Category Archives: What To Wear – Weddings

Fashion Tips: Wedding Style and Etiquette, Part 2

~ Continuing with the second part of this topic, I’ll talk about some tips for what to wear to weddings so you can make the “Best Dressed Guest List” each and every time!

And make sure you check for Part 1 of this post on What NOT to Wear and also for my wedding look I wore recently, posted yesterday.

When shopping for a wedding look, there are 3 main options. 1) buy an outfit off the rack at a store/boutique; 2) have an outfit custom made just for you; or 3) rent an outfit, which you will return following the wedding.


1) When buying a dress, first make sure you know what the specified wedding attire is. Typical categories are Semi/Formal or Cocktail, Formal or Black-Tie, and Ultra Formal (read: Kim K’s wedding, lol.)

Cocktail dresses usually hit at the knee or a little above and represent a fun, flirty look:

Source: Nordstrom

Black-Tie usually means a long dress or super fancy cocktail dress and one should aim for a more polished and sophisticated look:

Source: Nordstrom

Ultra Formal is pretty much the same as Black-Tie with the extra glitz and glamour added on for measure:

Source: BCBGMazaria
  •  Take note of the weather/time of year and location of the wedding/reception. Is it a summer wedding or fall? Will you be outside? Is it on a beach? Weather and location play a big role in determining what type of outfit you will be comfortable in for the duration of the event and what will hold up best in the elements. Also, the time of year should help you determine a color palatte. Brighter colors are more appropriate for summer weddings, while deep, rich hues look wonderful during the fall. (That is if your city has seasons. Houston..not so much!)

Destination weddings tend to be more casual and on a fabulous tropical island. Play up the vibrant island vibe in your color of choice:

Source: BCBGMaxazria

2) Some ladies choose to have dresses made for various reasons. Maybe you want a specific look that you can’t find in the stores, the look is too pricey to purchase, or maybe you want something that is made specifically for your body type. Whatever the reason, getting a dress made is a great option.

My close friend loves getting dresses made and the key is finding great inspiration pieces to create your look from and making sure your tailor is on point with their dress-making skills.

Below are four pieces she got custom made for various events as inspired by celebrity outfits:

If you choose to get a dress made, then make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to pick out your fabric and get fitted 2 or 3 times before the big event. A rushed tailor = this won’t end well!


3) Renting clothing is becoming an increasingly popular trend. In fact, I want to rent an outfit and may try it out for my birthday in September. One of the most popular sites is Rent The Runway and they have an abundant selection of designer clothing that fashionistas can rent for as low as $50. You can visit the website here and after you sign-up to be a member for free, browse all the great looks. I’m including two of my favorite wedding looks below:

Cocktail; Mark & James by Badgley Mischka; Rent for $50 (Retail $325)

Black-Tie; Nicole Miller; Rent for $100 (Retail for $725)


And now for a little tip for my ladies who love to dance the night away at weddings. Heels can definitely take a toll on our feet, especially after a back-to-back ChaCha slide demonstration. Some guests decide to throw caution to the wind and take the heels off completely! I would suggest bringing some cute flipflops/sandals the same color as your dress or getting those Dr. Scholl’s flats that fold up nicely and fit into your clutch. I definitely did this at the last wedding and I was SOO happy I did. Plus my dress was long so no one could really tell anyway. 🙂

Let me know what your thoughts/questions are! Enjoy!

~All good things. Jess