Tis the most wonderful time of the year, darlings. Nope, I’m not talking about Jolly Ol’ St. Nick, but rather the start of wedding season. Spring is when weddings start bursting out in full bloom, so whether you are a newbie to the whole wedding shabang, and are freaking out about the alarming amount of weekends devoted to witnessing friends getting hitched, or are a veteran to the whole wedding guest thing, I’ve got you covered for what to wear to a spring wedding. Depending on how many weddings you’ll be attending this season, it may be wise to rent a dress to look your stylin’ best, rather than digging into your pockets for a $200 dress that may only be worn twice.
As a guest of the wedding, there are a couple of rules that you need to remember to follow. No matter how tempting, don’t wear white. I know that late spring and early summer are the perfect days to wear your white dresses. But darlings, stay away from white. I’m talking cream, buff, ivory, all the works. You don’t want to step on anyone’s toes, especially the bride’s. If you are determined to wear something more light, than stick to pastels, which look great in the spring anyways.
Also, if you can, figure out what the color scheme is going to be. If you’re lucky, that may already be noted in the invitations. Why bother finding out? Well, if the color scheme is mint green, then avoid wearing green. You don’t want to blend into the decorations, and you certainly don’t want to be wearing the same color as the bridesmaids.
Lastly, I know that we are all fashionistas, but don’t try to steal the show. Even if the bride is super chill and isn’t the type to get fussed over anyone taking attention away from her-as I was–you don’t want to upstage her. Be fashionable, but not a showstopper. If you follow these rules and the fashion advice below, you are sure to be a noted styling guest at the wedding .
Semi-Formal and Outdoor Weddings
This will probably be the most popular type of wedding you’ll go to in the spring. Think floral and feminine. I know, floral isn’t exactly shocking for spring, but this year, think outside the box with vibrant, big and bold patterns. Keep it casual and comfortable with a mini/midi, flare, shift, pleated, or form fitting dress.
Nordstrom $138 Zara $99.90
You can also go with the super trendy cut-out dresses, best suited for a casual, more party atmosphere (read: not for a church wedding).
Nordstrom $168 Revolve $281
Or, if the wedding is a little more on the formal side, stay with the floral patterns but exchange that mini or midi for a maxi-length dress. Go with chiffon and silk, halter and sleeveless.
Daily Look $200 Rent it for $75
Daily Look $108
Oh, but wait: Floral patterns aren’t the only way to go. This year, lace is pretty prominent, and it is also super versatile. For a softer, elegant semi-formal approach a mini with lots of lace spruces it up, but a midi with lace is perhaps the most winning statement you could make.
Rent The Runway $65 Nordstrom $88
Razzle-Dazzle Fancy Time Weddings
For black-tie weddings, it’s floor length dresses all the way. Halter and strapless dominate the maxi formal dress scene, as do flowy and pleated dresses. If you absolutely have to do a pattern, do a subtle floral one, against a neutral background. But it would be best to go with a solid color dress, with blues, greens, and pale pinks being the most popular this season.
Nordstrom $190 Rent The Runway $70
Rent The Runway $80
You will probably be going to beach weddings come summer, but beach weddings still happen in the spring. Wear nautical earth tones: blue, turquoise, green, gold, and yellow. If you want a print, think of basic geometric patterns, but solid colors are the best way to go when it comes to the beach. Stick with maxi dresses with long slits, so that you can feel that sea breeze. To stay comfortable, skip the heels and pumps, and put on some dressed up sandals.
Ann Taylor $195 Mango $190