Wedding Guest Dress Shopping: ASOS Part I

A kind reader wrote to let me know that several dresses from this post have been restocked in random sizes. I thought I’d bump this post to the top so those who are interested can act quickly.

I placed a large ASOS order several weeks ago in anticipation of the upcoming wedding season. I have no shortage of special occasions attire, but inevitably start to feel indifferent about them in the days leading up to an event. I snapped pictures to send to friends to decide which ones to keep and thought I’d share some short reviews for those of you with similar struggles.

(I had just returned from somewhere sunny when I took these pictures so please excuse the unsightly tan lines.)

Also, as a number of the styles reviewed here are on sale and come in and out of stock, I linked to similar styles as well.

ASOS Cowl Back Crepe Maxi Dress in Black / US 0

I kept the Cowl Back Crepe Maxi Dress, mostly because I have been looking for a “safe” long option, and valued the demure short sleeves and high neckline. The fabric—a mid-weight polyester crêpe—can be machine washed and is fairly wrinkle-resistant (or concealing), which is important when traveling. I also have a soft spot for cowl backs, though this pretty detail is partially lost in the dark color.

For those looking for more glam, consider this embellished dress in champagne or this sequined number in rose gold.

The dress in size 0 measures 56″ in overall length and 12″ across the waist.

ASOS Bodycon Dress with Sweetheart Neck in Black / US 0

One dress I wanted to love was the Bodycon Dress with Sweetheart Neck, which combined some of my favorite details—off the shoulder, sweetheart neckline, and a fitted silhouette. It’s really unfortunate that the material felt cheap (which, considering its retail price, is justified) because I don’t have room for lukewarm purchases.

The dress in size 0 measures 37″ in length; the fabric is stretchy so I didn’t take any other measurements. Fit feels true to size.

This style is currently sold out online, but ASOS offers a range of similar options: Long Sleeve Midi Off The Shoulder Bodycon Dress, Short Sleeve Off The Shoulder Midi Bodycon Dress, Off Shoulder Mini Bodycon Dress, Off Shoulder Midi Bodycon Dress, Bardot Body-Conscious Dress, and Long Sleeve Deep Bardot Mini Bodycon.

ASOS Cami Maxi Dress with Pleated Skirt in Dusty Lilac / US 0

The Cami Maxi Dress with Pleated Skirt is lightweight and looks like it belongs on vacation, so is perhaps not well-suited for an indoor or a city wedding. The color is pretty, but I didn’t have an occasion for it. The quality is what you’d expect from a $50 ASOS dress.

The dress in size 0 measures 55.5″ in length and 11.5″ across the waist.

The style is available in a number of colors: hot pink, black, “nude” pink, coral, and light blue.

ASOS PETITE 70’s Drape Back Maxi Dress in Cobalt / US 0

I liked the Drape Back Maxi Dress even more than the Cowl Back Crepe Maxi Dress reviewed earlier in the post, but the material was very clingy so I would’ve needed to size up. Sadly, the dress sold out before I was able to place a new order. ASOS likes to recycle styles, so my fingers are crossed that a similar style shows up in the next batch of new arrivals.

This dress in size 0 measures 54″ in overall length and 11.5″ across the waist. While the material has a lot of give, it’s also thin. I would recommend sizing up, especially for those who have wider hips.

ASOS Pretty Floral Rose Bandeau Midi Prom Dress in Light gray / US 0

And finally, there’s the Pretty Floral Rose Bandeau Midi Prom Dress, which I reviewed a few weeks ago and said was a keeper. I really like the sweatheart neckline, full skirt, and in-seam pockets. It’s the perfect dress for a spring or summer wedding. This particular colorway is currently sold out, but the style is offered in a number of different prints: lime floral, bright pink floral (in regular sizes here), mint rose and jacquard rose.

The dress in size 0 measures 36.5″ in length, 15″ from underarm to underarm, and 12″ across the waist. It fits true to size for ASOS.

There’s a part II, which I hope to share next week.

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