When faced with a sea of save-the-dates, don't panic. Take a deep breath and repeat after us: this is the perfect wear-to-any-wedding dress. Thanks to a slightly skin-baring cut, breezy silhouette, and floor-length hemline, you might as well consider the silk maxi dress your solution to any wedding guest dress code. The right jewels, evening sandals, and minaudière give it a back-tie twist; with a pair of metallic sandals and beachy waves, you're dressed for a best friend's casual seaside nuptials. We've handpicked 16 of the best dresses on the market — all you have to do is click through to shop and start envisioning how you'll style them for any number of your wedding season obligations.
The good news is you're popular enough to get invited to five weddings this season. The bad news: what are you supposed to wear to them all? Between the traveling and the gifts, you don't even want to think about having to buy multiple dresses — so your best bet is to find a frock that can work for all your wedding obligations and tweak it a bit for each ceremony. With the right accessories, pair of shoes, and frame of mind, you can definitely get away with wearing the same dress a number of times — regardless of Facebook tagging. We're starting with one amazing Willow silk-crepe dress ($550) and styling it up five different ways, for five different types of weddings. Click through to see and shop each look, and let us know how many weddings you're attending this season!
While the wedding may be the main event, we want you to look (and feel) as polished the night before the real thing, too. Even if that polish manifests itself in a dress slightly more offbeat than classic or more modernist-cool than traditional, it's all about striking the right style balance between sophisticated and less formal at the wedding rehearsal and dinner. And while the occasion certainly doesn't warrant anything over-the-top fancy, it's not really the time to take your sexiest LWD for a test drive either. So, we've rounded up some of our favorite dresses (the prettiest white shifts, dreamiest lace confections, and a few quirkier nonwhite options, too) perfect for the wedding rehearsal — and beyond. Click on to see and shop them all now.
Spring wedding season is here, and to help you avoid that last-minute "what do I wear?!" panic, we chose the best dresses that are perfect for every type of wedding — and every kind of budget. So, just what do you wear to a Spring wedding? Think pretty floral prints, light and bright colors, and pretty textures from designers like Oscar de la Renta, Monique Lhuillier, and Jason Wu. From black tie to garden settings, see and shop our editor's picks right now.
Finding the perfect mother-of-the-bride dress should be high on your wedding checklist, and we found some gorgeous options to fit every style personality. For a fancier affair, Michael Kors's gold lace dress is a sure winner, and if you're looking for something a little more causal, try out L'Wren Scott's sheath dresses for the ideal balance of chic and stylish. To finish the look, accessorize with metallic strappy sandals from Jimmy Choo and a Bottega Veneta clutch. Shop our definitive guide below.
If you need further proof that statement printed dresses are here to stay, let Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, and Dianna Agron be the latest examples of why you need to invest in one, stat. The three actresses recently attended the Vogue Triple Threats dinner in LA looking nothing short of Spring-ready in their respective party frocks: Anna made a statement in a silk flare dress by Thakoon, Brittany opted for a midlength creation by Duro Olowu, and Glee girl Dianna Agron showed off her new red 'do in a two-piece runway look from Derek Lam. Needless to say, we're inspired to shop similar looks to prepare ourselves for the warm-weather party season ahead (weddings, bridal showers, dinner parties, etc). Style tip: make sure to accessorize a bold patterned dress with more neutral accompaniments, so you don't take attention away from the main centerpiece. Now, ready to evoke the same Spring-perfect look? Shop our top 16 eye-catching, jaw-dropping statement printed dresses below.
Hot off the heels of its Oscar de la Renta collaboration, The Outnet has teamed up with Issa for an exclusive dress collection. The lineup launches online today and is set to feature a bevy of colorful, ultraflattering dresses and gowns carefully selected from the brand's archives, and even more, some of the pieces received a few special tweaks here and there specifically for The Outnet. Needless to say, these pieces would be perfect for all of our upcoming Spring weddings, parties, and events. The best part? Prices start around $250, which is a lot more affordable compared to the brand's runway collection. Take a look at some of the pieces from the collection, featuring the gorgeous Olympia Campbell, in the slideshow, and start shopping!
With an ultraflattering shape, Spring blue hue, and the fact that it's fit for a number of occasions, Emmy Rossum's icy Temperley London dress is the kind that's easy to take from the red carpet to our own noncelebrity events. That means even if you're not attending a Broadway premiere like Emmy, there are plenty of reasons to add this party dress (or something like it) to your closet for seasonal cocktail parties, wedding season, and beyond. For starters, this dress is like a waist-defining secret weapon that narrows your middle with the side paneling and a fit-and-flare silhouette. In baby blue (or the pastel of your choosing), you can safely take this party dress to any wedding without fear of offending the bride, and if you're looking for the right accessories to complete your wedding guest attire, Emmy has that, too: a pair of metallic heels that complement — but won't upstage — your cocktail dress. We can hardly think of a reason not to shop the look — channel Emmy's party-perfect ensemble with our editors' picks.
Think of this fresh crop of dresses the same way you might a vase of fresh-cut flowers in your apartment — they're one of the easiest ways to capitalize on Spring. Thanks to the floral dresses from Rebecca Minkoff to Erdem and Suno, floral prints got both the usual ladylike treatment and a sportier finish on the Spring '13 runways, which means that this selection of floral dresses caters to pretty much every occasion and every kind of girl (even if you're not typically the flower-wearing type). In brilliant colors, abstract floral patterns, and even surfer-inspired iterations, we pretty much guarantee you'll find a look fit for your Spring party circuit, wedding season, and beyond. Click through for our favorite floral dresses to show off all season.
Getting bored with your little black dress? Allow us to shed some light on the latest trend in cocktail attire: the edgy, rocker-cool leather dress. We saw tons of them on the runways from designers like Calvin Klein, Derek Lam, Céline, and more — but their wearability transcends the catwalk. Whether you go with an all-leather piece like Olivia Palermo's or try the trend in a smaller way, like Jessica Alba's LBD with a leather bra top, it's a look that will definitely have you standing out from the crowd (in the best possible way). From the girlie-glam looks of Lauren Conrad and Kerry Washington to the full-blown fashion-renegade vibe given by Kristen Stewart and Doutzen Kroes, the leather dress has proven to be surprisingly versatile, especially when worn with a great pair of heels and minimal accessories. Click through to see 24 style-setters who have reinvented the LBD wheel, and then shop our editors' picks.