It’s that time of the year again: my girl-friends are getting married and I have no idea what to wear to their weddings. Luckily, I’ve got to be a bridesmaid for one of the weddings so I already ordered a dress that has been selected for the occasion (isn’t it cute?). However, I can’t make up my mind on what to wear to the rest of the weddings this summer. There are so many wonderful options available—I feel like I need them all!
Searching for my perfect wedding guest dress, I came to the conclusion that ideally this special occasion piece should follow a few important parameters:
ONE // It Can’t Be White or Black
It’s easy with the white one: you don’t want to look as a bride on someone else’s wedding. You’ll be surprised how many people from other weddings that I attended seem to disregard this important rule! Even if your dress is eggshell white or even cream, it’s still white for people that are less sophisticated in color descriptions than you are. Stay away from those and also disregard little black dresses. In my opinion, LBDs are more suitable for a cocktail party and not for a day dedicated to celebrating love.
TWO // It Might Be Lace
I’ve seen so many gorgeous lace dresses in pastel shades online! Those look romantic and so girly, not to mention that lace dresses are versatile so I can wear them again and again for many other occasions. While I love exploring the entire spectrum of choices, so far lace pieces are on my short wedding dresses list.
THREE // It Must Be Sheer-Proof
The only potential problem with lace dresses is that sometimes those look like they are see-through. While I have nothing against exposing a bit of skin every here and there, such approach is not really appropriate on a wedding day. I’m looking into dresses that feature thick or not beige lining—that way they look a bit more conservative and wedding-friendly.
FOUR // It Better Not Have a Corset
If you remember a post about my prom dress disaster, you know that I would never recommend anyone to wear a corset dress for the event that lasts more than a few hours. Unless you are a corset-trained for months and months before, such hard construction dress gets very uncomfortable the moment you eat or drink something.
FIVE // It Should Be Affordable
I noticed that evening gowns have the shortest life span in my wardrobe. While I have nothing against spending money on a high-quality dress, realistically speaking I don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on a dress that I’ll be wearing just a few times. Saying so, I decided to set up a $350 budget for my wedding guest dress and stick to it. We’ll see how it goes!
What are some of your tips when it comes to shopping for a wedding guest dress? Which stores do you recommend checking out? Any evening wear brands that you like the most?