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Casual Summer Dresses Under 50

casual dresses under $50

sleeveless white knit dress

gray tassel necklace and pink sunglasses

summer outfit - sleeveless shift dress and wedges

prada sunglasses and mixing jewelry metals

nude wedges for summer

casual summer dresses under $50

affordable summer dresses under $50

fashion blogger outfit - sleeveless white dress, wedges, and tassel necklace

FRANCESCA’S c/o Knit Dress (similar  | similar)  | SEYCHELLES Ramble Wedges **ON SALE | ELAINE TURNER Kassidy Crossbody/old  (clutch version  | similar)  | FRANCESCA’S c/o Tassel Necklace  | KENDRA SCOTT c/o Adair Earrings (similar)  | BAUBLEBAR Ladder Cuff  | HENRI BENDEL  Hinged Cuff  | Lips: MAC Faux  | PRADA (c/o Ditto) Sunglasses  **Rent Designer Shades free for One Month with code LADYINVIOLET

So unfortunately this dress sold out before I could post, but I found a couple similar styles and tons more casual summer dresses under 50.  Casual dresses are one of my go to outfits for summer.  It’s hot and you get sweaty just stepping outside, so a dress is just more comfortable and breaths a little better in the heat. Although I’m not going to lie, I totally still wear my jeans too.  I’m typically shopping for dresses that I can wear on weekends to run errands, meet up with friends, or head to drinks in.  I consider it a major bonus if the dress also works for the office.  I paired this dress with these heels on Monday for a really cute little office outfit.

When I wear shift dresses, I tend to pair with a long pendant necklace.  Shift dresses have zero shape, and I feel like the long necklace helps stretch out the look of the dress a little.  I also pair with wedges, especially nude ones, because they help make your legs look longer.  Both of these little style tricks keep shift dresses from overwhelming your figure.

I found tons of cute casual dresses all under $50 that would be so cute for summer, and some would definitely work in the office too depending on your work dress code.  Mine is pretty business casual, so I can go a little more casual with my dresses.  Check back Friday when I’m sharing some of my summer must-haves and a look at what is on my summer wish list.



Lady in Violet

Search For Sunglasses Pt. 2 – Prada

Spring Outfit idea - blue top and white jeans

Prada sunglasses review

Anthropologie Striped Peplum Top

White Skinny Jeans and nude heels

summer fashion - striped blue top with white skinny jeans

summer outfit idea - blue striped blouse, white jeans, and heels

fashion blogger outfit - peplum top and white jeans

how to wear peplum tops in summer

what to wear with white jeans in summer fashion

ANTHROPOLOGIE Peplum Striped Blouse  | PAIGE DENIM Stilt Skinny Jeans  | STEVE MADDEN Proto Heels  | KENDRA SCOTT Skylar Earrings, c/o Rae Necklace (similar),  Grady Bracelet (similar & on sale!)  | GORJANA Mika Necklace  | BAUBLEBAR Ladder Cuff  | CLARE V Foldover Clutch  | Lips: MAC Craving  | PRADA (c/o Ditto) Sunglasses **Rent Designer Shades FREE for one month with code LADYINVIOLET

Okay, so you probably noticed I received my second pair of sunglasses from Ditto a couple weeks ago.  A quick refresher – I lost my favorite everyday pair of shades, so I’m renting sunglasses to try and find a new pair.  As much as I would love to have $400 to spend on sunglasses, I know it’s over my budget.  BUT I really wanted to try out this style to see if I would like it, and why not try out Prada, right?!?!

Overall, I really like these sunglasses. Some of the pros – They provide good sun blocking on both super sunny days and cloudy but still bright days.  The Karen Walker pair didn’t really work well on cloudy days when you only need slight light blocking.  The pink frames were really fun, and I think this particular shade works as a great everyday color.  I don’t think I ever had an outfit that these didn’t work with.  I received TONS of compliments on these sunglasses from both friends and just random people I would pass on the sidewalk.  These sunglasses were comfortable not too heavy and stayed put on my face even with a little sweating.  They also feel really durable too.  The Cons – The price tag on these, but I have seen less expensive pairs.  After a couple weeks, the over-sized cat-eye look did wear on me a bit.  I was ready to trade these in.

I am officially placing these babies in the mail today to go back to Ditto.  My next pair already arrived on Saturday.  Both previous pairs were over-sized, so I decided to go smaller this time.  I tried to find a pair that had the pros from each previous pair.  Want a sneak peek of my next pair??  Check them out HERE.


Lady in Violet

3 Tips to Restyle a Dress

summer outfit - floral dress, denim vest and sandals

vera bradley white crossbody bag and kendra scott bracelet

restyle a dress with a denim vest

spring outfit - floral dress and denim vest

gladiator sandals with pink floral dress

trina turk elin dress, pink floral and restyled with denim vest

kendra scott turquoise bracelet and white crossbody bag

prada sunglasses and pink floral dress for summer

fashion blogger's how to restyle a dress

TRINA TURK Elin Dress  | BP Denim Vest (similar)  | SAM EDELMAN Dawson Sandals  | VERA BRADLEY c/o Quilted Tess Bag  | KENDRA SCOTT c/o Rae Necklace,  Skylar Earrings,  Andy Bracelet,  Grady Bracelet (similar)  | BAUBLEBAR Ladder Cuff  | GORJANA Mika Necklace  | PRADA (c/o Ditto) Sunglasses **Try One Month FREE with code LADYINVIOLET  | Lips: MAC Craving

We have all done it, splurged on the pretty dress thinking I’m sure I will wear this all the time.  It’s a gorgeous dress, but then you realize it’s one of those memorable dresses that you can’t wear to every event all summer long.  I splurged on this dress last summer, and found it on sale but still a bit of a splurge for this summer.  I always love trying to come up with new ways to restyle a dress, so I can wear it not only multiple times but to different kinds of events.  A little over a week ago, I wore this dress with my heels to Afternoon Tea for a birthday celebration of several of my friends.  It’s such a statement dress that it really doesn’t need much else.

BUT, I wanted to come up with a cute casual look for this dress.  Something I could wear to a backyard party or family function.  My denim vest is my summer go to piece to easily change the look of a dress and create a more casual vibe.  Not going to lie, it’s also something I add on when I am so not in strapless bra mood.  Another easy way to change the look of a dress is with your shoes.  I could have opted for wedges if I wanted to go dressy casual, but to take the look even more laid back, I opted for my flat sandals.   I like the nude shoe, so it still lets the colors of the dress be the focal point.  My last restyling tip is all about the accessories.  I typically go really simple with this dress when I wear it all dressed up.  For a fun casual look, I added a long pendant necklace and some colorful bracelets that complimented the colors of the dress.  When I added all these pieces, this look had a lot going on, so I went with a simple white bag.  I think the white really helps to brighten the colors of the dress.  There you go, 3 easy tips to restyling a dress from fancy to casual.  If you want to see the previous way I styled this dress last summer, check out my post HERE.


Lady in Violet

Casual Weekend Uniform

spring outfit idea - black top and jeans with flats

kendra scott earrings with julie vos coin pendant necklace

comfortable skinny jeans and lace-up flats

casual weekend uniform for running errands

silver jewelry and crossbody bag

nordstrom black henley blouse with long silver necklace

casual weekend outfit inspiration - black blouse and jeans

what to wear on weekends to be comfortable

julie vos coin pendant and sole society kianna bag

steve madden le crew lace-up flats

weekend outfit - jeans, flats and a cute top

NYDJ Henley Top (a few other colors/prints on sale!)  | AG The Stilt Jeans  (similar) | STEVE MADDEN Le Crew Lace-up Flats  | SOLE SOCIETY Kianna Crossbody  |  JULIE VOS Coin Pendant  | STELLA & DOT Renegade Bracelet  | NADRI Crystal Bangle (similar)  | KENDRA SCOTT c/o Fran Earrings (similar)  | Nails: JULEP Shari  | Lips: MAC Craving & CLINIQUE First Date | KAREN WALKER (c/o Ditto) Number One Sunglasses ** Try Free for One Month with code LADYINVIOLET

If you ran into me on weekends while I’m running errands, there is a good chance I’m wearing something pretty similar to this outfit.  I love easy to throw on, still looking chic, and functional outfits.  This top has been one of my favorite clothing purchases of late.  I love a simple and classic solid top. I love that the material is lightweight, perfect for the Texas heat.  It also doesn’t really require ironing.  I wear it to work too with pencil skirts and slacks.  It is just perfection!! A few of the colors and prints are on sale, I’m thinking maybe I need the blush pink or light blue one.  The white one is definitely on my wish list because it would make such a great layering piece.  I was hoping it would go on sale too, but no luck yet.

A few of my other weekend must haves are a comfy pair of jeans and shoes.  When I plan on walking tons like shopping both mall and everyday errands, I pull out my flats.  I love my heels and wedges, but flats are my go to weekend shoe for errands.  I really like these lace-ups because they work great to make an outfit look a little more dressy.   I can not rave enough about my AG jeans!! I think I’m not the only one because whenever they are on sale, sizes are slim pickings!!  I like that you have a little stretch for movement, but they hold their shape – perfect for weekends!

I have also realized I am so over clutches and all about the crossbody!!  I went to an event last night and carried one of my clutches.  It was the first time in awhile, and I struggled to balance my clutch, shaking hands, giving hugs, champagne, yummy snacks, and shopping.  I think about 20 minutes in, I was like yep only buying crossbodys from now on!  Luckily, I’ve noticed many clutches are starting to come with an attachable strap!

So now that I’ve talked about my casual weekend uniform, I am kind of ready for the weekend and it’s only Wednesday…..  Well I guess I will just hope the next couple of work days fly by, time can slow down after 5 😉  Have a great day ya’ll!



Lady in Violet