I guess I'm at that age when all the dominoes around me start falling… and getting hitched. I wasn't quite prepared for the deluge of wedding invitations this year, but now that we're here, let's help each other get dressed.
Each wedding I'm attending is taking place in a different setting, so reusing the same look really isn't an option for me. While this will hurt my pockets a bit, weddings are momentous occasions that deserve the respect of curated outfits I'll look back on for years to come. To this day, I look back at photos of my parents at their friends' weddings and gush over every little detail. It's my turn to create those memories, right?
If you're like me, you'll want to start planning your looks ahead of time, and these picks from Shopbop will provide a good head start. Keep scrolling to see how I'll be dressing for each of the different settings, from the beach to the courthouse, formal to bohemian.
Daytime weddings are definitely becoming more popular, and finding an appropriate outfit is all about striking a balance between relaxed and festive.
Voluminous dresses like this gorgeous number by Autumn Adeigbo are practically made for a daytime wedding in the garden. The fitted bodice and voluminous skirt are so flattering. Plus, pockets are always a nice touch.
I recently attended my first courthouse wedding and proceeded to add "become a wedding witness" to my bucket list. When that day arrives, I will come through with my fountain pen dressed in a bright, relaxed suit like this one by Jonathan Simkhai. Once business is complete, take off the blazer to reveal a lace cami top, and cheers to the new couple.
Most city weddings I've attended don't have a strict dress code (i.e., they have the best dress code), and you already know I capitalize on the opportunity each time. I love to start with a minidress and build out a full look that doesn't scream "wedding guest" and will also fit right in at the inevitable after-party.
This sparkly Oséree dress inspired me to go for a flirty-edgy look, which I achieved by pairing it with this pink Staud bag and an oversize vintage leather jacket.
Feather trim can sometimes look overly precious, but in this case, it looks more rock star than tea party. I'm obsessed.
Finding the right outfit for a beach wedding can be tricky due to all the natural elements that arise throughout the day. With all these considerations, give me a shorts set over a dress any day.
This Kika Vargas set is roomy enough to get down and dirty and has festive details, like the peplum hem, that remind us of the occasion. Last—no shoes, no problem!
Formal Evening Wedding
TBH, getting an invite to a formal wedding makes me kind of nervous. After all, I spend 90% of my life lately in super-casual clothes. However, in many ways, dressing for a formal wedding requires less work than putting together a casual look. All you'll need is a long dress and some statement jewelry to make it look like you've really put in work to get "red carpet ready."
We all have those friends who get married on a ranch, in the woods, or next to a river. And we love them dearly. Choose dynamic prints and interesting shapes to match their free-spirited energy.