I have been invited to a wedding this summer and on the invitation the dress code read "glamorous attire requested." Since I'm already shelling out for a sizable plane ticket, what do you suggest?
Its a day time wedding, downtown church, early August. Are black closed-toe heels a faux pas for a summer wedding? Would separates be okay?
A few months back, Madeline, Olivia and I went to our friend Hélène's wedding party -- she did the daytime thing, too -- and we were all sort of blown away when we saw what she had chosen instead of a traditional white gown.
Hélène Gets Married
In a simple floor length dress, black stiletto sandals (I have the same pair), and a leather-sleeved jacket, Hélène's look was devoid of anything overtly "wedding," meaning she appeared cooler than traditional brides and she can rewear the whole thing. She totally nailed bridal glamour without looking fussy or uncomfortable.
Why not take cues from Hélène and piece together a chic wedding look that works just as well once wedding season ends as it does walking down the aisle (or as a guest in your case)? And you don't have to spend as much as the bride did. Here's how to get Hélène's daytime wedding look on a guest's budget:
Zara Open-Front Dress, $60: I love a graduated maxi dress and the sandy tan tone of this strappy one puts the hemline front and center.
Forever 21 Tiered Maxi Dress, $16: Perfect for those looking to create the illusion of a little extra up top, this strappy maxi boosts boobs in a wedding-approved way.
ASOS Love Chiffon Dress, $80: Another mullet dress; also available in turquoise. Imagine flouncing around the d-floor with your train trailing behind -- it's pure glamour.
ASOS Biker Jacket, $91: I never tire of the biker jacket trend, but this perforated steel rendition offers an update on classic black.
Zara Combined Sleeve Jacket, $77: The contrast sleeves on this little jacket take after Hélène's Helmut Lang topper at a fraction of the price.
ASOS Bomber, $81: Like a varsity, moto jacket hybrid, this two-toned option offers the best of both worlds and looks too expensive for you to say, "I could make this myself!"
As for shoes, I'm not opposed to pairing your summer wedding look with a black closed-toe heel, but I would prefer to see a sandal. I have scoured the Internet for a strappy stiletto more perfect than the one featured above at the same price point and such sandal does not exist. Apparently platform height correlates directly to price -- the less you spend, the higher the platform. Plus, I'm on a campaign to make sure every high-heel wearing person owns a pair of these before the summer ends. They're that good.
Tell me in the comments about your go-to wedding outfit. Or the wedding outfit that always gets you laid. I have been to a whopping TWO weddings in my entire life, both of which I attended only the party portion, so I'm not exactly an authority on this sort of thing.
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