Hi everyone! I’m Brookelyn from Best of Bklyn, and Marlene asked me to do a guest post while she was away!
Since it’s prime wedding season in Arizona, I thought I’d share a few outfit ideas for the various types of weddings and their corresponding sartorial conundrums. Back in the day, there were so many style rules when it came to dressing for weddings, but these days, pretty much anything, except for white, goes. You can usually get a good idea of what type of wedding you’re heading to by looking on the invitation, and I’ve picked three common invitation “cues” to go off of.
It’s become increasingly popular in the past few years to take weddings outside, especially in climates that are conducive to doing so, like Arizona is in the springtime. Weddings that are outside are typically slightly more casual, and definitely lend themselves well to more creative-type outfits.
I love the hue of this bright Topshop dress paired with this contrasting BaubleBar necklace. Before you think I’m encouraging you to read a classic play during your friends’ nuptials, that “book” is actually a great Kate Spade clutch- it’ll definitely be a conversation starter during cocktail hour! As far as shoes go, for outdoor weddings, wedges are always a good bet– you don’t need to aerate the golf course! These DVF ones are the perfect neutral for this otherwise bold ensemble.
As you probably know, black tie means formal. While you can usually get away with wearing a very fancy (read: embellished) cocktail-length dress, an evening-length dress is always a safer bet. Plus, how often do you get to wear a long dress? Since you probably don’t want a closet full of ballgowns, I’d buy one “black tie” gown that’s a classic, as this J.Crew one is. You can change it up with accessories as years go by, but you only have to buy one dress– your bank account will thank you! This clutch is also a classic– you could pretty much use this tiny Bottega bag for any fancy occasion you have for the rest of your life, and no, I’m not exaggerating. These Badgley Mischka peep toes add just the right amount of sparkle and are pretty fabulous; they’ll look perfect peeking out from underneath your dress. Jazz up the classic neckline of the dress with a stunning oversized crystal necklace like this one from BaubleBar.
While a lot of “rules” for wedding dressing have gone out the window, you still may want to cover your shoulders when a wedding is in a church. If you’re not sure what’s appropriate, ask the bride (in advance!) or a friend that’s also attending. As far as dressing classically goes, Kate Middleton is the perfect example to look to. This Issa dress is the dress she announced her engagement in in a slightly brighter hue, and would be perfect for a wedding, too. These gold snakeskin Kate Spade pumps are like a dressier version of your classic nude pump- they’ll elongate your legs, but these are a touch more dressed up! Since weddings are inherently more formal occasions, add a little sparkle with a fun clutch by Anya Hindmarch and small (but sparkly!) earrings from BaubleBar.
Thanks for reading, and I’d love it if you’d stop by my blog, Best of Bklyn! Thanks for having me, Marlene!