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Dressing up for a wedding is easier now than ever before. Enough people have thrown the rules out the window before you that pretty much anything goes — from a slip dress to a jumpsuit — as long as you style it the right way.
That said, picking out what to wear to a “fancy” wedding — specified by the dress code on the invite, the location of the wedding (like say, the Baccarat Hotel), and/or your familiarity with the bride’s style — can still be anxiety-inducing. You want to strike the right balance between gussied-up and not showing up the bride, and you also don’t want blow a ton of money on a floor-length gown you’ll have exactly zero opportunities to wear again.
To help cut down the web browsing time, we pulled together a dozen looks that would pass muster at any fancy wedding, but probably still work in your regular life, too. Check out the price-range-spanning options below; just add heels and some sparkly earrings and you’ll be ready to go.