For the last five or so years, I’ve either had a bunch of weddings to go to, or virtually none. Case in point – last year, we had almost zero, and suddenly this year, we have a bunch. My usual rotation of “wedding guest” dresses was feeling a little tired, so I took the occasion to try out a few dresses that I could add. Here are two of the best ones, and even better – they’re both under $200, but don’t look that inexpensive. The best of both worlds, especially as I don’t usually get the best “cost per wear” out of my event dresses anyway!
I found this Tahari dress while online browsing one evening, and bought it almost immediately. It reminded me an Erdem dress that I had wanted awhile ago, but couldn’t bring myself to purchase due to a seriously scary price tag. I also tried the Zara version at the time, and it was a fail. But this Tahari dress was a nice surprise. And, I think it could work for a variety of ages/events – just depending on how you want to style it (a more conservative look could be the dress paired with nude pumps). Plus, it comes in both regular and petite sizes (I bought 2P).
I love the details on the lace – the watercolor effect makes it look like a more expensive dress, in my opinion. Plus, there’s enough color on this dress to make it appropriate for a wedding (except for those with the most zillas of bridezillas).
I paired this dress with one of my favorite shoes that doesn’t get enough wear in my closet, these taffeta gingham Miu Mius. I think this dress is great for pairing with a bold colored shoe, and would look fabulous with any of the colored Manolo Hangisi pumps (I love the pink!). Another great option at a mere fraction of the price of the Manolos, are these baby blue Steve Madden sandals.
The second dress I found which I really liked was this striped organza Vince Camuto. I love this style of slightly preppy dress, but previous iterations have always been a little off for me – the skirt too flared, the style a little bit too prep or little girl sweet. I had been eyeing this Dolce & Gabanna poplin dress, but this Vince Camuto, at about 1/10th the price, was much friendlier option.
I really found that this dress was a blank slate – you could pair it with more bold accessories, like an Hermes CDC bracelet, to make it more modern – or you could pair it with more delicate accessories, to be more ladylike. The colors are very versatile and classic- black, ivory, and navy. And of course, on this style of skirt, pockets are a must!
The dress is very comfortable and I could wear this all day at work, or at a spring/fall wedding. I also took a 2P i this (love that more and more dresses are coming in petite options). For those looking for a slightly more bold look, I also found a more colorful striped shift option with a jeweled neckline, also from Vince Camuto, for $148.
What are some of your go to affordable event dresses?