The Dresses

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  • Chiara Boni La Petite Robe

    Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Velvet One Shoulder Dress

    $795

    The drama of an asymmetrical neckline and exposed arm; the flexibility of a midi length. We love the drape of the dress at the midsection and hemline. That flower detail pulls it all together, and in a regal color. Sizes 2 to 16. Buy from Bloomingdale's. 

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  • Zac Posen

    ZAC POSEN Bow Midi Dress

    $625

    If you have the sort of build that can do strapless without spending the day feeling like you have to keep hoisting, this is a chic way to convey: I'm fancy—so fancy that I don't need to scream it. Elegant in its simplicity, with just enough going on—the color; that bow—to really pack a punch. Sizes 0 to 14. Buy from Bloomingdale's.

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  • Cinq à Sept

    Cinq à Sept Silk Satin Twist-Front Gown

    $795

    Classic, with a twist. Love the fluttering short sleeves, the keyhole, and the twist-front detail to this sophisticated silk satin dress. Plus: your jewelry is built right in! Sizes 00 to 14. Buy from Saks Fifth Avenue.

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  • Eliza J

    Eliza J Embellished High/Low Chiffon Dress

    $188

     A flirty, fun way to do the navy thing. The flattering cut will make you feel like you're floating—which you should be. Tasteful and modern, the high-low hemline is always a nice option for shorter women. Sizes 2-18. Buy from Nordstrom.

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  • Mac Duggal

    Mac Duggal Pleated Capelet Tea Length Dress

    $498

     

    Pretty in pleats. We're smitten with this modern spin on the capelet—covered, yet cool. The pleats give it dimension and depth in the always chic midnight blue. Sizes 2 to 20. Buy from Mac Duggal.

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  • Renee C.

    RENEE C. Satin One Shoulder Midi Dress

    $90

    Grecian goddess meets modern day style icon. Simple can be the most chic. This one-sleeve asymmetric hemline satin dress comes in nine colors, bright and neutral. Plus, it's a bargain and still well-stocked. Sizes Small, Medium, Large. Buy from Saks Off Fifth.

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  • Significant Other

    Significant Other Backless Long-Sleeve Column Gown

    $286

    Leave the guests gasping as you pass them coming down the aisle. Full length balloon sleeves and twisted front peekaboo detailing already clue in onlookers that you're willing to make a statement. The open back seals the deal. A lovely balance of chic and sexy. Sizes 2 to 12. Buy from Anthropologie. 

  • Badgley Mischka

    Badgley Mischka Pleated Octopus Trimmed Gown

    $925

    Amazing what an extra swirl of trim can do to elevate a dress. We love the mix of fluidity, architectural flourish and vibrant color. Sizes 0-16. Buy from Saks Fifth Avenue.

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  • Mac Duggal

    Mac Duggal Beaded Empire Waist Cocktail Dress

    $498

    When you're used to standing out but want to play it cool and understated, this midi length dress is a sure thing. Sophisticated, without screaming. Special, without getting too loud. And in a gorgeous, modern silhouette. Sizes 2 to 20. Buy from Nordstrom. 

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  • Dress the Population

    Dress the Population Embellished Fit and Flare Dress

    $288

    You're not one for subtle, but want to avoid taking attention away from the bride. This is a great way to compromise. A classic fit and flare style that shimmers with sequins, embellishment and hints of skin without being so loud as to seem like you're shouting. The midi length also tames it in a modern way. Sizes XS to XL. Buy from Nordstrom.

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  • Lauren Ralph Lauren

    Lauren Ralph Lauren Foil Print Jersey Cape Gown

    $295

    Easy elegance. We're wild about the soft architectural lines of this floor length jersey gown—the twist front, plunging neckline, and overlay which looks like a dramatic sleeve from the front; cape from the back. And done up in a shimmering gold? Wedding-ready. 0 to 18. Buy from Bloomingdale's.

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  • Gemy Maalouf

    Gemy Maalouf Strapless Jumpsuit with Cape

    $3,307

    Channel your best Jamie Lee Curtis in this strapless jumpsuit—corset top; trouser style pants; feather cape to fully activate this power look. It's an investment, yes. A stunner, absolutely. Sizes 0 to 20. Buy from Gemy Maalouf.

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