3 Ways to Get More Wear Out of a Wedding Guest Dress
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3 Ways to Get More Wear Out of a Wedding Guest Dress

With an agenda jam-packed with “I dos” and swanky events, answering the inevitable what-to-wear-to-a-spring-wedding question has long been on your to-do list. As usual, your impeccable sense of style didn’t let you down, and you managed to snag the perfect flirty frock that perfectly blends spring 2016’s biggest trends and wear-anywhere elegance — all without breaking the bank. Get it, girl! Beyond finding the ultimate accessories to transition your look from event to event, there’s the re-wear potential to consider too. Because, duh — you may have toasted your last glass of champagne, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to retire your go-to nuptial-appropriate ensemble. Here, we’re bringing you three fresh ways to bust that dress out again and again, so you get the most bang for your buck and a little extra mileage out of that capsule wardrobe. For this edition of Style Resolutions, take that wedding guest dress from unexpected workday hero to off-duty winner that will inspire you to do less. The ideal outfit is just a scroll away.

How to Wear a Wedding Guest Dress for Work

Sure, you could rock this frock straight up, but where’s the fun in that? Come Monday, pull out all the stops — trust us on this one — and toss your party-ready dress over a pair of polished pleated trousers for an envelope-pushing take on traditional office attire. Skip the heels (because you already work hard enough) and step straight into a set of leather slides that add a fresh punch of color to your nine-to-five getup, while amplifying the ensemble’s fashion-forward edge. Throw a belt into the mix to break up the look and define the waist, then pop on a pair of shimmery studs for a hint of glitz. Cubicle got you feeling like an ice cube? Simply drape this embroidered beauty over your shoulders and prepare to seize the day.

Zara Shoulder Slit Dress ($50) + Topshop Pleat Trousers ($60), H&M Embroidered Jacket ($70), The Palatines Caelum Slide in Rust ($235), Madewell Full Circle Belt ($35), & Other Stories Structured Croco-Embossed Leather Bag ($195), J.Crew Crystal Drop Earrings ($48)

How to Wear a Wedding Guest Dress for a Night Out

Girls’ night out? Your wedding-ready dress is so down. While keeping it classy is key when you’re bearing witness to your bestie’s nuptials, fun is the name of the game for after-hours events. Statement baubles are obligatory, obviously, and the bolder, the better. This geometric number brings out the reds in the dress’s flowery patchwork print, while injecting a touch of contemporary flair to the overall look. In the footwear department, keep it simple without compromising on that RN appeal with block-heeled mules in a shade of icy blue. Swoon. Round out the look with a quicksilver clutch in this season’s must-have silhouette — the half moon — and throw a leather jacket into the mix for good measure. A few tough-girl vibes never hurt.

Zara Shoulder Slit Dress ($50) + Sol Sana Deon Leather Mule ($150), Mango Mixed Necklace ($40), From St Xavier Hammered Silver Half Moon Clutch Bag ($89), Kevyn Aucoin Matte Lip Color in Tenacious ($33)

How to Wear a Wedding Guest Dress for the Weekend

Once the weekend rolls around, effortless is essential, making one-and-done pieces the be-all-end-all of off-duty dressing. Case in point: Toss on this blossom-tastic number and you’re ready to head out the door — any extras are just icing on the cake. Whether you’re planning on picnicking in the park or gallery-hopping around town, look to a pair of brilliant huarache flats to keep feet comfy and looking fly. If temps take an unexpected drop, warm up with a tonal tassel scarf and a boxy suede jacket. Keep those rays (and sunburns) at bay with the help of a wide brim hat, and ensure all those weekend essentials stay organized by toting along a roomy bucket bag.

Zara Shoulder Slit Dress ($50) + Urban Outfitters Huarache Leather Flat ($39), A Peace Treat for Anthropologie Dashing Crane Scarf ($128), Forever21 Striped Wide-Brim Straw Hat ($15), Baggu Drawstring Purse ($140), By Boe Dual Curve Studs ($70), Nars Nail Polish in Orgasm ($20)

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