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Perfect spring dress for $13? 10 bargains under $50

April 25, 2014 at 1:27 PM ET

At prices like these, you can afford to try all the season’s hottest dress trends — midi hemlines, clashing prints, skinny belts!

Cold shoulder

H&M chiffon dress
H&M


Your perfect summer party dress? Found! It’s flattering, lightweight, on-trend and sexy. And you’ll still have money left for a killer clutch. (H&M chiffon dress, $39.95, hm.com)

Squeeze of lime

Cheap dresses: yellow
Uniqlo

We're already counting the events where we'll wear this floaty dress: that garden party wedding, a concert in the park, Tuesday in the office… That's a whole lotta wear for under $40. (Uniqlo chiffon dress, $39.90, uniqlo.com)

Sweet nothing

H&M lace dress
H&M


All the skin-caressing seduction of your prettiest lingerie — but in a wearable cap-sleeve silhouette you’ll reach for all summer. (H&M lace dress, $29.95, hm.com)

Berry picking

cheap dresses
Uniqlo

Think of this number as an effortless alternative to the classic wrap dress. It still hugs your curves, just not quite as tightly. (Uniqlo cache-coeur dress, $29.90, uniqlo.com)

Safari set

H&M lyocell-blend dress
H&M


We love a dress that combines work-appropriate polish with a summery vibe, and this frock delivers on all fronts. Plus, it looks amazing with practically any summer accessory, from a bright belt to studded gladiator sandals or an envelope clutch. (H&M lyocell-blend dress, $49.95, hm.com)

She means business

Dorothy Perkins cowl neck dress
Dorothy Perkins


This seamed colorblock dress reminds us of the power sheaths worn by the female stars of "Scandal, Suits" and "The Good Wife". But we bet theirs didn’t cost under $30. (Dorothy Perkins cowl neck dress, $29, dorothyperkins.com)

Prized specimen

Wallis shift dress
Wallis


Worn alone with heels and a chignon, this dress is perfect for a night out. Add a crisp white blazer for an elegant office look. (Wallis shift dress, $42, wallisfashion.com)

Clash of clans

H&M jersey dress
H&M


Neon orchids juxtaposed with animal print, for only $13? Yes, please! (H&M jersey dress, $12.95, hm.com)

Ultimate ombre

H&M maxi dress
H&M


Why fade from tone to tone when you can fade from print to print? This woven maxi transitions from classic leopard all the way to pink pansies. We also love the higher neckline and back and sexy slit. (H&M maxi dress, $49.95, hm.com)

I’m with the band

Dorothy Perkins bandeau maxi dress
Dorothy Perkins


Flat sandals (or better yet, bare feet) and a glass of chilled rosé are the only accessories this maxi dress needs. (Dorothy Perkins bandeau maxi dress, $49, dorothyperkins.com


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