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Personal Shopper: Daytime Wedding Reception Dresses for Simone

Simone writes: "My fiancé and I were invited to a wedding reception that is being held at a banquet hall. The wedding was a destination wedding and this reception is for everyone that could not make it. It will be in the afternoon from 1-5. What is something appropriate to wear to an event like this? Can I get away wearing a nice dark wash pair of skinny jeans and flats or do I need to wear a dress? I have no idea what to wear. Help please!!!"

Simone, stop right there. Sure, weddings have gone slightly less formal in recent years, but we haven't jumped all the way into skinny jean territory just yet. Let's throw out that idea and slip on an elegant dress instead. Considering the reception is scheduled during the day, you want to stick with bright colors. Black, tans and neutrals would be a bit out of place (especially during the summer). And of course, avoid white, cream, eggshell, or any variation at all costs.

In terms of silhouette, a-line and empire waist is ideal. Form fitting dresses are more appropriate for evening events. Keep the length around the knee, or just above. Also, keep the neckline modest - steer away from deep plunging v-necks. Weddings are no place for the girls to make a grand entrance. You want to make a statement, but give the bride the floor. Hope one of these options works for you, or at least points you in the right direction. Have a fabulous time and take plenty of pictures!

1. Leith Cut In Tank Dress ($46)
2. Badgley Mischka Green Royal Standard Dress ($65 rental)
3. Tadashi Shoji Lace & Jersey Peplum Dress ($328)
4. Julia Jordan Laser-Cut Shift Dress ($99)
5. Aidan Mattox Open Back Draped Neck Blouson Dress ($40 sale price, regular $80)
6. Kate Spade New York Crosswalk Dress ($75 rental)
7. Nicole Miller Byzantium Purple Pleated Stretch Ponte Knit Dress ($111 sale price)

dancing_girls_51.jpgJasmin here: I enjoy the simple things in life - sunny days, adorable kittens, and catching a great sale. Lucky for you, I have a keen eye for discounts and an even better sense of fashion, so combine the two and I'm your fairy-personal-shopper. Let's make your closet envy-worthy.

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