5 Wedding Guest Outfits You Will Absolutely Wear Again


Because no one needs a closet full of outfits collecting dust

by Maddie Eisenhart, Chief Revenue Officer

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No matter how many weddings I go to, how many special occasion dresses I own, when it comes time to pack up for a celebratory weekend, I inevitably declare closet bankruptcy. I’ve made the mistake too many times of buying a dress on a whim before a special event, only to have it sit, unworn, for years after. Which is why I’ve begun to employ two rules when shopping for wedding guest attire:

  • Nothing too expensive. No amount of specialness is worth it if I’m only going to wear it a few times.
  • Versatility is the name of the game. If it can be mixed with different accessories to look like a totally new outfit, I’ve found a winner.

Luckily ModCloth gets full marks for both. In fact, when it comes to special occasion dresses, few online retailers do it as well as they do. Their dress collection is affordable, they prioritize size diversity, and everything is cut in a way that looks good on non-model people. Who wear bras.

But perhaps most importantly, ModCloth sells the kind of dresses that you will actually wear again. Maybe to another wedding. Maybe to work. Maybe just because it’s Thursday. And last month, ModCloth released a brand-new wedding boutique, making it easier than ever to find those dresses (plus affordable wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses, which you can see us testing out in person right here). Here are five of my favorites from the new collection that definitely go in the “will wear again” pile:

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Social Soiree Dress in Black ($100), Glitter and Glee Earrings in Fuchsia ($14.99), Magnifique Motif Wedge ($34.99)

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Sweet Team Dress ($100), Chev the Date Earrings ($14.99), Shining Review Sandal ($39.99)

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Slicker Than Your Average Jumpsuit ($54.99), Hex in Line Necklace ($29.99), Talking Picture Flat in Rose Gold ($49.99)

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Awe I Do Is Win Dress ($99.99), Fashion Plaited Necklace ($34.99), Estate Sale Escapade Flat ($34.99)

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Fancy Forecast Dress ($100), Haute of the Rising Sun Earrings ($17.99), Got the Answer Heel in Black ($119.99)

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This post was sponsored by ModCloth. ModCloth’s new wedding boutique offers stylish wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, guest attire, shoes, and accessories at prices that you can actually afford. And their commitment to body diversity means that you don’t have to settle for sub-par just because you’re not a sample size. Click here to browse the new collection, including wedding guest attire you will definitely want to repeat wear.

Maddie Eisenhart

Maddie is APW’s Chief Revenue Officer. She’s been writing stories about boys, crushes, and relationships since she was old enough to form shapes into words, but received her formal training (and a BS) from NYU in Entertainment and Mass Media in 2008. She now spends a significant amount of time thinking about trends on the internet and whether flower crowns will be out next year. A Maine native, Maddie currently lives on a pony farm in the Bay Area with her husband, Michael and their mastiff puppy. Current hair color: Purple(ish).

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  • clarkesara

    I love that pale blue dress as a wedding dress, to be honest.

  • CMT

    Just a heads up that if you don’t live in the continental U.S. and you order a super awesome dress from Modcloth to wear to a wedding and choose the free shipping option, it will take a month for your super awesome dress to get to you. A month in which the super awesome dress might sell out, meaning if the super awesome dress doesn’t fit you, you won’t be able to exchange it for a different size :(

  • I used to love Modcloth, but a year or so ago, they changed their return policy. I’m picky about fit and unfortunately a lot of their dresses don’t hit my waist properly, but there’s no way to know that without trying on. It used to be that you could send anything back and get a full refund, but now the only way to do that is with store credit, if you want it refunded to your card, you lose the shipping costs. I’m just not willing to take chances on stuff that might not fit and lose that money, even though it’s not that much, it can add up! Their customer service is pretty fantastic though.

    • Christy

      I know! I love Modcloth but their clothes basically categorically don’t fit me properly. I have a high waist and am an apple shape, and Modcloth is definitely not designed for my shape. It’s such a bummer.

      • I actually find it really annoying when online stores do this. I mean you are already saving money on rent and overhead costs so why are you making people pay shipping or not refunding in full. I am petite size 4 so can’t ever end up ordering confidently. Honestly, too many other places with better policies.

    • AmandaBee

      Same reason I’m hesitant to shop there. I LOVE the styles, but I’m taller than average and a lot of dresses don’t quite fit me right. It’s a problem with dresses in general, not just Modcloth ones, but it means I usually only buy dresses from stores with more flexible return policies.

    • Jenny

      Agree, also they require that they RECEIVE the package 30 days after you bought it if you want to get your money back not just store credit. And last time it took 5 days to get here, and 15 days before they received and processed the return. I wish it was like amazon where you just need to mail it back by a certain date. How was I suppose to guess that I needed to mail it back over 2 weeks before it was due there?

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    • Kelly

      I don’t have any issue with their returns. I buy multiple things in multiple sizes, try them on immediately and return what doesn’t work immediately, no issues with monetary refunds.

      HOWEVER I literally just finished a customer service chat because I found a shirt at the DC pop up I loved that actually fit perfectly and when I got it in the mail (the pop ups just have samples to try on, they mail you stuff from the wearhouse when you purchase), it was too big. Thinkingmaybe I misremembered the fit I returned for a smaller size. Just got tje smaller size and it’s poorer quality and too small. Fairly sure I received a mislabeled shirt the first time, so I asked to return to try the original size again. Of course, they are fresh out. I’m so annoyed. But the rep already processed my refund even without receiving this latest return, and it’s been over 30 days. When in doubt contact customer service I guess.

      TLDR; The new modcloth label is inconsistent and not worth purchasing. Call or chat customer service for literally anything and you’ll at least get your money back (not store credit).

  • toomanybooks

    My problem is that I have a number of nice black dresses but I prefer to be super-traditional about the “no black or white” rule for guest wear. Last time I had a wedding to go to, I just searched through ALL of Modcloth until I decided on a dress (and one of their cropped cardigans, which luckily they had in a selection of colors so I could get a matching one). It’s definitely the easiest way to look for something to wear to a wedding. And now I know that if I have my eye on a fancy, non-black dress, I should get it because it’s an investment for future weddings I’ll have to have an outfit for!

  • EF

    aww turn off adblocker to view :-(

    I mean I see why you’re trying to get me to turn it off, and smart business decision, so well done on that!

  • Ebloom

    Love this. Especially love that you included black dresses/jumpsuit, as I’m so over the idea that one cannot wear black to a wedding. I mean, it depends on the wedding and who is throwing it for sure. I like to have 4 nice-ish dresses that I can rotate between at all times.