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Outfits Under $100: The Perfect Back-to-School Dress, Worn 3 Ways


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Whether you’re a freshman ready to hit the books for the first time or a seasoned collegiate, chances are you’ve embraced the fact that now is the time to be frugal. It can be nearly impossible to balance your fashionable desires with what your checkbook can actually handle. The key to maximizing affordable style is learning the benefits of versatility.

The most interchangeable piece you can have in your closet is a great dress. It doesn’t need to be expensive, you just need to love it. This ideal piece is made of a flowy fabric that you always feel and look good in that can take you from season to season. In the winter months, you can throw on a coat, boots, and tights with it. In the back-to-school season, you can also completely transform it depending on your mood.

Lucky for you, we found the perfect back-to-school dress and styled it 3 different casual yet chic ways. To stay on the inexpensive side, all of the outfits below are under $100.

Casual & Comfy: $98.24

Photo Credit: Dress – Brandy Melville, Cardigan – Target, Boots – Zappos, Earrings – Forever 21, Necklace – Forever 21

Newsflash: classrooms get cold. It can be the dead of winter and schools will still have the AC cranked up. To save yourself from goosebumps and shivers, wear a long-sleeve cardigan over your shoulders. Stand out with a pop of color and fashionable ankle booties. Pair it all with cute jewelry from Forever 21 to stay on the frugal side.

Stylish & Smart: $97.35

Back to school dress shopping outfit chambray top sneakers
Product Information: Dress – Brandy Melville, Top – Tilly’s, Shoes – Charlotte Russe, Watch – Aeroopostale, Headband – American Eagle

In our eyes, there’s no such thing as too much chambray. A great button-up chambray top is one of the most versatile items you can own. Throw it on with your go-to dress and tie it in the front for a summery vibe. If you’re more interested in wearing the dress as a skirt, button it up! Try pairing it with Keds for an adorably-sweet throwback look. Add a wristwatch and headband for a cute classroom-ready vibe.

Charming & Cute: $96.80

Product Information: Dress – Brandy Melville, Top – H&M, Shoes – Amazon, Hat – H&M, Knuckle Ring – Forever 21, Fox Ring – Forever 21,  Nail Polish – Essie

One of the best ways to transform your go-to dress is by wearing a pullover tee or sweater.  It will look like a skirt, and the top layer can always been removed if it’s too hot. To ease the transition to fall, choose accessories in luxurious neutrals, like plum and taupe. A bright pair of oxfords are a great statement piece along with some funky rings.

Do you have a go-to dress for the fall semester?

How do you keep your look fresh? What tips and tricks do you use to dress up your favorite dress? Which style above is your favorite? Leave a comment below and let’s discuss it!

Posted on on August 14, 2013 / Filed Under: Shopping / Tags: , , , ,

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8 Responses to “Outfits Under $100: The Perfect Back-to-School Dress, Worn 3 Ways”

  1. 1
    August 14th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    The link on the dress is broken :-(

  2. 2
    August 14th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    I love all of these three outfits.

    Here is the link

  3. 3
    August 14th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Love this! #1 and #3 are my favorite. Wearing pullovers over dresses is my favorite thing to do, maximizes utility and spreads wear! Ultra casual too, depending on styles. Thanks!! :)

  4. 4
    August 14th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    That is such a cute dress, and all three combinations are great! #3 has to be my favorite!

  5. 5
    August 14th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    The dress is so cute! But like Abby pointed out, the link doesn’t work. :(

  6. 6
    August 14th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Hey Abby and Sierra- That is so strange! I triple-checked the link when I was editing the other day and it worked perfectly. I think Brandy Melville may change their product URLs, which is why it’s not working. Will update the link ASAP!

  7. 7
    August 14th, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    love 2 and 3….very simple ans stylish and not so girly. I like!

  8. 8
    August 17th, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    I love the Brandy Melville dress, but when I went to their website it said a lot of their clothes is one size fits most. I don’t think I would fall under that category as I am 5′ 7″ and 160 lbs. Does anyone have any suggestions for a similar back to school dress?

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