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Dear Avery,
I have a ton of weddings this summer in the Buffalo area. I can probably repeat a few of the dresses but they’re at some very different locations throughout the city that have varying degrees of fancy-ness. What are a few different options for venues like Asbury Hall, Hotel Lafayette or the Buffalo Club?

Ah, wedding season. It has officially arrived, which means it’s time to focus on what’s most important. Not love or eternal commitment or family or anything like that — I’m talking dresses.

You’re right: you can and should wear some of your dresses again, even if someone might see you in it twice. As long as you style it differently — new shoes, different hair, cool jewelry — no one will judge. But a low-key ceremony at City Hall calls for a much different ensemble than a blowout at the Lafayette. What’s a girl to do?

Start by deciding what makes each venue different. The Buffalo Club requires a more upscale outfit — or at least one that looks it. Asbury Hall, on the other hand, allows you be a little more whimsical, while the Hotel Lafayette may require an outfit with inspired by old-Hollywood glamour. Watch the latest incarnation of “The Great Gatsby” if you need any pointers.

Option No. 1: The Hotel Lafayette

An invitation to a wedding in the grand ballroom of the Lafayette does not come with the caveat that you must come in 20s-era attire, but I like to think that it does. Even if the historic hotel didn’t already exude a speakeasy vibe, 20s style is so in right now, you could get away with it. Plan your outfit with Daisy Buchanan in mind: soft, subtle colors, figure-flattering draping and an overdose of sparkle. You may not be able to have the diamond-encrusted gown Daisy wore, but you can get pretty darn close.

Dress: ASOS, $152.73
Shoes: Target, $29.99
Bag: ASOS, $47.52

Option No. 2: Asbury Hall

What better way to celebrate a day devoted entirely to love than with a dress made entirely of hearts? A pale pink strapless cocktail dress covered in heart-shaped chiffon confetti will easily get you in the wedding spirit — or maybe it will just make you feel like a very expensive cupcake. Either way, you’re sure to look good enough to eat. The hearts are subtle enough that no one will think you’re too precious, and pairing it with some tough, unexpected accessories will tone down the cuteness factor. This venue is a little more laid back, so have some fun with your outfit. I’m sure Ani would approve.

Dress: Free People, $250
Shoes: Steve Madden, $84.99
Bag: Urban Outfitters, $49

Option No. 3: The Buffalo Club

This venue definitely has a fancier — and dare I say preppier — dress code, but that doesn’t mean you have to follow it to a T. For this members-only crowd, you should look like a million bucks, but you don’t need to wear head-to-toe Lilly Pulitzer to fit in. Stick with a classic silhouette — a strapless, draped sheath always looks timeless — but opt for a fun color like lemon yellow. If you keep jewelry to a minimum and opt for subtle shoes, side-swept, loosely waved hair and neutral makeup, all the country club MILFs will be green with envy at your ingenuity. If you can’t join ‘em, beat ‘em.

Dress: BCBG, $148
Shoes: Forever 21, $29.80
Bag: BCBGeneration, $58

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  1. buckytheblog June 10, 2013 @ 11:30am

    If you don’t want to shell out a lot of money for dresses you will only wear once or twice, consider renting a dress for the fancier occasions and buying something simpler for the less fancy. www.renttherunway.com will rent you a designer dress for the weekend for as low as $50! Hope that helps!

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