what to wear to weddings this spring

Prime wedding season is about to kick-off in March when the weather starts to warm up in the South.  As I mentioned in my last post, it’s time to begin transitioning our closets to Spring!  This includes starting to think about what to wear for upcoming weddings and events.

When attending weddings, we never want to take attention away from the bride.  There are a few big rules that I follow when it comes to dressing for these events:

  1. Don’t Wear White: While we are seeing more brides choose to put their bridal party in white, off-white, or nude to create a monochromatic look, I still feel that as a guest we should avoid this color.  Some may see it as an old-school rule, but I feel very strongly about respecting the bride’s moment.  Be careful to avoid all shades of white, cream, champagne, or even light golds and tans.
  2. Dress for the Occasion: Always check the invitation or wedding site for the dress code.  No one wants to experience that awkward moment when you show up in an evening gown to a casual affair.  While I do believe it’s always better to be over-dressed than under-dressed, check out this great guide from The Knot that breaks down everything you need to know about dress codes.
  3. Don’t Outshine the Bride: Literally.  While I love to have fun with fashion and dress up whenever possible, make sure your outfit doesn’t take attention away from the bride.  Avoid all-over sequins, bold animal prints, and solid loud colors like fire engine red, chartreuse, and hot pink.

outfit details: similar black dress // kendra scott earrings & bracelets // similar handbags: splurge & steal // similar shoes

I love a nice LBD for wedding season as long as it fits the dress code.  While I wouldn’t wear it to a beach or brunch wedding, it is perfect for any other affair that calls for something a little dressier, but not quite formal.  Black is classic, easy to wear, and always flattering.  It can also act as a great canvas for fun accessories!  My French Connection off-the-shoulder dress from The Pink Hanger is a great example with it’s flirty ruffle neckline.  I’ve paired it with my “Party” acrylic clutch, which adds a bit of sass and whimsy.  Unfortunately I can’t locate this exact clutch again.  I bought it a few years ago on Amazon.  However, I did find a few similar options: if you want to invest in a high-quality acrylic clutch I recommend this one by Edie Parker; for options at more affordable prices check Etsy for ones like this or shop this one from Mark and Graham.

shop acrylic clutches

I wanted a pop of color, so I chose these gorgeous Kendra Scott earrings and bracelets to complete the look.  If you haven’t had a chance to shop the Kendra Scott Spring 2018 Collection, check out this blog post where I give you all the details!  Abalone shell and turquoise are some of my favorite materials for the season.  It’s a great way to add color, texture, and make a statement.

shop kendra scott

I’ve pulled together some more great dresses and jumpsuits for you top shop below.  If there is a specific event that you need advice on what to wear, feel free to reach out to me directly at thestylelodown.com for personal shopping services.

shop wedding black tie dresses

shop cocktail dresses

shop casual dresses

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