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Mason jars, hay bales and salvaged-barn-wood tables? oh my! The rustic-cuteness alert is on code red, so embrace an ensemble that?s both breezy and boho. Prints, pleats and flouncy silhouettes are perfection here, but temper the look with sleek accessories, lest you upstage the flower girl. Avoid cowboy boots, which feel too costumey.
Civil ceremonies really don’t have dress codes, so take the opportunity to try a thoroughly modern silhouette: pants. Go for matching separates, vintage Chanel (goals) or a jumpsuit with romantic accents, like pretty draping and lace trim. Keep all add-ons in the same color palette to amp up the style impact.
Face it: This is basically prom for grown-ups. But just because the invitation says black tie doesn?t mean you?re limited to, well, black attire. (Black tie is fancy-speak for a wedding that starts after 6 p.m. where men are expected to wear tuxedos.) A floor-length gown is your safest bet, but it?s OK to ditch the drab in favor of a warm palette reminiscent of a summer sunset. Tonal color-blocking looks modern, while a fuller, floor-skimming skirt makes a statement on the dance floor.
To gown or not to gown: That is the question when you?re faced with an invitation to this type of fete. Feel free to wear a cocktail dress or a full-length gown--just look for an ensemble that will hold its own alongside a room full of both. A beaded or sequined sheath works, or make a chic nod to menswear with cool separates, like a crisp blouse tucked into a full midi skirt.
Ah, the beach wedding: lovely in theory, cumbersome in practice (humidity, skirt-lifting breezes, sand everywhere). Don?t be shy about upping that hemline and going for a trend-forward midi dress (the maxi?s cooler sister). Pair it with sophisticated gladiator sandals and save those grimy flip-flops for morning-after poolside recovery. A crossbody bag keeps your hands free and ensures your iPhone doesn?t end up taking a swim.
You maxed out your bank account (and precious vacation days) to attend your cousin?s stupid Italian-vineyard nuptials. We promise you?ll feel a lot better once the vino is in hand. Until then, invest in a fuss-free frock that won?t wrinkle in transit. Think foldable, packable polyester- or Tencel-blend fabric in a timeless silhouette. Elevate the look with statement-making (and suitcase-friendly) extras. Bellissima.
Sure, you could play it safe with a basic LBD, but why look like every other sorority sister in the room? Play up your personality in something more unexpected--and colorful. An asymmetrical hemline on a trapeze or shift silhouette moves beautifully from ceremony to reception to after-party. Make it extra un-stuffy with an updated ponytail and shimmery drop earrings.
We?re not here to judge, and a celebration of your best friend?s newfound freedom is, well, worth celebrating. The ?divorce party? calls for something edgy and playful, so push the envelope with a flirty yet adult romper. A graphic, pop-inspired clutch adds to that tongue-in-cheek chic.
No matter how many weddings you've got on your calendar, and no matter how excited you are that Cousin Bobby found his "person," the idea of choosing an outfit for said glorious nuptials probably fills you with dread.
What does “barnyard casual” mean? What on earth do you wear to Aunt Sally’s civil ceremony at the courthouse? And what’s the difference between “black tie” and “black tie optional,” anyway?
That’s why we’ve rounded up wedding-guest outfits that work for just about any type of celebration--from the black-tie hotel wedding to the casual beachside affair.
Just remember to avoid these folks at all costs, pace yourself at the open bar and save a silly dance for your nephew.
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