While there’s nothing like getting to walk down the aisle ahead of your best gal-pal as she gets hitched, we’ve donned bridesmaids’ dresses enough times in our young adult lives that we’re very content to be guests from now on, thank you very much. (Not having to shell out for a bridesmaid dress that will go unworn after its one-night tour of duty is one of life’s small pleasures, amirite?)
But dressing as a wedding guest comes with its own set of obstacles, including (but not limited to) the delicate balance of working your look while ensuring you don’t outshine the bride; facing head-scratchers like the “dressy casual” dress code; and figuring out how to pack for a destination wedding that involves both sand and cobblestones.
There's also the issue of how much you're willing to set yourself back for the bride's preferred attire. Luckily, since you’re not a part of the bridal party, it’s much easier to find a dress you’ll actually want to re-wear, which may (for once) jive with your spending habits and budget. Ahead, we've found 20 dresses you can wear again and again — especially as wedding season starts to hit its stride.
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