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Budget friendly afternoon wedding guest looks for midlife women

Same dress two ways: Afternoon wedding guest, work outfit

Wedding invitations are an outfit challenge

There are three times in life where wedding invitations accumulate and it seems like hopping from one wedding to another.  This is in our 20s, when our friends get married, in our late 40s, early 50s when the kids, the kids of our friends get married and may be our friends get re-married, and later in our 70s and up when our grand kids get married and may be our kids get remarried. Obviously, the different wedding crowds may have at least some of the same guests. There are two options: Invest in an expensive dress and make wearing it the to all making the recycling a statement or going for new budget friendly dresses that we can also wear at the office or for other non-fairy tale life dressing situations.

#fashionover40 woman in work outfit
Shein sheath dress styled for work with Fossil denim jacket, Liz Claiborne open-toe pumps, Kate Moss for Longchamp satchel (all own), and sunglasses c/o Winkwood. For an afternoon wedding swap the bag for a patent leather clutch and the jacket for a cropped blue satin or velvet jacket
#maturefashion woman in printed sheath
Side view of Shein blue China print sheath, Liz Claiborne pumps (all own)

Budget friendly afternoon wedding outfit inspirations

When you are on a budget like me, you probably always consider the cost per wear. Even when you attend ten weddings this year, you will not get the cost-per-wear under $1 when you invest in a dress with a 3 digit price tag. Thus, going for a trendy dress that can do double duty by dressing up and down is probably the decision. Here I show some examples using dresses from Shein and show how to up-dress them for an afternoon wedding.

#styleover 40 Same dress two ways: Afternoon wedding guest, work outfit
Shein fitted white and blue sheath dress styled for an afternoon wedding (left) and dressed down for work (right)
#formalstyle wedding guest outfit inspiration
Shein floral print dress, gold belt, sequin clutch and faux suede flats

The floral print dress in the collage above has a work appropriate cleavage. At work, it will look great with a matching short sleeve cardigan. For an afternoon wedding add the accessories on the right and swap the black belt for a statement golden belt. When the afternoon wedding is in a yard or on a lawn go for flats otherwise suede strappy sandals or pumps look nice. Avoid patent leather. It would be over-bling with the glitter of the sequins and the shiny belt. You don’t want to compete with a Christmas tree.

#afternoonweddingstyle shirt dress with floral print and stripes
Knot detail shirt dress, purple clutch and pink faux suede flats. All items are from Shein‘s online store

This dress is perfect for an afternoon wedding in a park or yard with flats in any of the colors of the dress or even sandals with stripes in the colors of the dress. Go for another color than the shoes for the clutch. However, the color should be somewhere in the print. Wear the shirt dress later for work with court pumps in any color of the print and a pearl necklace.

I hope you liked the afternoon wedding outfit inspirations and got some ideas to stay on budget. You can find further tips and styling ideas for an afternoon wedding, what to wear to a beach wedding or how to dress for a civil wedding in the posts at the links. Curious, what I wore at my wedding?

Do you have a wedding or several weddings to attend this wedding season? What will your wear? Did you already pick out a dress? Let me know your style challenges in fashion over 40, so I can help you to look your best in midlife.

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Photos of me: G. Kramm

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Shein. The post is not endorsed by them. I wrote it entirely myself and it represents my own 100% honest opinion.

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