Essential style tips for wedding season
When it comes to weddings, the most upheld fashion rule is don’t wear white — unless of course, you’re the bride. Not even off-white. Even a pale yellow hue can appear white once Instagram filters are applied.
But, there are plenty of do’s — err, shall we say I do’s? — when it comes to wedding fashion.
Here are four pro fashion and beauty tips to look stylish while on the wedding circuit this summer, while also adhering to etiquette that’s grounded in tradition.
Pay attention to the invite:
That’s where you’ll find your dress code cues. For the most part, summer weddings tend to be more casual than those held in the winter. Black tie is the fanciest and is code for tuxedos and formal gowns. Cocktail attire translates to suits and party dresses. Beach or garden party can be interpreted as summer suits and dresses and is a little more lax on shoes for women (since they may be traipsing on cobblestone steps or sand). For the more laid-back weddings in outdoor settings, check out Eliza J maxi dresses — like this floral halter dress — from Nordstrom. The design details, like halter necklines and being belted with a bow, elevate summer’s most casual dress to make it wedding-appropriate.
Don’t love dresses? No problem: It just so happens jumpsuits are still trending and they are mighty elegant. Just ask stylish A-listers like Jennifer Garner, Kate Hudson, Melissa McCarthy, and Cameron Diaz who have all rocked chic jumpsuits on the red carpet. Avoid denim and jersey knits and opt for a jumpsuit that is more tailored.
Statement earrings can transform a dress:
Summer weekends filling up with weddings and showers? Don’t break the bank! Find one great dress and remix it throughout the wedding season by swapping out accessories. A pair of statement earrings is an easy and inexpensive way to add a “wow” factor to a dress. These reimagined hoop earrings, dubbed Omniscience Hoops from Anthropologie in an oval shape will go with just about any party dress.
Pack some dancing shoes:
Don’t let a pair of sky-high stilettos keep you from dancing the night away. Avoid the temptation to ditch your shoes all together. Instead cut the rug in a pair of flats you’ve packed and stashed in your handbag. These D’Orsay Flats from Payless Shoes (plus get Cash Back from ShopAtHome.com) are lightweight, stylish and come in black, nude or a floral print.
Perfect your make-up:
We know you’re armed with bronzer, soft lipstick hues and other key ingredients for your summer make-up routine. Add one more step on those special days or nights when you’re wedding-bound and set your make-up with the “All-Nighter Long Lasting Setting Spray.” It will keep your make-up looking fresh for up to 16 hours. (Read: No melting make-up while you’re seated in the heat, waiting for the ceremony to start!)