20 Wedding Guest Dresses You Can Wear Again & Again

We never thought we'd be relieved to not be asked to join a wedding party. But once we've been and there done that, not having to shell out major cash for a bridesmaid dress that we'd lie and say we'll wear again is one of life's small pleasure. But not having a set outfit comes with its own obstacles: the delicate balance of working your look while not outshining the bride, and answering questions like, "What's the dress code?" and "Who can tell me what the hell dressy casual means?"

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!) justify your spending habits. 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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Up-do, down-do, do you.

Storets Pleats Overlay Apron Dress, $82, available at Storets.
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It may not be your big day, but you can still say yes to this dress.

Whistles Limited Rossy Strap Dress, $370, available at Whistles.
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The bride isn't the only person whose outfit can be Instagram-worthy.

Thakoon Striped Paisley Dress with Lace Up Shoulders, $690, available at Moda Operandi.
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It is possible to keep up the fun, even with a darker color palette.

Cynthia Rowley Bonded Racer A-line Dress, $395, available at Cynthia Rowley.
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An elegant frock for an elegant affair.

Paper London Kiana Dress, $750, available at Paper London.
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This bright-hued number is ideal for those Pinterest-pretty (but sweltering) outdoor venues.

Topshop Boutique Hammered Satin Slip Dress, $180, available at Topshop.
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Since you can't wear white, a beige or cream is your next best choice.

Karla Špetić Estelle, $519 $361, available at Karla Špetić.
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Confused about the “Garden Attire” mention at the bottom of the invite? This dress is your fix.

Clouds Feel Dress, $425, available at Need Supply Co.
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Subtle cut-outs are an easy, low-key way to show some skin.

Style Mafia Helena Dress, $105, available at Style Mafia.
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Proof a wrap dress doesn't have to be matronly. The bold patterns keep the silhouette feeling modern enough to wear to many occasions: Think a party Friday evening, and then with sneakers to brunch the next day.

Silvae Arias Dress, $445, available at Silvae.
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This simple frock is a blank canvas for showing off your personal style. Dress it up with lariat necklaces and heeled sandals, or flats and some sunglasses based on the dress code.

Staud The Henry Dress, $205, available at Staud.
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If you're headed to an outdoor venue, this printed slip dress will help you fit right in.

Tibi Pieza Print on Silk Draped Slip Dress, $625, available at Tibi.
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Wear a drapey dress just as romantic as the nuptials you're attending.

Wilfred Bellecour Dress, $225, available at Aritzia.
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A throw-on-and-go dress is our favorite type of dress.

Ganni Lee Silk Dress, $397, available at Ganni.
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If only the basket were a free gift with purchase.

Reformation Cera Dress, $218, available at Reformation.
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A colorful column dress that's perfect for a midday summer soiree.

Cienne The Ryan Dress, $245 $185, available at Cienne.
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This dizzying-yet-cool pattern is great for hiding your inevitable drink spills during the reception.

Finery London Sackville Stripe Cut About Dress, $159, available at Finery London.
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Cheat the expensive wedding dress system by wearing the best under-$100 dress you already own.

Zara Long Crossover Dress, $69.90, available at Zara.
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If you like to live life on the edgy side, rock this T-shirt-cut floor-length gown for your next black-tie invite.

Roksanda Garnet Crepe Gown, $623, available at The Outnet.
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When you want to avoid black but aren't into wearing a lot of color, green is the answer.

Cos Belted Split Level Dress, $135, available at Cos.

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