I’ve already covered what to wear to a black tie optional and cocktail wedding. So today’s post is all about the beach. While I was in Hawaii, I attended an ocean front wedding in Waikiki. Since I knew the ceremony and reception was at the hotel I was able to wear heels. When it’s on the sand, wedges or flats are a safer choice. You can always go for an embellished sandal for a more dressed up feel.
Color is always welcome for beach weddings. Of course, stay away from red and white (it takes away from the bride!). But don’t be scared of a print or a little sparkle. I went with a dress my mom actually wore years ago to an event in the islands. The asymmetrical hemline toned down the sequined embellishment. If you go plain, dress it up with a colorful statement necklace or bold earrings. And if you absolutely must do black, try one with a tropical pattern—or opt for navy! It’s equally slimming but a little more beach friendly, especially when paired with boho gold jewelry. Here are some dress options that would work:
1. Cynthia Steffe, $395
2. Nicole Miller, $695
3. Presley Skye, $148
4. Donna Morgan, $198
5. Cynthia Steffe, $375
6. Patra, $198
7. Kate Spade, $458
8. Donna Morgan, $158
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A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a black tie optional wedding in Virginia. It’s one of the toughest dress code. Cocktail attire makes sense. You wear a cocktail dress… like this. But black tie optional? That can mean a gown or a fancy shorter dress depending on the location.
To be safe, I went with a simple gown, borrowed from BCBG. To make it a little more casual, I played with color by adding a matching clutch and contrasting necklace.
If you go long, avoid bling and opt for understated fabrics like jersey. The opposite applies if you go short. Look for fancier materials, like satin or sequins. And dress it up with statement jewelry and metallic heels. A high low hemline is also a great medium. And the same rules apply as for every wedding: no white!
Here are some options I found online:
1. BCBGMaxAzria, $328
2. Twobirds, $310 (wear it two ways!)
3. Maggy London, $148
4. Lauren by Ralph Lauren, $198
5. T by Tadashi, $158
6. JS Collections, $248
7. Vera Wang, $495
8. T by Tadashi, $138
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With wedding season underway, I’ve been getting a lot of questions on what to wear. And I had to ask myself the same question this past weekend.
Luckily, cocktail attire is one of the easier wedding dress codes. I opted for neutrals and shine with this Zimmermann dress from LIVE! on Sunset. A metallic dress is a great choice since it can carry you through from spring into winter.
If you want to go with color, try spring’s trendy pastels. You can also go bright as long as you steer clear from red or hot pink (you don’t want to distract from the bride!).
Prefer dark? Black is totally acceptable, especially for an evening affair. But I usually opt a pewter or navy when it comes to weddings.
As for length? Short is fine as long as you don’t go mini. Revealing is never an adjective you want for a wedding. Here are a few affordable options I found online:
1. Guilia, $178
2. BCBGMaxAzria, $248
3. Donna Morgan, $158
4. Cynthia Steffe, $255
5. ML Monique Lhuillier, $198
6. Donna Morgan, $148
7. Eliza J, $198
8. Abi Ferrin, $258 (you can wear this dress 5 different ways!)
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Last night my best friend and I watched Bride Wars. Anne Hathaway looked gorgeous, like usual, Kate Hudson was adorable but the movie is nothing to write home about. Nonetheless, it put us in marital mode and we spent the rest of the evening looking at wedding dresses and engagement rings online. My favorite is, and has been for years, Harry Winston’s Micro-Pavé Diamong Ring. It’s a cushion cut diamond in a micro-pavé setting. Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?