When you see an outfit on someone else that catches your eye, consider what that person is telling you about themselves. Maybe she's shy, which translates into soft, subtle colors. Maybe she needs more than just one cup of coffee to take on the world that day, so she's wearing red, the most energetic of colors.
Every day, we tell a story with what we wear. We get to choose the clothes we wear, like we pick the words we use to tell a story. Sometimes your style story is about more than just you --- it's part of a celebration, a life event or another special occasion.
Case and point…Wedding Season! How do you truly maintain your look (feel and look awesome at the big event) while still playing your role in another person’s big moment?
This particular occasion requires you to consider three things to create the perfect wedding guest look.
1. Consider the location of the wedding.
Practically speaking, of course you’ll want to make sure to account for the weather. But, go further than that --- think of the culture surrounding the location and embrace it!
If you’re headed to a beach wedding in Miami, add flare by wearing bright colors or a sun hat. If the wedding is at a lodge in Colorado, tell an earthy tale by weaving together neutrals in your outfit with layered jewelry with bright stones.
At The Beach
In the Wild
Headed to a dressy wedding in NYC? You can’t have too much sparkle. This is the perfect time to add to the festivity by glittering it up. Your style shows the couple that you care about the occasion and that you’re embracing the celebration.
2. Consider the level of formality.
It is always better to be overdressed than under-dressed. If you’re going to a black-tie event, you can pull out all stops and wear a floor-length gown with the attitude to match. Think of elegant, regal love. Think of structure, high-fashion, or stunning jewelry as inspiration.
An easy way to remember the rules of a semi-formal event: take a step down from gowns and a step up from sundresses. Harness the side of you that enjoys red-carpet looks and bring out your fierce side. Think of comfortable, energetic love. Think of geometric lines paired with softer lace, or unique necklines and striking accessories to inspire you.
If you’re going to a garden wedding, you can really hone in on the sweeter side of style. More than likely, this couple wanted more simplicity surrounding their wedding and wanted the focus to be on beauty found in nature, so don’t overdo it. Your outfit should reflect the romanticism and idealism that goes hand-in-hand with the celebration. Think of ethereal, transcendent love. Think of flowy florals, subtle colors or a messy braid as inspiration.
In the Garden
3. Consider your style.
You will never feel like a million bucks if you are trying to dress just like someone else. Embrace the feeling you get when you see an outfit you are inspired by, hone in on that vibe, and emulate it.
When you go to a wedding you are not trying to take the spotlight away from the couple or their big day. In fact, you want to add to it! If you are feeling joyful because you look great, you’re going to embrace the celebration .
Style is created through the attitude you embody, not just the clothes your wear. Everyone has style.
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Emily Blanco is a freelance writer based in San Antonio, TX. She has studied creative writing, journalism, and has a degree in English Lit. She loves to blend snarky observations with helpful truths, encouraging people to love reading again! When she isn't being a complete book junkie, she loves to travel with her husband and pup, as well as explore local hidden gems.