Have a whole lotta weddings to attend this year? Worrying about the financial damage it’s going to cause you (dress + gift + travel costs = broke city)? To save yourself from financial ruin, obviously opt for dresses that won’t set you back a few hundo.
Also consider dresses that you know you will also wear to work, out on your own, and at the other weddings! I know, I know, you’re thinking that your image in the same frock will be littered about Facebook, but you’re giving people too much credit. People generally don’t notice the little details on Facebook, they’re too busy looking at their own profiles, so by adding a scarf, bolero, blazer, or different shoes, to the same dress all season means that chances are good that no one will notice.
- You’ll impress everyone in this blue Calvin Klein Dress, only $89.98 from Macy’s. Pair with nude or colored heels, a matching clutch and you’re set! Gift Suggestion: A personalized wine decanter and cutting board is classy and original! Available at Wine Enthusiast.
- Go Stepford Wives to play it safe with this floral A-line, ultra flattering dress from Modcloth for just $55! This dress plays it safe while remaining girly and flirty at the same time. Can easily be jazzed up with sparkly jewelry and flashy shoes for a more fashion-forward wedding, or downplayed with a wrap. Gift Suggestion: Organic coffee of the month delivered to their door! (3, 6 & 12 month options) Caveat: Ensure the couple loves coffee and if they don’t consider tea!
- This pink number (the Coral Freda Wrap Front Dress from this Irish shop that does ship internationally for free) is flattering, versatile and its look is oh-so easily changed with jewelry, a scarf, hat, heels or wrap. You can wear this dress all year long. Gift Suggestion: 7 piece stainless steel cooking tool set from Williams Sonoma
- Casual, appropriate, comfortable, and adorable. This Lovecat Crochet Maxi dress can do no wrong. Gift Suggestion: A hardcover photo album of the big day (from pictures you capture) – create it in iPhoto or on Shutterfly
Above are four weddings you may find yourself invited to this summer, paired to a great and affordable dress (that could be used all season) and a gift to boot!
What are your gift and dress suggestions? We’d love to hear them!
Courtney is a fashion and travel writer for Glamour Magazine, Runway Live, Europe from a Backpack, Societe Perrier and The Budget Fashionista. With a passion for global cultures she spends much of her year abroad in Paris, Krakow and Rio. Her screenplay, "Good Morning Baby", was produced into a film by Moxie Pictures starring Piper Perabo, and she has a novel on the way.
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