15 Summer Wedding Guest Dresses Under $200

Wedding guest dresses under $200

It’s that time of year again: Wedding Season! And the search for the perfect, affordable, and stylish dress is ON. These are some of my favorite dresses under $200 (many of which are even under $100). I’m loving all the romantic off-the-shoulder and one-strap styles this year. It’s the perfect way to show just a hint of skin but keep most things to the imagination.

1. ASOS dress ($135)
2. Bardot dress ($119)
3. ASOS jumpsuit ($76)
4. Keepsake dress ($195)
5. ASOS skirt ($79)
6. Adlyn Rae dress ($101)
7. Pretty by Rory Floral ($78)
8. Keepsake Dress ($195)
9. ASOS dress ($119)
10. Shopbop dress ($163)
11. ASOS dress ($119)
12. Bardot dress ($109)
13. ASOS dress ($190)
14. WAYF dress ($65)
15. Need Supply Co jumpsuit ($88)

Which is your favorite? It’s so hard for me to choose! I tried this one on in-store (they didn’t have my size) and it’s so gorgeous in person! The photo online doesn’t do it justice – the color is so rich and beautiful! And this one just came online today and I’m obsessed with it. All the summer weddings I have coming up call for semi-formal or cocktail attire, but if I had a black-tie wedding to go to, I would absolutely buy this one. So sassy and on-trend this season.

These dress roundups are always some of my favorite posts to put together. What can I say? I just looove love, and I looove wedding season! Let me know what you think and if you end up wearing any of these to any of your upcoming events.


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What to Buy from the Shopbop Event of the Season Sale

 

Shopbop – my go-to retailer for quality trend pieces and designer fashion – just kicked off a MAJOR site-wide sale!

Take 20% off your entire order (OR 25% off orders of $500 or more) with code EVENT17 now through Friday, April 14th.

This is a great time to stock up on staples (like denim!) or fun spring and summer pieces! I’ve already placed an order for these, these and this. Check out my other recommendations below or start shopping the sale here.

SPRING CLOTHES

(Prices shown before the discount – so take 20-25% off the listed prices. Click on any of the products below to shop.)


SPRING SHOES + ACCESSORIES

 


YEAR-ROUND STAPLES

 

There are a myriad of reasons why Shopbop is tied with Nordstrom as my favorite retailer right now. If you’re looking for something well-made and stylish, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find it at Shopbop. Free and fast shipping (and free returns), styling suggestions at the bottom of every product page, and their well-curated selection of affordable fashion and designer options are just a few of the many reasons Shopbop is killing it right now.

Unfortunately, all the things I just mentioned are poorly kept secrets. So whenever Shopbop runs a site-wide sale like this, the good stuff tends to sell out fast! So if you see something you can’t live without, be sure to jump on it asap!


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The Best Genuine Leather Handbags Under $150

Best Genuine Leather Purses Under $150

Best Genuine Leather Purses Under $150

When it comes to something that is going to get daily use, such as your handbag, I encourage you to buy the best quality that you can afford. But at the same time, I realize that not everybody can or wants to spend thousands or even hundreds of dollars on a handbag. So after getting a few requests from friends and readers, I’ve compiled a roundup of what I believe is the best value for the frugal fashionistia.

For bags, jackets, and shoes, I usually recommend real leather over faux or vegan leather because not only does it look and feel nicer (once you start buying it – you’ll really notice the difference in quality!), but it also tends to hold up much better than it’s faux or vegan counterpart. But with that said, genuine leather is almost always much more expensive than faux. That made this roundup a challenge, but I was still able to track down a bunch of genuine leather options at really great price points.

All of these bags are made from real leather, have a modern and stylish aesthetic, and should be quite practical for everyday use. There are mini and large bags listed here, so hopefully there is something for everybody!

Under $60
1. Flap leather bag by Mango
2. Leather backpack by KC Jagger
3. Crossbody by Joy & Iman*
4. Leather and suede studded crossbody bag by ASOS
*comes in additional colors

Under $100
5. Micro Avery Tote by Rebecca Minkoff
6. Smooth leather saddle bag by KC Jagger*
7. Kira Pebbled Leather Stachel by Tommy Hillfigur
8. Leather mini bag by J Crew (also sold here)*
*comes in additional colors

Best Genuine Leather Purses Under $150 copy
9. Mini saddle bag by Ralph Lauren*
10. Navy leather satchel by Cambridge Satchel Company
11. Croc crossbody bag by Elizabeth and James
12. Madewell crossbody mini transit tote*
13. Leather crossbody by Michael Kors
14. Satchel by Rebecca Minkoff
15. Signet bag in itallian leather by J Crew*
16. Black leather chain strap bucket bag by River Island
17. Nano Satchel by Kendall & Kylie
18. Leather bucket bag by Zara
19. Micro bag by Aritzia
20. Mini top handle crossbody by Kate Spade

*comes in additional colors


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Holiday Gifts for Him

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It’s always tough putting together gift guides for Him that don’t give away what I’m buying for Carter this year. But I think I’m up for the challenge ;)

I’m only doing one holiday gift guide for men this year, so this is a beast of a guide, so bare with me. There are LOTS of ideas here!

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Holiday Gifts for Him

 

From left to right:

Polo 3-Pack of boxer briefs – on sale for $28.14 at Nordstrom.
While probably the least exciting thing on this list (and certainly undeserving of the top spot they ended up in), these boxer briefs are high quality and make excellent stocking stuffers for your significant other.

Magnanni Chelsea boots – an embellished style for $350 at Nordstrom or a more classic style, also $350 at Nordstrom.
A sexy chelsea boot that is a stylish alternative to his typical work shoe.

AG ‘Matchbox’ pants – $178 at Nordstrom.
Once upon a time, Carter was a devoted a Levi’s enthusiast, with the only real exceptions being dress and suit pants. But like trying a fine wine for the first time, after you have a taste of luxury – it’s hard to go back. That’s what happened with Carter and designer jeans. First, it was a pair of Sevens. They were beautiful, soft, but unfortunately didn’t hold their shape. But since then he has discovered AG’s ‘Matchbox’ pants, and has never looked back. They are truly the most flattering cut (and gorgeous in denim too), but what really sets these apart from the competition is how soft and comfortable they are, while still hugging all the right places. Magically, unlike the other designer pant competitors, these manage to keep their shape through multiple wears before hitting the washer.

Shun Premier Santoku Knives – $119.95 and up at William Sonoma.
For the home cook, these knives are perfection. After extensive research, Carter put these on our wedding registry. At first I thought fancy knives were a waste of money, but I quickly changed my tune after I started using them. And Carter of course is absolutely obsessed with them.

Cast iron skillets – $16.95-$24.95 at Crate & Barrel.
I talked about these in my last gift guide. These are great multi-purpose skillets, and you really can’t beat that price point for the quality.

Alpha Industries ‘Slim Fit’ bBomber jacket – $140 at Nordstrom.
Bomber jackets are undoubtably the jacket of the year for both men and women (I looove mine!) I’m a big fan of this one for men because of the reasonable price point and classic style. It pairs so nicely with tee shirts, button ups, jeans or even slacks – adding just the right amount of warmth and lots of style. Choosing between the green, grey and black will be a tough decision, but you can’t go wrong with any of them!

TV floor plan print  – $20-$85 on Etsy.
I talked about this in my last gift guide.

Star Wars Collectors Socks – $20 and up at Nordstrom.
I think these speak for themselves.

Louis Vuitton wallet – $440 at Louis Vuitton.
Like anything Louis Vuitton, this wallet is a luxury item and thus a splurge. But it’s a piece he’ll use every single day and have for years to come. (Isn’t that the definition of what you should splurge on?) Louis’ coated canvas is one of the most durable materials there is. It’s practically indestructible, which is exactly what a man needs in a wallet that he sits his butt on all day, everyday. I got one for Carter last year and it still looks like new.

The Tie Bar large style box – $99 at Nordstrom.
Tie Bar pieces end up on my men’s gift guides ever year, and for good reason. They’re super stylish and great quality for the price. This style box – that comes with three ties, three coordinating pocket squares, and two pairs of coordinating socks – is no exception. Not crazy about the blue and green color combo? No problem – Nordstrom has plenty of others to choose from.

Magnanni ‘Miro’ Double Monk Strap shoes – $325 at Nordstrom.
These are Carter’s all-time favorite shoes. You can find the matching belt here.

Addidas Stan Smith ‘Mid’ Sneakers – $100 from ASOS (and selling out fast!)
Not a low top, but not-quite a high-top, these rare mid-top sneakers are, without a doubt, some of my favorite sneakers of all time. Like all Stan Smiths, they’re unisex. I bought a pair for myself last year and wore them practically daily. Their mid-height makes them not-your-typical Stan Smith shoes and I’ve never seen anybody else wear them, making them perfectly unique. Mine are getting worn down and I am beyond devastated that it’s impossible to find them in my size anymore. But the good news for your better half is that these shoes are still available in quite a few men’s sizes.

Tumi carryon spinner suitcase – $495 at Macy’s.
Men love Tumi. That’s a scientific fact. And it doesn’t get much sleeker than this go-everywhere carryon bag. Lightweight and compact – this is pretty much the perfect suitcase for him.

Anonymous socks – $26 each at Club Monaco.
These cozy knit socks are sophisticated, but not too serious.

J Crew trench coat – $298 at J Crew.
It doesn’t get much more classic than a trench coat – the perfect layering piece this season for the man on the go.

Phew! Have I talked your ear off yet? I apologize, brevity is not my strong suit. Regardless, I hope this guide was helpful. And if it wasn’t, be sure to check out last year’s gift guide for men!

I’m always looking for good gift ideas, so if I missed something – and I’m sure I did – sound off in the comments and let me know what you’re getting for the men in your life!


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