Whether you’re the bride, part of the wedding party or a guest at a wedding, you want to look and feel your best. One of the easiest ways to do this is to dress for success. If you’re looking to have fun, you’ve got to dress for it. After all, dress like a somber matron and you’re likely to behave like one. However, if you dress like you’re ready to have the time of your life, you probably will.
So, this begs the question: how do you dress for nuptial good times? Follow these simple strategies to find out.
Dress for the Location
The way you’d dress for a beach wedding is different than how you would dress for a country club wedding. Simply dressing for the venue is one of the easiest ways to arrive and rock the celebration in style. While you might wear towering heels at the club, wearing spiking heels on the beach is an exercise in humility…and humiliation. Beach weddings call for strappy, sexy flats or wedges, but not tottering tall stilettos.
Same goes for the clothing: a ritzier location may require more formal attire than a sunset ceremony by the ocean. You won’t have fun if you are feeling conspicuously under or over-dressed: you’ll just feel out of place. Avoid this common sartorial slip-up and dress with the venue in mind.
Dress for the Weather
Again, this is a practical consideration that can really help you enjoy the wedding: dress for the weather to stay comfortable throughout the big day. As romantic as standing in a strapless gown and open-toe heels in the snow may seem in your mind’s eye, the reality of this decision are frigid. Same with deciding to wear a skin tight, floor length velvet gown to an outdoor summer wedding. You’ll need something that breathes, not something that suffocates.
Dress for the Love
You’re at a wedding, and presumably, you’re there to celebrate the union of the happy couple — so dress like it! One of the best ways to find the perfect dress for a fun-filled love-fest of a wedding is to feel the love. You’ll naturally be drawn to a beautiful dress that reflects the levity and l’amour of the occasion.
If you’re feeling a little stuck and aren’t sure how to embrace the warm, fuzzy sweetness without dipping yourself in chocolate and sprinkles, then just aim for more romantic or whimsical style elements, like sweetheart necklines, floral prints, ruffles and bows. Keep in mind, however, that you don’t have to wear all these elements. Less is more, so pick one or two.
You can also opt for more romantic colours, like blush or crimson. Just don’t go too pale pink since that can border on white, and unless you’re the bride, white or white variations are a no-no.
Dress for the Party, Be the Party
Party dresses aren’t only confined to prom wear — and they aren’t only puffy and frilly. Party dresses are any dresses that look like they are ready for fun: that are seriously stylish, but show that you don’t take yourself too seriously.
These dresses emit levity, and often showcase bold, bright colours, and fun and edgy lines. However, since it is a wedding (and unless you are 12), you want to make sure your party dress also showcases sophistication and polish. If party dresses aren’t really your thing, but you want to try something new, it’s time to consider renting a dress online. This way, you can own with the style, but just for the occasion. You don’t have to spend massive amounts of money experimenting with a look that you may or may not like.
Contributed by Regina