Reader Question: Wedding Dress (...not that one)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Elaine,
I have this dress I plan on wearing to a wedding next week, but it feels pretty dressy to be wearing all day long. Can you help me with ideas on how to make it look different for, say, the luncheon versus the reception? Even though I don't plan on changing during the day, I'd like to be able to make it look less dressy since it is pretty fancy on its own. The only obvious addition I can think of is a black cardigan. Any ideas? I have black earrings to wear, but because the neck of the dress is so high, I was thinking the choker necklace that matches them might be too much. Also, it seems that with a neckline like this it is flattering to wear your hair back away from the face, but again, I don't want to be too dressy. What do you think?

From the picture it looks to me more of a work dress than a wedding dress. But that doesn't mean you can't transform it for a wedding! I think black would be too harsh as the dress is a very bright electric blue. Instead, I am thinking pastels and feminine details. It also looks like this dress needs to have a belt. I usually prefer to wear a belt and no necklace and vice versa with my dresses, which is why I only chose fancy belts with lots of bracelets for these looks. I agree about the hair - I think an up-do would look great with this higher neckline...especially a messy up-do.

For this first look, I chose a light pink cardigan with a little shimmer and glitter down the neckline to add more pizazz around the face, which is also why I picked stud earrings. I love these pumps! They are nude so they'll match anything but the black outline and flower makes it more elegant. You could wear the cardigan under the belt for the luncheon and take it off for the reception. Check out this great up-do!



For the second look, I found a white and black lace cardigan that would go well with the cobalt blue. To add some interest, I picked this sequin belt. I love that you can have the sequins in the front or the back! Plus, it's adjustable for any size. I chose another nude pump again - this time it's plain to complement the busy top half. To add more color around the face, I found these beautiful colorful earrings. To transform this outfit for the luncheon and reception, you could either take the cardigan off for one event or reverse the sequin belt for the other. This hair tutorial looks pretty easy to do for this look.



For this third look, I kept things a bit simple...except for those fabulous shoes! I liked the idea of pairing blue and purple together to create a harsh contrast but because they are pretty similar in color, it wouldn't be as bad. I think this hair do would be great with this outfit.



What do you guys think? Which look do you prefer? Or if you don't like my picks, what do you recommend with this dress?

34 comments :

  1. that first look is actually really cute! love the idea of pastels with the fierce blue to make it more romantic. the pumps you chose with the black detailing are just perfect for the dress, they are very feminine and romantic but stylish at the same time, and something that totally goes with anything in your wardrobe later as well :)

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  2. Nude colors are very stylish and in right now, not to mention nude colored shoes make your legs look even longer and if you found some with rhinestones, even better! :) If you already have nude pumps you could easily find some rhinestone clothing pins and add them to the shoe. With nude shoes you could go with any color cardigan as well. Just an idea :)

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  3. First off, I love that dress to begin with. The cobalt blue would be so flattering on a ton of skin tones and hair!

    I'm a sucker for an up-do with fabulous earrings. I think the third look accessories you picked are very elegant and sophisticated, but still a little edgy with those fab shoes! But not too edgy...

    Beautiful ideas!

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  4. Man you're good at this. I wouldn't know where to begin!

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  5. I really like the third look - you've picked out some gorgeous accessories.

    I don't think the dress is particularly fancy, it seems really plain to me, although obviously a lovely vivid colour. Accessories are definitely the way forward.

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  6. You put together some really fantastic looks! I love all the chunky bracelets, especially the cute bow one!

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  7. I don't know which I prefer. Before reading your version I thought that I would wear this dress with powder tones.

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  8. Love all the pictures.. You are a professional and it seems that you're enjoying what you do and that is why it turns into a perfection!

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  9. I love the third look! The earrings from look two are amazing too, though.

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  10. I love the third look. Everything looks luxurious and high-end..perfect for a dressy wedding! And the shoes are fabulous!

    -Samantha
    http://sincerelysamantha.com

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  11. i like your third option the best! and i agree, this dress needs feminine touches! i love the idea of a cardigan with some sparkle. and i think Forever21 has some good options at reasonable prices. also, the earrings are a perfect choice for jewelry along with bracelets!

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  12. This dress is absolutely a knock-out! It fits the reader like a glove. I love the accessories you picked out for it :)

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  13. I would deffinatley choose the third look to go with this dress. Those shoes are awesome!

    Rose

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  14. i agree with pastels being a right kind of look for a wedding. love the accessories you picked, so classy and definitely wedding worthy :)

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  15. Please have your reader tell us where she got the dress initially?? What a flattering cut and color! (Also, nice picks :)

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  16. Love the pastels with the blue, and that perforated belt! Amazing!

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  17. Sorry if you get multiple comments from me, your comments section is NOT liking me today.

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  18. this was great! I love the sequined belt look, definitely

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  19. The dress fits the reader really well! I like the 3rd option; the shoes are killer!

    Call Me Ishmael

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  20. wonderful advices Elaine...if I have some style issues...I would really love to hear from you opinions...you classy taste in fashion is the best!!!

    kisses
    Sweet
    PensandLens

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  21. I love the suggestions you gave. You are so creative... I wouldn't have thought of any of that!

    Modest Apple -- A Fashion Blog

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  22. Elaine, your ideas are so classy. Love it. I absolutely love the dillards earrings and the Arden B. trench coat. Also those mossimo shoes. All things I could definitely wear again! Let's face it: I want them all.

    Cindee

    @ Rocketgirl: the dress is from Macy's, but you could probably find it online. The brand is Tahari from the Arthur Levine collection and the style is called Patrick. Hope that helps!

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  23. your advice is great Elaine. You should do this as a regular feature!

    heart: Kimberellie

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  24. wow, I love all of these looks! I think the first looks is my favorite because the pastel colors would really enhance the beautiful blue colors of the dress! But I don't think you could go wrong with any of the choices!

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  25. you've picked out the perfect accessories!

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  26. I love the third look - those purple shoes are amazing.

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  27. The Mossimo pumps and Modcloth bangle are calling to me!

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  28. the color of the dress is fantastic, the art deco earrings from Asos are fantastic but I'm not sold on the idea of a cardigan as it takes away from the silhuette of the dress, but that is just me jajaja.

    xx
    MarielsCastle

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  29. You have a Beautiful blog. The lay out is very pleasing, and I love the inspiration you give when it comes to dressing.

    Keep shining

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