9 Dresses for Every L.A. Wedding You Have on Your Calendar
All weddings are not created equal—and we’re not just talking how radiant the bride and how hot the groomsmen (but, yes, that too). A certain dress code comes with whatever venue and vibe the betrothed are working up. Here’s our cheat sheet for the warm-weather wedding attire you’ll want to wear to the church/bistro/organic farm and beyond.
Afternoon wedding at Descanso Gardens
It’s floral but dramatic enough to stand out from whatever brilliant greens nature tries to upstage you with.
ROOFTOP NUPTIALS AT THE NOMAD HOTEL
This LBD is deceptive: The sheer striped overlay top looks formal and sophisticated, but the pullover styling means it’s super comfortable. Just add pearls and go.
Wedding at the Natural History Museum
All the single ladies, listen up. This jumpsuit says “I love a good spin on the dance floor” as well as “I won’t be drinking too much champagne, because I don’t want to strip down to use the ladies’ room.”
Groovy organic farm wedding in Topanga
When the vibe is sort of retro hippie cool and casual, a summer tank dress and a pair of sunglasses are all you need.
Malibu beach ceremony
Those onshore breezes can get chilly, so a loose, long-sleeved silk number (worn with a neck and wrist full of blingy jewels) will keep you cozy and chic.
Gathering at a West Adams Gallery
This couple is hip to the city’s emerging artist neighborhood; splurge on a memorable deconstructed designer dress that’s equal parts creative and sexy. (Pro tip: It will look super cute with Chuck Taylors and a leather jacket at your next ladies’ lunch.)
EVENING WEDDING AT A DECONSECRATED CHURCH DOWNTOWN
Wear it with heeled Mary Janes for a look that straddles that L.A. line of dressed up but not stuffy. (And the sheer black sleeves are ooh-la-la.)
Destination Wedding in Cabo
Everyone else will be in last year’s gypsy wear, but fashionable you will be sporting this year’s cool-girl trend: the prairie dress. Metallic accessories skew it more David Bowie than David Koresh.
Las Vegas Elopement
If you’re lucky enough to be the happy couple’s plus one at the Elvis Wedding Chapel, shouldn’t your dress be as over-the-top as the King himself? This multicolor-dotted tulle-overlay maxi dress is your best bet. (And the price leaves something on the table for celebratory shots of Patron.)