Wedding Guest Dress to Impress

Wedding season is upon us and the challenge to find a wedding guest dress is just that, a challenge. Finding the perfect dress to wear to a wedding really boils down to attire requirement, location, and theme. For black tie, old Hollywood glam theme inside a venue, options can include a long slinky dress with a pair of stiletto heels, finished off with some major bling. I like to treat wedding dress attire as a costume for a costume party. You want to compliment the event and help create the overall experience with your outfit, rather than looking like you walked into the wrong wedding.


A Rustic Wedding Reception at Barn Kestral in West Linn, Oregon

Although I only have to worry about one wedding to attend this Summer, it’ll be in August and I don’t exactly want to spend hundreds of dollars on a dress I’ll wear once or twice (if I’m lucky). The event will be an upstate New York rustic wedding in August, so I don’t want something too formal or too heavy, which, lucky for me, eliminates a lot of options. I opted to look for day dresses I can dress up for the event, and dress down for other occasions. I initially wanted to avoid looking at long dresses for an August wedding, but many shorter dresses didn’t look wedding appropriate or only came in white (groan). I decided to go with a lightweight off-the-shoulder dress from Lulus, complete with a high slit, perfect for humid New York summers. I’m only 5 feet tall so I’m forced to crop the dress to an appropriate length but after an endless search for options, I’ve finally found my multi-purpose wedding/brunch/long-weekend getaway dress.

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Lulus and ASOS are two brands I highly recommend. They offer a diverse assortment of dresses perfect for any occasion. ASOS also offers a student discount through UNiDAYS. Rent the Runway is an amazing source for designer goods for those not looking to purchase. Typically, I like to rummage through my mom’s closet if I run out of things to wear, but I am no longer a size 0 and can no longer squeeze into her vintage garb.

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