Summer Wedding Guide: Finishing Touches
If you’re pressed for time (who hasn’t been asked last minute to attend or assist at a wedding?), here are a few wedding-ready-tips I like to keep in my back pocket.
Bring a conversation piece. Even if the rest of your outfit could have been better (even above, she's wearing a simple dress, a plain belt, and a cardigan, but that floral crown and curled hair really make the outfit!), wearing something that women will want to talk with you about cures all last-minute-outfit evils. Think shoes with bows on them, bright lipstick, two or three necklaces worn together, a parasol for an outdoor event, or cowboy boots under a dress. Also, if you plan to use your iPhone to take pictures, consider a fun, cheap case!
Borrow from the Guys. My mother is the queen of the menswear look. She has several tuxedo jackets, and I love when she wears one to a wedding with skinny black pants and a simple white shirt. If you have a really structured white jacket, that can work, too. I also love women in vests-or a tie if you can pull it off.
Dress Per the Wedding’s Theme. If you’ve been invited to a costume wedding, then that’s a whole other post! But, even the most casual City Hall wedding often has an implicit theme, and if you can capitalize on that, you’ll feel right at home. Take cues from whatever materials you’ve gotten from the couple: an invitation, a website, or just what you were told. If it’s as simple as “Brooklyn, City Hall,” for example, then you know anything quirky and playful is called for. Break out those cat eye sunglasses! Black and white? Play it up in the details! Boho beach couple throwing a bash? You know what to do.
And if the invite is as formal as formal can be (we have a lot of that in DC), check unlikely sources for floor length dresses; I’ve spotted a few great ones lately at Marshalls, Ross, and Nordstrom Rack. And remember my tips from above: a simple black maxi dress can read as a formal dress with the right accessories. When in doubt? Borrow something amazing-or go vintage! I’d much rather end up with a dress I spent less than $50 on and abeautiful little purse or fun watch I’ll use again and again.