We may be midway through summer (aka wedding season), but we can only assume there are still myriad weddings on your social calendar now, through Labor Day and into the early fall. Which means you’re in need of a wedding guest dress that works in warm weather (fingers crossed for a never-ending summer!) and better excuse to shop for a few more summer dresses before the season ends?
While a stylish, summer-perfect dress is high on your list when it comes to weddings this time of year, an affordable price tag makes shopping for one (or two, or three!) a lot less stressful. Besides, it’s more than just the dress! Attending a wedding is a commitment in the accessories department, too. Though we are for having a versatile pair of neutral heels on standby that you can wear with any type of dress whether you’re a bridesmaid or a wedding guest. If you’re traveling for a wedding and need to pack a few looks in your suitcase (you know, for welcome cocktails, the rehearsal dinner, and post-wedding brunch) or you’re attending a bachelorette getaway ahead of the wedding, then affordability is a serious priority for your wedding guest attire, and we’re here to help.
Right now, cheerful colors from pastel shades to saturated colors are major for the season. Purple and yellow (from pale to bright) are definitely hero shades of the moment while fuchsia, Kelly green, tangerine, red, and aqua are all key players on the vibrant end of the spectrum. In terms of prints, florals are always in style, but the most stylish iterations this season come vintage inspired from micro-motifs to abstract blossoms. Polka dots, vivid stripes, and gingham print are big, too if you’re into prints. Spots are done with both a retro and ultra-modern aesthetic while stripes are all about color. Gingham is perfect for feminine tastes needing a break from florals. Lace and linen fabrics are key in warm weather, too—both will ensure more breathability if you’re attending a wedding outdoors under the sun. If you’re going the lace route, an open weave is much breezier than more classic variations.
Whatever mood you’re in for end-of-summer weddings and beyond, we’ve plucked 49 party-perfect dresses, all under $150 (they look a lot more expensive than their price tags, too!). Peruse our edit ahead and earn the title of best-dressing wedding guest without breaking the bank. We promise, no one will know what a deal you scored, unless you’re the bragging kind. No shame!