How to Dress for Multiple Weddings Where You See the Same People
The champagne! The dancing! The romance! It's so much fun when your friends or family are tying the knot! Slightly less fun? A season full of weddings, an aching wallet, and one dress you need to recycle again and again. Avoid being an outfit-repeater with this wedding wardrobe survival kit.
Bust Out of Your Hair Rut
Create a secret Pinterest board of wedding-ready hair looks, then wear a different one for each date. Everyone is guilty of having a go-to style they depend on, but you'd be surprised how different the overall vibe of your dress will look when you try a chignon or French twist instead of your usual beachy waves.
Try a Convertible Dress
The top of Dessy's Twist Dress ($140, dessy.com) can be styled over six different ways, transforming from a strapless to a halter to a short sleeve and more in minutes. OK, maybe more than a few minutes and with the help of a friend or significant other -- but it's still pretty cool. If you buy it in a neutral color -- we love the navy option -- you can easily wear it to six or more different weddings, with the same people present, and be tagged in a million Facebook albums. No one will know you're sporting the same style.
Try a Reversible Dress
Another secret agentesque way to mix things up: reversible dresses! The Gaiam Serendipity Dress ($52, kohls.com) comes in a bunch of playful prints that become understated solid sheaths when turned inside out. Beta Brand ($128, betabrand.com) can be worn inside out (to change up the color and print) and flipped around (so you have a boat neck and a scooped back or a scooped front and a high back). This means you can buy one dress and get two or four looks that are completely different.
Find an LBD You Love
If you're not into dresses that can be twisted around or turned upside down, splurge on a little black dress that you absolutely love. Just make sure that it's a classic silhouette and doesn't have any memorable details (like cutouts or embellishments). A sleeveless shift dress like Kasper's Jacquard Sheath ($75, macys.com) can be dressed up, down, adorned with trendy details, or worn simply to look classy and elegant.
Load Up on (Affordable) Outfit-Making Jewels
You can get away with rewearing a dress (especially an LBD!) when you mix up some statement bling. Wear dangling earrings to one affair, a bold necklace or choker to another, and a stack of bangles somewhere else! We love the Celestial Drops by Bauble Bar ($36, baublebar.com) and Sole Society's Statement Collar ($40, nordstrom.com).
Play Around with a Shawl or Silk Scarf
Don't underestimate the outfit-changing powers of a pretty shawl or scarf (we like this one from Nordstrom, $38, nordstrom.com)! Loop one around your neck and your dress is instantly more casual (for daytime and beach weddings). Drape it around your shoulders for chilly evening receptions. Push it off your shoulders and tie it at the small of your back to create a faux shoulder-bearing sleeve effect. Tie it around your waist to add color and emphasize your shape (as discussed above). The possibilities are endless!
Add a Belt
Not only does a belt add texture and a new focal point to your look, it also can create a new silhouette if your dress is a flowy shape. This glamorous, jeweled Max Mara belt ($145, bloomingdales.com) is like a bracelet for your waist.
Alternate Between Statement Eyes, Lips, or Both
For each event, switch up the feature you highlight with makeup. If you wear the same dress to a few weddings but have a bold magenta lip in one photo, a charcoal smoky eye in another, and shimmering cheekbones at the next, all that anyone will notice is your fierce makeup skills and gorgeous face (not your repeat wardrobe).