Summer weddings always have perfect weather. They make a great case for an outdoor party, but there is something really pretty about a holiday wedding. And while you can get away with a gorgeous summer maxi, a holiday wedding is a great excuse to get a little fancier and a little more festive. I found THE must-have holiday wedding guest dress. It’s red, it’s affordable, and it looks super deluxe.
DISCLAIMER: I delayed posting this entry because the night before it was scheduled to go live, this dress sold out. But as of right now (11/30) there are two sizes back in stock! Just in case it sells out, I’m linking other dresses with similar silhouettes for you below.
My friend Nicole asked me to find her an affordable dress for a wedding in the fall/winter, so I decided to turn it into today’s post. After looking through a lot of options, this came is as my top pick for a holiday wedding guest dress. (You can also get double the wear out of this at an upcoming holiday party, too!) Like I mentioned above, just in case this exact dress is gone, I added a couple of similar silhouettes to the carousel below.
This dress by Keepsake rings in at just over $200, but honestly it looks like it should be $400. I took a medium, and it fit perfectly. There was some space, it was comfortable, but I also didn’t feel like I was swimming in it.
There are a couple of details on this dress that I just love so let’s break them all down.
First, I love the red. Red is such great shade on so many skin tones, but it also matches with a ton of other colors. When it comes to accessorizing, red matches with all metallic tones; is bold enough to match up to black; and also looks great with a white shawl or faux fur. A rich jewel tone like this looks just as great against autumnal tones as it does with a wintry white backdrop for any holiday wedding.
Second, a dimensional brocade fabric really takes this dress to another level. This is a great way to wear a “print” without it being an actually print. It adds dimension, and there’s some sheen to this dress, so it makes it festive. To me, this is why the dress looks more expensive than what it actually costs.
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Finally, let’s talk proportions. The balloon sleeves make a statement being too over the top, while the mini ruffle and empire waist elongate the body. Like I mentioned above, there is some space to the dress. It’s definitely not a body-con style (AKA leaves room for cake), but it isn’t baggy and you don’t get lost in the balloon sleeves or ruffle.
I really wanted to let the dress to the talking here and keep things simple. So, I paired these low block rose gold sandals with the dress. They are now on major sale and still available in almost every size! I hate the thought of being in pain during a wedding reception, and these are low and comfy so I can dance all night long. These would also look so cute with a pair of opaque black tights. Instead of jewelry, I played off the red of this holiday wedding guest dress and added a red lip. NARS in Jungle Red has been my go-to red for years, and remains my favorite to this day.
One last thing – how cute is this simple black wallet? I’m using it as is, but it actually comes with a shoulder strap that you can add in case you don’t want to hold it like a clutch. I always love pieces that are interchangeable. Use this as a regular wallet inside larger bags, like a clutch here, or add the strap for a purse-like effect. 3-in-1, SOLD.
Ready to be the best-dressed holiday wedding guest? Get it, girl!