August 17, 2015

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

Los Angeles Fashion writer and People StyleWatch contributor Sydne Summer styles a lace gown for a black tie wedding at the beach.I have so many weddings this year. You already saw two dress options for what to wear to a black tie wedding. So today I wanted to talk about late summer weddings. Next week, I’m attending my friend’s black-tie optional wedding at Bel Air Bay Club. It’s a beautiful venue overlooking the Pacific ocean. So I wanted something romantic and breezy…  and something that I can wear again.

I chose a lace maxi dress. When you add glam accessories like sparkly bangles and a sequined clutch, it makes the look more dressy. When I want to re-wear it for something more casual, I’ll add a black leather jacket and edgier accents, like a studded bag. This dress actually came with a strap across the back. I prefer an open back so I took it to my tailor for some minor adjustments. Always remember that your tailor is your best friend. You can easily make something exactly the way you want it with a few quick stitches!

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Dress: StyleStalker (also in darker blue)
Bag: BCBG (silver version or also like this clutch)
Earrings: Stella & Dot
Bracelets: Stella & Dot and Loren Hope
Shoes: Steve Madden 
Nails: Essie “Fiji”

I hope this post helps inspire you if you’re figuring out what to wear for a black tie optional wedding! And make sure to keep asking your questions to be answered in upcoming Ask Sydne columns! Just comment below or submit your questions in this form

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  1. The Neon Factor commented:

    Your dress is beautiful!

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    Published 8.16.15 Reply
  2. The Geek Pub commented:

    Very, very beautiful.

    Published 8.16.15 Reply
  3. Sardis Jaque commented:

    What a beautiful dress and makeup. I love this summer breezy style. Xoxo

    Published 8.17.15 Reply
  4. Melissa Tierney commented:

    that dress is stunning!


    Published 8.17.15 Reply
  5. Elisa commented:

    Great outfit, thank you! I would also wear something similar. I often read the advice in the article when planning my wedding that I decided that it was important to save on the outfit of my girlfriends. That is why we decided that everyone should wear something similar and simplify some outfits and flowers.

    Published 6.4.22 Reply

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