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You’ve officially accepted that your fridge door will never not be completely covered with wedding invitations. And yet, there’s one particular invite that gives you the sweats every time you catch a glimpse: the black-tie wedding. It’s hard enough finding an ensemble that’s appropriate for the given season, destination and venue, but throw in a gown requirement? That’s usually enough to feign illness and skip altogether. But not anymore: Here are 12 black tie-appropriate dresses, all for less than $300.

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Saks Fifth Ave

One-Shouldered Bodycon

Stylish elegance, all for about the same price as your weekly groceries.

Laundry by Shelli Segal ($56)


Ruched Asymmetrical Midi Dress

This one gets bonus points for actually being wearable post-wedding. Class it up with strappy sandals and a romantic chignon for the big night, then throw on with pointed booties for work.

Topshop ($95)

City Chic

Paneled Lace Bodice

A dreamy gown that will have you channeling your inner Kate Middleton.

City Chic ($119)


Draped Maxi Dress

Double straps and a pleated wrap skirt offer romantic touches to an already stunning dress. 

City Chic ($139)


Glittered Crepe Gown

Bonus points: Your jewelry is built right in.

Michael Kors ($175)


Mixed Media Midi

Contrary to popular belief, you oftentimes can pull off a midi style. Just be sure to choose a darker color and a sleek silhouette that can easily be jazzed up with accessories.

Dress the Population ($198)

Revolve Clothing

Metallic Maxi

Because, well, when else will you be able to rock a gown like this?

House of Harlow ($198)

Revolve Clothing

One-Shouldered Jumpsuit

Pants for the win.

Yumi Kim ($218)

Revolve Clothing

Ruffle Trim

Why blend into a sea of black and navy when you can stand out in a stunning canary yellow?

SFW ($269)

Saks Fifth Ave

Side Ruffle Slit

Pump up the glamour with a red carpet-ready gown in the Pantone Color of the Year.

Aidan Mattox ($295)


Floral Wrap Dress

So the wedding is in an outdoor setting, huh? A big ballgown is too over-the-top, so opt for a light chiffon dress with a fluttering detail.

French Connection ($298)

Saks Fifth Ave

Floral Brocade

When the formalities are not kept to a minimum.

Alice + Olivia ($299)

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