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What to Wear to a Wedding
Well, girly girls, it is June and we all know what that means—wedding season! And, by the way, whatever happened to the merry month of May? It just whizzed by with nary a backward glance at the usual seasonal-transition ensembles! I thought I would never be able to put my fluffy sweaters and velour tracksuits into the cedar closet (spring was such a long time coming!) and be able to replace them with cheerful sundresses, saucy crops, flirty tops and the oodles and oodles of season-appropriate footwear and must-have accessories! Yes girls, we are in for weddings. Lots and lots of weddings.
Whether you are in your twenties, twirties or beyond (my birthday counter doesn't register past twirty, and with any luck and this little miracle, I'll never need to!), it is a proven fact that with summer comes the connubial countdown and, therefore, a veritable shower of wedding invitations. Everyone wants to take advantage of gorgeous weather and longer days. My dilemma comes in deciding what to wear to all of these weddings! Understandably, many of the guest lists include the same core group of people, so I can't exactly wear the same dress (no matter how svelte it makes me look) to four different afternoon weddings. At the same time my working girl budget doesn't allow for several different designer confections this season. What's a girl to do? Well, dearest friends, I have undertaken the task of researching said dilemma and am happy to share!
First, and foremost, determine the degree of formality of said event. Is it an informal afternoon event or a black tie evening affair? Is it indoor or outdoor? Is it local or (if you are really, really lucky, and most likely a member of the wedding party) a destination wedding? Read on MacDuff!
Informal Afternoon Wedding
Formal Afternoon Wedding
Formal or Black-tie Wedding
- A formal dress, usually to the floor. This is the time to break out the jeweled purse, fancy wrap and heirloom jewelry. Formal weddings are also an occasion to dust off your dancing shoes. Choose a pair that will keep your feet happy till the wee hours of the morning.
A Few Wedding No-No's:
- DO NOT wear white. That's the bride's job. And she'll never forgive you if you upstage her. (This piece of advice could possibly be disregarded if the bride is, in fact, a sworn enemy who is marrying the man-who-should-have-been-your-husband. In that case, I say show him exactly what he let get away!
- DO NOT wear black to a daytime wedding. (Actually, it used to be "Do Not Wear Black To Any Wedding—EVER", but this little taboo is very old school—it is considered entirely appropriate to wear a gorgeous LBD to a wedding these days.) Wearing black was once considered a disapproval of the marital match. If that is your case, break out your hottest LBD and the minute the band strikes up "Copacabana" you be the one to start the conga line!
- Nothing too sexy or too revealing. Also, if you are wearing anything sleeveless or strapless to a religious wedding, be sure to bring a wrap to cover your shoulders during the ceremony.
Bits and Pieces
- Outdoor weddings can be tricky, especially when it comes to footwear (heels and grass do not go together). A gorgeous pair of flats, or an elegant wedge will solve your problem!
- Keep your hair fairly unstructured and casual. Summer weddings are often a bit on the warm side, so gather your locks loosely in a low chignon or bun. Secure with a sparkly clip or jeweled barrette. No slick sticky gels or stiff bouffant 'do's. This isn't the prom! A floral scarf wrapped as a headband looks fresh and keeps your locks out of your eyes while dancing.
- Keep your makeup palette on the fresh, pastel side. No dark lipsticks or dramatic eyes. Go for a fresh, dewy look. Neutral eyes with grey or taupe liner, shadows close to your natural skin tone, cheeks with a healthy flush, a light dusting of bronzer, sheer pink or peachy lips with a light gloss.
- Face it, you'll probably run into an ex-flame or two, possibly even a bit of "competition", and since you aren't the Botox type (ugh! needles!) smooth away those teeny tiny lines and give your skin a massive hydration boost!
Well, dearest girls, this should get you on the best dressed wedding guest list! And unless you have the misfortune (as do I) of being a bridesmaid at three, count them, three weddings this summer, the lovely frocks you choose will be ones that you can wear time and time again! By the way, does anyone know a hypnotist with impeccable fashion sense? I think just such a session would make a lovely bridal shower gift, don't you?
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