Ask Belle: Affordable Dresses for Wedding Season
Feb 10, 2015
My husband and I are invited to five weddings this spring/summer. The weddings will be with the same groups of friends and family so I want a couple of new dresses. I’m looking for colors other than navy or black and I need to spend less than $150 per dress. Suggestions?
Attending multiple weddings in a single season is always a challenge. You wind up spending most of your “fun money” traveling, buying gifts, and dressing for the occasion. And when you’re going to see the same people at each event, wearing the same dress to each ceremony becomes an unattractive option.
When I need a dress for a wedding or other semi-formal/cocktail event, I always start at Nordstrom. They even have a section called “wedding guest” that you can peruse. Not all of the dresses are winners, but some are lovely and affordable. Here are a few of my favorites.
Not into pink? This dress comes in three other colors. Like pink? I adore this pleated, chiffon maxi dress.
If you need or want to purchase multiple dresses, it’s probably a good idea to buy at least one that you can also wear to work. This NYDJ dress is good for that. Add a big, colorful necklace and metallic pumps to jazz it up for a wedding.
For a wedding that falls in the more casual category, this printed dress is a nice choice. You can also change it up with dressier footwear and jewelry. Looking for a more modern print? This Vince Camuto dress, in a bold geometric print, is a good choice. Plus-size? This floral and stripe dress has a unique pattern and color combination.
There are so many lace dresses for sale these days that if you don’t like lace, it can be tough to find anything else. This dress comes in a unique teal color that works for any season. This BB Dakota dress comes in eight colors including a lovely shade of burgundy.
Need an affordable solution? Thrift shops, consignment stores, and eBay are all great places to find gently worn dresses for special occasions. Also, if you have friends who wear the same size, I suggest borrowing clothes. People might recognize a dress that you’ve worn before if you’re wearing it, they’re less likely to recognize it on someone else.