So you’ve been invited to a wedding—or five—this summer, and the (ornately letterpressed) invitation calls for “black tie” or “formal attire.” While you’re probably super-excited to celebrate your friend’s nuptials, anxiety may creep in as you ponder two questions: "How will I avoid going broke?" and, more importantly, "What am I supposed to wear?"
We have you covered on both fronts: The 20 gowns featured above are affordable (most are well under $200!) and totally versatile, so you can dress them up with your favorite statement accessories (think minaudières or jeweled clutches and delicate heels) for the wedding, then tone them down later just by adding less-glitzy extras. Click through to shop 20 chic, black tie-appropriate dresses that won’t break the bank.