Wedding-Guest Dresses | The Realest

Why should models have all the fun? We decided each month we’d find a “real woman”–i.e., of all shapes and sizes–and give her the model treatment. In this new feature, we bring the wardrobe, stylist, photographer and blog editor–she brings her anything-but-one-size-fits-all personality and style–and we all head out on location for an IRL photo shoot. Meet this month’s featured guest, Kathy Loyola–a new mom who balances a busy work schedule as a content publisher at Microsoft while she and her husband raise their 13-month-old, Lexi, at home. As a petite woman who stands at 5′ 3″ (and a half!), Kathy sometimes feels frustrated not knowing how clothes seen online will look once they’re actually on her.

That’s where we step in, outfitting her in guest-of-wedding dresses to inspire looks that take the stress out of that moment just after that invitation is received. What to wear? What to wear! Read on to get to know Kathy, and see our stylist suggestions for the perfect dress (hint: it’s all about rich, beautiful color) and accessories–no matter the occasion.

MIDNIGHT SHIMMER – Evening Wedding

Wedding Guest Dress Inspiration--Evening Shimmer.Adrianna Papell sequin mesh dress

Wedding Guest Dress Inspiration--Evening Shimmer.

Stuart Weitzman ankle strap sandal | Minaudieres | Stackable rings | Crawler earrings

On dressing for weddings: “I love that you can really dress to the nines for a wedding! For events like this, my philosophy is that it’s always better to overdress than under.

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Street Style

Street Report: Marina on Prince St., SoHo

Marina is my summer style idol right now! I am enthralled with the whole witchy/’70s/Western trend combo that has started to pop up. I’m not always sure I can pull it off, but Marina’s look has me ready to try again.

Her full maxi gets some western flair, thanks to a cowgirl belt. Marina’s modern jewelry, fringed bag and oversized sunnies add some city edge to her look. And don’t forget the most controversial new trend of the season—Birkenstocks!

Crystal Nicodemus


Shop similar styles:
Birkenstocks | Black Maxi Dresses | Round Oversized Sunglasses

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Birkenstock Thong | FELICITY & COCO Dress | Fantas Eyes Sunglasses

Street Style

HQ Street Style: Krista

Krista, one of our web production designers, gave us a serious case of dress-envy with her nearly-ethereal, mixed media maxi dress. In a stroke of style genius, she added a thick, woven-leather belt and brown wedge sandals—making a classic 1970s look refreshingly modern.

Krista says, “Being fairly short, this dress style helps to elongate my body—especially when paired with some high wedges. To offset florals, I like to pair many of my dresses with a leather jacket. This gives my outfit just the right amount of edge!”


Shop similar styles:

Floral-Print Maxi Dresses | Neutral Wedge Sandals | Women’s Belts

Shop our Editors’ Picks to recreate this look:

FELICITY & COCO Maxi Dress | Kork-Ease Wedge Sandal | Belgo Lux Belt

—Cedar Burnett