The number of weddings I must attend every year shrunk considerably when I turned 30. But this year, several younger law school classmates and a few of K’s friends are getting married. So I have a decision to make:
- Do I rent dresses from RTR?
- Do I buy a couple of affordable dresses that I can wear on dates and to other gatherings, but I will probably tire of after a season?
- Or do I splurge on one or two pricey dresses that I really want and will love for years?
Here are a few dresses that fall into each of those categories. Choose the solution that works best for you.
Rent The Runway offers dresses from various designers at rental prices that range from $30 to several hundred per rental. Tips for getting your money’s worth out of the service?
First, order from the new arrivals to get the freshest-looking styles. RTR does a good job of keeping the dresses clean, but older dresses can look a bit haggard.
Second, if you can afford it, spend a bit more. If you have a special occasion, there’s something to be said for playing Cinderella in a very special, designer dress.
Last, if you more than three events in a condensed period, subscribe. RTR offers an “unlimited” subscription for $139 per month. You can rent three dresses at a time, and switch them out frequently.
Looking for something under-$50? This Finders Keepers Marsala dress is very sophisticated. For something playful, this hot pink Dvf dress is lovely. For a mix of both, try this Tulip Dress from Cynthia Rowley.
After the jump, some affordable dress choices for buyers. Also, a few dresses for those looking for a splurge they can wear for years to come.
There are many places online where you can find wedding attire in the $50-$100 range if you know where to look. ASOS is one of my favorite spots. This ruffle-neck dress is lovely and unique. I also like this berry-colored, maxi wrap dress. I also like this drape-front dress in pale lilac.
Nordstrom always has a wide selection of dresses in all price ranges. The other three dresses in the set are all from Nordy’s, which is my preferred place to shop if you need a specialty size. The dress on the far right is plus-size. If you’re petite, this Adrianna Papell lace dress comes in a wide selection of colors.
Every woman should own at least one dress that when she puts it on, she feels like a million bucks. A wedding can be a good excuse for buying such a dress. I still own the dresses that I wore to the weddings of my closest friends. And I still think of them every time that I wear them.
If you want to get the most wear out of a dress, I would recommend black or navy. This Byron Lars sheath mixes the best of classic style with a modern look. Navy is a versatile choice for any season. I like this J.Crew Cadenza lace dress for something classic. For something modern, try this Belleville 2.0 dress with a unique look.
Color is a good choice for weddings; it just feels festive. The dresses above all showcase the best of spring color. If you’re plus-size, this coral Adrianne Papell dress is a lovely choice.