Friday, September 2, 2016

Wear it Two Ways: Wedding Guest Attire

We're excited about an extra special Wear it Two Ways this month that we hope will come in handy. Summer may be the traditional wedding season, but we sure have our fair share of fall weddings to attend too. (We also both got married in the fall, so we're especially partial to fall weddings.) With all the different styles of weddings, sometimes it can be hard to know exactly how to dress for the occasion. Not to worry! We've rounded up some wedding guest looks for a winery or outdoor wedding, a cocktail attire wedding, and a formal wedding. Not only that, but we've each styled a look for each of the themes, so technically, you could call this edition Wear it Six Ways!


Winery Look

For this winery look, I went full on emoji dancing lady. The rich burgundy color is a perfect fall hue that is totally sophisticated. The long skirt will help when outdoor breezes flare up, but the fluttery sleeves are perfect if you're sitting in the sunshine.

Loose hair waves, pinned on one side add a bohemian vintage flair, and wood wedges are fancy enough, while still fitting into an outdoors theme perfectly.

A dark lip almost matching the dress help plays up the autumnal vibe and gives a look a little edge. Understated gold flower earrings are perfect since they won't compete with either the ruffles or hairstyle. 

Cocktail Attire

Next up, for the cocktail look, I styled an oldie but goodie dress with a sophisticated cut and fun details. Luckily, this season is all about shoulder details—off the shoulder, one shoulder, cold shoulder, ruffle shoulder—so this ruffle one shoulder cut is right on trend even if I got it a few seasons ago.

I love the pattern that's almost reminiscent of champagne bubbles, so this is a perfect dress for celebratory occasions. As a complementary color to purple, yellow heels make for a fun pop of color to add a little pizazz. Black deco starburst earrings add a vintage flair and a hot pink lip modernizes the look.

Special shoutout to to one of Our Beautiful Husbands, who thought I needed a cocktail in hand if I was wearing a cocktail look. 


For my formal look, I went with a gown from ASOS. The cut is quite traditional and conservative, but the floral pattern over the lilac bodice is perfectly retro and whimsical. 

Oversized blush rose earrings match well without detracting from the delicate neckline. A braided sideswept hairstyle gives the whole look a romantic edge. Bright red lips and a vintage clutch reinforce the retro feel of the outfit. 

Molly's Cocktail Dress: Dress: The Limited (similar), Heels: Payless

Molly's Formal Dress: Dress: ASOS (similar), Shoes: Modcloth (similar and here), Earrings: H&M (similar), Clutch: Vintage

Molly's Winery Dress: Dress: Modcloth (similar here, here and here), Wedges: Steve Madden



Personally, I think dressing for outdoor weddings is the most difficult. I have a tendency to overdress for everything, so finding that perfect balance of dressy, yet relaxed is sometimes difficult for me. However, I just found this dress which is PERFECT for an outdoor wedding. It's a cotton material, so it's nice and breezy, but it's also a midi with a halter neckline, which ups the fancy factor. 

Plus, it's perfect for showing off a tan. I paired it with wedges, which are great for navigating grassy terrain, and a neutral clutch. I kept my hair in loose waves for a relaxed, yet elegant look. 


On the other hand, cocktail attire is one of the easiest dress codes for me to style. Cocktail dresses are vast and numerous. I tend to gravitate toward dresses that have a little something special about them though. If you've been following along, you've probably seen this dress already here. What can I say? It is still in the wedding attire rotation! 

I love the lilac color and the high-low hem. I paired it with neutral accessories, since the dress tends to stand out by itself. I also went for a tighter curl in my hair to dress it up a tad. 


Last, but certainly not least, is this beautiful formal dress. It's not often I get invited to an event where the dress code is strictly formal, but when I do, I like to go all out. How often do you get to feel like a princess in your day to day life?

This dress is perfect for fall and winter formal weddings. The full skirt makes you feel like a queen (and it had pockets!) and the lace top is flattering on every body type. 

I really played up my hair and makeup for this look. I did a tight curl in my hair and twisted one side back for drama. A red lip helps up the ante. A sparkly black clutch rounds out the ensemble. 

Jodi's outdoor look: Dress: The Limited, Wedges: Modcloth (similar), Clutch: H&M 

Jodi's cocktail look: Dress: ASOS (love this one and this one), Heels: Target, Clutch: H&M 

Jodi's formal look: Dress: Eliza J, Clutch: T.J. Maxx, Heels: BCBG



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