Wedding season is in full swing and by now, you're likely sifting through invitations galore. With ceremonies and receptions piling up, you may need (ok, want) a few new outfits to add to the mix. Luckily, looking like a million bucks doesn't have to cost a fortune. We've compiled some great tips to help you dress to impress without spending a pretty penny.
Shop your own closet. First and foremost, take inventory of your wardrobe. Knowing what you have and need is vital to efficient shopping for any special occasion. Plus, you might already have the perfect dress on hand. If not, try working around your favorite accessories so you don't have to start from scratch with every outfit. Remember to think about when and where the event is taking place. For example, pass over anything with long sleeves and heels if you're attending a sunny, beach wedding.
Get creative. If the invitation says, "black tie" and the only formal gown you own is from your high school prom, it might be time to start looking. But even if you don't want to shell out a lot of cash, you still have options. Try borrowing from a friend, check outlets and thrift stores or browse sites like RentTheRunway.com, where you can find amazing pieces without committing to a full price purchase.
Don't delay. If you're lucky enough to receive a save-the-date a few months in advance, you could be in store for even greater savings. Start perusing the racks early and watch for end-of-season sales, when you can take advantage of deep markdowns. If you find an unbeatable deal, grab it then as it may not be there if you come back later.
Shop smart. Before you start spending, be sure to look for local deals in your area. If you plan to shop online, learn how to nab extra savings by using promo codes and other tips for spending less on clothing and shoes.