09/27/2012 05:36 EDT | Updated 10/03/2012 11:54 EDT

Fall Weddings: 5 Great Dresses For An Autumn Wedding


By: Glynnis Mapp,

Are you going to a wedding this fall but not quite ready to let go of summer? If you are, you must be going through exactly what I went through attending a wedding a couple of weeks ago. My friend, a fashion boutique owner and style maven, tied the knot with her equally stylish New York ad-guy fiancé at the gorgeous Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. I knew that this wedding wasn’t going to be the typical wedding hall-, cucumber sandwich-affair, not for this cooler-than-cool couple. Guests were coming dressed to impress with not-so-traditional pieces—their favourite ones, too.

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With temperatures getting cooler but not quite cool enough to let go of your favourite summer pieces, getting dressed up for an early fall wedding isn't easy. Stores have been filled with fall merchandise for weeks now, it’s hard to convince yourself that you can wear that oh-so-trendy one-colour oxblood, emerald green, navy or eggplant dress to a fall garden party wedding, let alone spend money on the brand new items in store (read: new but not on sale).

I found a solution. I went with a gorgeous oxblood red, black and cream Tibi New York dress, found at Rent Frock Repeat, a genius option for any of you who want to wear something new but can’t justify buying a new dress for every single fancy occasion. It was the perfect pick for me, the dress has hits of dark colours but still gave me the transitional reassurance I needed. Plus, my rental came with double-sided tape, and sponges for any deodorant-on-dress mishaps. They thought of everything. I also paired my look with darker makeup colours instead of the highlighter bright lips I've been wearing all summer. My favourite colour this fall is M.A.C Longwear Lipcreme in Red Dwarf.

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Before you begin your hunt for a dress for someone else’s nuptials—including shopping online, buying brand new in-store, or wearing a dress from a previous wedding—here are a few great picks you should jot down before you hit the shops

Clockwise from top left:

Rent Frock Repeat Tibi Red and Cream Short Sleeve Print Mini. Rental: $115.00,

Reitmans printed polyester-spandex dress, $50,

French Connection Electric Thunder dress, $138,

Judith and Charles silk Rosetta dress, $375,

Alice + Olivia Reese Flare dress, $500

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