My company puts on a black-tie awards Gala in LA every year and I usually use Rent the Runway. This year, the dresses are all the same as last year and I just can’t find anything I like. Do you have any suggestions on formal dresses? I would love something fun and modern! Also, I need it to not break the bank. I’m looking for something around $100, if that even exists.
If your budget is firm at $100, I would tell you to hit up a consignment store or two. That price, for a formal dress, is a bit of a reach. This is not to say there isn’t a diamond in the rough to be found, it’s just going to take more searching than you’re probably on board for.
The only store that I would really recommend in the $100 price point is ASOS, but they’re stylists are so good it’s tough to tell how the dress will look on you. This mink-colored gown could be awesome. I also would give this hot pink cold-shoulder dress a try (depending how bold you’re feeling), but again, could be awesome, could be awful. It’s tough to tell with ASOS sometimes.
If you can adjust your price range to the <$200 level, I am obsessed with this gold lace overlay Papell gown. It’s a nice mix of glam and grownup. The sale section at Saks always has a few gowns in this price range; I like this off the shoulder ABS. Also, it’s probably the flowing one shoulder and modern print, but this Halston dress just says “Los Angeles” to me.
I’m taking your advice and re-wearing some dresses to a spate of summer sorority sister weddings. I just need a could of new clutches and new earrings, like big earrings. Any suggestions for either? Both? Looking to spend under $50 on each.
Keep up the fight. Livvy
If there in different years, I don’t know why you can’t restyle dresses for weddings. If I only have one or two in a summer, I always wear something I already own. If we push it to three, or the wedding is in a difficult-to-dress-for locale, I’ll pick up a spare. But if you’re strapped for clothing cash, spend on your every day clothes, and save on the special occasion stuff. Also, if you have a friend who wears the same size, share dresses.
As for clutches, I am loving this extremely versatile black-and-white-stripe resin clutch. I also like the look of leopard print with summer pastels; it’s modern and unexpected. For something with more pep in it’s step, try this brightly adorned, beachy Merona clutch or this of-the-moment rattan clutch.
For earrings, you cannot go wrong with a sophisticated pair of long drop earrings like these from Charming Charlie. I also like these delicate millennial pink earrings from Dorothy Perkins. For something unique, try these black metal pave drops or these small, but impactful ear jackets from Baublebar.
Do those makeup setting sprays actually work? I have an outdoor wedding coming up and I don’t want my smoky eye to melt onto my dress. Your reviews are the only ones I trust when it comes to beauty since you’re one of like two bloggers who buy their own stuff. Please tell me one of them works.
I’ve only tried one of the setting sprays, Urban Decay’s All Nighter Makeup Setting spray. I wore it to my brother’s wedding, which was also outdoors, and it kept my makeup (and the bride’s) in place from about noon until a little after midnight. They also make a De-Slick version, which I recommend if you have oily skin. And the best part is they come in “travel” sizes, so if you don’t need it for more than special occasions, you don’t have to overspend.
If other readers know of any good brands, leave your thoughts in the comments.