My hometown of Charleston, SC, is the #2 wedding destination in the country (second only to Las Vegas). As a result, my friend (and fellow Vandy alum) Stacy Smallwood, the founder and owner of Hampden Clothing—a designer boutique on King Street—has women constantly coming into her shop searching for a look that will get them dubbed best dressed guest (think Carrie Bradshaw in her pale pink bubble dress at Bitsy von Muffling’s wedding in the Hamptons). “The thing I hear most often from women searching for a dress is: ‘I want to be able to wear it to something more than just one wedding,’ ” explains Smallwood. So, with versatility being the name of the game, we’ve asked Stacy to choose her favorite pieces currently available at Hampden and explain in her own words why they’ll ensure you take home the BDG title.
You can get away with wearing this Rebecca Taylor dress to almost any kind of wedding because it’s long, but you can also just throw a jean jacket over it pair it with booties from Rag & Bone to take it into the fall season.
Rebecca Taylor Flame of the Forest midi dress, $475hampdenclothing.com
You can’t help but want to dance when you wear this beaded Suno design.
Suno multicolor stripes beaded dress, $650hampdenclothing.com
This Peter Pilotto shift makes a bold statement with a print.
Peter Pilotto check dress in blush, $1,040hampdenclothing.com
The 70s are a big trend going into the fall. This Theory dress is a great buy now, wear now dress with sun-kissed skin. Then, you can wear it again later once it’s cooled off.
Theory Osteen silk dress, $365hampdenclothing.com
I love this Thakoon Addition dress—the silk fabric is so lightweight and airy.
Thakoon Addition embroidered open shoulder dress, $550hampdenclothing.com
Yigal Azrouel’s plum dress can be worn year round.
Yigal Azrouel mesh insert MS dress, $890hampdenclothing.com
This silk dress from A.L.C. is so versatile and would be great with a statement necklace and a nude heel or dressed down with sandals and a cardigan.
A.L.C. Louise dress, $525hampdenclothing.com
I love this matching top and skirt from Preen. The midi length is something every woman should add to her closet.
Preen Larne vest top, $261hampdenclothing.com
Spin skirt, $620hampdenclothing.com
This dress is stunning in person! A bride recently wore it for one of her engagement parties—and it was truly spectacular!
Jil Sander Navy Abito pink sequin dress, $804hampdenclothing.com