2013 Update: Check out my updated picks for a spring or summer wedding in the daytime! And, check out my picks for a black tie wedding I attending this month!
Today’s post comes courtesy of a reader request from Robin (Hi Robin!). Robin writes…
I would like to know if you have some advice on what to wear to an evening wedding in Alabama in May. I always seem to have issues in deciding what to wear for these events…
Well, Robin! As a matter of fact, I do have some advice for you. Deciding what to wear to a wedding can be a bit of a challenge. There are so many things to consider… the venue, the season, the time of day, black-tie or cocktail…or just laid back and casual. You never want to be that person that shows up to a wedding either under-dressed or over-dressed, and looking like a plum fool! Lol! So, I keep it simple and stick to these two styles of dresses for most weddings. My color and fabrication choices may change, but the silhouette remains the same…a sheath or a maxi! The end.
“Many garments are named for the occasion one wears them to—the cocktail dress, the ball gown, the opera coat. But the sheath dress is named for the way it fits. Just like the word’s dictionary definition of “close-fitting covering or case,” the sheath dress is cut close to the body. The waist is defined. The skirt fits snugly—either straight or like a pencil skirt. Its length is typically at the knee or slightly below or above it.”
What makes a Sheath the perfect choice for a wedding?
The classic fit! The sheath is a classic, clean, simple silhouette. The classic sheath is polished and feminine. (Think Michelle Obama!) It’s knee-length hemline keeps it modest and appropriate for a wedding, but it’s body-skimming fit makes it sexy and feminine too. Sheaths are available in a variety of fabrics, colors, and prints making them very versatile. Go for a satin or silky fabrics for cocktail or black-tie attire, or linen and cotton fabrics for day time casual weddings. You can even find lovely lace sheaths out there (but stay away from white for weddings. Lol!). Thick ponte or tweed sheaths are great for winter evening weddings paired with pantyhose or tights. The sheath truly works for all all seasons and occasions! Also, because the silhouette is so classic and simple, you can get away with bold colors and prints! Go wild with bright fuchsia for summer weddings or pretty florals in spring!
Here are a couple of wedding looks I’d totally wear to a evening wedding in May!
“A long skirt or skirt part, as of a coat or dress, ending below the middle of the calf but above the ankle.”Source: Dictionary.com
What makes a maxi dress another perfect option for a wedding?
I use the term “maxi dress” loosely because I think it conjures up images of summer dresses, but given the right fabrication and the right accessories your “maxi dress” could very well be a ball gown (okay, maybe not but you get the point!). I am very fond of maxi dresses for outdoor weddings in the Spring and Summer. In fact, as I think back on the last couple of weddings I attended in Spring and Summer I definitely wore maxi dresses to both. They are comfy and pretty! and they are just as versatile as the sheath. Stick with light weight, breezy fabrics like chiffon or charmuese for a versatile and feminine look that can easily be dressed up or down with the right shoes and accessories. Strappy high-heeled sandals and a fancy clutch go along way to jazz up a maxi dress! Like the sheath, you can play with color and prints although sticking with soft pastels or neutrals, and pretty small floral prints will keep your maxi dress from looking too casual and summer-dressish (Yes, I know that’s not a word). Bold floral prints, abstract prints, and bright colors can be a little too much for a wedding. Remember, we are talking about a lot of fabric here. lol!
Here are a few maxi dress inspired ensembles that I’d be happy to sashay around in for an evening wedding in May!
Okay, so I have one more dress to share that doesn’t fall into either of these categories but I loved it and I would most definitely rock it to a wedding!
1. Spiegel Signature Collection Colorblock Jersey Dress – $64
2. Spiegel Geometric Print Sheath Dress – $69
3. Jessica Simpson Collection Asymmetrical Maxi Dress – $148
4. Topshop Tall Moss Print Shirred Bodice Maxi Dress – $135
5. Spiegel Signature Collection Floral Print Silk Surplice Dress – $109
Well, Robin! I hope this was helpful. I know whatever you decide to wear, you are going to look BEAUTIFUL!!!