Lookbook 10

The Perfect Summer Wedding Outfit

Summer ’16 is officially here! And although you have concerts, work, girls night and a whole bunch of other junk packed into your schedule don’t forget about that wedding you’ve been dieting for the past couple of months because you know all your high school friends will be attending it as well…

Summer ’16 is officially here! And although you have concerts, work, girls night and a whole bunch of other junk packed into your schedule don’t forget about that wedding you’ve been dieting for the past couple of months because you know all your high school friends will be attending it as well… and no one wants to be that friend that drastically changed, and not for the better. But the next big thing to saving the date is finding something to wear and having that perfect +1.

Whenever I attend summer weddings I always make sure to figure out the dress code beforehand. The worst thing you can do is go to wedding extremely casual while everyone else is in ballgowns. I’ve done that before and let me tell you, it was very embarrassing. So lets just say, for purpose of discussion, that the wedding is semi-formal – PERFECT! That allows you to play around with different accessories and fabrics that you normally wouldn’t if it were just formal or casual. The first rule of thumb is to NOT wear white. That is against all wedding traditions, it’s bad luck and you don’t want to be that girl. Cater your outfit to the time and location. For example, it’s probably not a good idea to wear thin heeled stilettos to an outdoor wedding. You will be worrying about each step you take and praying your heel doesn’t get stuck in the grass versus having a good time and catching up with old friends.

And although black is such a safe color, you want to be careful when it comes to summer weddings. If it’s an evening wedding it is totally okay to wear a little black dress. However keep in mind you’ll probably want to play it safe with a more colorful dress if it’s an early day wedding. Nonetheless, always make sure your dress is tasteful. It is rude and unflattering when you see someone in something you saw them in last weekend at the club (too short) or something that shows too much and screams “take me home at the end of the night” (low neckline) – like I said earlier, don’t be that girl.

So now that you’ve checked your calendar and found something cute that you can wear to all summer ’16 weddings you’ve been invited too, lets talk about your +1. Ahhh, the dreaded conversation. You’re single this summer and don’t have an automatic +1 you can bring with you to all these crazy events, THAT’S FINE! This actually works out better for you because this allows you to mix n’ match for each occasion.. and we’re not talking outfits. When picking a +1 you want to make sure they cater to the type of wedding you’re attending; similar to your outfit. If the wedding has an open bar you probably don’t want to bring someone that is against alcohol or doesn’t drink. Not to say they wouldn’t be a good +1, but you want to make sure all things under your control run as smoothly as possible. You also want to be careful when it comes to bringing people you don’t necessarily know. Lets say you’ve been casually talking to this guy and have been on a couple dates with him, cool! Depending on how serious you two are and other factors, he may or may not be the right +1 to a wedding. Why? One, you have only been on a couple dates with him which means you’ve only spent 1-2 hours at a time with him. Weddings tend to be a little lengthy, especially if they’re Catholic and you plan on going to the reception. So what will you two talk about for those 4+ hours you’re together? Two, you don’t want to come off too pushy. Now I know you have only good intentions and you just want to show him a good time, but bringing him to a wedding may seem like you’re trying to send him a hidden message.

All in all, just make sure it is someone you can have fun with. And sometimes your +1 might not even be someone your interested in. Bringing a friend is fine, as long as you don’t plan on going home with them at the end of the night. And remember, tasteful is key. I understand all girls want to stand out and have everyone recognize them. But just make sure people are recognizing you for the right reasons. Until next time…

xoxo, B.

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HIS
Shirt: Express
Pants: Banana Republic
Shoes: Calvin Klien
Watch: Fossil
Belt: Banana Republic
HERS
Dress: The Style Bar Boutique
Shoes: Michael Kors
Watch: Michael Kors
Jewelry: Michael Kors
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