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Being invited to a wedding is exciting (unless, of course, you’ve been to 10 or more in the last year) especially if you are attending as a guest rather than as a member of the wedding party. You’re in for good times, no responsibilities and hopefully a great meal. One of the most important things on your mind when you receive that invite in the mail is: what will I wear?
Choosing a dress can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t dress up often. Here is a quick guide to help you with your decision!
1. Choose a dress that fits comfortably: I hope this doesn’t come off as boring or granny-esque but choosing a dress that fits you properly and feels good when you’re wearing it will serve you well during the 10-12 hours you will be wearing it, not to mention sitting, standing, eating and dancing. The other day, for example, I was in a boutique trying on a dress in the size I normally wear, I noticed it felt tight around my rib cage and although it zipped up, the zipper was wavy rather than flat. When I tried the next size up, I felt more comfortable and although it was slightly loose at the top of my back, I would much rather feel secure in the dress and pay to have it taken in a little bit rather than be uncomfortable all night.
2. Make sure your dress is weather appropriate: This one is simple and it falls under the comfort category as well (I worry about these things for you!) you want to be prepared for the environment you will be in. Choose a sleeveless or cap-sleeved dress for anything that will be outdoors during the hot months and if it will be indoors always bring a sweater or wrap (that air con can be frosty). The same style of dress can also work for winter weddings in colder climates (assuming it’s indoors) but you also have the option to choose a dress with long sleeves, which may eliminate the need for the extra layer (less stuff to bring along is a score in my books). Like it or not, there is always the chance of rain so plan to have an umbrella handy, keep that outfit dry and fabulous.
3. Keep your accessories low-key and minimal: If you went with a very simple dress (perhaps you decided to forego buying a new dress in favour of wearing something you already have) then by all means, accessorize that shit! But if you chose a dress with a pattern or lots of texture I would recommend going light on the accessories. I’m a big fan of gold bracelets layered in different textures and thicknesses as well as dainty gold necklaces, when layered together I think they add an understated and effortless quality to any outfit. I’m not big on earrings or rings lately but small gold studs and dainty gold layering rings would be my pick. If the dress has a high neckline or a lot of details on the bodice you could think about skipping the necklace and instead focusing on earrings and bracelets.
4. Pick shoes that you can dance in: Now I know we’ve all done it and I don’t want to sound judgy but dancing around at the end of the night in bare feet because your shoes are crazy isn’t cute. Not to mention the fact that many venues will not allow it for safety and hygienic reasons. Luckily, there are many options that are better than naked feet so stay tuned! If you must go high, try choosing a wedge or platform; they give you the height you desire without the pain, it’s win-win really. Another option is to stash a pair of fold-away ballet flats or flip-flops in your purse to change into once you feet start to protest the shoe. Many brides these days will supply a pair of flipflops so you can easily dance the night away pain-free!
5. Take a small clutch and pack only essentials: This is an occasion that you don’t want to be tied down with a gym bag for a purse. By choosing a clutch, a small cross-body or even a little leather backpack purse, you can have your essentials (keys, phone, sunglasses, lipstick, cards and money) AND the freedom to dance like a goddess without worrying about your purse.
That’s all for now but I will have a few more post coming for my Wedding Season Series so don’t forget to sign up for updates on my latest posts!