Formal Wedding Guest Attire
Raise your hands if you have a wedding to attend to this summer! I am guessing I am not the only one who is currently collecting wedding invites. Because let’s face it, at the end of your twenties, most of your friends are probably getting ready to tie the knot. After my best friend’s wedding last summer (ahh the memories), this year we get to see 3 couples say yes. One wedding already took place in March and the dresscode was black. Probably not your most typical option for a wedding. Many a times, I have been told that both black and white are no-gos when it comes to the wedding guest attire. But what do you wear for a formal wedding when black is not an option? There are plenty of ways to dress the part (dresscode: evening) without opting for a black ball gown, which is why I have teamed up with LUISAVIAROMA this wedding season to share a few of my personal style rules for [formal] wedding guest attire with you today.
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- go long or go home: Ok, no need to necessarily go home, but when presented with the choice of a dress that is either too short or too long, go for the longer version. Always. A wedding – especially one that takes place in a church – is probably not the best place to flaunt those tanned summer legs all the way up to the butt cheeks. Weddings are always special events and with a dresscode that calls for cocktail I always like to go for something at least around the knees (midi is the safer option) and for formal attire the floor-length should be a given. If you don’t want to look like you went all out with a ball gown, a sheer or lace long dress, like this Self-Portrait off the shoulder dress is a great option. Also, dark blue is a great alternative to black.
- the bag: While I think that weddings are the perfect occasion (read: excuse) to splurge on a new dress, I don’t think it is necessary to purchase a new pair of heels or bag for every wedding in the calendar. Instead, try to be smart when investing in your designer bags throughout the year and include options that can double for more formal affairs. As you guys know, I have had my beloved lock bag by Valentino for years and love it both for casual and more dressy occasions – the small spike bag is just like it. Small enough to look the part with a pretty dress but big enough to carry the essentials (and an iPhone 8plus).
- timeless heels: Your best bet when it comes to heels for a wedding? Dancing shoes! Wear something that is appropriate for the occasion – I love feminine, strappy heels for weddings – but without killing your feet before the party has even started. These Aquazzura heels are my newest addition to the collection and are quickly making their way to the very top of my favorites list. With a cut more flattering than any other shoe I own and leather so soft, the Aquazzura Laura heels are as perfect as they get. Not to mention that aside from the 3 weddings of the season, I will also wear these with jeans and an oversized blazer for drinks with the girls or date night.
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