We received the following reader question last week:
“I need some help with my gown for a black tie wedding (not black tie optional). I am feeling very indecisive, very unsure about what to wear — looking for full-length gowns at a variety of places, and I am having a hard time finding something that doesn’t look like a bridesmaid’s dress. That I do not want. I realize that I may not be able to wear whatever I buy again, and that is okay.
This is a millenial wedding with a very fashion forward bride and wedding party, and as a young Gen X’er I want to feel like I fit in with them and not my baby boomer mother.
Any tips you can give me that will help me to steer clear of land mines? Do I have to stick to full-length for black tie? I love showing off my legs, and so buying a full length gown (even a maxi dress) feels completely foreign to me. I am totally fine with a gown that has a mid-thigh slit.”
One of the biggest dilemmas women face is they want to look good and buy something new for a big event, but not many women (including myself) want to spend $300+ on a dress they’ll wear one time to someone else’s wedding. ASOS is one of my go-tos for everything really, but I have purchased so many dresses for weddings through this site and I’ve loved every one! The other thing I really love about ASOS is they have subcategories: ASOS Petite, ASOS Curve, ASOS Tall and ASOS Maternity… so there’s literally something for every woman’s body type available through this retailer!
Wedding Guest Dresses: 4 Outfit Ideas
At this point in my life, I’m a professional wedding guest attendee. Once you understand what styles work best on your body, and how to look good while still being SOMEWHAT comfortable for a 6+ hour event makes things a little bit easier…but if you’ve been out of the wedding guest game for some time now or are just getting into it, here are some of my absolute favorite trends to help guide you when shopping for that upcoming wedding or special event.
Wedding Guest Dress Outfit 1: Little Black Dress, Redefined
Wedding Guest Dress Outfit 2: Color Trend, Millennial Purple
Wedding Guest Dress Outfit 3: Fabric Trend, Satin
Wedding Guest Dress Outfit 4: Sparkle & Shine
Who doesn’t love a little sparkle? I find myself especially drawn to this style of dresses in the fall and winter months, probably because I just associate metallics more with the winter, and also because the fabrics tend to be a little heavier, which don’t make them ideal to wear in the summertime. Either way, it’s definitely a vibe.
Shop More Little Black Dresses
Shop More Millennial Purple Dresses
Shop More Satin Dresses
Shop Dresses That Sparkle & Shine
Shop Maternity Wear Dresses
(also see Scotti’s post for nursing-friendly dresses)