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Frugal Fashionista: Versatile Spring Dresses Edition

Dresses For Curves. YES.

Yesterday I let you all in on a few secrets. My old bad mom hair and my very new haircut. A direct result of pulling myself out of the dreary rut I’ve found myself in regarding my self-image.

I’ve always been into fashion, but never one for expensive brands. A generous part of my wardrobe is always thrifted and I only shop sales online. Lately my wardrobe has diminished to a steady rotation of yoga pants, leggings and jeans. Well one pair of jeans. That’s right. One.

They are only pair that fit and I refuse to buy anymore since I’ve finally gotten back into my exercise routine. Spring has awakened something inside of me. The feminine, feral part of me who digs being sexy. Just because I’m a mom – doesn’t mean that I have to give that up.

So. I’ve spent a small chunk of time carousing the internets to find some of the very best deals of dresses that are complimentary to curves, versatile and not always sensible. Hurrah to that. I’ve been careful to keep all body types in mind here, so go ahead – check them out, excellent deals with something for everyone. After the jump!

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  • Satin Birds: 29.95 1 of 21
    Satin Birds: 29.95
    Knee length, seamed at the waist with pleats and elastic back. Made casual with a cardi or jean jacket with flats, wedges or boots. Wear it belted or not, with bare legs or tights or leggings.
    By H&M. View it here
  • ASOS CURVE Midi Pussybow Dress: 37.60 2 of 21
    ASOS CURVE Midi Pussybow Dress: 37.60
    This dress sings to me. With an elasticated waistband, perfect for belting - I adore the scoop neckline, blouson and gathered style. Lovely as a work-day dress, mom on the run with princess flats or cute sandals. Still chilly? Tights and boots, holla! Clearly this dress would be sexy as all get out paired with sheer patterned tights and killer heels. Y'know, for those rare nights you go out with the girls, or on a date with the mister. Because you KNOW you should be doing those things. If only once in a blue moon.
    Get it here, on ASOS
  • Boho Spring Vintage: 45.00 3 of 21
    Boho Spring Vintage: 45.00
    Whimsical, retro styles. Right up my alley and rocking the runways. I was stoked to find this dress-maker on Etsy, as she specializes in the afore mentioned type of designs. At a price point you can't beat for custom made tailoring and quality. Versatile for day or night and machine washable made with pre-shrunk 100% cotton, this is also a rarity from the usual polyester. Also, BIRDIES!
    Get it here, by Jennifer Lily Designs on Etsy
  • Asymmetrical Hemmed Dress: 49.90 4 of 21
    Asymmetrical Hemmed Dress: 49.90
    Fun, bright and sexy - perfect for work or play methinks. No worries here with all the bending over us mamas of young ones have to do, front or back. Just sayin'. It doesn't have to be all jeans and yoga pants. Unless, that's how you roll - which is cool, personally I just like me some dresses.
    Get it here, via ZARA
  • Chiffon Crepe: 29.95 5 of 21
    Chiffon Crepe: 29.95
    Lined with jersey and mid-thigh, I personally wouldn't be wearing this bare legged. Unless it was stinking hot out, but we're not there yet. For now I'll be pairing it with tights or leggings and having some fun with layering.
    View it here, via H&M
  • ASOS Striped Knitted Dress: 34.02 6 of 21
    ASOS Striped Knitted Dress: 34.02
    All praise the relaxed fit tunic. And pockets! And stripes! SOLD. Leather jacket and motorcycle boots paired with, YES.
    Get it here, via ASOS
  • Real Estate Extraordinaire Dress: 33.39 7 of 21
    Real Estate Extraordinaire Dress: 33.39
    Flirty and retro. I enjoy all of the crinkle pleats and swing to the skirt of this dress. The blouson style top and neck-tie cinch the deal. Sexy mom, getting shit done = this dress.
    Get it here, via ModCloth
  • ASOS Crochet Insert Dress: 19.70 8 of 21
    ASOS Crochet Insert Dress: 19.70
    Pretty, pretty, pretty. And again, versatile. A mini dress that will be your friend through seasonal change, worn with skinny jeans or tights. Another piece that will be well-suited to layering. Or not - if you're adventurous with little ones to run around after. Just be wary of flashing your knickers.
    Get it here, via ASOS
  • Cherry Blossom Time: 40.00 9 of 21
    Cherry Blossom Time: 40.00
    More awesomeness by Jennifer Lily, in an ultimate spring-time print: cherry blossom roses. Made from soft vintage cotton, with a gathered elastic waistband asking you to belt it. Now this. This is a comfy dress you can tackle your day in.
    Get it here, via Jennifer Lily Designs on Etsy
  • ASOS Wrap Dress With Tie Waist: 37.60 10 of 21
    ASOS Wrap Dress With Tie Waist: 37.60
    Okay. So this dress is seriously hot and probably not well-suited for the park. I told you I was going to give you options for WAHMS, SAHMS and any other form of mama who feels like donning a sexy frock if and when she pleases. Lordy, I love this dress.
    Get it here, via ASOS
  • Knee Length Jersey: 14.95 11 of 21
    Knee Length Jersey: 14.95
    Simple and bright, you can wear this into the ground a multitude of ways. Loose-fitting with a cute pocket on the breast, this one is a casual must have for that kind of price. Also comes in black.
    View it here, via H&M
  • ASOS CURVE Bow Collar Knitted Dress : 43.87 12 of 21
    ASOS CURVE Bow Collar Knitted Dress : 43.87
    Swaaaaank. I would wear this ay or night. But I'm crazy like that. I mean, it's quite sensible given the 3/4 length sleeves, right? I can do dishes and clean toilets in this number - I swear.
    Get it here, via ASOS
  • Sleeveless Crochet Dress: 59.90 13 of 21
    Sleeveless Crochet Dress: 59.90
    Ah, sweet, forgiving flow and flounce - how I love thee. Featuring a comfy racer back and casual elegance - this one will follow you from Spring into Summer.
    Get it here, via ZARA
  • Vila Dress With Bow Shoulder In Striped Jersey: 26.86 14 of 21
    Vila Dress With Bow Shoulder In Striped Jersey: 26.86
    This clingy mini would be well suited to an adventurous, slender petit mama all on its own.
    Get it here, via ASOS
  • Chocolate Chestnut Tea Party: 35.00 15 of 21
    Chocolate Chestnut Tea Party: 35.00
    This is one of my favourites for everyday wear. mid-length and made from vintage cotton, this classic retro design will compliment many body types.
    Get it here, via Jennifer Lilly Designs on Etsy
  • ASOS CURVE Exclusive Floral Cross Front Midi Dress: 35.81 16 of 21
    ASOS CURVE Exclusive Floral Cross Front Midi Dress: 35.81
    Another one you can throw on and go, anytime. I dig everything about it from the gathered waistline to the v-neck, mid-length and cross-over back.
    Get it here, via ASOS
  • Viscose Frill & Flare: 19.95 17 of 21
    Viscose Frill & Flare: 19.95
    For me, this yet another versatile, everyday dress. Sexy on it's own sure - made casual with the addition of leggings or skinny jeans and ballet flats. Pair it with a blazer or cropped and battered jean jacket or a long and cozy grandpa cardi.
    View it here, via H&M
  • Asymmetrical Hemmed Maxi: 29.50 18 of 21
    Asymmetrical Hemmed Maxi: 29.50
    Comfy, easy and sassy. This is one I can pull over my haggard head before the crack of dawn, with a light bamboo jersey cowl or fringed scarf. Made of ribbed viscose, the neck-line has a low scoop and rrrreally low cut back. Which to me, makes it interesting an begging for a tube top or fitted tank.
    Get it here, via ZARA
  • ASOS Shift Dress with Embellished Trim: 40.29 19 of 21
    ASOS Shift Dress with Embellished Trim: 40.29
    A fabulous pop of colour, crafted with slightly sheer and lightweight chiffon. More love for the blouson sleeves and embellished necklines. This may not be a dress for the everyday, depending on where you have to be. To me, this is perfect for the office, a casual meeting or for that rare time you pull on something less sensible and totally feminine. This should be followed by treating yourself to dinner out. Or a movie. Or some dancing. Or all three.
    Get it here, via ASOS
  • Jade Empire (The Run Around Dress): 29.95 20 of 21
    Jade Empire (The Run Around Dress): 29.95
    Flowing and comfortable, this bright sundress wants to picnic, hang at the park and roll around in the grass. As one does. In the land of mama-dom, that is. One may also find themselves comfortable enough to scrub a toilet, tackle the floors and brine a chicken. Or publish 3 articles, whillst tag teaming laundry and singing Roly Poly.
    View it here, via H&M
  • Just Female Knitted Dress In Stripe Colourblock: 76.10 21 of 21
    Just Female Knitted Dress In Stripe Colourblock: 76.10
    Stripes! The most expensive dress here, I could not resist the pull of this sexy, casual/funky maxi. Love it or hate it - it's definitely fun, comfy and easy.
    Get it here, via ASOS

Be creative with layering, shoe-styles and accessories. Many of these dresses can be worn a multitude of ways!

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