What to Wear to a Formal Fall Wedding on a Shoestring Budget

Two women in formal dresses at a wedding

Fall wedding invites are starting to hit mailboxes and if you’re one of the lucky ones who made the A-list, it’s time to start shopping for fall wedding outfits. However, we’ve noticed that unless otherwise noted, fall wedding guest attire tends to be on the formal side. Since plummeting temps make way for glamorous dress styles, expect a “black tie” notation on those invites. But this doesn’t mean you have to take out a loan just to be a good-looking guest. Here are four easy tips on how to shop for fall wedding attire that will save you big bucks or make the most of a big purchase while stacking up Cash Back at Ebates.

Cape dress in cobalt1. Shop Fast Fashion Brands

Some of your go-to brands for everyday looks can really come through with luxe-looking fall cocktail dresses. Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe have a fabulous selection of fall evening dresses in both straight and plus sizes. And if you want to take the crash course What To Wear to a Fall Wedding 101, the answer is always a cape dress like this amazing one in cobalt. It’s dramatic without getting too flashy or fussy.

Badgley Mischka gown in red2. Get it Slightly Loved

Remember that it doesn’t have to be brand new in order to be a show-stopper. With Rent The Runway, you can even rock a designer look often for $100 or less. This Badgley Mischka gown in siren red is a perfect example. ThredUp is also a fantastic option for designer lovers with fall evening dresses and more for up to $90 off!

Purple lace dress3. Shop Investment Pieces

So you’ve got a taste for high end. Don’t worry. It’s not a crime! Just keep in mind that while you are shopping for a special occasion, it doesn’t have to be the only occasion your purchase will ever see. When shopping from tried-and-true luxury stores like Bloomingdale’s, go for timeless cuts and fabrics. Find something that fits your body like a glove, makes you feel unstoppable and will not fall prey to passing trends. Avoid those prints! Solids can fit more easily into any soirée. This lace dress from Kiyonna is one of our favorite fall evening dresses and will be sure to give you plenty of mileage.

Garbo bib necklace3. Dress Up Your Own Basics

Every woman should own a little black dress. If you already have one, now is the perfect time to break it out and score some stunning statement accessories to make it wedding worthy. A jeweled bib necklace like this masterpiece from BaubleBar is an instant upgrade for any neckline. You can also shop amazing, budget-friendly jewelry pieces at Charming Charlie. Find the perfect pair of shoes and a clutch, then you’re all set to dance the night away knowing everyone thinks you spent a fortune on your look. Secrets are fun, aren’t they?

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