Being a wedding guest can be a lot of fun and it’s nice when you know you’re dressing the part well. Here are a few things to keep in mind to help pick the right look:
1. Consider the venue
Heels may look nice but they aren’t that practical for weddings where they’ll sink into the grass, beach or on rocky terrain. In those cases, a flat or wedge is a better footwear choice.
2. Consider the dress code
No one wants to outshine the bride and groom but at the same time it’s not great to be the most casually dressed at the wedding. Knowing how formal you should go with your look is key to striking the right balance.
3. Consider the weather (outdoor wedding)
If it’s going to be hot, it’s important to figure out a way to stay cool. Breathable fabrics, light layers and my favourite, folding fans can be a lifesaver during the ceremony, not to mention a lovely looking accessory.
4. Picking Patters and Colours
This comes down to personal preference since it’s important to feel comfortable and like oneself in the chosen look. For women an easy way to skew is towards something “pretty.” Florals work really well and to be on the safe side its usually a good idea to avoid all-black or all-white/off-white looks unless explicitly requested by the bride and groom (back to #2).
Attending a wedding isn’t always cheap. There’s transportation and gifts and other costs involved so when you’re trying to save a little wearing a dress/shoes/accessories you already own can help. When shopping for a new look consider picking something that you can wear again to other special occasions or even work. For versatility, it could be as simple as a shoe/accessory change or adding a blazer or cardigan.
From parts 1 and 2 it’s clear to see that I love a good statement coat and dress. What are great for day-to-day dressing are separates. Tops and bottoms that can be dressed up or down. These examples happen to be mostly designer (or vintage) or both. If you do a little digging, the quality and fabrics that can be found second-hand is amazing and the price points are unparalleled. For instance, often times I found myself paying way less for a designer silk top than you would for a new polyester one from a big-box fast-fashion retailer.
Blouse: vintage Sears – this one gets compliments every time I wear it (Value Village), Skirt: vintage Gérard Pasquier (Consignment/Charity store in Oakville ON), Shoes: Franco Barbieri – made in Italy (Value Village)
Top: Ellen’s Design – washable silk (Salvation Army - Marpole), Neck-piece: DIY from these (Salvation Army - Mount Pleasant), Skirt: vintage Courrèges Paris (My Sister’s Closet), Shoes: Marcello Paci (Wildlife Thrift)
Blouse: Riva silk (Buffalo Exchange San Francisco), Necklace: no label (Salvation Army - North Vancouver), Skirt: Emporio Armani – made in Italy (Salvation Army - Kitsilano), Bag: no label (Value Village)
Blouse: Diane Von Furstenberg – silk (Value Village), Skirt: Diane Gilman – silk (Value Village)
In Modern Vintage – Part 1 We didn’t get into one of the most important ways thrift shopping/donating is great and that is all it does for the community we live in at large. So many of these stores work with and support local charities so while the green impact is awesome for the environment – helping those around you live better lives is pretty incredible, too. Consider it a fashionable form of community service.
Coat: Talbots (Value Village), Dress: silk slip liner from this DVF dress (My Sister’s Closet), Sunglasses: no label – the lenses fold out very similar to this pair (swap)
Dress: vintage Heikkilä – made in Finland (C’est La Vie Consignment Boutique), Necklace: vintage Whiting & Davis (My Sister’s Closet), Bag: Cosci – Hand Made in Italy (Value Village), Belt: Genuine Farm Reared Cobra – Made in Thailand (Value Village)
Dress: vintage POSH by Jay Anderson – Want to learn more about the designer? I wrote about him here (Community Thrift and Vintage), Bag: Sublime (Value Village), Shoes: Chadwicks (Wildlife Thrift Store)
Dress: vintage no label (The Salvation Army Thrift Store – New Westminster), Necklace: No label (Value Village – Coquitlam), Sunglasses: vintage Serengeti (Value Village), Belt: vintage crocodile leather by Omega (Value Village)