Friday, May 11, 2012

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

The Middleton sisters attending a wedding. I love their style.

Are you attending a wedding this season? I am lucky enough to be invited to two this Summer.  One is this weekend for my cousin Jill. I am very excited yet a bit stressed about getting my outfit together. It's an evening wedding and so, a bit fancier than the usual. After getting my two boys and husband's outfit's together, I am left with no time to think of myself. Yikes! I trolled the internet for advice or images on what to wear and I tell you, there's not much out there. It's every guest for himself and your own instincts. I think there was a cute column in Allure a while back titled: classy, crassy or trashy. For weddings, you should always try to go classy. 


Let's see a few guests.





Patty Hansen & Keith Richards at a wedding.  I kind of love this dress.  He may not be the best accessory. via REX



Let's talk day weddings . With all these luscious fruity shades this Spring why not wear one?

This Valentino looks demure, but the sheer arms and shorter length make it appropriately sexy.





Maggie Boutique at Nordstrom.com





Vera Wang Lavender dress Neiman Marcus.com


This Nicole Miller dress really says summer to me. Neiman Marcus.com



Evening weddings require attire more in the cocktail spectrum and a bit of sparkle, lace and a little skin is okay or even expected.


Lauren by Ralph Lauren. This is gorgeous.

JS Boutique- Nordstrom. All you need with this is a sparkly clutch.

Lace is very chic now. This could look good on a lot of ladies. Adrianna Papell at Nordstrom.



This is pretty for a evening wedding with the chiffon and jeweled shoulder. JS Boutique. Nordstrom


Now remember go classy, not crassy or trashy. This means no white or even close to it. Not too much skin. This is not your high school reunion. If you would wear your dress to go out in Vegas, then maybe you need to rethink your choice.

 Do only one or two sparkly accessories for evenings only and no pantyhose unless you are close to the Queens age. You need a wrap or cardigan for the church and cooler nights and try to bring a small evening bag. Clutches are perfect. I really like this Drew box clutch from Banana Republic and it does in a cream color too.




Men, let's see some effort!! You need to wear a tie with a jacket. Yes, you do. Sorry I've been to too many California weddings where the men don't. They just look scrappy. Do you know how handsome you look dressed up? I'm training my men early. Exhibit A:







My boys trying out their wedding suits and Grif my youngest added 3-D glasses to his ensemble! 


What are your thoughts on wedding guest attire? Do you have any pet peeves or musts?

Kim




16 comments :

  1. Hi Kim! Love Kate and Pippa and of course Olivia is always flawless!! I think that Michael Kors Orange sheath dress is amazing:) Have a lovely weekend!
    ~Anne

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  2. Great picks Kim, I love Kate's outfits and those summery dresses are great. Isn't Nordstrom wonderful for selections? Love that store.

    I was kinda expecting to see a photo of Lisa Vanderpump and Giggy sitting in the pew at the wedding! lol

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    1. Did you get to Nordy's downing San Diego? It is a great store! You are so right should have added Lisa and Giggy. They would have been even better dressed!

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  3. p.s. Your boys are so handsome! Good for you for training them early to be properly attired for events. :)

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    1. Thanks. You are so kind. I think they are pretty cute when they are clean. They aren't fond of the soap I tell you!

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  4. Wow! What a feast for the eyes! I am loving the grey of the dress and coat worn by Olivia, springy yet so elegant!

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    1. Thanks Jody.I love Olivia's too. I love that her jacket that can go the dress and not look like part of another outfit you threw on. Hers was perfect.

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  5. The Middleton sisters are ace at this sort of dressing and always look lovely without upstaging the bride which is quite an art when you're that beautiful! I love the looks you've picked - that navy lace dress is my fave, although it would be too short for me. Your boys look wonderful and learning to be comfortable in formal dress at an early age is a great thing. Agree, Patty's accessorising is terrible - the lady with the dog on her lap is doing much better!

    How was Carmel? Will there be photos? xxx

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    1. Mrs E, Laughing here! So right about the dog vs. Keith! I think the dog was better groomed at least! You know I was agonizing over this post. I'm glad you liked some of the looks. It really got quite crazy with a school chorus show this week and the wedding clothes. A total disaster here really in my house, but I am posting the Carmel trip as soon as I can.

      Thanks about the boys. You know I actually think some Californians think it's cruel and unusual punishment to put boys in dress clothes, but I am into torture. ;)
      Kidding really, but I do agree it's good to start young so they don't look like the all the uncomfortable men who go to weddings around here!

      :)

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  6. My top three styles are the 1)Orange Michael Kors, 2)Valetino and 3)the Navy blue lace dress..you will never go wrong in any of these three. But of course, you boys are so handsome and looks so dashing in their suits. Their Mommy should look gorgeous too!

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  7. I'm liking several here :) The Michael K, Valentino, and Ralph L. are so pretty. The Middleton sisters are so chic, classy, the whole 9 yards and your boys are adorable!

    Have a wonderful Mother's Day tomorrow!

    leslie

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    1. Thanks Leslie! I ended up getting a Ralph Lauren one shouldered dress for this wedding like the one I posted.
      I hooe you have a nice moms day too!
      Kim

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  8. Thanks Pamela for your sweet note. Love those too. You know after getting all my guys ready I almost had no time to get myself together, but finally found a dress on the Fridsy before! Crazy. I'll try to post it later.
    Kim:)

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  9. love the style of olivia palermo - very cute pictures ;) !!

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  10. You're so right about, you should be "classy." So many persons fail this test by not adhering to the required dress code for the wedding they are attending.

    Remember its the bride's special day and you should do everything possible to support her, and that includes dressing appropriately.

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