30+ of the Cutest Summer Dresses Under $30

Empty Nest Blessed by Suzy Mighell

If you’ve followed me for a while, you know I love summer dresses! I especially love finding cute styles at affordable prices from stores I love. This week I am sharing with you 30+ summer dresses under $30, and the best thing is, they’re from your favorite everyday stores — Walmart and Target! I go to either Walmart or Target almost every single week! Do you?

I so appreciate the vast selection of merchandise and that I can get everything I need, from beauty to produce, right in one spot! It’s a huge time saver. Right? As I’ve walked through the store in the past year, I’ve noticed something — they’ve upped their fashion game, big time — especially Walmart! I’m talking on-trend and good quality. I’m so excited to share some of their easy-breezy dresses with you today!

Pleated Blouson Eyelet Sleeve Dress (Also in Navy & White) NOW reduced from $28 to $17! | Floral Bow Slides | Dot Drop Earrings | Colorful Cheetah Watch Band (For more fun Apple Watch bands, see THIS post.)

First of all, I have to tell you that my initial idea for this post was 30 dresses under $30, but we found so many darling dresses that we had to add the “+” sign after 30 to make the title work! 😂 Also, I couldn’t do a 30+ dresses under $30 without adding a few from Amazon, so I just had to pop some of those in too! (Don’t worry! I only included Amazon dresses I actually own, so I can give you the 👍 on quality!)

woman  over 50 wearing amazon daily ritual pink dress standing on front porch

Scoop Neck Dress (4 color options) | Floral Bow Slides | Blush Elastic Apple Watch Band (set of 3 colors) | Dot Drop Earrings

Remember the days when you had a “mom uniform?” Like, the kids were running crazy, and you just grabbed the same old standby outfit without taking the time to put much thought into it? Well, those days are over, my friends, and now it’s time to switch to a new “empty nester uniform!”

I think dresses are the best empty nester uniform for summer. I wear one almost every day when the weather is warm!

  • They’re cooler than shorts.
  • They’re versatile change up your look by swapping your sneakers for sandals.
  • They’re comfortable and easy to move in.
  • They’re feminine and girly.
woman over 50 looking down wearing green walmart above the knee dress

Tiered Knit Dress With Pockets – (under $15 and good quality!) – 8 color options! See them all HERE. | Pearl Embellished Sandals | Necklace Stack: Tennis Necklace; Abbie Strand Necklace; Open Frame Crystal Pendant Necklace | CZ Initial Pendant Huggies

See the Instagram REEL I made with this dress HERE.

If you’re a dress lover like me, you’ll love this post! We’ve rounded up the cutest affordable summer dresses that are perfect for your warm-weather empty nester uniform! These will have you looking good from errands and the office to that late-night movie date with the hubs. (Um, yeah…you can do that late-night date night now. And you should. Because you can!)

Mini Dresses

Printed Woven Mini Dress (Covers your upper arms!) | Ankle Strap Block Heel Sandals | Gucci Crossbody Bag | Stripe Hoop Earrings | Black Elastic Apple Watch Band (set of 3 colors) | Tory Burch Sunglasses (Similar)

Mini dresses are NOT off-limits to midlife women! Shorter dresses are fun, one of the coolest options in hot summer weather, and can be modest and appropriate if you pick one that is a length that makes you feel comfortable. As you’re browsing, keep in mind that the models you see in the photos are usually unusually TALL! I always find the dress length in the written description and get out my tape measure to check where it would fall on me.

Some of my favorites include:

Midi & Maxi Summer Dresses

Black Tank Waisted Maxi Dress (9 color/pattern options) | Braided Strap Sandals (7 color options) | Ruched Hobo Handbag (13 color options) | Coral Cashmere Cardigan SOLD OUT | Dot Drop Earrings | Necklace Stack: Abbie Strand Necklace; Open Frame Crystal Pendant Necklace; Diamond Initial Pendant Necklace | TUMI Carry On Suitcase | Custom Tote (Design your own HERE.) | Custom Laptop Case (Design your own HERE.)

Watch the Instagram REEL I made with this dress HERE.

Midi or full-length summer dresses are great options if you’re looking for something a bit more formal. These dresses will still give you the comfort, ease, and breathability of minis, but will provide more coverage. That means you can wear them to all your summer events! I love a good midi or full-length dress for church, baby showers or bridal showers, date nights, or events with family and friends. Check out the super cute options below!

Some of my favorites include:

Navy Tank Waisted Maxi Dress (9 color/pattern options) | Floral Bow Slides | Hand-Painted Straw Handbag | Necklace Stack: Abbie Strand Necklace; Diamond Initial Pendant Necklace; Sanibel Island Pendant Necklace | Gold Huggie Earrings

If you saw my recent Instagram posts from Sanibel Island, you know how I feel about incorporating easy-to-wear dresses into your travel wardrobe. Now you know they’re perfect for your empty nester uniform too! I’ve put together a boutique of some of my favorite easy and affordable summer dresses at the bottom of this post. Many of the dresses come in multiple colors and patterns, so if you see a style you like, be sure to click on it to learn more!

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Did I miss anything? Leave a comment below and tell me your favorite place to shop for affordable summer dresses!

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