After RSVPing to my fourth wedding invitation for this summer already, I realized, as a twenty-something, these seasonal fêtes have become part of the regular summer programming. And thus lots of you twenty – and thirty – somethings just might benefit from the checklist I use when wrangling my summer wedding event wardrobe. Here are my DOs and DON’Ts:
* Pick something unique : Avoid the big-box go-tos — Anthropologie, J. Crew, Madewell — and invest in a vintage frock instead. Vintage will always ensure that no one else will be your twin that night.
* Avoid strapless dresses. Trust me. They can be very pretty and very flattering, yes, but with open bars and good music at most weddings, let yourself have some fun and bypass the whole having-to-pull-your-dress-back-up-all-night tirade. And while you’re at it, pick some comfy, lower to mid-heel shoes. Your feet will thank you.
* Stay away from dresses that are too traditionally formal (unless its a black tie affair I suppose). Stretch your dollar its furthest by investing in a piece that translates beyond wedding events — pick a dress you’ll want to wear on date nights, dinner with the girls, or whatever else you find filling your social calendar.
* Keep it simple. Simple jewelry, a neutral tote, and a neutral lip will not only keep you looking natural and lovely, but will allow you to re-purpose your accessories with nearly any other outfit.
So there you have it, my go-to rules for special events (and just a little hint, these are basically my go-to rules for any outfit). What about you guys, are there any guidelines you stick to when investing in pieces and dressing yourself for weddings and more?
Mary (Imaginary Outfits contributor)
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