A few readers have asked me to suggest some affordable options for dresses… so here’s my recommendation!
Try some of these Off Shoulder Dresses from Shein.
I’ve bought a few things from Shein before, and honestly it’s been hit and miss. You have to really look at the photos and read the description carefully.
Thankfully these two dresses were great!
This dress is the Shirred Off Shoulder Floral Dress in Burgundy.
The top half of the dress is shirred, including the bust area, which I thought would be awful, but it doesn’t look that bad. It’s stretchy and comfy, wraps and sits nicely against your bra to show off your boobs.
The floral pattern also disguises the shirred-bit and it all looks fine.
The shirring stops just above the waist, so it gives the dress a “baby doll” or “empire cut” look. Which is nice because it hides the waist and tummy (hello hamburgers for lunch!) yet it still looks fitted and slimming, and you don’t have to worry about sucking in your tummy all day haha.
The double split panel in front was quite nice too, it makes the dress look extra summery.
It’s a really comfortable dress to wear! It’s a very casual, simple, throw on and walk to the beach kind of dress… or put on nice heels and wear to a summer backyard party.
This is the Size S and it fit me perfectly (I’m usually a size AUS/UK 6) – even in the length.
The fabric is a soft, printed kind of cotton. It handled a hot iron very well and didn’t crease easily after that.
Does it look cheap and nasty? Nope, it’s a summer dress, which looks casual, fun, high-street and affordable.
For the second dress, I picked out this Black Off Shoulder Tie Cuff Dress.
It’s VERY good value for AUS $20.
The fabric is a soft-to-touch rayon that looks like a kind of textured cheese-cloth. It’s light, floaty and a tiny bit see-through. It feels robust and strong and like I could wear it all day. It’s very comfortable.
Having said that, I haven’t washed it yet. But I did iron it and the fold creases came out easily.
I like the bow on the sleeves and the mini length. It is completely shapeless, so the focus is on your shoulders and legs.
I’m wearing the XS and the width of the shoulders were good – not too squeezey and not difficult to move in.
Again it’s a summer dress, so it’s good as a casual wear. Although I wore it with skinny jeans and tall boots one day and it looked great too.
Does it look cheap and nasty? I think because it’s black, it has a polished look to it. It looks casual and affordable, and definitely not nasty!
I guess if you’ve never tried an off shoulder dress, this is a good, safe dress to start.
And if you like it, you could look for a high quality replacement for the rest of spring / summer, as this off-shoulder trend will stick around until the start of next winter!