There are many stages to prepping for a summer wedding. Once the initial excitement fades, the reality sets in: You need to plan your travel to and from the venue, hunt down a unique gift for the happy couple, and — finally — decipher the dress code. Meanwhile, a string of other RSVPs lands in your mailbox, and you're stuck with a sartorial conundrum: how to attend all these celebrations (each with a distinct dress code, of course) without blowing your life's worth on new clothes.
Instead of racking your brain over all the variables, focus on a single staple that transcends dress requirements. Case in point: the midi skirt, whose length places it squarely between fancy and casual, making it a stellar choice for your various summer soirées.
The key is to find a skirt that is strong on its own, but is still adaptable enough to make it through every event on your social calendar. We picked a half-ornate, half-flowy asymmetric-hem Stella McCartney skirt to anchor our outfits. And while it's definitely an investment piece, it can easily conquer five vastly different dress-code scenarios. Click through to see how one item can be your saving grace this wedding season.