WEDDING WEDNESDAY: 25 LONG WEDDING GUEST DRESSES

I’ve gotten so many emails since the start of Wedding Wednesdays asking me to share ideas for wedding guests as well as brides-to-be. We have seven more weddings this year so I totally hear you! I decided to kick off these posts with a round-up of long wedding guest dresses perfect for fancier affairs (whether black tie, black tie optional, formal attire, etc.). If you have other wedding guest-related questions, feel free to ask away in the comments!

While some of the below options are seriously splurge-worthy, there are also a ton from Rent The Runway, which is definitely my go-to resource for surviving wedding season in style. I don’t mind rewearing a wedding guest dress (particularly if it’s with a different group of friends) but it’s also a lot of fun to wear something new every time (often for under $100 a pop).

That said, renting a dress does require some contingency planning, which is why I try to have my dress delivered a couple days before the wedding (you can rent for up to eight days at a time) and come prepared with these adhesive petals (which are great to have on hand in general) and this fashion tape (perfect for faking an emergency hem).

long dresses to wear as a wedding guest

one  //  two  //  three  //  four  //  five

I love the interesting neckline (and low back) of the first one and you can’t beat the price of this one.

long wedding guest dresses

six  //  seven  //  eight  //  nine  //  ten

Can you tell I love an interesting back? This one is to die for and you can rent or purchase the striped one.

long dresses for wedding guests

eleven  //  twelve  //  thirteen  //  fourteen  //  fifteen

This yellow number would be gorgeous with a tan… and this shade of pink looks pretty on practically everyone.

what to wear to a black tie wedding

sixteen  //  seventeen  //  eighteen  //  nineteen  //  twenty

This one is a perfect choice for twirling on the dance floor and I love the bow and pockets on this one.

long pink dresses for black tie wedding

twenty-one  //  twenty-two  //  twenty-three  //  twenty-four  //  twenty-five

I’m not usually a big fan of embroidery or prints but there’s something about this design that I’m totally drawn to. Any favorites for you? More wedding guest requests?

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42 OFF-THE-SHOULDER TOPS FOR EVERY BUDGET

My love for all things off-the-shoulder knows no bounds right now. I first blogged about the off-the-shoulder “trend” back in 2014… but I feel like if a trend is still going strong two years later, it’s become less of a trend and more of a summer closet staple. I love them tucked into an A-line skirt, worn with high-waisted shorts, or paired with my go-to skinny jeans. I’ll share a few looks where I’ve styled off-the-shoulder tops below and then I’ve rounded up 42 of my current favorites at every price point. Enjoy!

design darling amanda uprichard off the shoulder top

{an off-the-shoulder top tucked into a striped skirt}

design darling navy off the shoulder top

{a navy off-the-shoulder top with white jeans}

design darling striped ruffle off the shoulder top

{a striped off-the-shoulder top and matching shorts}

design darling navy off the shoulder top striped shorts

{remixing two favorites: my navy off-the-shoulder top with striped shorts}

Off-the-shoulder tops under $100:

Off-the-shoulder tops under $200:

Off-the-shoulder tops over $200:

If I had to narrow it down (so hard!), I’d say my very favorites are this affordable eyelet one, this fitted waist one, and this totally splurge-worthy gingham one. Are you a fan of off-the-shoulder tops? Which one of these is your favorite?

CURRENTLY

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Listening… to the Monocycle podcast by Man Repeller founder Leandra Medine. I love her off-the-cuff musings on everything from getting dressed and running her business to struggling with self-doubt and starting infertility treatments.

Loving… the new-to-me line Reformation. I have my eye on this backless number, this romper, and this sundress.

Reading… I just finished Shonda Rhimes’s debut Year of Yes. I thought it got off to a slow start but by the second half I found myself feeling seriously inspired to get in shape, be more present, and take charge at work. Have you read it? What did you think? (And what should I read next?!)

Wanting… so many pieces from J.Crew’s new arrivals, starting with these flats and this trench.

Watching… the Red Sox sweep the Yankees this past weekend. Whoop whoop! Any other Boston fans out there?!

Wearing… this perfect gray tee on repeat.

 

WEEKEND READING

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1. 15 margarita recipes for Cinco de Mayo.

2. Amy just relaunched her site and it is beyond perfection.

3. I bookmarked Grace’s Bermuda travel guide.

4. Really love these chic flats.

5. Super cute scalloped sandals that won’t break the bank.

6. The 50 best small towns for antiques.

7. The only 8 TED talks you need to watch.

8. The not-so-basic guide to rosé.

9. This sweater is a must-have.

 

From Design Darling this week:

An interior design portfolio I love

An outfit featuring M.Gemi shoes (with an exclusive discount code!)

How Jenna Lyons wears gingham

A Derby Day outfit featuring Reese Witherspoon’s brand Draper James

OUTFIT: DERBY DAY WITH DRAPER JAMES

I can’t believe Derby Day is right around the corner! It always falls right around Will’s birthday (remember this little party we threw two years ago?) and this year it also falls near our one year anniversary in Dallas (how did that happen?!). Whether you’re sipping mint juleps at the real deal or just cheers-ing from afar, it’s a fun excuse to dress up and don a pretty hat.

Reese Witherspoon’s brand Draper James is known for its southern roots and has so many pieces that were practically made for the Kentucky Derby. Of course the pieces in this outfit could be worn a million different ways but there’s something about a sunny yellow skirt and a wide-brimmed hat that just screams southern charm to me!

draper james harpeth jacquard mid length skirt yellow

draper james lucy hat

draper james martha bag

draper james swiss dot scallop elliot shirt

draper james yellow jacquard skirt

draper james white martha bag

draper james harpeth skirt

hat, shirt, skirt, and bag c/o Draper James

lipstick in “extatique”  //  nail polish in “fiesta”

striped heels (also available here)

Any fun plans for Derby Day this year? Do tell!

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