June 28, 2016 • Los Angeles, CA
Wedding season is officially upon us… but let’s be real, doesn’t it seem like wedding season is more of a year round thing? With several of my close friends having already tied the knot I feel like I’ve mastered the secret to nailing the wedding guest look. From beach chic to traditional and even black tie, there’re a few need-to-know tips for tackling the big day.
1. First and foremost, establish your budget.
You don’t need to break the bank to look and feel the part. Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom have countless wedding appropriate options for under $200. I stumbled upon this lace Aqua dress and easily fell for its delicate silhouette along with its $148 price tag. It looks strikingly similar to the Self Portrait dress I wore to last year’s Veuve Polo Classic, but is offered at fraction of the cost. Not only is it poised, polished, and summer wedding appropriate, but it can be re-worn in the future to several other events. A few other budget friendly beauties with similar lace cutouts include this AQUA lace midi dress, this light blue Lace mini dress, and this lace empire dress .
2. Find the right accessories.
Because lace dresses make such a statement on their own it doesn’t take much to complete a wedding ready look. Add a simple double pearl back earring and a delicate bag or clutch and you’re ready to celebrate the I Do’s. If your dress is a bit more understated, play things up with an embellished clutch, a statement necklace, or even a pair of stand out earrings.
3. Select your shoes.
A classic nude shoe is always a good idea. The structure elongates the legs and the color compliments a variety of outfits. If you have yet to add a neutral shoe to you collection, this is your first line of business. A pointed option like my Sergio Rossi’s or these Steve Maddens enhance a classic traditional look, while a delicate strappy pair like these Steve Maddens are more sleek, chic, and iconic.
4. Be sure you know the wedding’s dress code.
Beach Chic: While I love this AQUA dress for a classic and traditional wedding, the attire for a beach chic event will be a little different. When planning for a destination wedding, seek out flowy lightweight materials. For destination weddings I prefer the untraditional — something a bit more boho and elegantly free- spirited like this off-the-shoulder dress I wore to a Hawaiian wedding or this high neck maxi I wore this week to my friend’s wedding in Mexico.
Black Tie: If the wedding attire calls for Black Tie, take things up a notch of two. I find darker dresses appear more elegant and can be worn beyond the one time event. This Halston dress that I wore to a recent ball is a regal favorite of mine with a flattering bodice, classy fit, and overall timeless appeal. Paired with crystal drop earrings and a delicate bracelet, a timeless black dress is always appropriate. A few more standout options include this Elizabeth and James gown, this budget friendly high neck gown, and this pink high slit gown.
Regardless of the dress code it’s most important to wear something you feel confident in. Embrace your personal style and go from there! If you’re in need of a wedding outfit or even just ready for a little wardrobe boost, check out Bloomingdale’s & don’t miss Nordstrom’s huge anniversary sale coming your way July 14!
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