I’ve reached the point in my life where I’ve gone to so many weddings that it’s becoming more
difficult to figure out what to wear each time. I used to spend lots of money on getting
a new dress for each wedding I went to but realized later that it wasn’t very economical.
The older you get, the more weddings you go to, and the more important it is to budget for
your outfit because weddings certainly aren’t cheap to attend. Here are a few tips on how to
look fabulous as a wedding guest without burning a hole in your wallet!
Rotate your dresses: Who says you can only wear a dress once?
If I’m going to spend money on a nice dress, I sure hope I will have another occasion
to wear the dress. Don’t be ashamed of wearing the same dress to multiple weddings.
A great way to change up your look is to have a different hairstyle the next time you wear
the same dress, carry a different handbag, or pair your dress with different accessories.
I love adding elegant or bold statement pieces to a dress because then you bring more
attention to your new piece of jewelry rather than the dress you’ve already worn.
The large grey pearls and delicate clover pendants of Troian necklace adds the perfect elegant accent to any outfit.
Rent the Runway: Want to look like a million bucks without having to commit to a
pricy designer dress? Rent the Runway is where you can rent designer luxury dresses for
a fraction of the retail cost. Plus, if you’re the type who only likes to wear a dress once, this is a great option.
Badgley Mischka for $70? Count me in!
Ann Taylor and J.Crew wedding collections: Retail stores like Ann Taylor and J.Crew now carry
wedding collections which also have affordable dresses that can be worn to any wedding, whether
you’re a bridesmaid or wedding guest. I recently attended a wedding wearing a dress I purchased from the
Ann Taylor wedding collection and received lots of compliments on it.
People were under the impression I had spent a lot on a designer dress only to learn that it was from Ann Taylor.
I must say I was proud of myself =)
Me (next to my handsome boyfriend) dressed in an Ann Taylor Satin Jersey Halter Gown.Borrow from a friend. Chances are, your friends also probably have a closet of dresses they’ve worn
to wedding themselves. You should figure out which one of your friends are the closest in
size to you and ask them if you can borrow a dress. That’s what friends are for right?
I’m someone whom you might consider your average 20-something-year-old,
professional San Franciscan woman who likes to attend fitness classes,
happy hours, and startup launch parties after work (I believe the term used nowadays is “basic bitch”).
I work in a corporate environment that enforces the “business casual” dress code,
but my interests outside of work call for athletic wear as well as trendy “night-out” pieces.
So when it comes to shopping and picking out what to wear on a daily basis,
I like to incorporate items into my wardrobe that allow me to easily transform from work
attire to going-out or working-out attire.
I commute an hour to and from my office each day, so it’s important that
I don’t have to pack an entirely different outfit to change into as it can be a pain carrying
a heavy bag on public transportation. I look for quality, style, practicality, and price
when I shop. While I appreciate brand names, I’m not a brand snob because
1) I can’t afford it and 2) Generally I can find the same look for less (Marshalls and T.J. Maxx FTW).
That’s not to say I don’t own any branded items—I just like to mix it up with more affordable items.
Here’s a list of my favorite essentials you can incorporate into your
wardrobe for a hassle-free transformation after your work day!
Ever since I discovered these, I have not worn any other pants to work.These are made with 12% spandex so they are stretchy and super comfortablewithout sacrificing the clean and professional look. Because these pants are madewith a thick cotton material and consist of a front button and zipper, you don’t looklike you’re simply wearing yoga pants to work.
I own around 10 pairs because they cost only around $23 and come in a great selectionof colors. Plus, you can throw these right into the laundry machine without having to worryabout damage. Pair these with some pumps and not only do they look good in the office,but also a casual outing after work.
I’m not gonna lie, I used to be a Lululemon “hater” because I could never justifyspending that much money on workout gear...that was until I was gifted myfirst set of Lulu running pants, and my life changed. I’ve come to appreciate thequality and fit of Lululemon (yes, their yoga pants do make your butt look like you just did 100 squats).They also have items that can you can totally rock to work or places outside of the gym.
DearMissJ Lavender NecklaceJust like how every woman should own a little black dress, every woman shouldalso own a statement necklace. There have been mornings where I could care lessabout putting effort into figuring out what to wear to work.I would throw on a plain top, plain pants, and then put on a bold necklace like this onefrom DearMissJ and BAM! My outfit just got better.
You can never have too many bags, but an essential to have is a classic tote.I like to invest in large totes that can fit my laptop, running shoes, and still looktrendy to bring out to a dinner or happy hour after work without looking like you’recarrying a duffle bag or a tacky laptop case.
This large tote from San Edelman is perfect. I like that it’s made out of nylon, which makesit durable and easy to clean. At the same time, it still looks classic, chic, and oh my goshlook at the cute touch to the bottom!