They say good things come in threes. So, when that third wedding of the year hits, you’re probably already exhausted looking for yet another special occasion dress. Weddings are year-round affairs and as an attendee, using dresses you already own can save you time, money, and headaches in the long haul! If you’re thinking of ridding your wardrobe of dresses you only wore “that one time” – you better think again. Versatility and cost-efficiency is the name of the game in this day and age.
Rule #1: Accessorize
Got that party dress you wore to your BFF’s shindig months ago? Sure, it had its Insta-moment but with the right accessories and layering pieces, it’s practically a brand new ‘fit! Transform this party dress with a cozy shrug or a faux fur stole. Throw on some tights and closed-toe heels for more coverage. Paired with a vintage-inspired ‘do and vampy makeup, you’ve got a super-luxe wedding outfit for a steal.
Go-To: The Little Black Dress
Almost every fashionista has a staple black dress sitting in the back of her closet. Ever thought about wearing this number to a wedding? Probably not. But trust, with the right makeup and elevated accessories, it will definitely be a wedding look perfect for the fall or winter months! The key is to go tasteful and sophisticated with a touch of sparkle (to not be mistaken for a funeral ensemble)! If your black dress of choice happens to be a sheath dress, even better! The high neckline of a sheath dress paired with its form-fitting silhouette is the epitome of poised and refined. Just add a pair of glistening drop earrings and you’re good to go.
Holiday Fab & Flare
Even those holiday pieces you think you can only wear once a year can be turned into a wedding look. Whether your holiday or Christmas dress is velvet, lacy, or sequin, with a few tweaks and a dose of creativity, you’ll be rocking a cute and wedding-ready outfit in a pinch. It’s all about the hue. If your dress is in a muted tone, such as a pastel pink or champagne, you can totes double your holiday dress as a wedding guest dress. Swap the holiday red lip for a soft nude, and the tight ringlets for loose curls. Topped with minimalistic jewelry and a draped open-front duster coat, no one will have guessed that this is the same dress you wore last winter!
Short, Simple, Sweet
On the flip side, if you have nothing in your closet already, don’t fret. Forever 21 has a limitless supply of affordable and versatile options. So, whether you’re on the hunt for sun dresses or plus size cocktail dresses, rest assured, you’ll walk away with a super-fly yet budget-friendly ensemble. If you have a wedding coming up and then some, hit two birds with one stone! Word to the wise, opt for a solid design. Now, don’t mistaken plain for boring! A dress of this design makes for the ideal canvas to dress up or down. For instance, a sleek cocktail dress pairs perfectly with statement bib necklaces and attention-grabbing bold makeup. However, the same dress can easily be transformed to wedding-ready with the touch of delicate single-sole heels, elegant matchstick earrings, and a slick low bun.
Now that you’ve got a plethora of options, all that’s left is to put on your waterproof mascara, pack up your dancing shoes, and tackle wedding season like a pro!