Anglophilia was all the rage. Collector of vintage bags, vinyl and kitchen appliances. My dream of becoming a butcher is momentarily on hiatus so I can teach you how to wear muumuus and apply false eyelashes. Follow me on Twitter @CrystlMeatballs.