5 Dresses To Wear To A Fall Wedding For Under $200

Fall weddings are very popular, and with good reason. Call me basic, but I f*cking love fall, and if one day some brave man does decide to marry me, you can bet your bottom dollar we’ll be having a fall wedding. Fall is the most ideal time of year for a wedding because of the crisp, cool temperatures and prime weather conditions. It’s not as cold as winter, where you have to take into account whether the possible risk of frostbite is worth ~slaying~ in your mini dress. And, at the same time, it’s not aggressively hot like summer where you have to hold your boobs on the dance floor in fear of sweating off your sticky bra! Yes, I’ve clearly found myself in the aforementioned scenario more than once.

Anyway, if you’re lucky enough to be invited to a fall wedding, then you need to make sure you’re dressed both seasonally- and event-appropriate. First things first, when it comes to dressing for any wedding, you need to take into account the level of formality along with the theme and overall “vibe.” From there, you take into account the actual season. So, since we’re honing in on fall right now, you want to dress in similar defining characteristics of the season, such as deep cool colors, rich burnt tones, dusty muted neutrals, and dense fabrics. This also means you can embrace fall patterns like fall florals, plaids, and herringbone prints. Of course, your dress doesn’t need to adhere to all of these guidelines (and probably shouldn’t because you would look crazy), but it should at least touch on a few in order to be considered seasonally appropriate. Here are my top picks for what to wear as a guest to a wedding this fall.

1. ASOS DESIGN Shirred Pleated Midi Dress, $60

The dusty rose color of this dress is the perfect hue of a feminine pink that’s still rich enough for fall. Not only is the color perfect for the occasion, the three-quarter sleeves plus midi length give it an extra touch of fall-appropriate vibes. I’m obsessed with the pleats and slight balloon sleeve which overall elevate the dress overall and add interesting detail. Interesting detail like the one my weirdo cousin failed to include on the wedding invite to let me know that it was going to be a cash bar. Uh, I don’t have extra funds to splurge on celebrating YOUR love, thanks.

2. Love Like You Burgundy Slip Mini Dress, $98

A slip dress in a burgundy jewel tone is a great option to wear to a fall wedding. Although it’s not exactly going to keep you warm, it still works for a fall wedding because the color is rich and the fabric is dressy. You could also easily just throw on a cute tailored jacket or oversized blazer to wear over the dress into the actual wedding. That way, you won’t feel immediately compelled to head to the bar post-ceremony to get an alcohol blanket going. 

3. Lovers + Friends Lazo Midi Dress, $173

This dress is totally fall-appropriate with its burnt orange hue and midi-length silhouette. It’s elevated without being over the top, and has a few essential fall characteristics that make it seasonally appropriate. It’s also a bold enough color to garner a little extra attention for when you’re attending a wedding solo as the most single person there.

4. Privacy Please Jasmyn Mini Dress, $120

This gorgeous nude color dress is a dream combo of boho and classy, while also still somehow girly and cool. The tulle sleeves and bottom hem allow it to be a fall-appropriate dress while also still remaining somewhat breathable. It’s very fashionable without being too try-hard, cause we all know that’s NEVER the look.

5. Last Forever Navy Blue One-Shoulder Maxi Dress, $58

This navy maxi dress is ideal for a fall black-tie wedding. This dress is elevated, stylish, and unbelievably affordable. I’m not sure what more you could ask for besides like, maybe a hot plus-one as your date? Oh, and definitely an open bar. 

As I mentioned, it’s important to first understand the dressiness level and theme of the wedding before selecting your dress. It might be weird to wear the one-shoulder maxi above to a casual wedding, so just do your homework. And by “do your homework” I mean just actually take a second to read the invitation, k?

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What To Wear To Each Type Of Wedding Based On Dress Code

Look, I love weddings. I love getting drunk and I love getting dressed up—all in the name of eternal love, of course. But, what I don’t like is the confusing wedding dress codes. Like, I’m a smart girl. I have a college degree. But I don’t know wtf it means when the dress code for your wedding is “dressy casual”? Or black tie optional? Like, it should be black tie, period. Right? Don’t throw “optional” in there and start making me overthink everything. I’m spending a lot of money to be a guest at YOUR wedding, the least you could do is give me a straight-up answer about what the dress code is. But, since that’s not going to actually happen, I’m here to break down the four primary wedding dress codes: casual, cocktail, formal, and black tie. So, in an attempt to help you all out, here are the four main wedding dress codes and what to wear for each!

1. Casual

Casual, also known as “informal”, is probably the easiest yet most confusing dress code of them all. Like, my version of “casual” is leggings and a hoodie, but I’m pretty sure that’s not what the bride meant when she said “casual” on the invitation. Everyone has their own interpretation of what casual means—just ask my co-worker who seems to think casual Fridays means you can wear a graphic tee that says “future queen” across the chest to the office. So in regards to “casual” I would align your outfit with the theme or the setting of the wedding, and always err on the side of being too dressed up, rather than not dressy enough. For example, casual for a beach wedding may be a maxi dress, while casual at a restaurant venue may require a more polished outfit, such as a jumpsuit or matching set.

Show Me Your Mumu Emanuelle Smocked Top and Marley Shorts

superdown Karolyn Square Neck Jumpsuit

Under The Moon Light Patchwork Maxi Dress

2. Cocktail

Cocktail attire is synonymous with mini dress and heels. Of course, you don’t have to necessarily wear a mini dress, but think that vibe. Your accessories, makeup, and hair should definitely be more elevated than what you’d wear for a casual wedding, but also not as extravagant as black tie. So like, don’t wear your best Claire’s accessories, but also don’t wear your family diamonds. Make sense? Hopefully, your answer is “yes”  since you can’t actually respond to me. Cool, moving on. Here are some dresses to wear.

superdown Oriana Ribbed Halter Dress

Lovers + Friends Jay Blazer Dress

ASOS DESIGN Square Neck Midi Pencil Dress

3. Formal/Black Tie Optional

Okay, so here’s where I’ll do some clarifying because, to be frank, I’ve always been confused over the difference between cocktail and formal. So, the first key difference I’ll address here is that formal is also the same as black tie optional. Why not just say formal??? Beats me. Like why do you have to include that it’s optional? Technically, everything is optional, but that’s not the f*cking point of a dress code. GAWD! Basically you can wear a short or long dress, it’s up to you. But you better have heels on and you better still wear something that wouldn’t make you stand out in a group picture. When it’s formal, men may wear tuxes, so you have to be prepared for if they do, and make sure your ensemble matches their dressy level accordingly. Classic catering to the man #patriarchy.

Cara One-Shoulder Micro Mini Dress

UO Flamenco Ruffle Tie-Back Slip Dress

Nookie Lust One Shoulder Gown

4. Black Tie

Black tie is my favorite dress code because it’s the simplest and gives you an excuse to wear a gown. Which like, I don’t know about you, but I haven’t been able to wear a legit gown since prom. Call me basic, but I just love the princess feeling of a long dress. Sue me. This should go without saying, but gown doesn’t mean a big poofy dress that gives the bride a run for her money, nor a maxi that just happens to be long dress either. You have to get something elegant and not just like, a long sun dress.

Yaura Off Shoulder Thigh Split Maxi Dress

NBD Luna Gown

Shona Joy Luxe Bias Cowl Slip Dress

Hopefully this guide to wedding dress codes at least helps give you some form of guideline of what the f*ck to wear. Worst case, if you still mess it up, just get drunk at the open bar and then no one will remember you as the girl who dressed inappropriately. Instead, you’ll just be the girl who got blacked out and grinded on all the groomsmen. Up to you to pick your poison here.

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5 Dresses Under $200 That Are Perfect For Black-Tie Weddings

The material of the envelope alone is a major indication of the type of wedding you’re about to be invited to. The soft, thick paper, intricate lace peeking out from underneath, crazy 3D art…Let’s just say if you know, you know. Chances are, this wedding will require black-tie attire, and there are two types of people when it comes to approaching this. One type will be so stoked to be classy for once, act richer than their two-digit bank account, and look fancy af. The other type, aka me, tends to feel like Nick Miller:

The term “black-tie” may seem daunting and super expensive at first, especially if you have no idea what it means to begin with, but rest assured, I gotchu, fam. Long summary short, most colors are fair game, you don’t *have* to wear a floor-length gown, and there are more than enough budget-friendly options to choose from. Here, I offer you some inspo under $200 for your next black-tie affair.

1. NBD Trent Gown 

Stuck on which color to lean towards? I mean, white is clearly a hard no. F*cking duh. Just stay away from the color the bridemaids will be wearing and you’re good to go. A good rule of thumb is to go for a gemstone color like this gorgeous, silky-looking emerald green.

2. Eliza J Cascade Ruffle Gown

If you’re not one who is up for wearing a ball gown, opt for a floor-length dress with a trumpet- or mermaid-shaped skirt. Billowing ruffles are bound to make your night extra classy, playful, and flirty. In a color that’s just as cute as Caesar black, you seriously can’t go wrong.

3. Laundry by Shelli Segal Off-The-Shoulder Bell Sleeve Dress

Praise be. Regardless if it’s a black-tie event, you can wear a cocktail dress. Don’t listen to your mom—on this matter, at least. Short dresses are totally fine as long as they’re on the longer side like, grazing the knee, and when you drunkenly hail an Uber home, you don’t flash the entire party. Since we’re officially underway into wedding season (hi, spring!), bright colors and pastel shades are a fab choice.

4. BHLDN Jones Dress in Black

Back to the whole temporarily-tune-your-mom-out-thing, “no black” is also another fake rule that is always questioned for weddings. Your favorite color is definitely fair game, and in fact, it’s low-key encouraged. Why? Because literally everyone looks amazing in the color, especially when it’s in a flattering silhouette, and black goes with any color scheme, so no stress about upstaging any brides or bridesmaids.

5. Jarlo Harlow Off-The-Shoulder Gown

Here’s another color risk people are always afraid of taking: red. Old-fashioned people, and I say that nicely, typically say the bold color is attention-grabbing and therefore, takes away from the bride. LIES. When you style a somewhat muted dress in a classier color like this ruby, you’ll fit right in and only bring attention to yourself on the ‘gram. This off-the-shoulder dress has a fold-over bust and boned bodice, but the fluted skirt and pooled train keep it v modest and tasteful for the occasion.

Obviously, go with whatever makes you comfortable, as long as you’re safely within the specified dress code. Dressing for someone else’s wedding can be tricky, but you shouldn’t be scared about black-tie. What are your wedding guest go-tos? Let us know in the comments!

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Wedding Guest Dresses That Look Expensive, But Are Under $200

Welp, we’re already in March, so that basically means spring is any day now. This incidentally brings me to the topic of this article: spring marks the start of wedding season. You might be so psyched to get a sh*tload of wedding invites in the upcoming months (or not, because same), but after you fantasize about the open bar, groomsmen, and plenty of Instagram opportunities, you’ll realize your biggest struggle is finding what to wear. Story of our lives, right? Well, as much of a headache this may always be, for weddings in particular, it’s even worse. There’s the color, the length, the style, and oh yeah, the price tags they have. Like, I’m not the bride here. I really shouldn’t be the one stressed to f*cking tears about something I’m probably only going to wear once (don’t even try me with the “you can totally wear this again!” bullsh*t). So, after searching high and low, I’ve rounded up some chic, formal wedding guest dresses that look like they cost a lot more than their $200 price—and they look so good you’ll want to wear them again.

1. Reformation Vollare Dress

I think if I write the whole “florals for spring?” quote again, I’ll shoot myself in the foot, so let’s not, but say we did. You know the drill—it’s spring and people f*cking love floral for weddings. After you wear this to celebrate true love, wear it again to bottomless brunch and whatever else us gals do when the weather hits 70 degrees.

2. ASOS True Violet Exclusive Plunge Front High Low Skater Dress

You can never go wrong with a skater dress. They look amazing on everyone and on every body. This dark navy is neutral enough to go with any pair of shoes if you’re looking to contrast with some color.

3. Topshop Off The Shoulder Wrap Midi Dress

Yellow is like, the new millennial pink. You’ll definitely see this color a million times this upcoming wedding season. If you’re into shining bright and being the total spotlight at the party, you’ll want nothing less than this sexy off the shoulder style.

4. Ali & Jay Cheek To Cheek Dress

This lace cocktail dress is v simple, yet classy and elegant without trying too hard. Pair it with heels or flats (hell, you’ll need to pack both after dancing all night), and you’ll end up with a dress to wear to a wedding, and a dress to wear out to date night, too.

5. Bardot Kristen Ruffled-Hem Midi Dress

Will blush ever go out of style for weddings? Probably not. The pastel color flatters just about anyone, and with a sultry deep V like this style, you’ll nail the perfect combination of sexy and cute wherever you decide to strut this to.

6. Bardot Emily Frill Dress

Whoever said you can’t wear black to weddings is probably the same person who says you put too much Parmesan cheese on your pizza. It’s all lies and you don’t need that type of negativity in your life. Thank u, next. Opt for a stunningly minimalist look like this maxi and you’ll have another black dress to wear out more than once.

 

 

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The Perfect Dress To Wear To A Summer Wedding Based On Your Body Type

It’s officially May, and the most basic of the basics (aka girls who have summer weddings) are officially in bridezilla mode. I’m not sure who deemed summer weddings to be all that in the first place, but I’m going to go ahead and say that they should probably be shunned from society. Summer weddings are hot, humid, and consume a whole weekend where you’d rather be at the beach… unless of course you already are because, oh hell, it’s a beach wedding!

The month in which you have to attend a summer wedding plays a huge factor in its level of misery. May wedding? Sure, whatever, just don’t take my MDW. June? I guess her mom wanted her to be a traditional “June Bride.” (Idk, apparently, this is a thing.) But July? August? What kind of serial killing duo has a wedding during the HOTTEST months of the year? Sick fucks. I legit can’t even sleep if I’m not freezing cold, so I can’t imagine celebrating the holy ceremony of matrimony, and also (supposedly) the greatest day of my life, sweating my tits off.

Regardless, you’ve already RSVP’d and your fate is sealed. You’re unfortunately going to the wedding. Therefore, let’s cut the shit and try to figure out how to make the most of it. As someone who sincerely cares about you, I can only hope and pray that, for your sake, you at least get a hot Instagram pic for all your suffering. I mean, beach weddings do at least offer you a scenic background! Of course, that won’t do you any good if you’re wearing a fugly, unflattering dress. Sorry, but no filter can fix that. So here’s which summer wedding dress you should wear based on your body type.

Body Type: Hourglass

Hourglass body types should ALWAYS be accentuating their tiny waists, at weddings and in life. This means you’ll want a dress that is fitted; you’ve got a Kardashian bod so you need a Kardashian dress. Let’s just hope that your wedding experience goes better than Kim’s wedding to Kris Humphries. Basically, you’ll want something tight and structured; you’ll want to stay away from peasant dresses and muumuus, which will only hide your waist and make you look big. No thank you.

Revolve Lovers + Friends Kiki Maxi 

This maxi dress will show off all your curves while also keeping you classy AF. It’s the perfect example of a dress that will look effortlessly sexy. The dress comes in two summery, striking colors that will be sure to garner some positive attention and guarantee you’ll look hot, but not showy. No one likes a bitch thirsty for attention. With a bod like yours, you’ll already be drawing in attention, so the goal here is more subtly hot and less Ramona-as-Britney-Spears-in-red-latex-onesie hot. Understand?

Body Type: Pear/Triangle

If your body type is considered “pear” or “triangle” then this means you’re more bottom heavy; you most likely have full hips and a full rear. In order to balance out your appearance, you want to draw more attention to your upper body. This means that you’ll want to choose a dress with an interesting neckline, such as a v-neck or a scoop neck. You should also look for a dress that has embellishments or eye-catching details at the neckline. For the length, look for either a maxi or a midi to help elongate and consequently thin out your lower half.

Revolve Cleobella Amery Maxi Dress

This dress has a sheer top with embroidered detail which, together, perfectly draw attention to your upper half. The maxi length minimizes the appearance of your thicker bottom half, while the natural waistline enhances the appearance of your waist. Also to be noted, this dress in the lilac color is super on-trend, since purple is the “it” color for spring.

Body Type: Apple/Inverted Triangle

You’re top heavy, so let’s show off those chicken legs! I mean that lovingly. You’re #blessed with skinny legs, and therefore you’ll want to show off your best features and actually skip the maxi. You just need to be careful now to ensure that, with a shorter dress, you choose one that is still wedding appropriate. Since you’re already showing off your legs, you need to keep it conservative up top. And, if you’re worried about your post-passed apps stomach pudge, look for a dress with ruching in the middle/lower half to hide your stomach fat while also adding even more volume to your lower half.

Revolve Lovers + Friends Joss Dress

Uhm, I’m obsessed with this dress. This dress is feminine, flirty and, of course, wedding appropriate. You’ll feel great in this dress since its shorter hem allows you to show off your legs, and its ruching hides your tummy. Win-win.

Body Type: Athletic/Rectangle

If you have an athletic or “rectangle” body type, then you should look for a dress that creates the illusion of curves. You should look for one with feminine details to add femininity and volume, like ruffles.

Revolve C/MEO Entice Dress

There legit isn’t a more perfect dress for YOUR body type than this one. Like, I’m just gonna say it: damn, I’m good. This dress has polka dots AND ruffles which, on a femininity scale of Kristen Stewart to Taylor Swift, is the equivalent of T-Swift in a signature red lip and a fit-and-flare dress. Basically, it’s as girly as it gets. Not to mention, there are also ruffle details specifically at the natural waistline, which automatically creates an illusion of curves. Ugh, seriously, if you don’t get this dress then you too deserve to be shunned like the psychos having this wedding in the first place.

All right, my work here is done. Now go and attempt to enjoy the hot AF, super basic wedding for the girl you’re barely friends with! The good news is that you can now do so while reveling in the fact that you’ll at least have a fire Insta to show for all of this torture. Bring on the likes.

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