For many women, a wedding is the dressiest occasion they will attend, but figuring out what to wear can be challenging. Ahead, five different types of celebrations ranging from a black-tie ballroom event to a destination wedding at the beach, and the perfect outfit for each.
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For a late afternoon/early evening affair, a knee-length cocktail dress is a no-brainer. I love the contrast of the feminine, yet sophisticated slip dress with the tailored blazer, which you can wear cape-like over your shoulders. Plus, you can cover your arms and stay comfortable if the temperature drops or the air conditioning is on overdrive. A sleek pump and minimal clutch keep it chic.
Destination weddings have become more and more popular and give you an excuse for a mini vacation, but you have to pack smart. A light-weight, breezy off-the-shoulder maxi is perfect. Definitely plan on wearing a flat sandal or a wedge, so you don’t stumble in the sand—and don’t forget a hat to protect yourself in the sun. The gold sandal and trim on the straw clutch pick up on the dress’s print and hold the look together.
These days, you don’t necessarily have to wear a gown to a black-tie wedding, but why not? Most of us aren’t walking the red carpet on a regular basis, so it’s an opportunity to go all out glamorous. The challenge can be finding something relatively affordable. This entrance-making gown is a great value. Keep the accessories on the understated side so as not to compete with the gorgeous embroidery: a simple satin clutch, strappy pump, and delicate bracelet complete the look.
4. Daytime Outdoor
Whether it’s in a garden, a vineyard or a barn, an outdoor wedding is a lovely spring or summer option. A fit-and-flare silhouette in a floral or romantic print will work in any of these surroundings. The wide-brimmed hat is in keeping with the feminine vibe. A wedge shoe will ensure that you don’t ruin your day by sinking into the grass and a small cross body bag leaves your hands free for cocktails and hors d'oeurves.
5. Daytime Indoor
For an afternoon reception at a country club or restaurant, a soft dress in a pretty color always works. The loose pleats on this one make is a great choice for those of us who love to dance and the sexy shoe has a moderate heel height. A stack of thin bangles looks great with a sleeveless style.