Wedding Season: How to Look Wealthy Without Breaking the Bank
Summer means ice cream cones, beachside beverages and giant sun hats. The hottest season of the year also means that chapel bells are a-ringing and that lovers are getting hitched. Chances are you’ve got at least one wedding to attend this year, if not several, so here’s a guide we’ve put together that’ll help you find on-trend, affordable apparel that’s wedding approved.
Before we begin though, a refresher on what you should never, ever, under any circumstance (unless specifically requested by the bride herself), wear to a wedding: white or black (lest you blend in with the bridal party), loads of makeup, promiscuous clothing, jeans and/or t-shirt and anything that draws unnecessary attention to yourself. This day is all about the bride and groom and you should present yourself as a well-polished attendee.
A sweet summer dress is a major do at pretty much every wedding. This season, pastels and primaries are on trend, as are metallics and color blocked pieces. If you want to wear a print, stick with something subtle, such as a vintage-inspired floral, monotone animal print or even a retro chevron. The high-low dress (high in front, long in back) and dresses that hit just above the knee are super hot this summer.
Skip the pantyhose, ladies. Even if Kate Middleton is wearing them like a rockstar, that doesn’t make up for how uncomfortable they are (especially in the dead of summer). Let those pretty legs breath — and look amazing — with nude fishnets, instead. You can find them just about everywhere and almost always for under $10.
If you want to cover your arms, consider a fitted blazer over your summer dress.
A statement necklace complements a strapless or sleeveless dress quite nicely. If you’re unsure about pairing colors, opt for something metallic. A bauble ring or hair piece can also serve as the finishing touch for your ensemble. Choose only one or two accessories. TopShop, The Outnet, ASOS, Target, Forever 21 and Zara all have look-at-me statement pieces that won’t break the bank.
A giant handbag has no place at a wedding. Say sayonara to your go-to bag (if only for the day) and opt for something more refined and streamlined that matches your dress. Hard shell, vintage-inspired clutches are on trend. Envelope clutches (either small or oversized) are also winners. When it doubt, go with something neutral, gold or silver toned.
By Wendy Rose Gould
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