The Guest Dressed List

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! For many this is the unofficial start of summer (the first day of summer is technically June 21st. But, hey—I say, the earlier, the better). It’s a time to thank and honor our armed forces who have given their lives protecting and defending our country, spend time with family and friends, get outdoors, celebrate, eat a hot dog, and just have fun. This weekend also signifies that wedding season is now in full swing.

My husband and I are attending six weddings between now and the end of the year. Most of time when I mention this to someone, I’m met with similar accounts. This weekend we’re in the beautiful Catskill Mountains celebrating my sister-in-law’s special day. As I packed for this weekend, the thought crossed my mind, like it often does, “I need to go shopping!” My rotation of wedding guest looks needs a boost. So, to help in these efforts and take the guess work out of your guest work, I’ve put together some of my top picks for wedding wear. Also, as if you needed an excuse, there are a ton of great sales out there this weekend. Wedding Wear 4SHOP THESE LOOKS: 1. Lauren Merkin – Small Tassel Pouch; 2. Badgley Mischka – Glenna Espadrille Wedges; 3. Tbags Los Angeles – Knee-length Dress4. Jill Stuart – Colorblock Popover Gown; 5. Kayu – Jen Box Clutch; 6. Schutz – Cadey Lee Sandals; 7. Kenneth Jay Lane – Marquis Cluster Earrings; 8. Joanna August – Lacey Ruffle Dress9. Yumi Kim – Date Night Dress; 10. Rebecca Minkoff – Large Leaf Earrings; 11. Rebecca Minkoff – Leo Clutch; 12. Catherine Stein – Knot Necklace; 13. Tory Burch – Suede d’Orsay Pumps; 14. Sam Edelman – Textured Fit & Flare; 15. Rebecca Minkoff – Jax Dress


HF’S WEDDING GUEST STYLE TIPS:

Don’t be afraid of color! Even if it’s a formal occasion, a wedding is a celebration—especially in spring and summer, color is a good thing.

Avoid plunging necklines. V-neck is okay. Deep V-neck? Maybe not. I’d say it’s better to err on the side of modesty. All eyes should be on the bride, not your “guests of honor.”

White (is) out. Don’t be the guest wearing white. This is sort of the golden rule of wedding wear. There are so many dress options out there, just play it safe and stay away from white and shades of white (ivory, off-white, mother of pearl).

Let the invitation guide you. Usually the bride and groom will note the dress code on the invitation. The Knot has a handy little cheat sheet just in case you need it. Also, take into consideration the venue. If the wedding is outside, you may be walking on grass or uneven terrain—wedges are a good choice for these situations. Speaking of shoes, your feet will thank you if you bring a pair of flats, or dancing shoes, as I call them, for the end of the night.

Alright, party people, you’re lookin’ wedding-ready—so, when “Shout” comes on, you’d better be on that dance floor!

See you next Friday! xx, Devon