|be stylish | July 2016
Venture out of the box:
Three unique outfits for summer weddings
by Heather Hollermann
Like clockwork, the emergence of summer begins the start of wedding season. Whether it's the warm weather or the blossoming wildlife, something about summer makes people want to share their love. While nothing is more beautiful, weddings can cause quite a bit of stress for the guests. Be ready for this summer's wedding season by experimenting with some out of the box outfit ideas.
Perhaps the number one rule regarding appropriate wedding guest attire is "do not wear white". Traditionally reserved for the bride alone, it almost seems taboo to consider wearing white to a wedding. However, for those looking to stand out at a wedding, wearing a little white might be a great option. Sure it's risky, but what's life without a little risk?
The key to wearing white to a wedding when you're not the one walking down the aisle is as follows: Make sure the dress you choose in no way resembles a bridal gown. In other words, it should not be entirely white. The dress should also have other bold colors and/or patterns on it. For instance, a perfect dress for a summer wedding might be white with flowers on it. You can pull certain colors from the dress with accessories to focus more on those colors and less on the whiteness of the dress.
Go for an more modern and daring look by selecting a dress with cutouts. Keeping in mind that the cutouts need to be appropriate and strategically placed--no one wants a slip at a wedding. Dresses with such cutouts show off the delicate features of a woman's body while keeping things classy and sophisticated. Combined with a bold color or pattern and you will radiate confidence.
Channel Your Inner Gatsby
For the past few summers, kimonos have been very popular. Their light, flowy fabric is perfect for the sweltering heat of the season. Though simple and easy to style, kimonos are vibrant and elegant. Often paired with maxi skirts or short shorts, kimonos tend to come across as fairly informal. However, in the 1920s, women wore kimonos to nightclubs and dinner parties over delicate, beaded gowns. These kimonos were often intricately designed or hand painted.
So don't be afraid to channel your inner Gatsby!
Try pairing a pretty, floral kimono with a classic little black dress and you've got an outfit so chic and vintage, you're bound to radiate confidence. For an even bolder look, try mixing patterns, perhaps pairing a floral dress with a leopard print or damask kimono. Kimonos offer so many possibilities when it comes to wedding attire. Don't be afraid to experiment with these garments. Kimonos are perhaps the easiest and trendiest addition to any summer wedding outfit.
Make the Most of Your Accessories
Hate wearing skirts or dresses? Not a problem! Another trendy summer style is the jumper. Slightly different from a romper (their shorter relative), jumpers can be an excellent choice for those of us who consider dresses and skirts the bane of our existence. Most jumpers are a bit more casual so if you're thinking about choosing this style, there are a few ways to go about it.
First, choose a fairly plain colored jumper and decide on a color scheme for the rest of the outfit. Once you've chose a color scheme, choose your accessories accordingly. These accessories should be chunky and vibrantly colored. They will be the centerpieces for the outfit -- the thing that draws people in.
It's amazing how the right accessories can dress up such a casual look. While perhaps not the fanciest of wedding attire, a jumper can be a great choice for a backyard wedding. With the right accessories, you can turn a blank slate jumper into something really cool and hip.
Summer style is all about bright colors and fun! Don't be afraid to think out of the box when it comes to wedding guest attired. After all, what really matters at a wedding isn't what you wear. It's about love -- plain and simple.
Heather Hollermann is a freelance writer focused on creativity and personal style. She is a strong believer that fashion is a way of expressing yourself -- a dynamic work of art in which you live. When she isn't working on her novel, Heather can be found reading, shopping, traveling, and binge-watching television series. She is a lover of history, dark lipstick, and baked goods.