The Well Dressed Wedding Guest

“The pictures last forever” doesn’t just apply to the bridal party. Choosing an ensemble for someone else’s big day can be a daunting task. You never know whose mantel your beaming, dancing face will be gracing for years to come.

There are a lot of factors to take into account—temperature, location, dress code—but the most important thing is to choose something that doesn’t stray too far from your natural sartorial territory. You want to recognize yourself in those photos! You’ll likely be going from sitting through a long ceremony to a filling dinner to a dance floor, and you won’t be able to make a costume change halfway through the night. Take that into account when choosing your shoes. You don’t want to miss out on getting down with Granny on the dance floor after sitting through all the speeches. Another key ingredient? A lightweight bag with just the essentials.

This is a great opportunity to buy something new or to re-imagine what you haven’t had an occasion to wear yet. Take a chance and kick it up a notch with special accessories to show your pals or your family how special it is to share such a wonderful day with them. And don’t forget a handkerchief.

City Reception

If the sultry lights of the city are the backdrop for your next wedding event, I suggests bright lights and bold looks. Black on white is always a winner, as is eye-catching pop colors and bold colorblocks. Another way to strike the right pose is with a standout silhouette like a structured bodice, free-thinking layers or a full circle skirt.

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Island I-Do’s

Escape to an island wedding with three of Shopbop’s suggestions: easy, breezy, tropical brights. These three dresses are the marriage of all three suggestions with their easy silhouettes, breezy skirts, and tropical punch colors. Go ahead, be comfortable and have fun at Island I-Do’s.
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Rustic Romance

So many brides are going for the rustic romance of outdoor weddings, whether it be a grassy meadow or twinkle light filled barn. Shopbop suggests you continue the charming elegance of such affairs with printed dresses and blushing hues.
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