As comes summer, so comes wedding season. If you're in your twenties, you probably have your fair share of nuptial events to attend, and between country club casual, black tie, etc. it can be hard to keep up with what's appropriate to wear. That's where me and Rent the Runway come in.
The best way to wow at any wedding is to go the (affordable) designer route. Forever 21 and department stores are great, but they're so popular you could end up in the same dress as other guests if you aren't careful. The best way to stand out from the crowd is to pick a frock that's unique, but we obviously can't afford to buy our own designer dresses for each occasion. The beauty of RTR is you can rent dresses that would usually run you hundreds for under 30 dollars, and you get $25 off your first rental.
Here, see my picks for every different dress code:
When the invite says "casual"
You probably won't go to many "casual" weddings, but just in case, sundresses are acceptable here.
|Matthew Williamson Raj Sheath, $45 rental|
|Parker Floral Ruffle Getaway Maxi, $50 rental|
|Tibi Hampton Harbor Dress, $50 rental|
When the invite says "semiformal"
Your choices for this kind of depend on time of day. You'll want to go with something "dressy casual," in a light color for daytime or darker and slightly more formal at night.
|Vivienne Westwood Anglomania, $40 rental|
|Badgley Mischka Fifth Avenue Showstopper Dress, $35 rental|
|Moschino Little Red Dress, $30 rental|
When the invite says "formal"
Also known as "black tie optional," for this type of event you should go for a dark colored cocktail dress or a long gown.
|Mark & James by Badgley Mischka, $85 rental|
|Milly Doris Day Tiered Dress, $35 rental|
|Robert Rodriguez Black Label, $40 rental|
When the invite says "black tie"
Think slightly fancier than formal, and try to go to a long gown (cocktail is okay if it's truly formal).
|ML Monique Lhuillier, $80 rental|
|Nicole Miller Tempted by You Gown, $70 rental|
|Badgley Mischka Ruby Red Gala Gown, $70 rental|
When the invite says "white tie"
Unless you live on the Upper East Side, white tie events probably won't be a very common occurrence. But just in case: white tie is the most formal of all events. For white tie, ball gowns are expected.
|Temperley London Be Romanced Dress, $70 rental|
|Halston Heritage Ballet Slipper Gown, $125 rental|
|Reem Acra Florence Gown, $70 rental|