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These weddings have convinced me of two ingredients that make a beautiful event: bridesmaids clad in blue and animal motifs. (I’ve always been partial to a squirrel.) Be sure to check at the complete posts here and here: they are truly stunning.

Happy Friday!

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Ever since a recently-engaged buddy of mine mentioned that she envisioned her bridesmaids in navy, I have been besotted by the chic color palettes that navy evokes. Navy is a perfect balance of classy and casual; all the bridesmaids featured here are wearing their hair (mostly) down, and yet they still look so very elegant. Here are a few of my favorite examples of the subdued hue — first in the same shade, and then mixing things up.

I love how these girls make the color their own by accessorizing with different colored shoes.

These ladies embody effortless class with universally flattering navy blue shift dresses.

Each of these bridesmaids was tasked with picking her own dress, and one of them actually made hers from scratch.

I love how seamless these girls pull off different shades of navy blue. Effortless and fabulous.

Summer technically ended with the autumnal equinox on Friday, September 23, but with 70 and 80 degree temperatures in New York City, I’ve been happily living in denial. That comes to an end this Saturday with the start of October. I’m afraid I will have to face reality.

As an ode to the last days of summer, I thought it would be fun to highlight two sets of bridesmaids with fabulous floral dresses. The first, featured here in full, includes maids with different floral patterns (from Sohomode); different florals could be a train wreck, but the patterns all have the same color intensity, which allows them to complement, not compete with, one another.

The second is from a quaint event in England. These maids all wore the same dress from Oasis, a British retail shop. I love how effortless and chic they all look.

Street style is a major phenomenon in fashion right now. I don’t have the eye for it personally, but I do know a well-dressed wedding guest when I see one.

I snapped this picture at my friends,’ Sarah & Kyle, wedding, asking the lady in stripes if I could feature her on my blog. I love her easy style, which was perfect for this Labor Day weekend wedding with a dress code of “uptown, but now uptight.” (Please pardon the sub-par photo quality. It was dark, and all I had was my phone’s camera.)

Here’s how you can make this look your own.

  1. Pick a stripey dress that suits your body type. (I like this one from Max & Cleo.)
  2. Use a navy blue belt to cinch the dress at your natural waist.
  3. Keep jewelry to a relative minimum, adding a single statement piece like this bracelet.
  4. Finish the look with a bright pop of color. (These shoes are waterproof, and oh-so-comfortable.)

Brides wearing “something blue” is a pretty well-established act of good luck. After seeing this picture from this beautiful Malibu wedding, I started thinking about “something blue” for bridesmaids, too.

Given my love for bold nail colors, I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I’m in love with this maid’s manicure. After looking to the guru of nail polish, alllacqueredup.com, with an emphasis on her blue swatches, I picked three favorites.

Orly Blue Suede

OPI Ogre-The-Top Blue

Chanel Riva

Would you dare to wear blue fingernail polish? Would you play it safer and paint your toes instead?

A good friend of mine wore this dress to her rehearsal dinner last September. I love it equally as a bridesmaid dress. Patterns can be tricky if you have a big wedding party, but with a 2-person party, this dress looks like a winner.

The tell-tale signs of fall are upon us. Crisp air. Heating pipes creaking as they return to use. College football. Dressing for fall weddings can be tricky (at least for me): how can I put on a dress when all I want to wear in this weather is jeans and sweatshirts? In an attempt to rally myself for upcoming weddings, I’ve picked a few of my favorite fall dress options.

 

Skyscraper Dress by Leifsdottir ($298.00) / Jane Dress by Sanctuary ($158.00)

 

Have a Fling Frock Dress by Nanette Lepore ($348.00) / Bachelor Pad Dress by Bailey 44 ($152.00)

B-52 Silk Dress by Trina Turk ($288.00) / Colorblock Dress by DKNY ($345.00)

Gemini Jumper Dress by Nanette Lepore ($398.00)

 

I love this color combination, featured in this Villagio Inn Winery wedding.

(AND the fabulous purple nail polish!!)

And I love the increased popularity of blended bridal parties (e.g., groomswomen, men of honor, etc.).

From the bride’s mouth: “To maintain a fun cocktail party look and feel, we decided on a “mismatched-but matching” wedding party.  I picked out each of the purple dresses for the girls – it was a quite challenge to make the style look cohesive, but still unique!  

We let the guys wear any khaki suit of their choice, and the ties and pocket squares were purchased from Etsy.  We even had a grooms woman (one of Matt’s close friends) in a similar colored khaki Jcrew dress, carrying an orange bouquet.  

We put our ring bearer in a sweater vest instead of a suit, and flower girls in causal dresses from J.Crew. “

Happy Friday!!

At first glance, these two bridal parties (featured in full here and here) might not appear to have much in common, but I would like to draw your attention to two critical components that have lead me to include them in the same post:

  1. They are pictured outside alongside furniture that is traditionally indoors (a  bed frame and a chandelier, respectively), a trend I adore
  2. I love their dresses and style

My love affair with polka dots advances again with the fabulosity of these polka-dotted bridesmaids. (Extra points for polka-dotted flower girls!)

 

AND they have parasols. I love it.

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