Monday, June 3, 2013

Wedding Week: Wear

Happy Monday everyone!

With my fourth wedding anniversary coming up later on this week (crazy!) I thought it would be fun to do a week's worth of wedding-inspired posts! After all, June is the most popular month to get married so I thought it would be a great way to kickoff the month! (And apparently other people have the same idea because the Everygirl is also doing a wedding week on their site this week as well!) Plus, I wasn't blogging when I was going through planning my own wedding, so I'm excited to talk about all things wedding!

I thought I'd start out the week talking about one topic in particular that I've been dealing with recently--what to wear to a summer wedding?!

This summer, Cameron and I have four different weddings will be attending. I'm being a bridesmaid in one of the weddings, so my outfit is covered there. However, I've definitely been having a little bit more of a difficult time than I anticipated finding a dress to wear for the other three weddings! Obviously, these are the things I'm looking to stay away from: 

1. Anything white/cream: I definitely think that all wedding guests should follow tradition in this case and it's just distasteful to wear white to a wedding. 

2. Anything black: I'm not necessarily against wearing a black dress to a wedding in the winter, but I just feel that it's kind heavy for a summer wedding? While I do think that there are probably some cute black dresses out there that would be appropriate for a summer wedding, I guess for me it's more due to the fact that I've worn a black and white dress to a few summer weddings in the past and I'm just ready for some color!

3. Anything too casual: I absolutely love wearing sundresses with flip-flops all summer long, however, I think for a wedding it's appropriate to get a little more dressed up. It's a special day and I think it warrants wearing something a little fancier than a cotton dress that would wear to the beach. After all, my husband will be wearing a suit, so I want to wear something that's on a similar level of formality. 

4. Anything too dressy: At the same time, I'm going to someone's wedding not going to prom. I think some more formal dresses can look really over the top for a summer wedding, and after all, it's the bride's day so the last thing I want to do is wear some crazy ballgown. 

5. Anything too office-y: This is been a hard one for me as it seems like so many dresses that I've come across look much more boardroom than wedding guest.

6. Anything too pricey: While I definitely want to look my best when attending a wedding, at the same time, all the weddings we'll be attending this summer do involve buying a plane ticket to fly across the country. And while I'm so glad we're able to do it and can't wait to see my friends, I don't necessarily want to spend tons of money on a dress that I'll probably only wear a few times.

7. Anything too short/revealing: A wedding is a special event where people often have older relatives/family in attendance, and you don't want to be that person that shows up in some scandalous outfit. First of all, if the ceremony is in a church, it's important to be dressed appropriately for that, but even if it's not a church wedding, in my opinion it's still really distasteful to wear something that shows too much skin. Because I am 5'10'', finding dresses that are long enough can be a challenge sometimes!

So there you have it, my criteria. 

Surprisingly, it's more difficult to find a cute dress for a wedding than one might think! However, here are a few fun options I've found recently:

J.Crew Camille Dress
J.Crew Swoop Dress
Hailey by Adrianna Papell High/Low Chiffon Dress (Online Only)
High/Low Chiffon Dress--Hailey by Adrianna Papell (Nordstroms)
Maggy London Metallic Dot Fit & Flare Dress
Maggy London Metallic Dot Fit & Flare Dress (Nordstroms)
Calvin Klein Sleeveless Lace Fit & Flare Dress
Calvin Klein Sleeveless Lace Fit & Flare Dress (Nordstroms)
{Nordstrom's was having an awesome 40% off sale on dresses last week, so some of the prices may have changed from when I originally looked, just FYI!}

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ASOS Midi Dress With Drape Front
Piperlime Watercolor Dress
Modcloth The Right Mauve Dress

BB Dakota When The Night Comes Dress (Modcloth) 
Jessica Simpson Tiered Lace Cocktail Dress
RACHEL Rachel Roy V-neck A-line Dress
I've also considered trying out Rent The Runway, but am a little nervous to give it a try. They have some gorgeous dresses but 1) I'd be worried that the dress would come and I wouldn't like the way it looks/fits and 2) Some of the rentals are pretty pricey to the point where I'd just rather purchase the dress. However, I do really like that people who have rented the dresses can post pictures of them actually wearing it so you can an idea of how it photographs/fits on different body types. Here are a few of the more reasonably-priced rentals I've had my eye on:

Tibi Coral Paradise Dress
Mark James by Badgley Mischka Draped Dream Dress
Erin by Erin Fetherston Blue Sea Mist Dress
Tracy Reese The Vote Is In Dress

If you've tried out RTR, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

So there you have it, a few ideas for what to wear as a wedding guest!

What about you--do you have weddings to attend this summer? What's your go-to store for a cute dress? I'd love to hear! Xoxo

10 comments:

  1. I love that blue drapey dress with one shoulder and the gold necklace! I'm definitely more into drapey, boho dresses than more structured ones, and I think that one is stunning!

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  2. I love the pretty pink Maggie London one, and the Erin Fetherston one from RTR is fabulous! And your criteria are right-on for a wedding-guest dress.
    xo Josie
    www.winksmilestyle.com

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  3. I love the polka dot dress!! So cute! Finding dresses for wedding is WAY hard though. Thanks for the fun inspiration!

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  4. I love these dresses. Great post, thank you.

    Mel
    http://mels-corner.blogspot.com/

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  5. Great collection of dresses! I so want that green ASOS dress, but it's sold out in my size. :( The fit and flare lace dresses are gorgeous too.

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  6. I will recommend RTR until the day I die. When it comes to dresses for weddings, I most likely won't wear them again. So I'd rather have something new and fun (and most likely wouldn't ever be able to afford otherwise). I rented a Mark & James by Badgley Mischka dress for the last wedding we went to and felt so pretty. Plus, you can rent two sizes to make sure it fits perfectly!

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  7. Perfect timing for your post since I have been debating what to wear to our niece's wedding. I got a dress from Kohls.com since I couldn't find one locally that I liked. I have been debating whether I wanted to find something more casual (outdoor wedding), but after seeing your post I think my first choice is probably the best (and I don't need to stress over finding another one).

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  8. I did Rent the RUnway for New Year's (got an Herve Leger dress) and I loved it. They really give you an opportunity to find a dress that fits and fits well!

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  9. I am a huge RTR fan! I have grappled with the fact that the rental price can be high but if it's a dress that I know I'll never wear again, I think it's worth it. I've never had a fit problem but I am sure to always look at the pics of "real" girls wearing e dress - I think you can learn more from their photos about fit and even fabric You should absolutely give it a try!
    xo!
    Stephanie
    Newlywedsnorth.blogspot.com

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  10. At first, I was surprised by why you choose this colorful dress but after thinking about it, it's totally true that you want to go with summer color instead of a somber black or steal spotlight from the bride white.
    summer wedding guest dresses

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