I’ve had a few requests to show some wedding guest or special occasion outfits. I have to confess, the only wedding we’ve attended in the last decade was a casual backyard affair in Palm Springs. 🌴 (Hawaiian shirts seemed to be the unofficial dress code 😉 but it was a lovely event.) So it’s not something that’s been on my radar, but I do have some ideas…
“Dressed up, not trussed up” wedding guest outfits
As things open up again, long-postponed weddings and other celebrations may be scheduled with short notice. For all but the most formal affairs, you probably don’t need “special occasion” wear. I think any of these easy dresses could be made wedding (or anniversary, or other celebration) appropriate. It’s all in how you accessorize…
I’ve selected a few dresses that should be comfortable in warmer weather, and shouldn’t require special undergarments or shape wear. I’ve also tried to stick to knee-length or longer hemlines. (And I have to say, it was a challenge to find styles that weren’t drowning in ruffles, or that had a plunging v-neck or enough fabric to sail a yacht. 😆 )
This sustainably-produced floral knit dress has a front tie for a comfortably flattering fit.
A more sophisticated take on the tiered dress. This one’s organic linen, in sizes XX-Small to XX-Large. You can always dress this up by replacing the cloth belt. Add some white or off-white sandals and bag for a chic tonal look.
An easy knit dress (yes, those are pockets) gets festive with bright strappy sandals and bag that pick up the colors in the print.
I think this tropical print is just so pretty, and love that asymmetrical hem.
If your style skews more modern/minimalist, this dress is a true chameleon. I’ve seen it worn with heeled sandals and bold jewelry, and it looks amazing. It’s available in several colors as well as a v-neck style, in sizes XS to 4XL.
A few things to keep in mind for summer celebrations:
- will the event be outdoors, on grass, gravel, or other uneven surfaces? Opt for a block heel or wedge for better stability and to keep from sinking in.
- will you be in the sun for extended periods? Use plenty of sunscreen (don’t forget your feet!) and consider adding a hat with UV protection.
- will it cool off in the evening? Think about bringing a lightweight shawl or wrap.
- opt for a bag with a shoulder or crossbody strap to keep hands free.
Instagram Live with Red Leopard
I’ve been having SUCH fun with these Instagram Lives! Yesterday Manina and Rachel, the color and style experts from Red Leopard, shared a LOT of information about going grey and our best colors. If you weren’t able to catch it, you can watch below: