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Wedding Guest Dresses

Spring is officially here in Fairhope. The cow birds are bubbling, Indigo Buntings are decorating our lawn like little Easter Eggs, April showers are preparing for May flowers and my postman is delivering calligraphy-addressed wedding invitations. It’s time to begin thinking about dresses to wear as a guest to this seasons’ weddings.

The friends and family that are walking the aisle this year have chosen soft colors. My future niece-in-law has chosen a very soft pink with gray for her colors, so my usual jewel tones will not compete with the bridal party.  I like to wear navy instead of black as often as possible, so this little number from Lover.ly just might be one of my choices for 2015. This cap sleeve cocktail dress called the Olivia Dress, by Eva for Loverly is fitted with a flounced skirt. The detail at the neckline and skirt will help draw the eye away from areas that curvy figures want to diminish. I love that the design creates a waist.


Olivia Dress

I would likely wear a dressy nude sandal… something like this…

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These Via Spiga Sandals are great for petite ladies. Wearing sandals that elongate the leg gives us a little height and doesn’t “chop” us off at the ankles. One tip that I’ve picked up over the years is to never wear an ankle strap that isn’t the same color as your skin – if you are vertically challenged like me at 5′ 3″.

Because of the lace and neckline, I would keep my jewelry simple. Perhaps a simple tennis bracelet and diamond earrings, or something like this from Avila Sterling Wholesalers.


And my handbag would be simple as well… Like this Jessica McClintock from Zappos.


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Or perhaps something to match my shoes… (I know that all the modern fashionistas say this is outdated, but I just can’t help myself. I still think a handbag should at the very least coordinate with your shoes – especially with evening attire.) This clutch from Nordstrom would be great for a day or night wedding.
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So what are you wearing this wedding season? Here are a few tips of what NOT to wear.

  • White – it is not your day!
  • Black – it is not a funeral.
  • Pants Suit – Business attire should be reserved for the office.
  • Jeans – it isn’t the 70’s and they are not groovy.
  • Shorts – unless you are at the beach.
  • Skimpy Trampy Outfits – the focus is suppose to be on the bride.
  • Hat with veil or a tiara – a real princess wouldn’t wear her tiara to a non-white-tie event, why would you?

These are not rules… just suggestions. May I also suggest this congratulatory wish for the happy couple:

“Wishing you both the happily-ever-after you deserve. Congratulations on your wedding day!”

Have fun!



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    07/10/2015 at 6:47 am
  • Charlotte

    04/25/2015 at 8:05 am

    Very good suggestions.

  • Judy Pimperl

    04/24/2015 at 4:27 pm

    I’m loving that dress! It’s perfect…

  • W

    04/24/2015 at 3:53 pm

    Love that dress! I am attending a wedding this Saturday. It is an afternoon affair and I will be wearing a sleeveless sheath dress with a strappy sandal. I have missed your posts. You are a great writer please keep posting.

  • Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co.

    04/24/2015 at 2:19 pm

    Great post! I think the art of dressing well is being forgotten and not only are people breaking the rules at weddings these days, but have you been to a funeral lately? Geez!

    Love the dress you showed us. Happy weekend to you!

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