Although we’re almost at the tailend of wedding season, I thought I’d share two very different looks my friend Ana and I recently wore to a coworker’s wedding. As a guest, if you don’t already have something to wear in your closet, putting together an outfit can be almost as daunting as the bride’s search for the perfect white dress. Ana and I spent countless hours scouring pictures of dresses on the internet before we found “the one.” But when looking for something to wear, there are a few very important things to keep in mind, because you obviously don’t want to be the one who shows up, trying to upstage the bride…
// White is off-limits. In fact any variation of white like cream, eggshell and ivory are all no-no’s. This color is reserved for one and only, and that’s the bride.
// You don’t want to upstage the bride, and you also don’t want to end up matching the bridesmaids either. Notice the color scheme on the wedding invitation and the couple’s website to get a sense of the hues that may be used. If you are close to the couple getting married, it’s ok to ask what colors the bridal party is wearing so you can plan your outfit accordingly.
// Weddings are a classy affair, so your dress should reflect just that. Remember, the couple’s parents and family will be in attendance. Anything too low-cut, too short or too tight should be saved for the club, not worn to the wedding.
So here are the looks Ana and I chose for the big event….
Ana’s beautiful blue floral sheath dress matches her classic sense of style. The print reminds me of a pretty watercolor painting. While I prefer sweet and edgy, I paired this Self-Portrait Azaelea dress with my favorite leather jacket. I actually didn’t intend to wear this dress as a skirt, but since it was an outdoor wedding and due to the chillier than expected temps, a basic black crewneck sweater kept me warm and ended up providing the contrast this skirt really needed to pop.
Photos by Zha Zha Liang