Strike a pose? More like strike a bargain! Today’s quick post is all about rounding up the best of Amazon dresses. In particular, it focuses on highly recommended styles for news anchors/reporters. These bargain finds are all under $40 and offer classic workwear styling. The clean lines, flattering shapes, and screen-friendly colors will serve you well whether you work on-camera or off. And we’re just in time to score some added Cyber Monday discounts!
Ladies who work in television news have a bit of an obsession with Amazon finds (this post explains it in full). Why? TV news requires a rather large wardrobe. Wear the same thing too often and viewers notice. However, until you reach a large or national market, the industry rarely offers the compensation necessary to procure designer duds.
Additionally, what’s popular in stores doesn’t always translate well on camera (this post details that). Television demands bold dresses in cheerful hues. That’s where Amazon comes in. It offers a huge array of options at rock bottom prices!
Is everything on Amazon great? Nope. Quality can be hit or miss… and sizing is tricky… but there are plenty of gems to discover! In fact, TV news gals are so enthusiastic about Amazon finds, we routinely share information on social media about sizing, quality, fit, etc.
My goal is to give you an accurate picture of what these dresses look like on a non-model body. For sizing reference, I’m super short (4’11 and a half), relatively flat-chested, and typically wear a 2 in department store dresses. On Amazon, I’m usually a small or size 4. If I’ve hemmed or altered a dress, I will note those changes. Feel free to email me or DM via Instagram if you have questions I don’t cover!
First up, and my favorite of the bunch, a bold number from HOMEYEE. This dress comes in a variety of color options, as well as a sleeveless variation. While the name is a unusual, HOMEYEE is actually one of the more trusted Amazon fashion brands. Remember the viral “meteorologist” dress? That was a HOMEYEE piece (and it’s still available). I’ve purchased several pieces from this seller and have always been impressed with quality, given the super low price point. The fabric has a nice amount of stretch to it. I was a bit worried the white portion would be see-through. It’s not. Although the dress is not lined, the fabric is thick enough that it doesn’t feel revealing.
Ruffle Sheath Dress ($30.99)
This one from VFShow fit like a dream! It looks and feels like something you’d spend $100 on at a department store. The fabric is great quality, probably the best I’ve found yet with bargain Amazon dresses. The ruffle detailing and bell sleeve cuffs add a whimsical touch. Additionally, the color is gorgeous. This photo is a touch dark. The dress is actually a rich jewel tone. The company calls it dark fuchsia. The dress is also available in dark green, black, short-sleeve pale pink, and short-sleeve dark green.
Next up, a high collar peplum style that made me feel like royalty. I can totally see the Duchess of Cambridge (née Kate Middleton) wearing something similar! Also available in black, gray, navy – this dress has waistline detailing that really makes it a standout piece. While the company labels this a work “party” dress, the fabric is more more casual, lending itself to daily office attire. When you first take the dress out of the bag, the peplum might look a little funky. In fact,I initially I thought I’d be returning it. Then I realized I simply needed an iron to “train” the folds. With a little TLC, they sat beautifully as pictured.
Blue and White Dress ($27.88)
I call this one “old faithful” because it has served me well both inside the realm of TV news and higher ed communications. The white lines of this dress have a waist-whittling effect. They hit your figure in all the right places! Like most Amazon dresses, this piece is not lined. However, the fabric is such a good quality you don’t need that secondary lining. It’s also available in black/white, black/teal, black/red, red/white, and purple/white.
Knot Dress ($20.99)
How gorgeous is this knotting detail at the waist? It is so unique and adds nice shape to the dress. This beauty comes in several colors. Like the others, it is also unlined. The fabric is a casual knit and of decent quality. Please ignore the rumpling in the photo, I should have ironed this before snapping the picture.
This playful number leans a bit more cocktail. It comes in several colors and offers a very figure flattering silhouette with its high waistline. That said, the fabric is thinner and more revealing than the others I’ve shared. It has nice stretch, but you definitely want to size up with this one.
Cap Sleeve Ruffle Dress ($26.99)
This ruffled piece from Miusol didn’t photograph particularly well, but it is actually quite pretty in person. I think being petite, the gathers at the waistline hit me a bit too low. However, this would be lovely on a taller gal! More than 1,200 people have reviewed this dress on Amazon and the majority adore it. The color is vibrant and the fabric is super comfy. It’s available in a wide range of bright, bold colors.