A reader named Katie emailed asking if I would round up my current favorite dresses to wear to weddings, which was perfectly timed as this weekend we’re heading to Arizona for our first wedding of 2017! After nine weddings last year, I’ve amassed quite the collection of cocktail dresses, but I’m always on the lookout for fun new options that won’t totally break the bank. Here are my current favorites, all under $250, in just about every color under the sun… (Psst, you’ll have to click over to the blog if you’re reading in Feedly!)



If you’re a fit-and-flare lover like I am, you can’t miss this and this. If you’re looking for something long, this might just be the steal of the century. And if you’re wanting to experiment with something in a midi length, I love the looks of this, this, and this!

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  1. Thank you for this !!!!

    I would love to see a post on how to find the perfect navy blazers and khakis for groomsmen ! I am doing this look for my wedding and really struggling finding a way to do this . I find it’s much more expensive/complicated then renting a tux , especially if I want everything to match . Is there a place to rent matching navy blazers ? Instead of having everyone pay $500+ .
    Thank you in advance !! Xo

  2. THANK YOU!!! I was the reader who asked for this 🙂

    I really love a lot of these dresses! And I so appreciate that you picked dresses with actual waists and fitted shapes. I feel like everything in stores is boxy nowadays! I’m going to order a few of these options to try on!

  3. I have 8 weddings this year (I can’t believe you did 9!) so I’m definitely going to be bookmarking some of these! Thanks for sharing!


  4. These are all so classy! of all of the weddings I attended last year I must say that all but one of my dresses were Lilly. Whoops! She has so many options now for structured cocktail dresses. I purchased a navy and gold shift during the After Party sale which is very simple and could even be worn with sheer navy tights in the winter. The possibilities are endless!

    XOXO Rachael