A Vintage Watercolor Floral Dress Perfect for Spring + 57 Floral Dresses Under $100

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Let's just get straight to the point here, shall we? Thrifting and vintage shopping is so thrilling and absolutely addicting. I get it now...I totally get it. 

A few weeks ago, I went on my first vintage shopping excursion with a close friend named Kelly. Just a little side note: Kelly lives in my dorm, and she is incredibly stylish. Almost every time I see her in our dining hall, I can't leave without complimenting her on her outfit. Although our taste in clothing is drastically different, I've always admired her confidence and her gift of pairing pieces together in outfits that are not only flattering, but also showcase her charming personality. 

I knew she would enjoy the experience, so I asked her if we could take the quick drive north to Blue Velvet Austin, a small vintage store I happened to stumble across Google. It was deemed "The Best Little Vintage Store in Texas!" That's a mighty claim, huh? But I kid you not. For my first true vintage shopping experience, it didn't disappoint one bit. Kelly and I spent almost two hours in that little store, and I was tempted to come home with armfuls of goodies. Thankfully, I restrained myself and just came back with a few items, this vintage watercolor floral dress included.

round sunglasses and vintage floral dress

central market flowers, vintage floral dress, nude wedges from kenneth cole

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feminine floral vintage 60s dress

feminine floral vintage 60s dress

feminine floral vintage 60s dress

feminine floral vintage 60s dress

feminine floral vintage 60s dress

feminine floral vintage 60s dress

DRESS petites by willi watercolor floral dress (vintage, found at Blue Velvet Austin) | SHOES kenneth cole wedges (old, similar linked) | WATCH fossil vintage muse watch | EARRINGS panacea turquoise earrings (old, similar linked) | HANDBAG kelly wynne mingle mingle mini SUNGLASSES round sunnies (old, similar linked)

One thing I loved about Blue Velvet Austin was how the store is organized by time period. It made it incredibly easy to find what I gravitated towards most: feminine silhouettes, colorful prints, and bold patterns from the 60s-70s. When I saw this hidden gem in the rack of 60s dress, I immediately knew I had to have it. It looked so feminine and refined on the rack. The color scheme screamed "Sarah", and I loved the sweet midi length and tie detail at the neck - soft, pretty, and very feminine.

Floral dresses are a no-brainer for spring and continue to be a classic year after year. I love that they're a high-impact, low-maintenance way to make a statement and look refined, polished, and classy. Since floral prints speak for themselves, they don't need much else to make them look special. Pair your next floral dress with minimal jewelry, a pair of comfortable nude heels to extend the length of your legs, and you're instantly a walking piece of art. Although this is a vintage find, there are a plethora of affordable floral options online that come in different styles. I've scoured my favorite online retailers and rounded up 50+ of my favorite options under $100. Hover over each image to find each dress's price and click on the image to purchase.



Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today. I'd love to know which floral dress option is your favorite. Also, have you ever gone vintage shopping? Since my last trip with Kelly, I've made an embarrassing number of trips to local vintage shops around town. The city of Austin has plenty, so I have lots of ground to cover. I can't wait to share more about them with you.



Photography by Brandon Hill

16 comments

  1. This dress is so perfect and is exactly what I picture spring fashion to be about! Gorgeous! And loving all your other picks.

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Shannon. I'm so glad you enjoyed my picks.

      XO from Austin,

      Sarah | The Bella Insider | @sarah_thebella

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    1. Thank you so much, sweet Dana!

      XO from Austin,

      Sarah | The Bella Insider | @sarah_thebella

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  3. I love this dress on you! Such a great find. I'm not a thrifter but maybe I should start!!

    C's Collection | http://chelseascollection.com

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    1. I didn't think I would ever try thrifting, but it makes shopping even more fun and exciting. Thank you for stopping by, Chelsea!

      XO from Austin,

      Sarah | The Bella Insider | @sarah_thebella

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  4. Wonderful and perfect! I follow you blog, please follow me too. http://alamodenatine.blogspot.com

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    1. I appreciate that, Kristine! Thank you!

      XO from Austin,

      Sarah | The Bella Insider | @sarah_thebella

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  5. The perfect dress for Easter
    -Kate
    http://www.katekoutures.com/

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    1. That's a great idea! Can't believe it's coming up so soon.

      XO from Austin,

      Sarah | The Bella Insider | @sarah_thebella

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  6. Wow! This dress is such a find! I rarely find anything awesome when I go to 2nd hand stores, haha! Maybe I need to go to a better area. I love all the Spring dresses you picked out! Always shopping on a budget! :)

    xo, Chloe // http://funinthecloset.com/fishnets-friend-foe/

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    1. Thank you so much, Chloe! I consider Austin to be a great place for thrifting/vintage finds. Come visit sometime! So glad you enjoyed these picks.

      XO from Austin,

      Sarah | The Bella Insider | @sarah_thebella

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  7. This is beautiful!! I love the colors in that dress.

    Jamie
    Treats and Trends

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    1. Thank you so much, Jamie! Have a wonderful day!

      XO from Austin,

      Sarah | The Bella Insider | @sarah_thebella

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  8. I was obsessed with this dress when I saw it on your Insta and these photos are so adorable (love the flowers)! Kinda mad at you that you posted 57 other dresses too girl, I have a ton of them opened up in new tabs that I want to buy now haha! :) RIP my wallet!

    xoxo,
    Lauren Lindmark
    dailydoseofcharm.com

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    1. LOL! You crack me up, Lauren. Thank you for the sweet words!

      XO from Austin,

      Sarah | The Bella Insider | @sarah_thebella

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