Does anyone else freak out when you get invited to a wedding?! My first thought is, “What the heck am I going to wear?!”
You want to look good, but not overdressed. You want to be comfortable both physically and in your level of formality.
Don’t panic! I have narrowed down options for you, for any type of wedding you may have this season, and all under $300.00 🙂
- Look for directions and clues in the invitation for attire and dress appropriately for the venue/season.
- My go-to department store is Lord and Taylor as they usually have a promotion going on in the dress department.
Black Tie Weddings
You can go a bit dressier and wear a formal floor-length gown, or choose a short, dressy cocktail dress. (If you’re unsure about the appropriate dress length, the bride, wedding party, or friends should be able to answer your questions.)
FORMAL FLOOR-LENGTH GOWN OPTIONS:
Jump Cami Long Gown, $119.00
Laundry by Shelli Segal Jersey Portrait Collar Gown, $195.00
Dress The Population Sandra Slit Evening Gown, $288.00
DRESSY COCKTAIL DRESS OPTIONS:
Laundry by Shelli Segal Strappy Back V-Neck Sheath Dress, $195.00
Xscape Bell-Sleeve Floral Applique Dress, $209.00
Bardot Tabytha Halter Sheath Dress, $119.00
A daytime wedding is semi-formal or casual. Whether you’re going to a morning or afternoon wedding, you’ll want to look your best without being over or under-dressed. Don’t go too short or too flashy. Light, fresh, and cheery, so wear a pretty dress in a trendy color of the season. A floral print dress is always a fan favorite and should be fairly easy to find!
SOLID SEMI-FORMAL COCKTAIL DRESS OPTIONS:
Xscape Sleeveless Ruffled Cocktail Dress, $179.00
Design Lab Lord & Taylor Lace Fit-and-Flare Dress, $98.00
QUIZ Lace V-neck Ruffle Dress, $99.00
FLORAL SEMI-FORMAL COCKTAIL DRESS OPTIONS:
Belle Badgley Mischka Denya Floral A-Line Dress, $237.00
Dress The Population Lena Floral Embroidered Sheath Dress, $198.00
MICHAEL Michael Kors Scattered Blossom Mini Dress, $98.00
Depending on the time of the wedding, you’ll want to dress somewhere semi-formal to formal. Wear darker, more formal hues. When in doubt, dress up instead of down!
SEMI-FORMAL TO FORMAL GOWN OPTIONS:
Calvin Klein Ruffled Overlay Floor-Length Dress, $179.00
French Connection Ribbed Bodycon Dress, $98.00
Xscape Cold-Shoulder Column Gown, $229.00
SEMI-FORMAL TO FORMAL COCKTAIL DRESS OPTIONS:
LIKELY Banks Sheath Dress, $168.00
H Halston Ruffled Sleeveless Hi-Lo Dress, $159.00
Eliza J Lace Bell-Sleeve Off-the-Shoulder Dress, $148.00
These types of weddings are more difficult when it comes to the proper attire. Don’t wear anything too short or too low-cut. Many churches and synagogues also require that women’s shoulders be covered, so make sure to bring along a shawl so you can cover up for the ceremony. Just a couple of things to keep in mind while shopping!
CONSERVATIVE DAYTIME DRESS OPTIONS:
Gabby Skye Printed Fit-and-Flare Dress, $98.00
COOPER ST Les Fleurs Pascala Floral Mini Dress, $180.00
Eliza J Floral Bell-Sleeve Dress, $138.00
CONSERVATIVE NIGHTTIME DRESS OPTIONS:
Dress The Population Jessica Crochet Lace Sheath Dress, $232.00
H Halston Flutter-Sleeve Gown, $228.00
Tadashi Shoji Illusion Trumpet Gown, $247.00
Try to avoid wearing black for a beach wedding. Formal dress is not usual, unless the bride specifically requests it. Dress to impress, but also dress for the elements (sun, sand and water). Anything you’d wear to a nice restaurant on a summer night would be considered appropriate attire. I also think a maxi dress is the best option since you’ll be near the water with a bit of a breeze!
SEMI-FORMAL MAXI-DRESS OPTIONS:
Wayf Floral Maxi Dress, $129.00
Laundry by Shelli Segal Popover Chiffon Gown, $195.00
Vince Camuto Tropic Heat Floral Wrap Front Maxi Dress, $119.00
These types of weddings range from low-key affairs at home in the backyard, to elaborate spreads in large parks surrounded by lush gardens and fountains. The easiest way to fit in with the botanical theme is to wear something feminine like pastels or florals!
FEMININE DRESS OPTIONS:
Eliza J Floral Fit-and-Flare Dress, $148.00
MICHAEL Michael Kors Printed Off-The-Shoulder Dress, $155.00
T Tahari Vitala Ruffled Stripe Dress, $128.00
I hope you found this post useful! Now you can share your newfound wedding attire with your friends and be the second best dressed at this season’s weddings (can’t outshine the bride!). Until next time ❤