Wednesday, June 3, 2009

it's wedding season!

Jeremy: Grab that net and catch that beautiful butterfly, pal! What do you like better, Christmas or Wedding Season?
[Jeremy raises his hand]
John: Mr. Grey?
Jeremy: Yes. The answer would be, um, Wedding Season?
John: Bingo! I'm gonna get my suit. Now who are we this time?

Summer wedding season kicks into high gear this month. According to Wedding Crashers, rule #76 is "No excuses, play like a champion," and so I would imagine that rule #82 is something like "Look the part, a well dressed guest is always welcome."

I love getting fancy, so nothing excites me more than a party with a dress code, especially when it's a wedding. Last summer, a good friend got married at The Golf Club at Newcastle in August. I spent hours and hours over the preceding month or so debating over the right dress, shoes, earrings, clutch, etc.

I don't have such a special occasion on my calendar for this summer, but I know so many people that do, I feel a post about summer wedding and party attire is entirely appropriate.

From The Office episode, "Phyllis' Wedding":
Meredith: Aren't you not supposed to wear white to a wedding?
Kelly: It was an emergency... (To the camera crew) I look really good in white.

That excuse is no good outside the world of television...

Petite ikat halter dress; $225.00 at J.Crew
I love this long cotton poplin/silk dress. A style like this works for a casual or more formal wedding, depending on how you accessorize. For a garden wedding, add a funky necklace and wear flat, simple sandals. For a country club or church affair, add a pashmina around your shoulders and jewelry and sandals that sparkle. I'm really drawn to this mustard yellow color, but if you're a blond, the navy blue version will keep you from looking like a fancy ear of corn.

Alice + Olivia Francesca Feather Trim Dress; $440.00 by Alice + Olivia at
This dress is just - fanciful. The feather skirt is so fun and unique. I would wear this racer-back number with a bright colorful clutch, some layered bracelets and simple, chunky heeled shoes. This dress would be perfect for a young couple's wedding, preferably one full of available groomsmen. It's short and flippy and will definitely turn heads on the dance floor.

Tucker Mini Dress; $315.00 by Tucker at
To me, this dress just screams, wear me to a wedding or graduation party. It perfectly pairs a "notice me" pattern with a more conservative silhouette. With a standout dress like this, keep accessories in the background: neutral bag and shoes, and minimal jewelry (a couple of rings, stud earrings and a delicate necklace like those from
Dogeared would be perfect).

Thread Social Dress; $565.00 by Thread Social at Marissa Collections
The one shoulder trend is huge right now, and this is just one example of how to wear it. This dress also has a busy pattern and a high waist, so again, keep accessories minimal. NO necklace with that neckline, ever. Let the dress do the talking: black or neutral shoes and a solid color clutch is all you need.
Here's a few more ideas...

(Dresses by Marc by Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, ADAM, and Gypsy 05, respectively.)
One last thing to keep in mind for wedding dressing: it is much better to be overdressed than underdressed. So put on your fanciest frock and your best accessories - they deserve a day in the sun.
For guys, let's face it: it's rather basic. So if you ask me, for a summer wedding, just try and look as much like actor Chris Pine, in this photoshoot for
GQ magazine, as possible.

Well tailored, light fabrics, tie bar, pocket square, perfection.
Now go forth, grab a hot date, and find the open bar.


  1. Men's suits are amazing.

  2. Great tips! I have toooo many weddings this summer. In May I wore a blue Old Navy version of the purple Gypsy 05 number to an outdoor wedding in Sedona. It was a huge hit and I got more compliments than ever.

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