I am in the midst of one of life’s wedding seasons and inevitably puts wedding on the mind. It can be hard to suss out the right outfit for the occasion and there are many factors to consider. For example, recently, a friend of mine attended a wedding and the outfit she had originally planned was far too dressy for the occasion. When I go to a wedding, I want comfort for dancing because I know I am going to throw down. It also means I need a dress that does not require a sky scrapper heel (normally what I wear — psych!).
This post is the first in a series of posts where I will be exploring the conundrum of what to wear to the wedding. I am going to take a “model” (really a friend who is sweet and doesn’t mind being bossed around) and dress them in three diverse looks. I will talk about all the considerations that go into a good wedding guest outfit and with each post, I hope to make the task we all face — of picking a rockstar (yet comfortable) outfit for the wedding — seem a little less daunting and like a little more of an adventure.
The first look today is for a dressier wedding. This look is dress-centered. That means that accessories are more like afterthoughts instead of features of the look. In other words, the dress speaks for itself. Lace is very big right now in formal wear; and colored lace even bigger. Here’s a look at a classic yet completely appropriate look for an evening wedding.
This look is completed with classic black pumps and a coordinating black patent clutch. Simple is the word of the day with this look. It channels the Duchess Kate and the fun color of the lace makes the outfit a bit jazzy.
Next, the suede and silk look. Here, I combined greens and blues to make a soft alternative for evening wear. The navy blue silk dress is combined with the forest green suede pumps. It’s pulled together by the blues and greens in the necklace. This is an outfit where you take a relatively basic dress and amp it up with accessories — here, shoes and necklace. The outfit is finished off with every wedding guests must have — the fashionable clutch.
Third and finally, I put together a more casual look for an afternoon wedding involving a small print and a bit of a bold accessory. What could be more appropriate for a wedding than a dress with a heart print. I funkified the look by adding grey pumps and the sassy turquoise cross body. In addition, I added the edgy spike bracelet to lessen the girliness of the dress. Balance is key to a complete look.
The most important thing is to be comfortable. Try sitting, standing, and dancing in your shoes and dress. I remember I once hunted for months for a dress for a wedding and when I got it I was so excited. When I got to the wedding and started moving around, it proved to be terribly uncomfortable. And then to add insult to injury, it didn’t look good in photos. For me, a wedding is a chance to shed my cocoon a bit and try new and more creative dressy looks. You, too, can use it to try a fancier look than you might otherwise engage in but remember to not check your need for comfort at the door. Stay tuned for more in this series of posts regarding the outfit of the guest of the wedding.