Wedding season is here, and I’ve been getting a lot of requests for affordable wedding guest dresses. When purchasing a dress for a single event, most of us probably don’t want to spend a lot, so I rounded up a bunch of wedding guest dresses under $100.
These days, there are so many levels of formality when it comes to dress codes for weddings, but for this post I’m focusing on what is typically considered semi-formal or festive attire. I wouldn’t wear these to a black tie or formal event, but they should work for just about anything else.
It’s filmy and flowy and romantic — perfect for a spring or summer wedding! I would wear this to a daytime wedding, or an evening wedding if the dress code isn’t listed as cocktail or formal attire. The price is right, too, at just $69.
This dress fits true to size, or size down if in between. I’m wearing the size 6, and I typically wear a 6 or 8 in dresses.
My only caveat is, I will need to have it taken up a bit in the shoulders. You may be able to tell, it sits a little too low in the chest area and under the arms, but that’s a simple alteration that can be done at Nordstrom (where I purchased the dress) or at a dry cleaner or local tailor.
For shoes, I went with block heel slide sandals with a woven strap. These are very on trend at the moment, and a shoe that would be easy to walk in if you find yourself at an outdoor venue on grass.
I like how the cream color pulls from the lighter colors in the dress. I tried black sandals with it, and I felt like they were too harsh. These sandals run true to size, or size down if in between. Best of all, they’re on sale at Evereve, and they run true to size.
Looking back at these pictures, I wish I’d worn a dressier necklace. I actually just purchased this multi-strand necklace in the silver from Kendra Scott, and it would be a better choice. I’m kicking myself for not grabbing it when I was headed out to this shoot. I also could have grabbed a different bracelet.
At any rate, the earrings I’m wearing are also Kendra Scott, and I do like them with this dress. They’re delicate enough to offset the simple, filmy dress, but they have just enough bling for the occasion.
I carried this metallic ruched clutch, which I also really like with this outfit. Your bag and shoes don’t have to be the same color tone, but I did select two that are about equal in value. Choosing lighter colors a create a low contrast against my skin, which allows the vibrant print of the dress to really shine.
As far as a wrap or topper to wear with this dress, I would stick to something light and airy, such as this shimmer wrap.
Affordable Wedding Guest Dresses for Summer 2021
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photos: Alison Cornell