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110: 27 dresses (it's a wedding guest edit)
A sparkly knit Rus dress sets today's mood.
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An item to set today’s mood: Rus Ayame Dress.
On paper, this is a whole other dress: knit viscose, open-backed vis-à-vis its apron cut, a sparkly purple the color of a girl’s pencil organizer…but in practice, it’s more demure than all that. Rus’ Ayame dress is in step with this week’s popularly demanded theme of wedding guest dresses—making it the 28th, in fact (also, I never saw the movie). Despite its flamboyant descriptors, it falls on the more casual end of the spectrum due to its knit composition. In terms of styling, when Nicole and I were shooting this look, we were both a bit pleasantly surprised at how well the black bag worked against the nebulous dress and satin ballet flats: “grounding,” she called it.
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dresses under $1,500
If you’re planning on attending a wedding in a dress that costs over $1,000, running the risk of having spent more than the bride on some occasions, you’d better be wearing something so beautiful it breaks your heart a little—all of these have crumbled off a small piece of mine: The Ter et Bantine dress from La Garçonne I mentioned last week, in a gorgeously saturated regal purple; a shades-of-orange Marques’Almeida dress whose tank bodice leads seamlessly into an ineffable wedding-party sunglass pairing (how classic); Nicklas Skovgaard is of course behind this singular, gorpy nylon gown; a shimmery, shiny, hand-crocheted dress by Wales Bonner offsets black with mirrored appliqués and orange trim; Christopher Esber extends his always-flattering cuts to this lipstick red, sheer-paneled dress; a bold fuchsia choice from CSM graduate Sun Woo for the avantest of the gardes; this column dress from Dries Van Noten’s already-celebrated SS23 collection features hand-painted florals on a viscose-silk blend cloqué, and wow; a saffron gown from Tove with unexpected twists like a bra-shaped bodice seamed into the crinkled satin; and if the dress code suggests black tie, this Khaite Amina dress inspired by David Lynch rises to the occasion.
dresses under $750
“New” Tory Burch (it’s FW22 and verrrrry good) but without the price, this pattern-blocked dress is listed around 70% down on TRR; a ren faire-y Rosie Assoulin for the girls with a sense of humor and a quick wit, also at a heavy discount from The Outnet; Ukrainian designer Anna October does pretty just so well, this balloon tube dress is straight Audrey Hepburn; a citric A. Roege Hove dress with a flouncy fishtail hem and flirty slit that speaks peak summer; Gabriel for Sach gives us this old Hollywood halter dress with the quirky twist of a tiny pocket right between the cleavage; one of a handful of tenderly hand-dyed antique silk slip dresses from the Finnish mother-and-daughters outfit Eveliina Vintage; a draped-cotton Marina Moscone dress that’s so simple yet so sophisticated—love this one for all ages; an evergreen tip is to make their wedding an excuse to get something for yourself, like this Jean Paul Gaultier Soleil 1990s mesh set you may have had your eye on in some form or another; and new brand Ouse made a series of clever Italian-jersey “tubes” that can be worn in a multitude of ways, with or without straps, including as a wiggle dress that feels tuned in to the nowest of now fashion.
and dresses under $250.
Resale is so your friend for important-feeling dresses that don’t cost all that much (especially when you’ve got multiple events slated for the season), like, here’s a Michael Kors-era Céline dress with a fab print and low back for only slightly more than I promised it’d be in the sub-header; a ‘60s-styled long-sleeve dress priced at entry level for retro LA brand Eywasouls Malibu; again, no one does it like Norma Kamali, whose iconic, respect-commanding dresses like this Diana have been fixtures for decades and don’t cost much at all, considering; sometimes a simple black slip dress like this (on sale) square-necked one from Trois is the way to go if you’re looking to stretch a look over several events—rotating the accessories will be key, though; a slashed-neck number in sheer, warm gray from Paloma Wool made from an ancient linen relative called ramie; only one Reformation dress on here, because I knowww you know, but I thought this was a fresh, atypical option from the brand with its sultry, half-undressed construction; the pre-owned Connor Ives scarf dress I shared in the last wedding-guest list sold out instantly, but here’s another (new one!) for about the same price…just one left though; you probably know Posse for its linen pieces (I actually just bought one when scouting for this story), but it apparently also does swimmingly with viscose crepe de chine, as with this “pickle”-colored slip; and speaking of undressed, this Subtle Studios number plays an amazing falling-off trick on the eye while revealing a super hot crochet bodice beneath.
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