Published on april 24, 2014

How to Score A Stylish and Affordable Wedding-Guest Dress

written by Team thredUP

Wedding season is nearly upon us which means the what-to-wear dilemmas are fast-approaching. No white. No black. Not too formal. Not too informal. Nothing too sexy or trendy– but something still flattering enough that you’d want all your friends to see you in it. Yup, it’s wedding season, and most of us are being driven crazy by the incompatibility of those timeworn rules with the contents of our closets.

We firmly believe that it’s possible to find cute wedding wear that shows off your style, without breaking the rules or breaking the bank. Here are some tips for finding gorgeous dresses that show your celebratory spirit as friends or family walk down the aisle.

Show some skin in an unusual spot. Short hemlines and low necklines are no-gos for wedding attire, but that doesn’t mean you have to cover up completely (especially given the realities of sultry outdoor ceremonies and hot-to-trot dance floors). Try looking for dresses that reveal skin in subtle ways, like the open shoulder in this flowy turquoise White House Black Market dress or the clavicle cutout in this hot pink Cynthia Steffe number.
Look for embellishments and bling. Many women throw in the towel when it comes to finding a unique dress, and just pile on the jewelry instead. But heavy necklaces and earrings can get clunky after hour five, especially if you’re ready to get dancing. Instead, try looking for a dress that has the bling built in, like this subtly sparkly pink Trina Turk dress with gold embellishments, or the jeweled neckline in this purple Trina Turk number. (In case you couldn’t tell, Ms. Turk has this style on lock– here’s her thredUP X page if you want to browse the full selection.)
Lace isn’t just for wedding dresses. Lace is one of the biggest trends for spring and summer, and it doesn’t have to be restricted to wedding dresses. This simple sleeveless lace dress from Zara comes in an eye-popping pink, while a cheerful Eliza J fit and flare dress comes in a gorgeous (and trendy) emerald green. Look for a dress that boasts bold color and a sleek shape, so it doesn’t detract in case the bride also chooses a lace gown.
What are your favorite tips and tricks for cute and affordable wedding outfits? Let us know in the comments!