Ask Laia: How Do I Wear This Dress To A Yacht Wedding?

I'm sorry all I hear in my head is Andy Samberg singing "I'M ON A BOAT!" (Yes, I have the brain of a 13-year-old boy.)
Publish date:
July 11, 2011
shoppables, bags, shoes, clutches, ask aia, badgley mischka, it's in my closet, nine west, macys, steve madden

Dearest Laia,

I am attending a wedding on a yacht next weekend and I have the cutest dress to wear, but I need HELP! What type/color of shoes should I wear with it? Also, what type of handbag? I have worn it one other time and paired it with patent red platform heels, but I would like to do something different this time.. Do you have any suggestions? I have attached a photo I found online of the dress.

Thanks!! xo Brandi

Thank you for writing in Brandi. A wedding on a yacht sounds so fancy! This dress is super cute, I love the asymmetric details on the torso and then all the white piped ruffles. I think there are three ways you can go when re-accesorizing this dress for your new event.

Staciee Slingback Platform $49.99, Steve Madden

Pairing the dress with red shoes was the right idea, if you want to do something different this time, why not go for a bright magenta or purple? It'll be a great way to add some fun summertime vibes to your outfit. I think a hidden platform always looks really nice and the covered suede heel on this pair really makes this style stand out.

Badgley Mischka Kiss Kiss Glitter Pump $165, Last Call

You can go a really fancy way and find a bejeweled pair for your yacht adventure. The simple design in these pumps really lets the sparkle take center stage. If you're gonna go for the glitter, stay away from extra bows or super high platforms to avoid looking like a Vegas showgirl (unless that's your thing, of course).

Nathania Peep-Toe Pump $89, Nine West

If the wedding is a "very serious affair" then stick with a dark color shoe. A black pair would be nice, but I think navy is a more unexpected pairing that will still look very elegant. I love the combination of satin and sparkle in this pair.

R&Em VIP Mini Bag $58, Macy's

As for a bag, I usually alternate between a little bag on a gold chain and an oversized clutch for my evening outings. I like this clutch because the straw is super summery and the patent leather detail gives it a lil' edge.

Good luck and have fun at the wedding!

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