What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

A post about summer wedding wear…in August! Whoops, a little late on that one.

I’m not sure about you, but I have a love-hate relationship with weddings. Every time we open our mailbox to a wedding invitation, I’m presented with a bit of a challenge. Is this a vineyard wedding? Black-tie affair? Does that mean short or long dress? Daytime or Night? Although, dressing for a summer wedding is a bit less challenging than a winter wedding, it still means the stress of finding the perfect dress.

Black Tie
Apart from a white-tie wedding (which I’ve yet to see someone have), black tie is the most formal dress code you’ll face. It’s customary to wear floor-length gowns and in the warm weather you should opt for chiffon, silk or cotton. At the bottom of this post, I have shown a green chiffon dress that would be perfect for the summertime.

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You may also choose a shorter style for a summer black-tie wedding if the color palette is in the darker hue family. If you do wear a shorter dress, add some sparkle – in your shoes, on your neck, in your ears or with a beautiful clutch. Keep your hair and make-up classic. A favorite “treat” of mine is to enjoy a blow-out before a wedding.

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Cocktail Attire
If a wedding calls for cocktail attire, there’s no need to reach for that gown—knee-length or slightly above works, but steer clear of anything too tight, flashy or pouffy. Think of it this way: Fun and festive is fine, but consider the type of dresses you’d want worn at your own wedding (a skin-tight sequin backless minidress? Probably not).

However, you should choose a short fun dress in a pretty print or vibrant color. You can experiment with necklines and lengths—this dress code is more flexible. Wear metallic strappy sandals and costume jewelry. Make it fun!

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Afternoon Wedding
When it comes to daytime weddings, my mind always goes to Lilly Pulitzer. Not the traditional hot pink and green alligators all over your dress Lilly, more subtle muted light pink seersucker Lilly.

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Seek out dresses that are feminine and polished in a delicate floral print or a pastel color. Keep accessories clean and simple. This isn’t the time for the bling!

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Destination/Beach Wedding
Color! Color! Color! Print! Print! Print! Wear dresses in airy fabrics and fun patterns that compliment your skin tone for a beach wedding. To help capture the vibe, look to hues like cobalt blue, yellow, coral, and pink. When choosing jewelry, turquoise accessories are the perfect finishing touch.

Also, be sure to find out if you’ll be walking on grass or sand, and if so, ditch the heels and choose a festive pair of wedges or embellished flat sandals. Don’t forget your sunglasses!

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Also, if buying a dress for every occasion isn’t your thing, try renting! I’ve had TONS of success with Rent the Runway and highly recommend them. You may even see my face pop up on their website when browsing through the dresses 😉

 

 See below for my favorite summer wedding wear — Some of these are only $40!Summer Wedding
Jenny Yoo sweetheart neckline wedding dress / TIBI sheer dress / Eliza J shining dress / J.Crew retro dress / Crochet dress / Peplum dress / Adrianna Papell travel dress / J.Crew j crew
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The Today Show

Thanks to everyone who tuned in this morning to watch the “re-purposing your bridesmaids dress” segment… For those who didn’t, I have the clip!

We had a scheduled car pick-up for 7am but Adam said they had been outside since 5 when he went to the gym… Talk about efficient!

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I told Adam he was embarrassing me by following me out to take a picture but he insisted saying “It’s not everyday the Today Show sends a car for you”. Ok, he’s right.

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The green room was filled with donuts, fruit, breads and coffee… I obviously chose a donut with sprinkles 🙂

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I went into hair & make-up and my “theme” was sexy/girly. They gave me voluminous curls and bright pink lips! I wasn’t sure about the color since my lips are so full but everyone assured me it looked good.

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PS: Was sitting right next to Ed Sheeran and had no clue who he was…Am I really that old!??!?

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Sneak peek of the outfit!

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We walked upstairs and did a quick walk through of the segment and the room was super tiny – It had 5 different set’s in one room!

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We’re next!

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Click on the above picture for the video.

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We had so much fun and everyone’s outfit’s were perfect!

Questions: Have you ever re-purposed a bridesmaids dress?

What to wear to a bridal shower

I know it’s still January but my calendar is filling up quick with bridal showers, bachelorette parties, weddings and more! I’ve gotten the question “What should I wear to a bridal shower”? a few times so I thought I’d write a post on it. While there’s not a specific dress code for the event there are a couple of “known” general rules.

1. Do not wear jeans. Bridal showers are girly! When you aren’t sure what to wear – Wear something on the dressier side. It’s always better to be overdressed than under dressed.

2. Don’t wear white! That is the brides color for the day…even if she doesn’t wear white, you shouldn’t be in it. A white dress top or white pants is OK but an all white dress is a definite no-no.

3. While we’re talking about colors you should also save your Little Red Dress and Little Black Dress for a different occasion.  Red is a “look at me” color and black is associated with funerals. Keep it fun!

4. Accessorize. Your going to be in a room full of women… even though you aren’t the center of attention you should still look put together.

5. Style your hair! Try a low up-do, a side fishtail braid or a twist back. Pictures will be taken – feel pretty!

Here are some of my top picks!

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Happy Friday everyone! Enjoy your weekend 🙂

Questions: What do you think is an absolute no-no to wear when attending a bridal shower?