Monday, June 27, 2011

Goin to the Chapel: what to wear to your summer weddings

Its summer. Love is in the air. Your friends are getting engaged and married. Which also means they are determining where you will be vacationing this summer. If you're like me, as soon as you open the invitation, you are searching for the important details: time of year, location, and attire - all to determine exactly what to wear - the most exciting part!. And, my sweet friend, if you are not like me, weather its daunting or exciting to you, you still must wear something fabulous. So let the fun begin!!

Nothing looks more amazing than class. Dresses should not be too short, or too low cut. Its a wedding, not a girls night out, not matter how cute the groomsman might be.The woman who should receive the most attention is the bride, not a guest and her dress, or I will hunt you down. Pick legs or chest to bare tastefully, never both. Classiness looks good on everyone.

                                     

Carrie might have a stalker, and it might be me. Laugh if you will, but I occasionally think, what would carrie wear? and there is my inspiration. And although I do not have her wardrobe budget, I'm still inspired to find similar pieces. Start looking how your favorite celebrity styles herself  - you like her for a reason - time to rip out some pages in those magazines!

What to Wear, Where is one of my favorite books, from my favorite editors (founders of whowhatwear.com) They have a section on wedding attire in this book and its filled with ideas. And I'm borrowing a couple here

Black Tie: Formality is key. Lean towards long gowns, solids work best. Metallics and jewel tones are great options, and if you to opt for a short dress, no mini's. Lastly, save your chunky heels for either a night out, or a more casual maxi in the day time. Stick to your fancy stilettos.
  

              
       One shoulder Red Gown at Revolve        

              
 
                                                  
                                                               

        
                                   Riller & Fount Revolve $189                                            
 
 
 
 Cocktail Attire: Most popular and common. My brother-in-law's and future SIL wedding will be this August!! And this describes their wedding best. Mainly held in the evenings and indoors or underneath a tent, you can make this as dressy as you want. Stay away from cotton and fabrics that are too casual. And if you have a solid dress, accessorize with long necklaces, bracelets, and/or chandelier earrings (but not all 3). If you (and, oh please) wear a one-shoulder, add on some fabulous bracelets; there's already a lot going on around the neck. Have fun with this one. Embrace cheery colors. Avoid neon's and colors that are TOO bright. You do not want to be that girl who is spotted in every picture once they get their photos back.


Cinching at the waist is flattering




If you're going to opt for a long dress for a Cocktail/evening attire (which is great!) make sure to look for something that still highlights your shape. Cinching at the waist, attention to the shoulders or collarbone, etc. This is a great look for those who don't feel comfortable to show a lot of skin, feel they need a tan before they show off them legs, or are new moms and are getting back into the swing of things. Anytime a dress cinches at the waist with ruching - go for it!! it flatters every age, shape and size!


Evening/Casual: My sister is getting married at the end of summer and this describes her wedding best. Their ceremony will be at the little white church where we grew up, and the reception to follow at our friend's  one-acre rustic setting- with plenty of wildflowers and mason jars! Flats are acceptable at evening casual weddings, and wedges preferred (preferred by me of course) that way you still elongate your legs, and your heels won't get stuck outside in any grass. Most importantly, embrace the "relax and celebrate!" vibe that the bride wants everyone to share.


 
                          Lulu's silk maxi print dress - $100         H&M solid wrap dress $35.95




                               H&M strapless dress $34.95     Parker flowy wrap dress -shopbop $253


Daytime Wedding: Summer is the best time to attend a Daytime Wedding. Here is where you can pull out your bright colors, your comfy cotton fabrics, and not to mention, your favorite sunglasses. Note: its painful that I even feel the need to say it- but do NOT wear your "sporty" sunglasses. oye. Cute one's only please. you can get them for $10 at Nordstrom.These weddings are sometimes on the beach, in rustic settings, or in a beautiful open space - soak up that sun in a fabulous sundress. Lastly - no flip flops unless the bride requests it, no matter how "cute" you think they might be. Flat sandals, yes. Flip flops, no.







Tell your bride she is beautiful, enjoy the party, and most importanly, wear something you feel comfortable in. No one wants to be self-concious at an event when you should be celebrating!!

cheers to summer weddings
-Kate







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