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What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

Stella & Dot jewelry was seen this morning on NBC’s The Today Show on May 17th on the “Today Style” segment. Watch the video HERE.  Style expert Jenn Falik recommends women to not wear white to a wedding, even though this has been a popular trend lately (remember Kim Kardashian’s all-white wedding and Pippa’s sweet bum in her white gown?). Here are some options for the four most common weddings of the summer season.

1.) Daytime Wedding
2.) Destination Wedding
3.) Formal Wedding
4.) Intimate Wedding

Watch the video HERE

1.) Daytime Wedding Wear color and remember the wedge. Since you’ll likely be on grass at some point, you don’t want your shoe to sink down into the dirt. Have some fun with your outfit; and don’t go too short.


L to R: Laundry by Shelli Segal Yellow Pleated Dress from Lord & Taylor; Chantilly Lace Cuff by Stella & Dot; Lindsay Wedge from Kate Spade.

Erin’s Style Tip: The hi-lo trend (high in the front and lower in the back) is a fun way to be trendy and stylish, yet appropriate, for a daytime wedding. Just don’t be too loud with your color (no bright neon, please), go neutral with your shoe, and choose an unexpected accessory. If you’re wearing a belt, be sure it’s not too casual or too large. You want something a bit more sweet, such as a patent leather skinny belt or neutral tie around your waist.

2.) Destination Wedding — Pick something that’s easy to pack in a suitcase, such as lace or linen. Remember to bring a shawl or pashmina to cover up your shoulders if the evenings get cool (plus you can take it on the plane).


R to L: Pashmina Wrap Scarf from Amazon.com; Glint Flower CZ Stud Earrings from Stella & Dot; C&C California Cotton Print Dress from Nordstrom.

Erin’s Style Tip: If you’re not a lace person, like me, but still want something that’s comfortable and easy to pack, choose a more structured dress, such as polyester or a modal/cotton blend. When you pack the dress, fold it in half lengthwise (like a hotdog) and roll the it up so there are minimal wrinkles. Crochet or a knit would also work, especially since it’s especially appropriate for a (presumably) warm & tropical climate. Choose classic jewelry, and avoid bringing your diamonds and fancy gems – you don’t want them to get stolen or lost. CZ’s work just fine.

3.) Formal Wedding — The black tie affair calls for classic silhouettes and colors, so break out your little black dress. Make it special with a box clutch, sparkly jewels and fun metallic heels.


L to R: Shirred Strapless Navy Dress from Ralph Lauren; Petra Bracelet & Petra Earrings from Stella & Dot.

Erin’s Style Tip: Black doesn’t have to be the only option for a formal soiree. Try navy, burgandy, purple or muted pastels. Floor length would be best, but something mid-calf length or knee-length could work. Just be sure it’s not too sexy. The spotlight should be on the bride, after all, and not on your cleavage or your legs. A classic option: A strapless, floor-length gown in chiffon, silk, cotton or jersey with dangly earrings and wrist full of bling. You’ll never go wrong.

4.) Intimate Wedding The small “backyard” wedding calls for something more casual, such as separates and fun accessories. Have fun with your outfit. And just like the daytime wedding, wear some color.


L to R: Floral Kimono Cardigan from Forever 21; Gold Luxor Link Bracelet from Stella & Dot; BCBGMAXAZRIA Belted Strapless Dress from The Outnet.

Erin’s Style Tip: These casual, intimate shindigs usually go into the evening, so be sure to bring a cardigan or shawl. Wearing separates is appropriate and fun; low or mid-heels are best; and don’t forget a stand-out accessory and bright lipstick.

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