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May 9, 2017

3 Wedding Guest Looks for Every Kind of Invite

“Ladies’ Wedding Guest Outfit Guide: Spring & Summer Edition” , our Clothes & Conversation topic this week, offered some dressing guidelines that those wedding invitations don’t always provide. And here, we’ve got the outfits that will have you ready for every wedding this season…in appropriate style.
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http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/lauren-ralph-lauren-sequin-gown-regular-petite/4557543
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LAUREN Ralph Lauren - Sequin Gown
Sequin Gown
LAUREN Ralph Lauren
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Why is it a Find? You’ll be so thankful you were invited to that black-tie affair because you’ll get to wear this LAUREN Ralph Lauren dress. No only is the sequined navy/black diagonal stripe stunning, the ruched waist detail that breaks up the top and bottom of this gown is the perfect detail. A column dress can be less forgiving, but not this one.
Wear it with: Keep the accessories classic and simple. Studs or simple drop earrings, a pretty ring, and black clutch are all you need. The wrap we’re showing (right) is a great add-on if you need to cover your shoulders for the ceremony. Any dressy shoes will work, from timeless pumps to sexy strappy ones. Stick with black to make it easy.
Fit Tip: In sizes 2-16, and Petites, the proportion will be just right for every lady in your normal size. It has a modern fit that is not too slim.
Alternatives: If the wedding is formal but during the daytime or outdoors, Ralph Lauren’s vibrant green ruched gown is perfect. This tea length navy lace dress has a pretty finishing touch of a beaded fabric belt that keeps it formal, too. And for true glitz and glam, this full-length sequin gown is simply a showstopper.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ellen-tracy-burnout-floral-fit-flare-dress-regular-petite/4462488 Ellen Tracy - Burnout Floral Fit & Flare Dress
Ellen Tracy - Burnout Floral Fit & Flare Dress
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Ellen Tracy - Burnout Floral Fit & Flare Dress
Burnout Floral Fit & Flare Dress
Ellen Tracy
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FORMAL WEDDING GUEST LOOK.
Why is it a Find? The lined, sheer black fabric’s gold floral pattern elevates Ellen Tracy’s knee length cocktail dress, making it a beautiful option for a dressier celebration.
Wear it with: We’re showing accessories to complete the look here (right and below). The black and gold color palette of this dress makes it easy to round out your outfit with some modern pieces to create a wonderfully updated and chic look.
Fit Tip: Ellen Tracy has a modern fit that runs on the larger size. If you are between sizes (available 4-16 and Petites), sizing down should be just right. The cut of this dress highlights the slimmest part of your torso, while the skirt flares out so there won’t be any cling around the hip/lower belly/behind area. Oh, and ladies, this dress has concealed pockets. One of our favorite details, it modernizes the dress and is just practical for picture-posing and lipstick holding. (Click through the ‘shop it’ button to get a closer look.)
Alternatives: Anthropologie also carries a tea length dress in a similar color palette of lace that is just lovely.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/50x80-oversized-chiffon-bordered-wrap/4159200?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=BLACK Glint - Satin Border Silk Wrap
Glint - Satin Border Silk Wrap
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Glint - Satin Border Silk Wrap
Satin Border Silk Wrap
Glint
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Why is it a Find? The sheer silk fabric and satin border adds glamours formality to the featured dress (left) and of course, is just downright practical for a chilly evening or air conditioned ballroom.
Wear it with: Whether you pair it with the featured dress (left) or any formal dress, this wrap is timeless and subtle, so you’ll reach for it any time you’re dressed up.
Fit Tip: Perfectly oversized, you can style this in tons of ways. Click through the ‘shop it’ button to see some additional images for some ideas.
Alternatives: This wrap comes in several colors through the ‘shop it’ button, so you can also choose to add a pop of color. Another option, the touch of gold in this ECHO wrap makes it appropriate for this dress, yet the fabric is versatile enough for any night out.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/sam-edelman-patti-ankle-strap-sandal-women/4154287?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=BLACK Sam Edelman - Patti Ankle Strap Sandal
Sam Edelman - Patti Ankle Strap Sandal
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Sam Edelman - Patti Ankle Strap Sandal
Patti Ankle Strap Sandal
Sam Edelman
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Why is it a Find? The dress in this outfit (above) has pops of gold, so you can do gold shoes, but we suggest these Sam Edelman black patent ankle strap sandals. The shiny patent elevates the simple black color and gives the timeless style tons of versatility.
Wear it with: In this outfit, the cleans lines and black patent leather lets the floral pattern of the dress be the main attraction. And that will be true for most any look you put together. They also look great with a pair of jeans and pretty blouse for a night out.
Fit Tip: With just over a 3” heel, they have a sexy look that slims the leg without being too high for most ladies who like heels – so get ready to hit the dance floor.
Alternatives: You can also pair the featured dress with these strappy gold heels. If you’re not afraid of truly high heels, combine the two colors with these black and gold sandals for a fabulously sexy finishing touch.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/whiting-davis-studded-crossbody-clutch/4537279 Whiting & Davis - Studded Crossbody Clutch
Whiting & Davis - Studded Crossbody Clutch
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Whiting & Davis - Studded Crossbody Clutch
Studded Crossbody Clutch
Whiting & Davis
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Why is it a Find? The linear pattern and modern design of this Whiting & Davis clutch is a lovely balance to the soft lines of the featured floral dress (above). And we love that you can wear it crossbody to keep your hands free, too.
Wear it with: This bag’s lines and stud details are a lovely balance to the soft blooms of the featured dress. The cool, mesh material will really work with most any formal dress, making it a great update to your go-to black clutch.
Fit Tip: It's big enough to hold your phone (even a bigger one), along with lipstick and a few other essentials – like tissues, if you are a wedding crier.
Alternatives: Ted Baker's leather clutch has simple clean lines and gold details that is a great option, too.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/adrianna-papell-ruched-matte-stretch-crepe-sheath-dress/4263451?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=REGATTA%20BLUE Adrianna Papell - Ruched Matte Stretch Crepe Sheath Dress
Adrianna Papell - Ruched Matte Stretch Crepe Sheath Dress
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Adrianna Papell - Ruched Matte Stretch Crepe Sheath Dress
Ruched Matte Stretch Crepe Sheath Dress
Adrianna Papell
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SEMI-FORMAL WEDDING GUEST LOOK.
Why is it a Find? Adrianna Papell uses a matte crepe material to elevate this sheath silhouette that is just right for a wedding. Ladies, not only is the ruching expertly place to hide any little imperfections, this dress has a touch of stretch and is fully lined – keys to comfort and smooth lines. You’ll look great, even in those candid pictures you didn’t know you were in.
Wear it with: This medium shade of blue/green is so flattering for every skin tone, and the solid color allows you to have some fun with accessories, as we’re showing in this look (right and below). When you are choosing to wear this dress for a formal work function, it easily pairs with nude pumps for a more tailored finish.
Fit Tip: In sizes 2-16, Adrianna Papell has a modern fit. It’s not overly slim, so your regular size should fit. But if you are often between sizes, we’d suggest ordering up.
Alternatives: This dress comes in timeless black and a truer, bold blue through the ‘shop it’ button, as well. Maggy London’s sheath dress has a truer short sleeve, but it’s the equally beautiful fit and so-chic asymmetrical neckline (in cobalt blue or black) that will win you over. Alternatively, Eliza J has a couple of lace dresses that are wonderful: this modern, scalloped, deep pink lace, cap sleeve sheath dress has an equally modern fit and fun party feel; and this navy lace fit & flare style is a true classic.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/sam-edelman-hazel-pointy-toe-pump-women/4673723 Sam Edelman - Hazel Pointy Toe Pump
Sam Edelman - Hazel Pointy Toe Pump
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Sam Edelman - Hazel Pointy Toe Pump
Hazel Pointy Toe Pump
Sam Edelman
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Why is it a Find? We are obsessed with these Sam Edelman pumps. You will have a hard time getting this much gorgeous detail and style at this price point, so don’t hesitate on snatching them up.
Wear it with: The pattern gives the featured dress (left) an ideally festive feel, just right for a wedding. The colors coordinate to the dress without being too matchy. Click through the ‘shop it’ button to zoom in and see all the beautiful detail – even the ground fabric has interesting detail. When you’re not wearing them with this dress, you’ll absolutely love the way they dress up a pair of jeans or a classic pencil skirt.
Fit Tip: They run true to size. The heel is a bit over 3 ½”, but they still manage to be pretty comfortable for most ladies.
Alternatives: These pumps come in a whole bunch of colors and materials (leather, patent, and suede), so you can go with nude or black to complete this look, too.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/rebecca-minkoff-small-love-denim-crossbody-bag/4579714?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=DARK%20DENIM%2F%20SILVER Rebecca Minkoff - Small Love Denim Crossbody Bag
Rebecca Minkoff - Small Love Denim Crossbody Bag
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Rebecca Minkoff - Small Love Denim Crossbody Bag
Small Love Denim Crossbody Bag
Rebecca Minkoff
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Why is it a Find? Any neutral evening bag will work with this dress, but dark denim is a neutral that will add an instantly modern touch that is seriously stylish. The quilted details and chain strap ensure it’s appropriate for a dressier look, as we’re showing here.
Wear it with: The denim plays into the ground fabric of the featured shoes (above) and displays muted color that coordinates so well with the dress (above) in this outfit. There is no guilt in going for this bag – not only is it on sale, but you’ll wear it with all your weekend and going out outfits. The shade of denim works with jeans and any color or pattern in your wardrobe.
Fit Tip: The strap is long enough to wear crossbody, and can be removed to use it as a clutch. While compact, this bag is still big enough to hold all your essentials, including a larger phone.
Alternatives: Rebecca Minkoff also did a streamlined clutch in this dark denim fabric that would work just as well. This bag also comes in a larger size that is great for a more casual night out or any weekend outing. And, of course, a soft gold clutch is always appropriate and will highlight some of the stitching in the featured shoes, too.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/kendra-scott-elle-openwork-drop-earrings/4638042?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=GOLD%2FSILVER Kendra Scott - Elle Openwork Drop Earrings
Kendra Scott - Elle Openwork Drop Earrings
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Kendra Scott - Elle Openwork Drop Earrings
Elle Openwork Drop Earrings
Kendra Scott
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Why is it a Find? The mix of gold and silver of these Kendra Scott earrings ensure they’ll go with all of your jewelry, while the open metalwork has a fresh and modern feel.
Wear it with: Of course, we love them with this outfit (above and left), but there’s not much they won’t work with. A night out look, or a simple cotton top and jeans on a weekend day, they add a fun flare to all your clothes.
Fit Tip: Check out this style, which is the same size, to see how these earrings look on a model. The 1½” drop is long enough to be eye-catching, without overwhelming any face shape.
Alternatives: These earrings come in several different metal tones and combinations through the ‘shop it’ button, so they’ll coordinate with any other jewelry you may wish to wear. The albalone option of this same style offers a subtle mix of color that also coordinates with the featured dress.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446977822 Jenny Yoo - Arabella Printed Tulle Maxi Skirt
Jenny Yoo - Arabella Printed Tulle Maxi Skirt
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Jenny Yoo - Arabella Printed Tulle Maxi Skirt
Arabella Printed Tulle Maxi Skirt
Jenny Yoo
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CASUAL WEDDING GUEST LOOK.
Why is it a Find? Truth be told, some of us are conjuring up events just to have an opportunity to wear this skirt. The ethereal water color floral pattern is perfection on the tulle fabric. Whether you are going to be at the beach, a resort, private club by a golf course, or a rustic chic barn, you will fit right in – and turn plenty of heads. Don’t feel tied to a dress. This skirt is so much more.
Wear it with: To the right, we’re showing the coordinating top. And you can make it more casual with a classic white tank or semi-fitted tee. You can also wear it with a simple silk sleeveless top. As for shoes, you have a lot of options. For a casual wedding, we are showing block heel slides (below) – elegant, yet appropriate for outdoor wear. Wedges or skinny heels in nude or metallic look just as good, and if you want to give it a casual feel, espadrilles or flat sandals also work.
Fit Tip: It’s lined and worth a trip to the tailor for petite ladies to have it shortened. It should just touch the ground (or slightly above). It fits true to size, available 2-12, with an a-line shape in the skirt so it skims over the hips and flows beautifully.
Alternatives: This skirt comes in 2 other soft color combinations through the ‘shop it’ button– and the coordinating top does too, so go with your favorite. Eliza J adds petal appliques to a soft a-line skirt for a similar feel with a bit more structure and knee length, in soft pink or silver/grey. If you prefer a dress, Theory’s muted red dress is made of a perfectly laidback stretch linen in a mid-calf length and relaxed silhouette, ideal for a beach or casual outdoor affair.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446977792 Jenny Yoo - Cora Lace Applique Tank
Jenny Yoo - Cora Lace Applique Tank
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Jenny Yoo - Cora Lace Applique Tank
Cora Lace Applique Tank
Jenny Yoo
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Why is it a Find? Knowing the right top to pair with a dressy skirt, like the one featured here (left) can be tricky, but Jenny Yoo makes it easy with this applique tank. The cotton fabric is blended with viscose, which gives it a more polished finish that is ideal with the subtle lace and sequin applique detail – and keeps it lightweight and breathable so you won’t overheat if you are outdoors.
Wear it with: The featured “blossom” color coordinates well with the colors of the blush skirt, and is a pretty option with wide leg pants or jeans and sexy heels for a date night.
Fit Tip: In your normal size, this tank has a slightly shorter length that is ideal with the a-line shape and tulle fabric of the skirt, so it doesn’t look sloppy and you don’t need to worry about trying to tuck it in. The armholes and neckline work with any basic bra too, ensuring comfort.
Alternatives: Just like the featured skirt, this top comes in 2 other colors that coordinate with the skirt options – both through the ‘shop it’ button.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Tory-Burch-Tatiana-Pearly-Tweed-Slide-Sandal-Pink-Metallic/prod197190384/p.prod Tory Burch - Tatiana Pearly Tweed Slide Sandal
Tory Burch - Tatiana Pearly Tweed Slide Sandal
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Tory Burch - Tatiana Pearly Tweed Slide Sandal
Tatiana Pearly Tweed Slide Sandal
Tory Burch
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Why is it a Find? Tory Burch uses pearly beads on these soft pink/metallic tweed slides that is simply gorgeous. So unique, yet timeless, it’s no surprise they have sold out at so many stores - we were delighted to find them at Neiman Marcus (through the ‘shop it’ button).
Wear it with: The feminine look of these sandals is a perfect match to the skirt and tank above. The array of colors in the tweed coordinate and doesn’t read as a bold pattern, so the pearly beads are really the highlight. The low block heel adds just the right level of dressy, and will make it easy to walk – even on grass. And trust us, you will find so many opportunities to wear these sandals all season. Don’t treat them as precious shoes. They look great with sundresses, cotton or linen pants, and even shorts.
Fit Tip: They run true to size.
Alternatives: If you want to add more of a laidback vibe to this skirt and top (above), Splendid’s flat suede espadrilles are dance and sand ready.
https://www.shopbop.com/mansi-embroidered-clutch-star-mela/vp/v=1/1584519210.htm Star Mela - Mansi Embroidered Clutch
Star Mela - Mansi Embroidered Clutch
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Star Mela - Mansi Embroidered Clutch
Mansi Embroidered Clutch
Star Mela
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Why is it a Find? Continue the beading and floral details with this amazing Star Mela embroidered clutch. The white crystals and beads are such a fun juxtaposition to the tan burlap fabric – just right for a casual event.
Wear it with: When you’re not wearing it with the outfit we’ve put together here, you’ll bring it along on your beach vacation and reach for it when you are going out for alfresco drinks.
Fit Tip: Click through the ‘shop it’ button to see a model carrying it. This will give you a sense of the generous size. It’s slim, but the updated larger shape ensures you can get all your essentials in there – and a pair of sunglasses.
Alternatives: This multi-color straw minaudiere uses a beautifully soft color combination that works with the colors in this outfit, and any dress all season long. Alternatively, this blush beaded clutch combines the pearl details of the shoes and soft color of the top and skirt in this outfit for a vintage-inspired finish.
 

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