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Lace & Velvet // Fall wedding guest dresses



fall wedding guest lace party dress on a budget

1. Aqua tiered lace dress xs or 2. Aqua scalloped dress xs, Baublebar tassel earrings c/o, Kate Spade Licorice heels (old color), Chanel clutch

Bloomingdales’ Friends & Family sale is going on right now, ending October 9th! Use code FRIENDS to take 25% off a number of items marked as eligible. I’m partnering with them today to share a few party dresses (suitable for Fall wedding guests or cocktail parties) that are included in the promo. I’ve had a lot of luck lately with Aqua, a brand exclusive to Bloomingdales that has some pretty cute pieces that won’t break the bank!

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Aqua tiered lace dress (2 colors)

You know what they say … one woman’s ill-fitting dress is another woman’s treasure! When shopping online, I subconsciously stay alert for bad reviews due to pieces running too short or too small. That was the case with this tiered lace dress, which ended up being very petite-friendly in XS. The waistline actually hits higher at my natural waist, and the length hits above my knees. The narrower shoulders also fit me well, although the waist had about an inch or two of extra room (you can cinch that with a belt) on me. It’s running low on sizes, but keep an eye out for re-stocks due to returns since it runs small. I got the black, but here’s how the blush pink looks on me:

lace cocktail party dress blush pink bloomingdales petite

Endless rose knit dresses

Another party option that I adore is this Endless Rose knit ruffled dress, which I have in red from a while back! See my previous review of this dress. The knit is on the thicker side and feels very sturdy, and the off-the-shoulder ruffles are perfectly sultry. Since you want a dress like this to fit snugly, I wouldn’t size up like the description says to. I also tried on this Endless Rose tiered sleeve sweater dress, and liked the fit in size XS (it’s definitely not as “mini” on me, as it is on the model)!

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Aqua Scalloped Dress (4 color / fabric variations!)

I also wanted to share an elegant little scalloped dress that comes in a multitude of colors and fabrics! Size XS is fitted on me around the torso and waist. Since it’s regular sizing, the neckline will be a little lower-cut on petites. If you want to raise it up, an easy alteration that I get often is to remove some excess length off the top of the shoulder straps – this effectively “lifts” the dress and makes the armholes smaller, waistline & neckline higher, and hemline hit shorter.

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Aqua velvet dress sz XS in “hunter,” Kate Spade Licorice heels (old color)

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Here are the variations this scalloped dress comes in:
– Velvet fabric in jewel-toned hues: the “hunter” is more like an emerald color, and would be striking for a Fall cocktail party or a holiday event! Compared to the other fabrics below, this velvet is more drapey with less structure, so the skirt will fall closer to the body rather than flare out. There is an invisible back zipper and a partial lining.
– Faux suede in two gorgeous colors: this material has a little more structure to it than the velvet, so the skirt portion has a more fit and flared shape (as you can tell in the stock photos!). For that reason, I think I’d prefer this to the velvet. This one also has an invisible back zipper and partial lining.
– Metallic fabric: I haven’t seen this fabric in-person, but the structure seems similar to the velvet. I’m getting ahead of myself, but this would be cute for a simple holiday or NYE dress!
– Ponte fit & flare: (pictured below) this dress is very similar in cut and design to the two above, but has a few notable differences: the fabric is a stretchy ponte-like material and is pullover style with no zipper, also the scalloped edges are raw cut instead of lined. The ponte fabric allows it to hold a little more structure in the skirt – the overall silhouette is so feminine and elegant!

flattering black fit and flare party dress scallop edges

Thank you to Bloomingdales for partnering on this post.

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