Pretty, Romantic Dresses For Spring & Summer (Think: Saks Style, But For Less)

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Thank you to Saks OFF 5TH & ShopStyle for sponsoring this post.

I love a really great dress. There are very few items that can instantly elevate my mood like a well-made, fit-for-me frock. Donning a dress sometimes feels like a blossoming — especially after a long winter (and this winter has certainly been very, very long).

But I’m funny about fabrics and fit, picky about itchy seams, and so — no one is surprised — I tend to like really expensive dresses.

Beautiful, Romantic & Silk: Timeless Summer Dresses

Over time, my penchant for pricey has served me well. I’ve learned, for example, that 100% silk dresses stay nice and cool in the summer, while man-made ‘silky’ fabrics do not. And silk holds up over time! Even better, I’ve started hand-washing many of my silk pieces (hang to dry) with very little ill effect.

I’ve also found that when I’ve invested in a stunningly gorgeous, really well-made designer dress…it doesn’t actually go out of style. These dresses age well.

We've found that stunningly gorgeous, well-made designer dresses...don't go out of style. Beautiful romantic dresses (think silk) age so well.

dress (more options here & below)| bag

The only issue I run into with a beautiful designer dress, is, of course, the price point: For someone with my casual lifestyle, will I wear the dress enough to make it worth the cost?

This is where Saks OFF 5TH comes in. Saks is where I’ll go to drool over allllll the pretty things and to be inspired. But Saks OFF 5TH? Saks OFF 5TH is where I score.

We've found that stunningly gorgeous, well-made designer dresses...don't go out of style. Beautiful romantic dresses (think silk) age so well.

dress (more options here & below) | sandals | bag

My latest absolute find is this 100% silk dress from LoveShackFancy, one of my favorite dress brands. Its original retail price is $495, but I was able to snap it up for less than $200. And yes, again: 100% silk. You’ll never go wrong with any of the dresses from LoveShackFancy, but I especially love the pretty floral print and romantic details of this one. Plus, a midi-length dress is always so lovely to wear.

A few more 100% silk midi dresses that caught my eye….

We've found that stunningly gorgeous, well-made designer dresses...don't go out of style. Beautiful romantic dresses (think silk) age so well.
We've found that stunningly gorgeous, well-made designer dresses...don't go out of style. Beautiful romantic dresses (think silk) age so well.
We've found that stunningly gorgeous, well-made designer dresses...don't go out of style. Beautiful romantic dresses (think silk) age so well.

dress | sandals | bag

Fit notes: I’m wearing a size 4 in the LoveShackFancy Faith Midi Dress. Fit is TTS. The sandals are very comfy, walkable and also come in black. I love them. The bag, however, is sold out. I’ve noticed that no good bag stays in stock at Saks OFF 5TH for long, so if you do see one you love, I wouldn’t hesitate. I have a shopping widget below of the other bags that caught my eye, but in the meantime…I also snagged this one (it’s Staud, my latest obsession).

Pretty Summer Dresses At Saks OFF 5TH

I ordered a bunch of dresses to try on…if you want to see my five favorites from that try-on session, check out our recent IG reel, here. I’ve found that the best way to shop Saks OFF 5th is to first filter down by size, but — to get this party started — here’s a selection of dresses that I’m loving (and, at the time of publishing, most have many sizes left).

Seriously Cute Handbags (To Pair With Summer Dresses)

As I warned, these won’t last long.

xo,

S

photo credits: Redfield Photography

A huge thank you to Saks OFF 5TH and Shopstyle for sponsoring this post!! It’s always such fun finding really special pieces in a price range I can afford. As always, all product choices, thoughts and opinions are my own. And readers, thank you for your continuing support. It doesn’t go unnoticed and is so very much appreciated.

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Shana founded The Mom Edit in 2008. She lives with the love of her life (his name's Mike) and their two crazy boys in downtown Philadelphia. She loves a good styling challenge (her engineering side shows eventually), appreciates kindness, and usually picks scotch over wine, sneakers over stilettos, and shorts known as denim-underwear, always.

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