Don't Throw Away Your Wedding Outfit (Yet)

This weekend, you've got that wedding for your long-lost cousin on your mother's side. Next up, your college buddies are tying the knot. And, just when you thought the end of summer meant a reprieve from all of the "I dos," your mailbox has two — scratch that, three — RSVPs for October and November nuptials. But, since dropping major dough on one formal dress after another isn't exactly how you envisioned spending your hard-earned savings, we have a solution.
Wearing the same dress to different celebrations isn’t all that bad. We’ve taken four occasion frocks (and a jumpsuit, for good measure) and styled them by season — one for now and one for later. With the right tips and tricks, these go-the-distance pieces will have their wedding cake and eat it, too.
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The Pleated Dress
Does your invite read “cocktail attire”? If so, opt for a colorful, pleated sheath that's both festive and comfy. Bonus: It'll flow like magic on the dance floor.
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How To Wear It Now
Keep it light: An ankle-strap sandal and eye-catching bracelet will round out your outfit. If your event is extending well into the evening, be sure to bring a jacket — like this floral moto — to ward off chills or a too-cold AC.
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How To Wear It Later
For fall, dress your frock up with metallic and peach accessories. The muted palette of the add-ons will coordinate coolly with the brightness of your hero piece.
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The Culotte Jumpsuit
This jumpsuit is pretty deceiving in that it kind of looks like a strapless dress. It's a sneaky way for tomboys and lazy girls to work pants into the occasion's attire.
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How To Wear It Now
You're wearing a culotte jumpsuit to a wedding, for crying out loud. Something this fashion-forward deserves equally on-trend accoutrements. The funkier, the better.
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How To Wear It Later
You went pretty avant-garde for that end-of-summer shindig. Now that cooler temperatures have set in, try paring back the garment for a sleeker approach. Black blazer, burgundy clutch, and snakeskin heels? Check, check, and check.
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The Printed Gown
For black-tie dress codes, a floral-printed gown brings an element of surprise. It'll also be a welcome standout among a sea of monochrome looks.
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How To Wear It Now
The gown is the clear star of your getup, so don't go overboard with jewelry. Instead, simple, dangly earrings and a crystal headband (to pair with your pretty, chignon updo) will suffice. Single-strap sandals and a fringed clutch will finish you off.
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How To Wear It Later
Prove your expertise at print mixing with a mismatched bomber jacket. Glittery heels, tassel earrings, and a healthy sweep of silver eyeliner will further display your cool-girl colors to the rest of the guest list.
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The Alternative LBD
Some will argue that wearing black to a wedding is a serious fashion faux pas. While we tend to disagree, we're willing to compromise with this black-lace-sleeved cocktail dress.
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The Off-The-Shoulder Dress
This sexy neckline is a demure way to show some skin. And, while on the shorter side, the fabric's sheen keeps the overall look very refined. Guaranteed all the groomsmen will be trying to get in a dance with you, too.
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How To Wear It Now
You won't need much to complete this ensemble. Though, we're really into the idea of pairing a black necklace and black heels with it. The stark color contrast will create a visually arresting look that's also super easy on the eyes.
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How To Wear It Later
Feel free to play up the frock's feminine vibes for this go-around. A blush-pink coat affixed over your shoulder and polka-dot-mesh, heeled booties will bring out your girly side, but you'll still keep your edge.

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