StyleByte: It's Wedding Season, What Do I Wear?
The sun is shining, the flowers are in full bloom and wedding season has officially begun. Since the rules of fashion bend daily, it is no wonder that figuring out what is appropriate to wear to a wedding can be challenging. So in an effort to simplify, I have broken it down by the 3 W’s (where, what, who).
Where is the venue: It is crucial to first understand the location of the event, as that will be your first indication of how to dress.
Mountain: Mountain wedding are usually a bit more casual and perfect for a brightly colored sundress or a fun patterned maxi. I would recommend wearing a wedge so that you don’t posthole all night: both for your safety and the longevity of your pretty shoes.
Church: If your friend is getting married in a church, it is important that you follow some dress-code rules. The first one being, be appropriate; nothing too short or revealing. Second, cover your shoulders at least while inside. Third, be respectful of the faith even if it isn’t your own.
Beach: Ditch the shoes and opt for a beautiful flowy gown. A great chiffon maxi or a brilliant sundress will do. Beach weddings are all about the adventure so have fun with your outfit.
Black tie: If your friend is throwing a black-tie wedding, then it’s important to put your best food forward. Black-tie traditionally means floor length gowns or a very fancy cocktail dress. Some say it should be black, but I think a stunning jewel-toned dress would be fine.
What colors are appropriate? It’s never as easy as black or white; however, at weddings I am strongly against wearing either. There are plenty of people (and many with clout) that would tell you that wearing black to a wedding is completely appropriate, I am just not one of them. I like tradition. I like being old school; and old school says no black. Other than no black or white, I would opt for a pastel or bright shade if the wedding is during the day and/or in the summer and a darker hue (green, purple, navy etc.) if the wedding is in the Fall or at night.
Who is going to be attending? Regardless if your x-boyfriend is going to be in attendance and you want to look ravishing; always make sure that the hem and neck lines are appropriate. A wedding is not the time to show the goods. If you are the mother or mother-in-law, or a sibling, I would make sure to dress within the color scheme that the bride has chosen and find a dress that is truly exceptional. You’re an important part of the day; dress like it.
Weddings are a wonderful celebration, so make sure that you are adding to the event and dressing well. Hopefully, my tips will help make your selection a bit easier. As always, if you have questions or need advice, come into the shop; we are always here to help.
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