This is a question I get over and over again: how do you find a dress for a summer wedding without breaking the bank? And better yet, how do you avoid doing so when buying something you’ll likely only wear a few times. So I decided to go ahead and shop around for a great, budget friendly, summer wedding dress option. What I tried to keep in mind while looking for the perfect wedding guest dress was versatility, comfort and price. This dress wins in all three categories.
Versatility: I have (both for the purpose of this blog post and because I would actually wear a dress like this to work) worn this exact get up to work.
I have also worn in to a cocktail party at a country club. Annnnd if I had bought it prior to any of the summer weddings I attended this year, I would have worn it there as well! Forget the whole “I’m only going to wear it once” worry with this bad boy.
Comfort: ok so comfort with dresses is a big one for me.
Weddings can be L-O-N-G, meaning you’ll likely be wearing the dress for many consecutive hours. Comfort is key! That said, I was looking for a somewhat universally flattering cut that would fit (and flatter!) most body types. This flowy off the shoulder dress fits the bill. I added a vintage chain waist belt for flair and to make the dress a bit more flattering for me.
Price: this one is simple in theory yet hard to come by.
I wanted to find a great dress at under $100 so if for whatever reason you do only end up wearing it a few times you don’t have to sweat it! This dress is – drumroll please – under $80! Zara does it again!
Add a statement earring a stacked heel and you’re ready to dance your appropriately and adorably clad bottom into those last summer weddings.
Wearing: Zara Multicolored Striped Dress, Club Monaco Mules (old – love these ones for only $39!, also love this velvet version!), Rebecca Minkoff Midnighter Top Handle Bag (also love it in this light grey color!), Vintage Chain Belt (found similar styles here and here), Karen Walker Harvest Sunglasses, Rebecca Minkoff Embroidered Leather Watch
Jewelry: Belliza Knight Beaded Star Earrings (also love the evil eye version), Belliza Knight Chain Choker Necklace (similar here), Rebecca Minkoff Sparkler Friendship Bracelet, Rebecca Minkoff Taco Stud Friendship Bracelet, Belliza Knight Evil Eye Bracelet, Rebecca Minkoff Climbing Rope Cuff (also love it in blue and gold), Rebecca Minkoff Lola Friendship Bracelet (also love it in blue and pink),Vintage Cigar Bang ring (similar here), Rebecca Minkoff Peace Sign Stud Earring, Bing Bang Crystal Shard Stud Earrings, Bing Bang Tiny Geometric Stud, Number ’13’ Stud Earrings Found on Etsy, Steven Alan Gold Bar Stud Earrings (also love these ones found on Amazon)
Photography by Lydia Hudgens