I looked at your posts about summer wedding attire, but most of those dresses are sold out, so I’m sending you this e-mail to ask for some help.
Like any good Cap Hill staffer, I have three weddings in August. The same crowd will be at two of them, but the third won’t have any repeats. I’d like to find two dresses that I can wear, and I’d like to spend under-$150 on each. Can you help me?
When I need a dress in a hurry, at a price I can afford without flinching, I call upon the fine people at ASOS. Wide selection. Good prices. Reliable shipping. And since this UK-retailer has a return hub in the states, I can return the item without an overabundance of hassle (I’m looking at you, MyWardrobe.com).
Lace. Always a good choice for weddings (as long as it’s not white, or any color that could be bleached to white by a camera flash). I like the classic style of this dress and the low-cut back adds a bit of drama. I also like the larger weave on this Alice + Olivia dress and the color of this cap sleeve dress is nice and bright. Plus size? I like the look of this pink fit and flare dress. Petite? This belted pale blue frock is pretty.
More Coverage. If the wedding is taking place in a conservative house of worship or you just prefer a dress with more coverage, this batwing sleeve dress is stylish and appropriate. I also like this berry-colored dress with a balloon sleeve. Petite women might like this long sleeve Amanda Uprichard dress. I also found this bold, 3/4 sleeve, purple v-neck dress for plus-size readers.
Maxi. I like long dresses for weddings that will be held in chilly indoor venues (hotel ballrooms always seem to be over air-conditioned). The lace detail on this pretty dress is a nice touch. I also like this cobalt spaghetti strap dress and this “tribal” dress with a beaded halter top. Keeping a maxi from looking too formal for a relaxed wedding requires a) choosing a dress made of a non-evening fabric (cotton, silk-jersey, etc.) and b) accessorizing in a more relaxed way with cool belts, chunky jewelry and more casual shoes.
Back Details. This dress rocks. Rocks. And speaking of drama in the back, I think this bow-in-the-back sundress is cute as hell, and the simple but impactful open back on this black pencil dress. I also like this rope-trim open-back minidress.