What to wear?! Brides, help your friends and family out and share this story over on our sister blog, The Thread, which features four inspiring guest-of-wedding dresses. Read more to get to know our real-woman model, 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
Adrianna Papell sequin mesh dress
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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There’s something so delightful about a garden wedding. Anything alfresco is bound to be on the more relaxed side—usually with elegant touches of whimsy.
If you’ve got an invite for a garden soirée, we’d suggest opting for a simple, brightly colored dress in knee or tea length. Since you’ll be letting all that beautiful color do the talking, go with neutral accessories—classic earrings, stacked bracelets, etc. Heels, of course, are a must, but reach for a nude wedge—it’ll ensure you don’t start sinking into grassy terrain.
Pictured: Alice + Olivia Bell Sleeve Dress | Alexis Bittar Encrusted Skinny Bangle | Alexis Bittar Tapered Bangle | Trouvé Faux Wrap Dress | Diane von Furstenberg Draped Sheath Dress | kate spade new york dress | Tory Burch Envelope Clutch | MARC BY MARC JACOBS Stretch Bracelet | Taylor Dresses ‘Zigzag’ Fit & Flare Dress | L.K. Bennett Wedge Pump | Tory Burch Bead Earrings
We love a beach wedding. What could be more romantic than saying “I do” with waves lapping and the sun setting in the background? Thankfully almost any event that takes place shoreside means the rules of dress are a little more relaxed—who knows what might happen with all that sand and water everywhere.
So, what to wear that walks the line between beach bum and black tie?
We suggest a breezy, vibrant maxi dress with a high/low hemline. If your trip requires an overnight stay, stick to wrinkle-averse jersey knits (lace or sequins are also less temperamental). Keep your accessories simple (the bride’s the one who should be making a statement here); try something gold with colored enameled accents like coral, turquoise or white, and don’t forget a lightweight scarf for breeze and sun protection.
Chic, flat sandals are a must for the beach, as are sunglasses and a pretty tote for carting your camera, H2O, sunscreen etc.
Pictured: Cynthia Steffe Halter Dress | Diane von Furstenberg Sunglasses | Milly Canvas Tote | kate spade new york scarf | Ivanka Trump Sandal | Sequin Large Bangles | kate spade new york earrings
If you’ve got a guy who needs some help, the same idea applies of a put-together casual look. Summer-weight suits or suit separates and a white, textured or patterned button down look sharp while keeping their cool. Loafers or boat shoes and a classic-looking pair of sunglasses finish off a plus-one-worthy outfit that’s unstuffy, but totally dapper.
Pictured: Michael Kors Linen Pants | Salvatore Ferragamo Belt | John Varvatos Star Sportcoat | Persol Capri Sunglasses | Cole Haan Loafer | Dsquared Dress Shirt