The hot, hazy days of a good ol’ southern summer are upon us. And although it’s tempting for the hemlines to get shorter, a true southern belle knows how to keep it classy at a wedding . Below are a few dos and don’ts to ensure you look hot while keeping cool this summer.
- For afternoon weddings, opt for a sundress. Ditch the stilettos and add a wedge or sandal to complete the look you’ll be glad you did when time to hit the dance floor. Or guys and gals, can switch up the look with a light, linen suit. It’s just the right amount of classic casual for summer. Black is acceptable for more formal weddings, just make sure to add a pop of color. Try a hot pink pump or an eye-catching clutch.
- Speaking of color, it’s summer so feel free to add some color to your wedding ensemble. Be bright. Be bold. Be unique. A bright colored, loose, chiffon dress that flows at the slightest breeze is sure to make make you stand out in the crowd. Men can add color with a bright pair of chinos and a neutral colored blazer. Adding in a stylish lapel flower pin or a pocket square brings the entire look together.
- Nothing is more southern than a big, wide brimmed hat and it doubles as an aid to shield the sun’s rays. However, be mindful of others in attendance during the ceremony. Although you look fabulous, the last thing you want to do is block the view of the ceremony for other guests.
- Check the invitation, you’re sure to get hints on the formality of the wedding and the dress code. “Black Tie vs Brunch Wedding attire” are on opposite ends of the spectrum.
- Let’s talk about a list of colors to avoid. Yes, red is a statement color, but you don’t want to take focus off the the bride on her day. And it goes without saying but for those who need to hear it, white is a definite no! Unless the bride has given you specific instructions to white or ivory, leave it for another event.
- Avoid jeans. But what if I throw on a cute blazer and some pumps?? The answer is still no. While this does dress the outfit up a bit, aside from jeans being an unpleasant choice of fabric in the southern humidity, it’s not wedding appropriate attire.
- “Nightclub attire” is another style option to avoid. If you have to constantly tug at the hemline while doing “The Wobble” or if the “bodycon” style is tight enough to leave nothing to the imagination, it’s not the right fit for a wedding.
Ultimately, what you choose to wear should be a reflection of your personality. Make sure you are comfortable, have fun and as always ladies and gents, B. Stylish!
photo Credit: Jessa Kae
Wale Ariztos Photography.
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