Friday, June 27, 2014

What to Wear (and Not to Wear) to a Wedding this Summer

Wedding season is upon us and if it's not yet time to buy your BFF’s choice of dress, which seriously, you can wear again and again, you might be asking yourself, "What should I wear?"  Here are some summer trends and gorgeous options to provide inspiration on your next shopping trip.

But first let’s brush up on what NOT to wear to a wedding.

Do not wear…

(Or off white, cream, champagne or any pale pastel!)  While Pippa Middleton and Kim Kardashian have made wearing white to weddings famous, it is usually not acceptable.  On this special day the bride gets to shine in the spotlight by being the only woman wearing a beautiful white dress.  Don’t try to steal her thunder.

In some cases, the bride may ask their mother, bridesmaids or even their guests (à la Kimye) to wear white or a pale hue, and then of course it would be OK.

You can wear a colored print over a bit of white or stripes of white and a color, as long as white isn’t the majority color, especially at the top bodice.  Too confusing?  Just avoid white!

Anything too revealing
It’s the happiest day where two people pledge their love to another for the rest of their lives.  You show up in a booty baring body con mini.  Desperate, much?  Keep it classy, ladies.  Have you seen wedding crashers?  You don’t have to bare your body to catch the eye of an available guest or groomsmen.

Side note: You found an adorable, formal romper that you can’t wait to wear!  If it’s pretty short, wait to wear it next weekend.

The exact same color of dress as the bridesmaids
… Unless you want to tell the party you are that disappointed you’re not in the wedding.

Do wear…

Full skirts
Pair one with a silky blouse and strappy heels

Floral print
Let a beautiful floral print stand on its own with a neutral clutch and shoes and subtle jewelry

Sheath Dress by Diane von Furstenberg,

Graphic print
Balance a busy graphic print with a coordinating, solid color bag, but consider a playful or colorful shoe and bold earrings

Maxi dresses
Consider adding a belt to emphasize your waist and pick heels that won't catch on the low hem


Off the shoulder dresses
Add a round or collar necklace that doesn't compete with the wide neckline or dangly earrings to highlight your bare collarbones


Hot pink
This bold, almost universally flattering hue looks best with neutral or metallic accessories 

Black and White Polka Dots

Add a couple pops of red or another bold color with your shoes, bag or jewelry

Pantone Color of the Year: Orchid
While this unique shade also goes well with neutral or metallic accessories, consider adding mint


Please let me know with a comment below: What is your favorite inspiration above and which are you going to try next?

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