It’s pretty hard to avoid wedding season, between the floods of Napa bachelorette ‘grams in your feed and the very real possibility that you, yourself, might too be shipping up to Napa for a wedding weekend. But wine aside, we’ve also talked a lot about weddings here on ITG. There’s no reason to hide from true love, whether it’s your own or your friend’s. The bottom line is that you’ll probably (hopefully?) attend a lot of weddings in your life—and you’ll need something to wear to those weddings.
Maybe it’s not as stressful as finding a wedding gown, but figuring out what to wear to someone else’s big day can be up there, stress-wise. Each ceremony promises a slightly different feel—there’s no getting away with a floor-length gown at a beach wedding when the groomsmen are in Hawaiian shirts—so coming up with a personal formula will help simplify the production. But maybe you already have something of a uniform (good for you!). Here’s mine: The dress varies from fitted to a longer, looser, and easier kind, but it’s always worn with a low heel to add a little height. From there, it’s all just details, really—earring, clutch, etc. Keep makeup natural and carry a good multitasking product or two along with. All of this leaves more time to focus on the things that matter—dancing all night and celebrating the happy couple. Cheers to that.
1. Ganni Long Beach Knit Dress: Navy is safer bet than black at a wedding* and you’ll be happy you’re wearing a lightweight knit if it gets hot. In terms of cut, a slight side slit is breezy and hits just so on the leg, and the turtleneck top simplifies things—you’ll feel confident and look better when you’re relaxed and not pulling up some strapless gown all night (while also probably having terrible flashbacks to the last time you tried to wear a strapless gown—PROM).
*unless it’s black tie, but still
2. Azlee Lone Burst Stud: For jewelry, go with something that’s present but not ostentatious. Wear just one of these studs (mismatched with something else from your collection) with your hair down and pulled slightly to the side for a laid-back look, or load these individual earrings up on both ears for a feel that’s significantly more glam. Earrings, too, are easy to wear during social events because they’re out of your way and pretty impossible to snag on your dress—or worse, on somebody else’s.
3. M. Gemi The Cornetto: Here’s a mule that’s not too high but that will work some Manolo-style magic on your legs. All the bang but with an easy-to-wear heel height, notable quality, and attached to a timeless but current shape.
4. Trademark Kagen Miniaudiere: Look for a bag with some character but that’s also neutral enough to wear often—because that’s the point of having a formula, right? With that, I’ll just leave you this wooden miniaudiere, sans other comment.
5. Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in Peony: Feels like a cloud, works mysteriously well on both cheeks and lips, and comes in saturated colors like this one that falls somewhere between cherry and strawberry. Throw it in said mini bag, and use it to refresh as the night goes on—it’s that fun to apply. Bonus: You’ll appear just flushed enough in photos. Look alive, people.
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