Wedding season approaches and your fridge is covered in invitations. No matter
what the dress code calls for, if you’re looking for something safe but stylish, take a cue from roulette and bet on black. Whether it’s a beach affair, a really fancy blowout, or an awkward party featuring all your old boyfriends, one of the 17 affordable dresses below will definitely fit the bill. Scroll ahead to shop them all.
The Surprising Amazon Find
Ever-Pretty Women’s Floor Length Off Shoulder Sweetheart Neckline Evening Dress
another dress from this brand might have over 1,000 positive reviews, this style looks far more expensive and less bridesmaid-like.
The Best Bargain
C/Meo Collective Aspire Dress
When the Catering Is Guaranteed to Be Amazing
Stelen Helena Wrap Dress
Get yourself a dress that you can loosen up after a few too many rounds at the raw bar.
The Inexpensive Black-Tie Find
Topshop Jacquard Bow Slipdress
Wear with heels to a black-tie wedding, or wear it with sandals for a beach wedding — it’ll look good in either venue.
Because You’re Seeing Old Crushes
Drawstring Slit Dress
No better time to whip out the sexy slip dress.
Because Wedding Venues are Cold
Wrapped satin dress
While everyone else is shivering in their bare shoulders, you’ll be nice and comfortable.
Because You Like Details
ASOS PREMIUM High Neck Pearl Embellished Midi Prom Dress
Plenty of other guests will be in sequin dresses but few will wear pearls.
Because You Love Isabel Marant
Metallic Stripes Frill Dress
The gauzy fabric coupled with the delicate gold threads look exactly like something the French designer would make.
When You Want to Impress (Without Upstaging the Bride)
An asymmetrical neckline coupled with tiers of ruffles make for a dramatic entrance, but the black shade means you won’t stick out in photos.
Because You Love Self-Portrait
Bardot Kara Lace Halter Dress
When you can’t stomach the price tag, here’s a similar option that’s a fraction of the cost.
Because You Hate Body Con
Farrow Luisana Dress
The sheer overlay keeps this roomy dress from veering on frumpy.
The Versatile LBD
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LIKELY Ardsley Dress
Wear it to a daytime wedding, brunch with friends, or a night out.
The Ubiquitous Wedding-Guest Dress
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG Scalloped corded lace dress
At any given wedding, someone is wearing this dress, and for good reason — it’s pretty, flattering, and classic.
The Sweet, Vintage-Looking One
EXPLOSION Ruffle Shift Dress & Necklace
Ruffles, sheer shoulders, and a swingy hemline give this dress a ’60s feel.
Because You Love Off-the-Shoulder Tops
Chelsea28 Off the Shoulder Dress
If that silhouette works for you, get it in a dress and you’ll have a go-to look for any event.
An Elegant Black-Tie Gown
HALSTON HERITAGE Cutout crepe gown
A no-fuss fancy dress you can pull out years from now.
If You Want Something Fitted
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DRESS THE POPULATION Monica Tea Length Trumpet Dress
This skims the body without looking like a dated body-con style from the mid ’00s.
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