Today I'm kicking off a series here on The Budget Babe where each writer will be bringing you her favorite wedding guest dress picks on a budget...dresses that we would wear and that show off our unique style POVs! After all, it's the height of wedding season, and if your newsfeed is anything like mine, then it’s filled with engagements and weddings. As you prepare to attend these most joyous of celebrations, it’s probably a good idea to stock up on some stylish wedding guest dresses - and in my book, that means flirty options that exude romance with a nod to the past (think luxe fabrics and vintage silhouettes).
Here are four amazingly cool and adorable frocks that are stylish, under budget...and have the Lauren Swanson stamp of approval:
Lauren's Picks: Wedding Guest Dresses Under $100
'Candace' Off-the-Shoulder Midi Dress ($99, bloomingdales.com)
I have a thing for off-the-shoulder dresses this season. They are everywhere and I’m still obsessed. I think this is probably because shoulders are inherently summery and sexy. If you’re a little worried about a church service that may require covered shoulders, grab a lightweight scarf or pashmina. You can unveil the shoulders during the reception.
Cynthia Rowley Indigo Duster Shift ($60, renttherunway.com)
My love for this dress is two-fold. I’ve always been a fan of the ruffle duster shift dress. They give me a very Roarin’ 20’s vibe, for some reason. Maybe because they are perfectly adorable for dancing. They’re also not your typical silhouette for a special occasion dress, meaning they’re not bodycon or conventionally A-line. This means you will definitely stand out for being subtly different. Another reason I love this dress is because it’s from Rent the Runway. Some may debate the purpose of the site, but I personally think it’s great, especially for anyone that has a taste for designer clothes but can’t afford them. For example, this Cynthia Rowley dress would typically retail for $298. If you think you’ll get a lot of wear out of this dress, then that investment might be something you’re interested in pursuing. For some, however, they may just wear this dress once. That’s where the rental service comes in. You can rent the dress for 4 or 6 days and then send it back after the wedding is over. Notably, they also give you 20% off your first order. Their service is definitely something that everyone should check out. Our editor-in-chief Dianna rented this Rebecca Taylor 'Wisteria' maxi dress for an upcoming wedding - follow her on Instagram to see pics!
Jill Jill Stuart Victoria Tea Dress ($60, renttherunway.com)
I’m a sucker for a tea dress. I slip one on and BAM, I become Kate Middleton. I had a friend from college who refused to accept tea dresses as a thing. She said their length was dumb. I, personally, love them. This adoration is particularly strong this season because longer length hemlines are huge right now. This dress would be perfect for a more formal wedding affair, especially during the summer season. It feels more lighthearted and flowy than a floor-length dress. Also, I’m obsessed with the grape damask fabric too. It’s opulent without being stuffy.
Chi Chi London Floral Dress ($99, dorothyperkins.com)
I really really love A-line dresses, especially for the spring-into-summer months. They’re just so sweet. They quite possibly could make sugar ooze from your pores, they’re that sweet. They also have a very vintage feel. I could easily see this particular dress styled with either big flowing curls or a chic French twist. Honestly, the beauty options are endless because of this dress’s versatility. Additionally, the blush tone of the frock could pair well with a nude pump or, if you’re feeling bold, a brighter color shoe. I’ve been watching a lot of Sex and the City lately and I’ve noticed that Carrie nearly always pairs a dress like this with a bold shoe, sometimes even two different color pumps. If I were you, I’d go bold!
Stay tuned for more wedding guest dress picks to come!