This $25 Dress on Amazon Is Perfect for Transitioning to Fall

This polka dot dress is perfect for transition from summer into fall. And it costs just $25.

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My Amazon shopping cart is a chaotic jumble of household essentials, novels from my endless reading list, and gimmicky products I’ve convinced myself I can’t live without (currently, a posture corrector). The always-reliable retail giant is also my mecca for anything required in a pinch, which recently turned out to be a polka-dot dress so perfect, I want you to get one too.

Did I really need something new to add to a closet that’s already overstuffed? Absolutely not. But the same could be said for the two pairs of shoes currently en route to my apartment…

Anyway, the reason I even bought this dotted frock is because I was in a pre-BBQ bind this summer and needed something that could take a ketchup spill without landing me at the dry cleaners the next day. This baby far exceeded my expectations. Here's how:

It travels well.

You can fold, roll, even stuff this number into your suitcase all hodge-podge-like and I guarantee its ruffled hems will not lose their oomph. The wrinkle-resistant material has earned this getup a permanent place at the top of my packing list. Plus, it's super lightweight and won’t take up precious real estate in my carry-on. Very important.

It’s—and I can't stress this enough—$25!!!!!

If you haven’t already clicked *buy now* let me remind you that polka dots are always a good idea, especially when they cost a fraction of your monthly cell phone bill. It has that effortless, “Oh this? I just threw it on!” appeal that put French brands like Rouje and Sézane all over our fashion radars and social feeds, but without the price tag. So if you end up loving this frilly slip-on as much as I do, go ahead and treat yourself to a second one in any of its available statement-making shades (I’ve got my eyes on royal blue).

Lots of people agree with me on this, by the way.

Don’t just take my word for it! More than 500 other Amazon shoppers reviewed this dress and gave it an average of four out of five stars. One woman even wore it to her wedding rehearsal dinner and had this to say: “I originally bought the teal green one but had to go back to order the blue and red one too… I can’t wait to wear the red one for Christmas activities with my family!”

It was born ready for your accessories.

The delicate print of this piece is understated, so you can attempt a carefully executed pattern clash à la Olivia Palermo. Other ideas: Layer it under a chunky knit sweater to transition it into fall. Feel free to add opaque tights and combat boots as well. And if you want to feel like a total style star, the rich green hue will complement the glow of your favorite gold accessories for an outfit that truly ~shines.~

The Verdict

Get. It. If you’re looking for something comfy but cute, this loose-fitting silhouette is a no brainer. Its dainty details—the slightly raised collar, the flared quarter-length sleeves—make it a compliment magnet with enough coverage to wear from spring through fall.

BUY NOW V Neck Ruffle Polka-Dot Loose Swing Dress, MITILLY, $25

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