Top 5 Must-Have Sundresses for Any Shape Under $50

July 19, 2011 9:00 AM

By Mary Wheeler

As the weather gets warmer, and ice coffee and short shorts are in abundance, nothing says summer better than a cute, flirty sundress. Though don’t think you have to be a size 0 to pull-off this girl-next-door look. We hunted down five fabulous finds for under $50 for any body type. So go ahead-show off your gams in these pretty finds.
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Photo Credit: Messes of Dresses


Raspberry Wrap Romper, $42

Messes of Dresses
419 Whalley Avenue #303
New Haven, CT 06511

Hours: Monday-Friday and Sunday 9am-5pm

This little red romper (comes with a vegan brown belt) adds height to a smaller frame; though defiantly not for the timid. Sleeveless with pockets, this chic number is the perfect combination of sexy and sweet, hitting slightly above the knee. Pair with cropped brown leather cowboy boots and feather earrings for a western/rustic inspired vibe or spice it up with gold flats for a night out. Insider Tip: While Messes of Dresses is mainly an online boutique, owned by fashionista sisters Divi and Sara Greisman, you can still shop directly at the store by making an appointment (347-855-6624). On location, stylists are available to provide free fashion tips and suggestions.

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Lilly Pulitzer Floral Sundress, $49

Village Vogue Boutique
163 N. Broad St.
Milford, CT 06460

Hours: Tuesday-Friday; Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12pm-4pm; Second Thursday of every month 10am-9pm

This adorable sundress highlights an hour-glass shape in all the right places. Originally priced at $166, this vibrant lemon print is perfect to wear at a bridal or baby shower. With floral lace cutouts and thin spaghetti straps; this designer-piece is for the ultimate girly-girl. Pair with a black boyfriend blazer and black pumps for an Aubrey Hepburn inspired look. Owned by Karen Quinn Panzer and Frank Panzer, Village Vogue Boutique has a wide selection of designer name sundresses (Betsey Johnson and Free People, to name a few), all for under $50.  It doesn’t hurt that this vintage consignment shop also has cute shoes, purses and jewelry.  Insider Tip: Your purchase goes to a good cause-mention the Get In Touch Foundation (P.O. Box 2144, Milford, CT; 203-283-5127), and VVB will donate $1 to the Daisy Wheel Program designed to teach young girls about the importance of regular self-breast exams.  For more information, visit

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Tie-Shoulder Tiered Sundress, $34.50

Old Navy
Tanger Outlets
314 Flat Rock Place
Westbrook CT 06498

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm; Sunday 10am-6pm

For boyish frames, nothing is better than an A-line silhouette. This dress looks like it came straight out of a garden party; full of vibrant purples, blues, yellows, and greens. The empire waist and scoop neckline is ideal for those with a smaller waist and chest. Pair it with a black sweater or fitted jacket and a pair of wedges for a professional work ensemble. Looking to create curves? Try adding a chunky belt. Old Navy features various sundresses this summer in solids and prints, but this soft and sophisticated print really stood out. Insider Tip: The Tanger Outlets Old Navy features many different sidewalk sale all through out the year.

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Yellow Strapless Sun Dress, $27.99

Westfield Mall
5065 Main Street
Trumbull, CT 06611

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-9:30pm; Sunday 11am-7pm

This sunny hue will surely brighten your day this summer. This jersey-knit dress is ideal for hiding problem areas and is the perfect combination of casual and trendy. The ruffled hem hits right at the knee adding a flair of femininity to this classic shape. Pair it with a distressed jean jacket and black flip-flops for running errands or dress it up with cardigan and black heels for a more professional look. With over 20 Targets in Connecticut, you’ll have your fair share of bright/bold picks, though; we couldn’t stop smiling over this cheery shade. Insider Tip: The Westfield Mall Target offers a 20% discount off select clothes, shoes, and accessories on purchases over $75, check dates and restrictions

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Photo Credit: Macy’s


Elementz Sleeveless Smocked Maxi Dress, $48.00

Stamford Town Center
100 Greyrock Place
Stamford, CT 06901

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm; Sunday 11am-6pm

This long, flowy halter dress brings us back to the 1960’s Boho-Chic era. The earthy color palette of blues, greens, and browns is perfect for any free-spirit. The scoop neckline is great for showing off an athletic build, while the smocked bodice can create the illusion of a larger chest. Pair with a brown leather bag, flats, and aviators to maintain its care-free vibe. Avoid heavy accessories with a print this intricate. Wear this light-weight dress for a day on the beach or traveling on the weekends. Insider Tip: Tuesday’s a great day to shop til you drop-The Stamford Town Center offers free concerts starting at 6pm from now until August 9th featuring local bands & musicians. For a complete schedule, visit

Mary Wheeler is a New York City publishing professional and freelance writer whose work has appeared in Redbook, Hamptons, Aspen Peak, Time Out New York,, and AOL’s Wheeler is a graduate of Lyndon State College where she majored in English and Journalism.

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