Weddings Part 2: Evening Weddings

evewed12evewed4evewed2evewed11evewed10evewed7evewed1evewed8evewed5evewed9evewed6**I had the amazing opportunity to attend the wedding of my friend in Laconia, NH which was just so perfectly timed for this post! The venue was absolutely beautiful and the ceremony was right on the water. It was a perfect day for a perfect couple, Congratulations Lindsay & Matt!**

In part one we talked about how to dress casually elegant for a day time wedding; therefore, it is only natural to discuss evening-wear. There is something ultra glamorous about evening events, I just picture dim lighting, glimmering decor, and an overall romantic atmosphere. Now, what do we wear?

Bright colored prints and pieces of that nature should be kept during daytime events. For evenings, think romantic soft hues and deep jewel tones, add interest with accessories or unique silhouettes and details. It is important to remember to be tactful when you are putting your look together, “too much” can be easily obtained and will overwhelm your elegance. One statement making piece will be plenty, the rest should just compliment and flatter.

1) Color: This season I’ve been loving really soft blush nudes. These colors look so chic any time of day so they will transition perfectly when the sun sets. Especially if the wedding is outdoors, the evening light can sometimes make you want to dress super vibrantly, but keep in mind that it will eventually get dark. Deep jewel tones are also amazing options for evening weddings and look incredible in all lights. The dress style can be anything from all over lace to a flirty A-line, just be sure it is appropriate¬†for the occasion. Keeping colors simple and neutral will allow you to re-wear the dress to other weddings or events styled differently each time. I recommend making sure you are aware of the bridesmaids dress color before choosing a colored dress, just in case the bride picked it for her ladies.

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Missguided

Missguided

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ASOS

2) Metallic: Can’t pick a color? Try a dress in a metallic tone or a black dress with metallic details. These will sparkle and shine all night no matter the lighting, so you will surely stand out amongst the other guests. The style should be sleek and a bit refined, since you probably don’t want to appear like you stepped off the stage in vegas. Amp up the class by targeting your favorite features without revealing everything at once, it is a wedding after-all.

Venus

Venus

Modcloth

Modcloth

Tobi

Tobi

3)Bits & Baubles: Over accessorizing is done much too often, but is easily avoidable. To some, getting dressed up entails putting on a necklace and matching earrings and bracelet. If you want to wear a statement necklace there is nothing wrong with that, but just be sure not to wear statement earrings too. Try it in front of your mirror, put on a statement necklace with statement earrings, then take the earrings off and replace with studs or something simple, you’ll most likely notice that the two together aren’t necessary. If your dress or shoes are what you want to draw attention to then tone down the jewelry and just use it for accent and extra shine. Don’t forget that a nice cocktail ring can make a powerful statement too!

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Coco Loves Rome

J. Crew

J. Crew

Alexis Bittar

Alexis Bittar

Personally, I don’t like to attend weddings with a bag because I just feel it gets in the way and its one more thing to worry about all night, I prefer to use my handy dandy date’s pockets, or my mom’s purse at a family wedding. If you absolutely need to carry a bag just make sure it is either your statement piece or complimentary to your outfit. A wedding is the perfect occasion to be the most glam version of yourself, just make sure you aren’t super uncomfortable or you won’t have a good time. If you’re not able to dance in it, don’t buy it!

My Outfit Details:

Dress: Here, Similar, Similar

Shoes: Here

Necklace: Similar

Weddings Part 1: Day Weddings

wedding13unnamedwedding2wedding12wedding3wedding6wedding9wedding10wedding8Tis the season, wedding season that is, I’m sure many of you have one or more to attend this summer. The warm weather and relaxed season are the perfect recipe for love birds tying the knot. As a wedding guest, you’ll have to plan what to wear which can be time consuming and stressful. To make it simple, take into consideration the time of day that the wedding takes place. Typically events in the evening are more formal and events during the day are more casual, unless otherwise specified by your invitation. Use this as a general rule of thumb to narrow down the options and help your outfit not be extremely over the top or too underwhelming. I feel that there is a certain casual elegance you can achieve at a day-time wedding that differs tremendously from evening-wear. You can find pieces that will stand out on their own or dress up a simple design with the perfect accessories.

1) Print & Color: If the wedding takes place outdoors, this option will be perfect. Your ensemble will have visual appeal while not being overly formal, great for an outdoor setting. Bright floral prints are exceptionally beautiful and will photograph great in the daytime sun. Look for fit-and-flare styles that are ultra flattering on many different shapes as well as super flirty and feminine. You’ll also be able to wear whichever dress you choose any day of the week and not be wasting your money on something for a wedding.

Nasty Gal

Nasty Gal

Forever 21

Forever 21

Tobi

Tobi

2) Maxi’s & Jumpsuits: To opt for something modern and unexpected, try jumpsuit or maxi dress. These options can be solid, printed, basic, or anything in between. No matter your age, body type, or personal style, you will certainly find a great maxi dress or jumpsuit to wear to your event. It is so easy to elevate even the simplest versions with the right accessories.

Modcloth

Modcloth

Boo Hoo

Boo Hoo

Lulu's

Lulu’s

3) Accessories: Here is where you’ll be able to transform a seemingly casual dress into one fit for a wedding. In some cases, the items stated above might not be quite enough on their own, so it is up to you to add the bells and whistles, or sparkle and shine and complete the look for the occasion. A wedge or strappy heel will be an ideal option for your feet. Also, your jewelry shouldn’t be too overwhelming, so choose one statement accessory and have all others be complimentary to that.

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Chinese Laundry

Lucky Brand

Lucky Brand

Charlotte Russe

Charlotte Russe

Stay tuned for Part 2: Evening Weddings, for the scoop on what to wear to a formal wedding!

My Outfit Details:

Look 1

Dress- Similar

Shoes- Here

Necklace- Similar

Look 2

Dress- Similar, Similar

Shoes- Here

Ring- Similar

Swim City

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1) Statement: bright, bold, detailed. You will be easily recognized if you opt for statement swimwear. Designers are really getting creative with new ways to turn heads on the beach. From tiny cutouts, to intensely strappy details, or gemstones galore, it won’t be hard to get noticed no matter where you go. It’s no longer about letting it all hang out and showing the most skin, a one-piece can be just as sexy and eye catching as a bikini. Try one with a fun graphic and stand out from the crowd.

Anthropoligie

Anthropologie

Everything But Water

Everything But Water

Victoria's Secret

Victoria’s Secret

2) Sport: Not just for beach volleyballers anymore. Sporty swim is on the rise, much like wearing yoga pants while not doing yoga. Color blocking, zip up tops, and mesh cut-outs are what add some spice to the sport swimwear of old. If you’re not the type of person that loves those ultra-feminine, fluttery bandeau tops, then a sport-inspired swimsuit may be just what you need.

Aerie

Aerie

Forever 21

Forever 21

Pac Sun

Pac Sun

3) Emphasize, Enhance, Cover: Today’s swim is so much more than just a one piece or two piece. Swimwear designers really take into consideration women’s bodies and have created so many options based on your needs or preferences. You can cover up the parts you are self conscious about, emphasize your best features, and enhance where you feel you may be lacking.

Victoria's Secret

Victoria’s Secret

Moana Bikini

Moana Bikini

Victoria's Secret

Victoria’s Secret

The market is full of anything from slimming silhouettes to full coverage tops so you can hold it all together while at the beach or pool. If you want to show that all those squats are paying off, opt for a Brazilian bottom that offers minimal coverage and maximum sexiness. For all my fellow small chested girls, you can find tops that are push-up padded to enhance your figure. No matter what you’re self conscious about, there’s a way to mask it with the diversity of today’s swimwear.

It’s important to know that you don’t have to wear what society tells you is right for your body. If you feel comfortable and confident in something then there is no reason why you shouldn’t wear it.

Swimsuit Details:

Look 1

Top: Here

Bottom: Here

Look 2

Top: Here

Bottom: Here

Look 3

Top: Here

Bottom: Here

Naughty Nautical

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1) Distressed Pieces- wearing distressed clothing is and easy way to add an edge to any outfit. Keep the color scheme in line with the old classic, reds, blues, and white, and add some visual interest with different textures, shapes, and styles. This year crochet is a big trend for the warmer months, it will be great for adding an unexpected texture. Fringe is also a good choice for making a bold statement while remaining within the nautical color palette.

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Missguided

ASOS

ASOS

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Urban Outfitters

2)Mixed Metals- For many years mixing silver and gold was a major faux pas. Some still shy away from it, but it’s definitely on the rise. It gives any classic look a splash of modernity. Look for statement necklaces and bracelets that will provide some depth to your outfit. The best part about metals is that they are neutral and can be paired with so many different things, so you will be able to wear these pieces many, many more times.

BaubleBar

BaubleBar

Macy's

Macy’s

3) Finishing Touches- Nothing says edgy like some studs and a dark lip. Put away your anchor accessories and opt for some with rocker-chic studs. Doing so will also add to the mixed metals effect. Try a pair of gladiator sandals for a masculine but still elevated edge. Lastly, throw it back to the grunge era with a dark red lip color to add the final touches to your look.

Nordstrom Rack

Nordstrom Rack

Sephora

Sephora

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

The nautical style is a staple for summer and will be around for many years. Try experimenting with different variations of the style and cater it to your own personal taste. You don’t have to shy away from a look because you don’t fit the cookie-cutter image of it. Get creative and improve upon the catalog look while remaining true to yourself.

My Outfit Details:

Top: Here

Shorts: Here

Sandals: Similar

Sunglasses: Here

Necklace: Here

Bracelet: Here

Lip color: Here and Here

3 places I would wear this look:

1. Summer Cookout (Memorial Day, 4th of July, etc.)

2. On a boat

3. Walking around a harbor-side town/city

Safari Craze

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Cargo shorts, khaki vests, and hiking boots are all things you would wear if life ever took you on a safari through the savannahs of Africa.That would be an amazing opportunity, but let’s face it, if you wore this type of gear in everyday life, you might be mistaken for the Crocodile Hunter (RIP). This spring you can channel a glammed-up version of Eliza Thornberry and tackle the jungle of your everyday life, whether it’s urban, rural, or somewhere in between. The spring runways were full of safari inspired silhouettes, colors, and prints making this trend a must-try.

1)Dresses and Rompers: No matter where you go this season, the neutral palette of a safari will fit in perfectly, and also give you an edgy military chic look. Find shirtdresses that have a lot of pocket and zipper details, the more cargo-ish the better! Complete the look with a thick waist belt in a brown to offset the lightness of the beige/khaki dress. If you’re loving rompers as an alternative to a dresses, then a structured olive romper with buttons, zippers, and pockets will certainly do the trick.

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2) Tops and Bottoms: It might be slightly more difficult to put together a safari-wear inspired top and bottom while avoiding looking like you just got back from an excursion. Keep one piece simpler than the other in order to create a cohesive look that isn’t too overwhelming. The color scheme can range anywhere from browns to beiges or olive greens, sticking to this neutral color palette will be key. Incorporate white or black to elevate the ensemble for dressier occasions; for example, an olive shirt with white denim or a black top tucked into khaki shorts. Don’t be afraid to tackle the full on head-to-toe safari color pallete, then leave it to accessories to amp up the glam factor.

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3) Shoes and Accessories: Make a bold statement with some really heavy gold jewelry or accessorize with animal prints inspired by the creatures you’d see on a real-life safari (cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, zeebras, snakes). Geometric pieces are also a great option. A head to toe structured, khaki outfit can come across as a bit masculine, so dressing it up with feminine pieces is essential. A heel is a perfect and easy way to elevate any look while making it more feminine. Toss on a scarf, belt, or hat and you’ll be easily distinguished from any tour guide or park ranger.

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The best part of this trend is that you can put it together with an entirely neutral palette; therefore, if you already own some pieces or if you buy them for this look, you’ll be able to wear them over and over again and transform them with different items. Although this look leans more on the casual side, there are still so many places and occasions you can wear it and not look out of place. After-all, life itself is very much like the wild.

My Outfit Details:

Dress: Similar

Belt: Here

Shoes: Similar

Necklace: Similar

Cuffs:Similar

3 places I would wear this outfit:

1. Lunch Date

2. Sunday Brunch

3. Casual Friday

Sporty AND Chic

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When we think of sporty clothes, the word chic doesn’t really coincide. Naturally, we tend to think of hoodies, yoga pants, and running sneakers; however, this spring you can mix the comfort of your gym clothes with the ability to wear them virtually anywhere. From sporty stripes to mesh details, you can find pieces to suit any occasion all while remaining on trend and giving off an athletic-inspired vibe. You can make this look a perfect fit for casual settings, at work, or out on the town.

1) Everyday Casual: dress up a pair of joggers or skinny sweats with a slip on sneaker or strappy sandal, balance out the slouchy bottom with a fitted top or try front tucking a looser top. Add some sporty detail with mesh, color blocking, or stripes and you’ll have a casual day time look while keeping your comfort level a total secret since you’re not in frumpy over-sized clothing.

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Avoid the “just left yoga” appearance by accessorizing with more feminine pieces. Cocktail rings, statement necklaces, or even an arm party will add a great touch and finish off the look. You can also try an athletic-looking skirt for a cute casual lunch date.

2) At the office- Opt for a more sleek looking jogger or crepe pant, tuck in a blouse, throw on a pump or flat, and you’re ready for the work day. The best part is that you will look so effortlessly put together and no one will know that you’ll feel equally as comfortable as when you are wearing sweats and having a Netflix binge on the couch.

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This look can easily transition from the office to a night out, and the versatility you will get out of the pieces is immense. You also most likely can created a similar look with items you already own, which is a total plus.

3) Date Night- If you’re in the mood for one piece that is both sporty and dressy, then try a long sleeve color blocked dress, or a body con with mesh cutouts. These options will give you the sporty vibe without the hassle of putting multiple pieces together for date night. If you’re not in the mood for a dress, a jumpsuit is also a great option.

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A heel will elevate any of these options into being sheer perfection for your night out. Look for pumps or strappy sandals with a heel to put the finishing touch on your ensemble.

Looking sporty doesn’t have to mean you just left the gym. Incorporating elements with athletic-wear influences can help you achieve both a chic and a comfortable look. As always the possibilities are so immense with this trend and you can definitely find the right pieces to suit your lifestyle and needs.

My Outfit Details:

Outfit 1:

Top:Here

Bottom: Here

Shoes: Here (couldn’t resist spending my tax return)

Necklace: Here

Outfit 2:

Top:Here (similar)

Bottom: Here (similar)

Shoes:Here (similar)

70’s Inspired Flares

Spring is all about new beginnings, the snow melts away, the birds return, and the flowers bloom. This season breathes new life into an old school staple that we have all know and love, flared denim. When skinny jeans became popular, it took me a while to get into them, but once I did, there was no going back. I don’t think skinny jeans will ever die, but they are now sharing the spotlight with the must have new (old) style that has taken over. Change up your denim game while also channeling the 70’s this season with a modern twist on the oh so groovy classics. unnamed70's style70s1closeup2I dug out an old pair of flares I’ve been saving for when they made a comeback, and decided to put together a full on 70’s outfit. The best way to achieve a 70’s inspired look is to find the perfect silhouette, texture, colors, and accessories. In order to avoid looking like a Halloween costume, mix and match modern pieces with vintage inspires ones.

1) Silhouette: Look for flares that are form-fitting and hug every curve that start to flare out below the knee. An amazing thing about flares is that they make the legs appear so much longer than they are, so wearing a heel will increase this effect. Tuck a looser fitting top into the front and you’ll be just about ready to go.

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2) Texture: In the 70’s suede was a must have texture and it’s making a comeback for 2015. Yes, suede has been here all along, but now its become big in the form of button-downs and skirts. Also fringe has made a comeback recently and it’s a great way to add more texture and volume to your outfit.

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3) Colors: The popular colors of the time were mostly earth tones, burnt oranges, and turquoises. Make your look more modern by avoiding the “matchy-matchy” accessories and play with different shades of the same color. Back in the day matching your shoes to your belt and your bag was all the rage, but today not so much. It’s way more chic to mix neutrals and colors that complement each other and go together than it is to match everything perfectly.

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4) Accessories: Put the icing on the cake with a pair of aviators, a fringe bag, and some awesome wooden-like wedges. Add some jewelry to finish it off and your chic 70’s inspired outfit will be complete!

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There’s a reason the styles from the 70’s consistently pop up in the modern world, because they’re versatile and never get old. Flares give you the added bonus of making you look taller and give you a more interesting silhouette. Texture is important to incorporate into your outfits, try suede and fringe to add some dimension to your look. Play with the earthy-inspired tones of the decade and give your ensemble a modern twist by resisting the urge to match everything. Lastly, add the perfect finishing touches with accessories to work some more 70’s inspired pieces into your outfit.

My Outfit Details:

Top: H&M (in stores)

Flares: Here (similar)

Shoes: Here (similar)

Headwrap: Here (similar)

Sunnies: Here (similar)

Necklace: Here (similar)