Sep 9, 2010 1:55 PM
Clearly, the thought of what to wear to a wedding sends y'all into panic mode. This summer, probably 75% of the Personal Shopper requests we got were "What do I wear to a wedding? AAAHH!"
So, without further ado, here are our wedding-guest-dressing-tips:
1. Last Minute Invites. Whether the wedding itself is last-minute, or just your invitation to said wedding was, you're pretty much screwed in terms of ordering a dress online. What to do? Start with what you already have: LBD, basic cute dress, cute skirt, then add on fun jewelry and shoes. If you're utterly convinced you have nothing in your closet, your best bet is a big box department store. Head to their dress department and find something simple that *fits* and won't require alterations. Colors are good (avoid white/ivory). Then, add some trendy, cheap jewelry and shoes. Do your hair and make-up differently than you normally would. DONE.
2. How sexy is TOO sexy? You've heard the golden rule, right? Legs or cleavage: Choose one. That applies to weddings, but kicked up a notch on the modesty scale. Dresses should be no higher than just above the knee, and moderate cleavage is okay. Your muy sexy decolletage-revealing dress? Save it for date night.
3. Can I wear white or black? We'd suggest avoiding white/ivory/ecru - too "bride"-y. Black is okay, so long as it's kept soft and feminine, but it might be best to reserve a black dress for a more formal evening affair. Colors in general are great, but don't go for screaming loud neon hues. Ditto on patterns & prints.
4. Just what does that 'Harvest Chic' dress code on the invitation mean? Gah, we hate this part. Black and white tie are pretty self-explanatory - floor length, formal gown. Everything else is a gray area (Ha!). When in doubt, go for what you'd term your "Sunday Best": A knee-length or tea-length dress in a dressier fabric like chiffon, sateen, or silk, with tasteful accessories is always a safe bet.
If all else fails, just remember this: The focus is on the happy couple getting hitched. You will be an appreciated presence (That's why they invited you.), but an unobtrusive one. Keep it simple, modest, and feminine, and you'll be fine. Don't blow $500 on a dress you plan to wear once. If you MUST buy a dress, buy something basic that can be worn on other occasions with new accessories. End of story.