The Dresses

UNDER $300

  • ASOS Design

    ASOS Design Batwing Sleeve Satin Maxi

    $86

    We were drawn by the unique color, and stayed for the glam design meant to play up your assets with those batwing sleeves and the clever wrap waist. The price is pretty unbelievable, but in our experience, ASOS delivers. Sizes 12-26. Buy from ASOS.

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  • Xscape

    Xscape Floral Off-the-Shoulder Tea Length Gown

    $298

    Great silhouette; delicate design. The all-over floral pattern is raised—a combination of lace embroidery and appliqué to give it a really memorable, elevated look. The tea length, lower in back, makes it perfect for a garden wedding where you may be walking in the grass, but this dress could take you just about anywhere. Sizes 4 to 16. Buy from Dillard's.

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  • Aqua

    Aqua One Shoulder Ruffled Gown

    $278

    Asymmetrical necklines are really having a moment, and this one makes a statement at a price no one will believe. It's memorable coming or going—from the front, it's all about that interesting one shoulder cut; from behind, there's the unexpected train of ruffles. Sizes 0 to 16. Buy from Bloomingdale's.

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  • Alex Evenings

    Alex Evenings Sequined Chiffon Jacket and Dress

    $239

    Mother of the bride jackets get a bad rap. But we love a good jacket, and this one qualifies, thanks to its structured fit, strong shoulder, and lovely three quarters length sleeve. It adds some zing to the swingy, sleeveless chiffon dress. Sizes 14 to 24. Buy from Macy's.

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  • Eliza J

    Eliza J Lace Bodice Gown

    $288

    Get the illusion of showing some skin, without actually going bare. Lace is always lovely—especially with the modern and flattering cap sleeve and full skirt. Bonus: pockets! Sizes 2-4. Buy from Nordstrom.

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  • Alex Evenings

    Alex Evenings Short Side Ruched Dress

    $229

    Compression and ruching. Two very useful qualities. This style is part of Alex Evenings' "Compression Collection" with stretch fabrication. Add to that the angled draping and surplice neckline, and you've got a flattering option that will hold everything in place so you don't have to hold your breath. Sizes 2 to 18. Available in several colors, petites too. Buy from Nordstrom.

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  • JJ's House

    JJ's House Scoop Neck Chiffon Dress

    $138

    Modern and chic. The pleating and gathered chiffon at the waist adds flattering definition. This is a great style for curvy women. Because it's got flow without too much volume and is designed to hit at the ankle, we recommend it for petites as well. You can chose your size, 0 to 26, or provide measurements for made to order. It comes in more than 30 colors! Buy from JJ's House.

  • Jenny Yoo

    Jenny Yoo Velvet Open Back Dress

    $295

    Love an open back moment. Especially when it's a bit of a surprise on an understated dress that is just plain pretty, with its flattering v-neck and flutter sleeve. Don't be afraid to show your shape! Sizes 0 to 26. (Comes in other jewel tones.) Buy from Anthropologie.

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  • Aidan by Adrianna Papell

    Aidan Sequin One Shoulder Column Dress

    $295

    We love the easy elegance of this one shoulder style. The side bow gives it a flattering angle and that leg slit adds some oomph without going too J. Lo to feel appropriate for the day. Sizes 0-18. buy from Adrianna Papell.

  • Aqua

    Aqua Short Sleeve Belted Sequin Gown

    $278

    Not into bare shoulders? Here's the obvious alternative. Classic t-shirt styling on top, with a surprise scooped out (but not too deep) back. Glamour all over. You can't miss with this timeless style. Note: they say it runs a bit small even with stretch to the material, so don't fixate on the numbers, and just size up for flattering fit. Sizes 0-16. Buy from Bloomingdale's.

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  • Betsy & Adam

    Betsy & Adam Scuba Crepe Off the Shoulder Dress

    $249

    They had us at scuba crepe. The "Madeline" dress is sleek without being too snug for a flexible fit that flatters many shapes. The drop shoulder gives it an edge. And navy is such a great wedding choice—here's proof! Sizes 4 to 18. Buy from Betsy & Adam.

  • Kiyonna

    Kiyonna Flutter Sleeve Lace Gown

    $288

    We're crazy about the dramatic sweep of the flutter sleeves on this empire waist dress with flared skirt. At once soft, and strong. Sizes 0X to 5X (10 to 32). Buy from Macy's.

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