**Please excuse the Christmas background–these are old photos from last year! I was going to re-shoot the dress so the background was current but then figured that was ridiculous and you guys wouldn’t mind bc you’re the best ? Above: My favorite dress that was my go-to for weddings and holiday parties last season is back in stock here (comes in lot’s of colors!) and is perfect for this wedding season! Similar Sam Edelman Pumps, and my Kendra Scott earrings are old, but their Wedding jewelry line has some beautiful similar styles!
It seems like just yesterday I published my “What to Wear to a Spring Wedding” post–ahhh! But here we are–it’s officially Fall wedding season! I’ve received questions from several of you asking for fall wedding guest attire ideas, so I’ve updated my seasonal wedding wear guide to reflect all my favorite picks for fall–along with some advice on wedding attire guidelines, if you missed them the first time around!
WHAT TO WEAR TO A FALL WEDDING:
These days, I feel like the “seasonally appropriate” lines have been blurred. For example, you can still wear florals and lace in the colder months–it just needs to have more of a “fall undertone”–instead of bright florals, go for dark, moody florals–instead of pastel lace, go for a dark burgundy or emerald lace–rather than hot pink, go for pale dusty rose. Make sense?
Personally, I think as long as something doesn’t scream “AHHHH SUMMMERRRRR!” then you’re fine ?
Take the dress I’m wearing above, for example–it’s lace, but it works because it’s such a fall/winter hue. I wore it to holiday events and a winter wedding! (It sold out fast so I’m so glad they re-stocked it this year! It’s SO flattering! Heads up: it is quite small in the ribcage, so size up if you’re on the fence.) It comes in lot’s of beautiful colors!
FALL WEDDING GUEST DRESSES: COCKTAIL ATTIRE
FALL WEDDING GUEST DRESSES: A BLACK TIE AFFAIR
MY EXPERIENCE WITH RENTING DRESSES:
FALL DAY VS NIGHT WEDDING:
One thing to note is that if the wedding is during the day, you can get away with dressing a little less formal than if it were at night. Also consider the setting–while a a barn, backyard, garden, glitzy hotel and country club might all be “cocktail” attire, for example, you can easily feel great wearing a more casual floral dress to one, whereas you’ll probably feel underdressed wearing that to a swanky hotel downtown. Also, it’s always a good idea to bring a wrap like this one just in case it gets chilly!
**Please excuse the Christmassy background–remember these are old photos I took last Christmas ?
FALL WEDDING GUEST ACCESSORIES:
You will rarely see me at a fall/winter wedding not wearing a pair of nude or black heels–9 times out of 10, they’re the most ideal choice! Invest in one good pair that you’ll wear all wedding season long for years to come. I’m including my favorites below!
And we can’t forget the age old question–Can you wear flats to a wedding? Of course you can! I prefer flats with a pointer toe, as I think they’re more dressy and refined. You can even go with some beaded or sparkly flats if that’s your style! I’m including more options below!
A trusty pashmina comes in handy whether you’re under the stars at an autumn barn wedding or in a chilly hotel ballroom. Plus, it’s nice to have something to cover your shoulders for a church ceremony if you’re wearing a strapless or thin-strapped dress!
You always want to decide which elements of your outfit are the star of the show. Are you wearing a simple black dress? You can go bolder with a statement earring and simple shoes. Do you have a beautiful dramatic gown? Go with a simple pair of studs. Are your shoes doing the talking? Go simple everywhere else. Throw in too many dramatic elements, and it can go south really quickly! Regardless of which direction you go with, I’m adding some of my favorites below!
Just like jewelry, I kind of am in the camp of “less is more” with a handbag. You should have a neutral colored clutch and a black clutch, and that’s all you should need. Don’t feel like you have to go crazy! Honestly, I prefer beaded vintage clutches (find some in your favorite vintage store!) but I also found two really cute new versions online that I’ll list below as well!