You guys, I’m actually getting to attend a wedding next month — like as a guest.
Maybe that’ll make more sense if I explain that for the past decade I was a full-time wedding photographer, spending nearly every weekend at fabulous, ridiculously fun parties to celebrate gorgeous couples. But as someone working the wedding, my outfits were less than fabulous and ridiculously fun and more extremely practical.
Now that I’m getting the chance to throw practicality to the wind and get all dolled up for cocktails & mingling, I’ve got my eyes set on Reformation.
If you want to get straight to it, these are my favorites: A vintage-inspired silk midi (pictured above) | The most romantic dress I’ve ever put on my body | The dress that makes me feel like Mrs. Maisel.
Searching For The Best Wedding Guest Dress: Trying 7 From Reformation
Working all those weddings, I would always spot jaw-droppingly gorgeous dresses in the crowd and have to ask where the person got it. Reformation was almost always the answer (it’s how I first found out about the brand entirely).
I figured what better way to look for a dress to wear to my dear cousin’s wedding this summer than to begin by going straight to the source, trying on all the dreamy Reformation dresses that I think might work well for both my personal preferences — and keeping in mind the woodsy setting of the wedding.
I’m most drawn to dresses I can wear a bra with, and if they have sleeves, that’s a plus for me. I added the Winslow Dress to my cart (the very dress I’ve been wanting to try for years), as well as six others ranging from silk to linen, mini to maxi.
1. Perfectly Feminine: Reformation’s Alaina Dress
Easily one of my favorites from this try-on, Reformation’s Alaina Dress feels very feminine with the mini length and poofy sleeves. Even with a broad upper body, I don’t find the shoulder and sleeve detailing to be too much. In fact, I think it’s rather perfect (and fun to wear!).
The Alaina Dress is super-lightweight and would be very comfortable for an all-day event. The only downside is that my regular go-to bra peeked out just a tad in the back cutout. I think this would be easily solved by swapping for my go-to strapless bra.
2. Romantic & Flirty: Reformation’s Baela Linen Dress
Oh, the Baela Linen Dress, though. This midi dress is romantic and flirty, while the linen fabric made me feel secure and comfortable. As someone who usually prefers sleeves and coverage on my upper body, I’m shocked at how confident and beautiful this dress makes me feel.
The top is wired and lined with a rubber gripping that makes it stay put with zero adjusting as you wear it. The off-the-shoulder flutter sleeves were light and comfortable. This dress even complemented my waistline, of which I have none to speak. I wanted to wear this dress all day, and the next, and on date night, and to the grocery store…
3. Vintage Throwback: Reformation’s Breanna Dress
Reformation’s Breanna Dress is another that feels like a vintage throwback. Everything from the lightweight crepe fabric and the flouncy sleeves to the ruching middle and side buttons has me feeling like the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (which, naturally, makes me love the dress even more).
The deep-V neckline stays put and still works great with my T-shirt bra, and the side slit rises up high on my leg but doesn’t seem to fly open in any way that would cause a wardrobe malfunction!
4. Wardrobe-Malfunction-Ready…? Reformation’s Alaine Silk Dress
This Alaine Silk Dress (find more sizes here) felt like the perfect mix of chic and edgy when I saw it on the model but gives off “business woman” when I put it on. Not to mention, it’s filled with wardrobe-malfunction opportunities galore.
Most of the buttons are fake, so you can’t actually customize the neckline, which leaves the plunging open neck to reveal any bra you might be wearing. The skirt area has a wrap-skirt build, leaving the short pieces of fabric flowing open a little more than I would’ve wanted. I do adore the longer sleeves and the feeling of the fabric, but overall this silk dress is too high maintenance for my preferences.
5. Delicate & Soft: Reformation’s Kaye Silk Dress
The Kaye Silk Dress is another top favorite of mine from this Reformation try-on. I was immediately drawn to its vintage, almost nightgown quality and the delicate bustline detailing. I feel beautiful wearing the dress, and the soft, silky fabric makes me never want to take it off. There’s even a slight shape to the fabric that makes me look as if I have a waistline and curves (I don’t), which has me even more delighted.
With its slim silhouette, I feel like you could wear this dress to both casual and formal events, simply swapping shoes and hairstyles to fit the bill.
6. Simple Yet Elegant: Reformation’s Bevin Satin Dress
Reformation’s Bevin Satin Dress is a lovely, simple yet elegant dress that I think would work great for summer weddings (at any venue, with any temperature because you could easily layer it!). The high side slit gives the dress a little spicy factor, and I appreciate that fact it’s a relaxed style while still being minimal (it’s not at all restrictive or tightfitting).
As someone who’s broad shouldered with zero hips, I don’t think the dress necessarily does me any favors, but I do think it would be an excellent choice for someone who likes this silhouette!
7. Sadly…My Least Favorite: Reformation’s Winslow Dress
Hysterically enough, the main dress I’ve been swooning over, after all my years of working in the wedding industry, turned out to be my least favorite. Not only is it my least favorite, but I actually, uhm, don’t even like it.
Overall, the Reformation Winslow Dress (available in limited colors in extended sizing and petite) wore more “mature” on me than I’m wanting. The wrap style is hard to get right, and it feels slightly too snug for my straight frame. Not to mention, that V-neck opens all the way entirely and requires pinning, fabric tape or actually sewing it to keep it together. This maxi dress is quite fussy and uncomfortable, to lay it all out there.
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