Ask Natty: What Is The Perfect Outfit For A Summer Wedding?

by Natalie Decleve · June 21, 2011

Dear Natty –I’m 29 years old, and all of a sudden this year I feel like all of my friends are getting married at once. Almost every other weekend between now and the end of the summer, I’ve got at least one wedding to attend! Some are black-tie and some are cocktail attire. How do I dress for so many events, without going broke? -Always a Guest, Never a Bridesmaid

Dear Guest –

Ah the season of love. From March through August, weddings fill the calendars of the 25 – 45 set – compelling us to spend many a summer weekend celebrating the unions of our friends. And with every wedding comes a gift and sometimes travel expenses. Add the cost of a new outfit – and things can get pretty pricey, pretty fast.

Luckily, there are ways to stretch your wardrobe so that you don’t need to buy a new dress for each one. Check out my suggestions for getting the most out of your closet.

1. Start with a simple sheath dress in a solid, neutral color. Most dresses that fit this description will also fit into various categories of attire and are easily dressed up or down.

2. Use a wide, waist cinching, or a delicate low-slung belt to break up the dress and bring the eye away from the base (the sheath).

3. Cover up with a scarf, bolero or cropped jacket. Layering another piece of clothing can give the effect of a skirt and lend depth to the outfit.

4. Play around with attention-getting statement jewelry. Bold earrings, bright colors and layers of accessories will drastically change a simple dress from one look to the next.

5. Change your makeup and hair. Don’t forget that the first thing people see is your face. Experiment with a smoky-eye, red lip or an up-do. Makeup and hair is just another tool to accessorizing your overall image!

Now go practice your toasts, and remember to smile!

Xx Natty