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17 Chic Black Dresses to Wear to Your Next Wedding

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
$45 at Amazon

While 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
$50 at Shopbop

Where else can you find a $50 dress that you can wear to both spring and fall weddings?

$50 at Shopbop
with code: soextra

When the Catering Is Guaranteed to Be Amazing

Stelen Helena Wrap Dress
$72 at Need Supply Co.

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
$90 at Nordstrom

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
$95 at And Other Stories

No better time to whip out the sexy slip dress.

Because Wedding Venues are Cold

Wrapped satin dress
$100 at Mango

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
$108 at ASOS

Plenty of other guests will be in sequin dresses but few will wear pearls.

Because You Love Isabel Marant

Metallic Stripes Frill Dress
$115 at And Other Stories

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)

Senorita Dress
$128 at Revolve

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
$129 at Nordstrom

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
$130 at Need Supply Co.

The sheer overlay keeps this roomy dress from veering on frumpy.

The Versatile LBD

LIKELY Ardsley Dress
$132 at Shopbop

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
$139 at The Outnet

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
$139 at Barneys Warehouse

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
$149 at Nordstrom

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
$150 at The Outnet

A no-fuss fancy dress you can pull out years from now.

If You Want Something Fitted

DRESS THE POPULATION Monica Tea Length Trumpet Dress
$218 at Nordstrom

This skims the body without looking like a dated body-con style from the mid ’00s.

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17 Chic Black Dresses to Wear to Your Next Wedding