For a lot of young professionals, there comes a time in your late twenties and early thirties when every summer seems to come with a lot of weddings. Of course, one of the best things about being invited to a wedding is that you get to wear something nice, but when you have been invited to a lot of them with a lot of the same people it can get tiring picking out something different for each event (not to mention expensive), and if you are dating, you also never know when you may get a last minute invite to be somebody’s plus one guest!
Digging Through Your Wardrobe
If an occasion to attend a wedding as a guest has come out of the blue or the date has simply crept up on you without giving you a chance to go shopping, then you need to find something perfect from the clothes you already have. Most people intuitively hit their collection of evening dresses, but often, this can have too much black or styles that are too short, sparkly or glam for at least the daytime part of a summer wedding. However, one section of your wardrobe that can actually have great potential for great wedding guest outfits that you might not have considered is your trusty selection of smart work clothes.
Suits are the obvious choice for men, and while there are of course wedding suits by formaltailor.com and similar formal wear retailers for men in the wedding party, many male guests just wear the same suits they wear for work or job interviews. This is actually something women can do too to create a really stylish look as a wedding attendee.
The thing to consider here is that women’s work suits can be somewhat masculine, so you want to soften the look down to make it look like it belongs at a celebration rather than a negotiation! Wear something delicate in a pretty color underneath, and add some nice jewelry and feminine, strappy heels to give your smart suits some wedding flair.
Upgrading your day dresses you wear to the office to a wedding ready look is actually fairly easy. As with a suit, the idea is to use accessories to give the already smart outfit a touch more femininity and fun. Add a pop of color to neutral dresses with a wrap or pretty cardigan, and go for statement jewelry that will add a more glamorous and luxurious feel to the dress. With simple, minimalist dresses, you can also use the way you do your hair and make-up to look more ‘done up’ and ready for a social event, so consider going bigger and bolder to make sure you achieve a different effect with the outfit than you aim for for work.
Raiding your work wardrobe for things for a wedding may not seem obvious, but if you think about accessories and how to style the outfit with things like your hairstyle, you can actually create some beautiful and completely appropriate looks using stuff you usually wear to the office!
This post is contributed by a guest author.