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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.)

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’m having a polka dots moment. I can’t walk past something with polka dots on it (including, but not limited to, dresses, skirts, tops, shoes, puppies) without thinking: “ooo, I want that!” In honor of this flash-obsession, I thought I’d share some lovely polka dot dresses, which could be appropriate for guests or maids.

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Polka Dot Jersey Dress from Nordstrom ($134); Diane von Furstenberg Short Dress in Fuchsia from Yoox.com ($160); Halston Heritage Polka Dot Chiffon Dress from Bloomingdale’s ($565); Lauren by Ralph Lauren Georgette Ruffle Dress from Ralph Lauren ($71.99); TARA JARMON Navy Silk Dress with Polka Dots from StyleBop.com($585); Polka Dot Bib Dress from Forever 21 ($22.80); Spot Heart Back Prom Dress By Dress Up Topshop ($120)

Going to another wedding this summer? Same people in attendance at the last 3 you went you, and you’re feeling odd about wearing the same warm weather-, wedding-appropriate dress? Allow me to scour the sales racks for you and make some suggestions. (All dresses and all shoes are under $100, so each outfit in total is under $200.)

   

ECI Print Chiffon Blouson Dress from Nordstrom ($81.90) + Corso Como “Colly” Sandals from Bloomingdale’s ($76.32) = $158.22 (plus tax)

Eva Varro Cutout Shoulder Stretch Knit Dress from Nordstrom ($88.90) + Betsey Johnson Fuchsia Slingback from Endless.com ($77.52) = $166.42 (plus tax)

 

Donna Morgan Cotton Eyelet Shift Dress from Nordstrom ($78.90) + Juicy Couture Georgine from Piperlime.com ($69.97) = $148.87 (plus tax)

What are you wearing this year to summer weddings? What would you change on my suggestions?

I couldn’t have picked two better examples of wedding-appropriate white and black guest attire if I tried! (And I did try!) I suppose it makes sense that a super stylish bride, who designed not only her own dress but also the skirts of her maids, would have super stylish friends!

Parasols have been quite popular this summer (and in summers’ past). I love the traditional, yet unexpected, feel it gives to the outfits. (These girls from yesterday’s post on pink shoes nail the charming nature of parasols.)

In honor of the hot hot sun that seems to have taken up permanent residence in the New York City sky, here are some pictures of some ladies (and the occasional gentleman) with fancy umbrellas staying cool in the shade.


When you combine the 3 no-wear colors into one (or four) beautiful, entirely appropriate, frocks.

(Dresses by See by ChloeMilly, L.A.M.B., and Milly again)

The key to keeping red wedding-appropriate is to play down the inherent sexiness of it. Avoid anything that is either too short, too tight, or too revealing (and definitely avoid anything that’s all three). Here are a few of my favorite choices.

I love this flowing dress by ASOS.

(I’m a sucker for an interesting back.)

A print is another great way to play up the sweet and play down the sex. These dresses, by Anthropologie and Asos (respectively), would be perfect to wear to a summer wedding.

 

And then there is Diane von Furstenberg, an always fabulous go-to, who defines “alluring” without being overtly sexy.

 

I would happily wear any of those dresses!

What about you? Do you think “no red at weddings” is an outdated rule? What red is appropriate to wear?

White dresses are a traditional no-no at weddings for everyone but the bride.

 

Pippa Middleton and Naomi Campbell are probably the only people who can get away with these dresses.

This is what weddingchannel.com says about wearing white: “since the popularization of the white wedding dress in the mid-19th century, women have avoided wearing white to a wedding, so that the bride might uniquely shine in her white wedding gown. While this rule, like the ‘no black dresses’ rule, has since been rejected, a female guest should select carefully if she opts to wear white.”

To make white work on a wedding guest, it should be sufficiently different from a wedding gown. Avoid bridal details such as lace and ruffles (and absolutely no train), and spice it up with either tougher accessories, such as a worn leather belt, or colorful accents (either on the dress or the add-ons).

Here are a few of my favorite non-bridal, wedding-appropriate white dresses.

 

Vivienne Westwood, BCBGeneration, and  Marc by Marc Jacobs

Would you wear white to someone else’s wedding? Would you care if someone wore white to yours?

Black is not a traditional color for wedding guests. Here are some suggestions for tastefully skirting the rules around black.

Keep black wedding-appropriate by lightening the look of the dress with fun details, like this swingy dress by Love Moschino or this bow-front Thread Social number. (Bonus points for the exposed zipper.)

Colorful accessories are another way to play up the fun factor of the standard LBD. I especially love bright and colorful shoes and jewelry. (Both photos taken from bachelorette parties.)

Would you wear black to a wedding? Do you think this rule’s out of date? How have you spiced up the ordinary little black dress?

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