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Finding a dress to wear to a wedding as a civilian guest is way more chill than being in the wedding party and dropping big bucks on a bridesmaid dress you know you’ll never wear again (even though you tell yourself you can, and will!). But that’s not to say it’s totally easy.
You still have to land on an outfit that strikes the right the balance of looking good without over-shining the bride; on top of that, there’s a dress code to contend with. (What does dressy-casual mean, exactly?) Another huge piece of the puzzle is budget. But since the ball is in your court, you’ve got every opportunity to find something that you actually will wear again — which might be the best reason to justify a splurge on something you really love.
Below, we’ve rounded up 11 dresses (and one jumpsuit!) for every budget and style that you’ll want to wear often, whether it’s to another wedding, a date, or the office, dressed down.