The older I get, the more I find myself prioritising versatility in my wardrobe, and before every big purchase, I try to ask myself whether I could wear that piece to work, on weekends and on date nights. So this year, I’ve decided to apply the same logic to wedding-guest dresses and only purchase styles I can repurpose for multiple occasions—anything that doesn’t fit those requirements I’ll rent. I also wanted to spend time trying a lot of styles because, like dating, finding clothes you truly love is often a numbers game. This also means being a little more organised than I normally am and really considering whether dresses work rather than panic-buying at the last minute and settling for something less than perfect.
So if you’re wondering what I’ve been doing with my last few weekends, it’s exactly that: trying on a bunch of dresses and figuring out which ones really deserve a place in my wardrobe. After trying so many, there were some clear winners that impressed me so much I thought it might be useful to share them with you in case you’re currently in the same predicament.
Below, you’ll find the nine dresses that are versatile but impressive in their own right and comfortable but still sexy (in my opinion), all of which I can genuinely recommend. For reference, I’m 5’2″, size 10–12, and bra size 34A, so of course, not all of these dresses will be perfect for everyone. But I’ve tried my best to highlight the ones that could work for as many people as possible. Keep scrolling to see!