Last Minute Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas on a Budget

Being invited to a wedding is great. That means that someone wants to share their happiness with you. That also means you are probably stressed out about what you are going to wear. If you have plenty of notice, then that can make things even worse because the stress has a lot of time to build up. Some people deal with it by avoiding to make the decision until the last moment. But how can you find something to wear at the last minute? And how can you fit it in between the budget for the wedding gift and other expenses you have? Well, don’t worry, we’ll give you a few foolproof tips that will help you make it, and even make it on time.

Accessorize what you have

There is no woman in the world who doesn’t have at least one solid-color dress. And even if you have worn yours hundreds of times, you can give it an entirely new feel by investing in new accessories. A large statement necklace, a new belt, interesting tights or a broche, are all very affordable items that will transform your party wear outfit entirely. You can also borrow one of these items from your friend or sister. A bold-color shoe is yet another game-changer.

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Something borrowed…

Speaking of borrowing… If you have a friend or a sister who is about the same height and figure as you, and has a similar taste in fashion, you can ask her a favor and borrow something of hers. In any case, you should opt for an outfit that embraces your figure the best and enhances your assets.

Get creative

Go through your closet and imagine the seemingly unimaginable. Maybe you never thought that your above-the-knees dress could look amazing over your elegant above-the-ankles pants, but this is a fantastic look already tried out by numerous stylish celebrities, including Emma Watson, Rita Ora and Olivia Palermo, so why wouldn’t you give it a shot? If you have another quirky idea, try it out. It might work, especially for an evening reception where the dress code is more casual.

Buy used

Whether you decide to take a stroll to the nearest consignment store or check out a well-equipped online swap shop, secondhand clothing is a great option when you want to buy a wedding guest outfit on a budget. This is especially true because such elegant clothes are rarely worn more than once, and you can definitely find some fantastic, cheap and close to brand new pieces. If you are lucky, you may even run into a designer item.

You can’t go wrong with the classic

Karl Lagerfeld claims that “one is never over or under-dressed with a little black dress” and who are we to argue with a fashion legend? This is something you definitely have in your wardrobe, and even if you have worn it several times before, the little black dress can look different if you change the accessories, shoes, hairstyle and even makeup.

Buy partially

You don’t have to buy an entirely new clothing combination to look fantastic at a wedding. You can invest in a single piece and combine it with what you already have. Choose the clothing piece you have and use it as an inspiration. For example, if you have a basic skirt that always makes you look breathtaking, you can go hunting for the perfect top to combine it with. To really turn it into an entirely new outfit, go with a bold top with conspicuous patterns or elaborate details. If you go for an equally basic top, use a statement necklace to make it fabulous. You can also create the illusion of a dress by wearing a skirt and blouse of the same color.

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An outfit makeover

Are you at all skillful with scissors and/or a sewing machine? Or maybe you know someone who is? In that case, you can transform an old piece of clothing and make it new again. If you have a maxi dress you’ve worn too many times, cut it to slightly-above-the-knee length. You can sew new buttons on an old blouse or add some interesting detailing to a dull skirt. Your options are limitless.

You see, it is possible to get dressed for a wedding on a shoestring budget, without making compromises when it comes to stylishness. Dare to try out one of these ways, we bet you’ll look jaw-dropping.

About the Author:

Tracey Clayton is a mom of three girls. She’s passionate about traveling, fashion and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live. Find her on Facebook.


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