Finding the perfect, wallet-friendly dress to wear to a wedding is tough. Finding an affordable, wrinkle-free, travel-friendly option is even tougher. But no fear -- that’s what the ladies of Faux Fancy are here for, and it’s just the problem we’re ready to solve in the latest edition of “Ask Faux Fancy.”
My husband and I are headed to Greece again at the end of August for a wedding (and hopefully a stop-over in Italy or France too). Any ideas for an affordable, lightweight, wrinkle-free, packable dress option for the wedding? I'm leaning towards a maxi but am open to other options too.
When it comes to finding the right wrinkle-free dress, material is key. Dresses made of knit materials or materials with a bit of stretch in them are more wrinkle-resistant than others -- avoid stiffer fabrics, such as cotton or linen, which are more liable to crease.
Also, Greece in August can be very warm -- the average temperature is 91 degrees, and the mercury can frequently rise beyond 100 degrees. Lightweight materials and looser cuts will help keep you comfortable.
Here are five great options that will more than fit the bill, all under $100.
Why It’s Perfect: Maxi dresses often give off a casual, beachy-vibe, which is not typically the desired effect for a wedding. They can also be heavy and not-very figure flattering. However, the sexy (but not too sexy!) cut, sheer layering and fashionable color-blocking of this dress make it perfect for a dressier occasion. Oh, and polyester is a wrinkle-resistant fabric, which will keep you looking crisp and crease-free throughout the wedding.
Styling Tip: A modern, edgier shoe and accessories will help keep this dress looking fashion-forward.
Why It’s Perfect: Lace tends to resist wrinkles; plus, the little cap sleeve offers a bit of shoulder coverage without causing extra heat.
Styling Tip: This sweet dress offers several styling options, from geometric metallic accessories like those featured in the picture, to bold bright colorful pieces to make the dress even more playful.
Why It’s Perfect: The 98% polyester, 2% spandex blend will help to resist wrinkles; the fit-and-flare shape will help keep you cool; and the color is just plain fun.
Styling Tip: Dress it up with a pair of killer heels, a statement necklace, and a belt in a contrasting color. If you hop over into a milder part of France, for instance, and want to wear the dress later on in the trip, you can dress it down with a casual jacket and a pair of flats.
Why It’s Perfect: Again, the fit-and-flare shape and polyester blend are perfect for a wrinkle-resistant, crisp look.
Styling Tip: This dress can also easily play double-duty during your trip, made casual with a pair of flat sandals or cloth sneakers for a day of sightseeing. For the wedding, don’t worry about competing with the dress’ bold print with a necklace -- instead, accessorize with a pair of fun earrings and/or bracelets, and some sassy heels.
Why It’s Perfect: A hi-low cut dress is a perfect compromise between a maxi-dress and a shorter-length version. The gauzy fabric will keep you feeling cool and comfortable, and the poly-blend will also resist creasing.
Styling Tip: Opt for strappy sandals or heels to amp up the dress. Sparkly statement earrings and bracelets will also help to make the breezy dress feel a bit more formal.
After you’ve scored the perfect, wrinkle-resistant dress, there are a few things you can do to help ensure that it stays that way once you’ve packed it:
Roll It. Instead of folding your dress into a square, try rolling it in a plastic bag -- I love plastic dry cleaner bags for this purpose, loosely fold the dress in half, and lay it down on the plastic bag. Then simply roll it from the top down, and place it in your suitcase.
Hang It. As soon as you can upon arriving at your hotel, hang the dress to help it preserve its shape. If there are any slight wrinkles, hang it in the bathroom during a shower to steam them out.
Touch Up. For any during-the-day wrinkle issues for any of your outfits during your trip, consider buying a travel-size bottle of Downy Wrinkle Releaser, and stowing it in your purse for a quick refresher.
Have a great trip, M!