I was recently presented with a challenge when my boyfriend and I were invited to two weddings that fell after Labor Day. Unlike summer ceremonies, fall weddings can be tricky because you never know what weather to expect, especially in the Midwest. Plus, to avoid sticking out like a sore thumb, it’s a decent idea to act quick and swap summer staples (light fabric, sun dresses, pink-hue makeup) with at least some fall elements.
The first ceremony we went to was held in a Roman Catholic Church. I ended up wearing a midi-length, ribbed knit turtleneck dress, which I felt was appropriate for both the weather and venue. To be honest though, I wasn’t crazy about my look. Despite the dress having a semi-modest hem and neck line, I was super uncomfortable because of its body con-like silhouette. Lesson learned: While the dress I wore may work for a quick drink with friends, trying to gorge myself on endless amounts of banquet hall pasta and an open bar doesn’t work too well when my dress is skin tight.
Knowing better, for the second week I wore an outfit more true to my personal style and needs. The look, photographed in this post, had a little bit of fall (leather jacket), a nod to the (oddly) warm weather (a midi-length halter dress), and a little bit of personality (funky earrings and, of course, bold red lips).
When I saw the Michael Michael Kors Ruffled Teardrop Jacquard Halter Dress drop in price for a Labor Day Sale, I knew I had to scoop it up. The dress is classic enough to be subtle for wedding guest attire, but still interesting enough to be worn for literally anything else. Bonus – It has an elastic waistband, which meant I was comfortable enough to dance awkwardly and eat both a cannoli and piece of cake for desert. I ended up pairing the dress with a leather biker jacket from Zara (similar, here), which was super crucial when it got cooler at night.
Details, as always, are uber important. To top off the look, I accessorized with a few dainty stacking rings, courtesy of my grandma, some funky earrings from Bauble Bar, heels from Steve Madden, and Nars Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil.
Even when the wedding you’re attending isn’t in the fall, there’s still a lot of dos and don’ts when it comes to getting dressed. For one, obviously, do not wear white. Two — if you can, find out what color the bridal party will be dressed in, so you can wear the opposite of that and avoid looking like a wanna-be-bridesmaid. Three, keep it appropriate — aka, avoid crazy cutouts and extra short mini skirts. Technically, according to some real old school rules, you’re not even really supposed to wear black (although, I always ignore this).
But, aside from all that, the No.1 rule for being the best-dressed wedding guest? Even when the event you’re attending isn’t about you, always dress in a way that feels authentic to your style.
What’s your go-to look for fall weddings? Let me know in the comment section!