What to Wear to a Fall Wedding, from the Shoes to the Dress

That won't cost you a fortune.

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It doesn't take an American Express survey to let you know that you're hemorrhaging money on wedding season—your bank account probably already knows and doesn't want to talk about it. But the cool thing about preparing for a wedding is that if you find the *right* options (provided you're not a member of the matching Bridal Party troupe), you're good to go with your bad self. Below, colorful dress, shoe, and jewelry options that you'll want to wear way past the reception—primed for whatever your dancing, layering, and budget needs require.

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Exhibit A: The Dress

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The dress is Struggle Numero Uno, but don't hurt yourself thinking too hard over color options and silhouettes. Instead, seek out classic shapes, like the off-the-shoulder style or a shift dress that you can definitely see yourself wearing again. Layer an asymmetrical dress under a white button up or sweater if you're a Man Repeller-level creative, or keep it subdued with an unusual tiered take.

1. Off-the-Shoulder Dress, $75; zara.com. 2. Toit Volant Asymmetrical Dress, $198; needsupply.com. 3. Mojave Shift Dress, $129; anntaylor.com. 4. Sateen Asymmetrical Dress, $299; fameandpartners.com.

Exhibit B: The Shoes

Here's the part that's the most fun. Glitter, color, straps, geometric shapes: the world is your oyster. And clearly, look for shoes that match your aim—whether it's chunkier heels made for not-getting-stuck-in-the-grass schmoozing or lower-heeled options for the true dance-floor fiends.

1. Patent-Leather Pumps, $125; stories.com. 2. Venus Suede Court Shoes, $120; reiss.com. 3. GIRL Velvet Slingbacks, $75; us.topshop.com. 4. Venus Suede Court Shoes, $120; reiss.com.

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And for the ear candy, drop earrings are the usual suspects because they're perfect for pairing with a sleek pulled-back hairstyle. But for conservative dressers, consider swapping out your normal hoops for an unusual crescent shape, or try a glittery ear jacket to add some punctuation to your look.

1. Stone Drop Earrings, $25; nastygal.com. 2. Large Double-Hoop Earrings, $40; anntaylor.com. 3. Claude Rose Gold Crystal Ear Jackets, $64; adornmonde.com. 4. Floral Drop Earrings, $38; jcrew.com.

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