Wedding season is here! Which means gift-shopping for the newlyweds, and of course, searching for that perfect dress (or dresses) to wear for the occasion. Dreaded by some, loved by others…one thing is for sure – attending weddings can get mighty expensive! So if you have a few weddings coming up this summer, don’t fret, Yorkdale’s got you covered. You can have your dress, and eat wedding cake too! A little strategic shopping can help you look great at the nuptials, and avoid wasting money on yet another dress you will never wear. The key here is to stop the madness of impulsive shopping, and stick to the plan. With the exception of really ornate, really memorable dresses, any dress you buy can be re-worn after the wedding – whether to other nuptials, a date, or even to the office – the secret is in the pudding styling!
1. Daytime Wedding
When the occasion calls for something pretty and more daytime than evening wear, floral prints come to the rescue. The great thing about daytime weddings (casual or not), is that you don’t have to go all out. And while it doesn’t mean that you can rock that t-shirt you’ve had since fifth grade, a simple floral shift paired with your favourite sandals and sparkly jewellery will totally work. Since patterned dresses are slightly less versatile than their solid sisters, key is to buy a dress in a fabric that can be worn in a more casual manner (e.g. avoid sateen and chiffon), and without the obvious sewn-on embellishments (it’s easier to add than to take away).
After the wedding:
- Floral maxi can be paired with casual flats and a denim jacket for a cute daytime look
- Floral shift can be worn to the office (and anywhere else for that matter) with a fitted blazer or a cardigan, with high-heels to dress it up, or flats for a more casual take
2. Black-Tie Wedding
These days, black-tie dress code isn’t what it used to be, which means you can totally wear that cocktail dress you’ve been eyeing! To get most bang for your buck, buy a dress that you can re-wear. Which means that whether you go for a gown, or a cocktail frock, you’ll need to look for solid colours in quality fabrics. To make the dress stand out, you can choose a vibrant shade, an interesting cut (remember Gwyneth Paltrow’s Tom Ford cape?), or statement accessories.
Gowns in solid colours are super easy to re-wear to other glam occasions by simply switching up your accessories. You probably won’t be able to wear this dress to work (unless you work somewhere really glam, you lucky girl!), but you can be sure that it won’t languish at the back of your closet for years.
After the wedding:
- A beautiful gown in a solid colour can look like a totally new dress with the help of a few accessories. Add a statement necklace, belt it, wear with heels or flats, add a sequined vest or a tuxedo blazer – your options are endless!
3. Beach Wedding
Beach weddings call for flowy maxis, dressy flat sandals (no flip-flops, please), and overall air of casual chic, which makes these dresses a no-brainer to recycle! Pick a lightweight fabric that won’t weigh you down and won’t make you sweat, avoid ornate jewellery, and let your inner bohemian out. Beach weddings are all about the boho vibe, so even a dressy kaftan will do. Let your hair down in beachy waves, or go for a braided up-do, and enjoy the beautiful ceremony!
After the wedding:
- Dress down that maxi dress with casual flats
- Pair it with a sparkly vest for an evening date
I’ll leave you with a couple more wedding attire suggestions:
- Don’t wear white unless specifically instructed to by the bride. Yup, that applies to that “off-white” gown you love. Just don’t go there.
- Leave that tight/see-through/super short dress at home. Wedding isn’t the occasion to show off the goods. Keep it classy, and save that skimpy frock for the bachelorette party instead.
- Bring a pair of comfy (but dressy) flats and leave them in your car. If your feet begin to ache halfway through the reception, you can take off those killer heels and still look good. Nothing is more cringe-worthy than guests on the dance floor…shoeless.
Hope these tips help you not only look great at all of your summer weddings, but save you a chunk of change in the process. Have fun!