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8 Cute Cheap Dresses for Graduation

Graduation season is in full swing, and if you've been busy concentrating on those finals and haven't had time to buy a dress yet, don't despair. Here are 8 cute dresses under $50 that will have you graduating in style.

Cute Cheap Graduation Dresses

[1] Silky Floral Belted Dress, $22.80,
[2] Floral Belted Dress, $24.80,
[3] Colorblock dress, Was $64 Now $49,
[4] Ruched Knit Dress, $22.80
[5] Satin Trim Knit Dress, $22.80,
[6] Sleeveless Dress with Crossover V-Neck, $44.00,
[7] Side-Ruched Sundress, Was $60 Sale $24.99,
[8] ELLE Basket Weave Dress, Was $50.00 Sale $34.99 ,

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DKNYC V-Neck Sleeveless Linen Dress, Orig. $139.00, Was $83.40, Now $62.55

Does This Outfit Work? The Sophisticated Romper

The words "sophisticated" and "romper" are rarely uttered in the same breath, but I came across an outfit on that got me thinking: Can a romper be more than child's play? The trouble is, even if the outfit on the left works, it costs a grand total of $537.50 (not including the purse). I managed to recreate the look with budget fashion finds from Forever 21 and Express, but I can't decide whether or not the cheap substitutes convey the same level of sophistication. Thoughts?

The Look for Less: Twelfth St. By Cynthia Vincent Strapless Romper

Twelfth St. By Cynthia Vincent at ShopStyle

This Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent strapless romper is ideal for outdoor summer festival-fun. It's currently out of stock, but retailed for $240 at

Here's a more cost-effective but just as cute option: This button-front strapless romper gives you a similar look for just $29.00 at I'd wear it as a poolside cover-up with a floppy hat, big shades and flat sandals.

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Personalized Name Necklaces from

Ever since Carrie Bradshaw elevated the name necklace from mall-kiosk kitsch to catwalk couture, I have wanted one of these silly things for myself. So when I was asked to review a sample necklace from, I jumped at the opportunity. I requested the aptly named "Carrie" style name necklace in sterling silver with a 16" long chain, and it's practically perfect. (How can a necklace with my name on it not be perfect?) The font is just right, there are no sharp edges, and the proportions are exactly as I had hoped.

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