2009-05-08 / Columnists

The Style Insider

Spring Wedding Trends
Commentary By Rachel Bernstein

Here is my favorite choice from J.Crew, the Embossed-cotton Aubrey halter dress in tea rose. This dress retails for $98, but is currently on sale for $78. Here is my favorite choice from J.Crew, the Embossed-cotton Aubrey halter dress in tea rose. This dress retails for $98, but is currently on sale for $78. Welcome back to The Style Insider. In this week's issue, I am discussing all of the new trends to wear as a guest to a spring wedding.

Being invited to a wedding is an exciting, yet sometimes stressful, moment. I know the first thing I think about is, uh-oh, what am I going to wear? Luckily, The Style Insider is here to help. So, if you have a wedding to attend this spring, pay attention and I will help you choose the perfect outfit to look your best.

The first trend to consider trying is a beautiful spring dress. Spring dresses can sometimes mean being "underdressed," but if you wear the right dress with the right accessories, you will look elegant and sophisticated. Skip the winter colors and opt for more vibrant hues such as yellow, pink, or blue. J. Crew has a wonderful selection of spring dresses that would be perfect for a spring wedding. My favorite is the Embossed-cotton Aubrey halter dress in tea rose. It is simple, yet elegant and you can add your favorite accessories to make it your own. This dress retails for $98, but is currently on sale for $78. They also offer a beautiful pair of heels to match with the dress. They are called Lyla suede peep-toes and retail for $215. I suggest wearing them in strawberry ice to match the tea rose color of the dress.

The second trend to consider is a pant suit. When you think of pant suits, you usually think of an interview or work attire. However, pant suits can be worn to a number of events, including a wedding. Wearing a black or white pant suit is completely acceptable, but is also very safe. If you wish to avoid the simple route, opt for a pastel pink pant suit or a twotone suit with black pants and a peach, red, or blue jacket. J.C. Penney has a variety of pant suits from which to choose, in many spring colors. My favorite is the Collections for Le Suit two-piece tweed pant suit in peach/chocolate. It retails for $200 and is currently on sale for $80.

The third trend to consider for a wedding is a skirt suit. Like the pant suit, people think of work, but in the right color, you will look well-groomed and ready for a wedding. Skirt suits are made in many different silhouettes and sometimes include trims such as ruffles, ruched detail, and tie waists. Depending on your preferences, you can keep the suit in the same color or mix-n-match the colors. My preference with the skirt suit is to keep the color the same for the skirt and the jacket. J.C. Penney also has a selection of pant suits for reasonable prices. My favorite is the East5th tie waist skirt suit in ivory. It retails for $180, but is currently on sale for $90.

The last trend to consider is the most obvious one. Your little black dress. Every woman must have a little black dress in her closet that she can pull out for any event. Little black dresses can be dressed up for a formal event and even dressed down for a date. By adding a simple ivory beaded cardigan and black stilettos, you have created the perfect outfit to wear to this formal event. Or, simply by adding a pink belt, stilettos, and cardigan, you look polished, neat, and ready to hit the dance floor. Newport News has an extensive and glamorous selection of dresses in all types of silhouettes and details. My favorite is the fitted sheath dress that retails for $64, but is currently on sale for $49.

Here are a few tips when shopping for an outfit to a wedding (provided by eHow-How To Do Just About Everything).

Tip 1. Consider the time and location of the wedding. Day weddings tend to be less formal than those held after dark, and country club and estate receptions usually call for dressier attire than ones held in a home or community hall.

Tip 2. Remember that dresses for women and suits for men are standard wedding attire. Women might select a cocktail dress for an evening function or a knee-length sheath dress for a day function, whereas men can get away with a sport coat and slacks for a more casual affair.

Tip 3. Skip the standard work outfit. Women might opt for a satin shell instead of a button-down blouse when wearing a suit, whereas men should skip the white or pinstripe shirts and go for a solid shirt and slightly darker tie.

Tip 4. Understand that black-tie or formal attire means a tuxedo or dark suit and tie for men. Women might pair a full-length satin skirt with a beaded shell or a pashmina wrap with an empire waist gown.

Tip 5. Match slingback pumps with a suit or sassy mules with a daytime dress.

Tip 6. Feel free to wear black or white, which are both acceptable colors for springtime nuptials. Women should wear a contrasting shell with a black suit or an embroidered pastel cardigan with a white dress.

Tip 7. Skip the satin shoes and light colors if rain is in the forecast, opting instead for darker-toned pumps.

Tip 8. Keep in mind that whatever the weather forecast, an umbrella and raincoat are essential. The spring air can carry a chill, particularly at night, and spring showers are always a possibility.

That's all for this week, but make sure to look out for my next column in which I will discuss an interview I had with a fashion guru named MJ Diehl. She is the founder of House of Diehl and creator of the new show, Style Wars.

Got tips? Comments? Questions? Suggestions? Email me! Fashion@ rockawave.com.

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