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April 26, 2018

Shop Your Closet for Wedding Season: Part 3 - Weddings.

      If you have a wedding (or lots of weddings!) coming up this season, you don't have to break the bank to find a new outfit for each one. Chances are you probably have wedding-ready dresses hanging in your closet already- I definitely do! I've already shared on the blog how to shop your own closet for bachelorette festivities, bridal showers and rehearsal dinners, which are important pre-wedding events. Today's post will share style inspiration straight from my closet if you're a guest for the main event!

     You'll probably see from these outfits that I'm a fan of dressing up for all weddings, even for the more casual dress codes. Weddings are grand occasions that deserve to your finest fashions!! If you do receive an invite to a wedding with a more casual dress code, I still recommend doing your makeup a bit differently than normal, trying a fun hairstyle, and wearing some fun heels and accessories. 😊

     One last wedding fashion tip! Check with the bride or someone in the bridal party to see what color(s) the bridesmaids dresses are- in addition to not wearing white (#duh), I'd recommend not wearing a dress that looks super similar to what the bridal party is wearing either.

Shop Your Closet for Wedding Season

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     As much as I love Lilly Pulitzer, I find a lot of their classic shift dresses to be a bit casual for weddings, and more suited for other wedding festivities such as bridal showers. However, some of Lilly's dress styles are made of different fabrics and are more formal in nature, making them perfect for weddings! I modeled this gold beauty during a collaboration last winter with Pink Colony in Stowe, Vermont. The dress is now out of stock, but this Lilly dress is very formal and would be perfect to wear to a wedding!

     All weddings have different dress codes, depending on the venue, general ambiance, and time of year and day. Sometimes morning or early afternoon weddings can have a dressy-casual or semi-formal dress code. I think a lace midi dress like this would be a perfect for a daytime wedding, especially one outdoors in the spring! My exact dress is still in stock here, and it's also available at another retailer in more pretty colors

     Midi dresses are just good choices in general for weddings- they're a little bit classier than short dresses. My mom has always told me that green is one of the best colors on me, so I've kept this green pleated midi dress in my closet for a couple years now for formal events as needed! It's no longer in stock, but this dress is similar.

     I might actually wear this exact dress for the wedding I have to go to this summer! Dresses of light, flowing material are ideal for summer weddings, and they won't hinder you from hitting the dance floor. I love the colors in this dress as well. 

     Ah- the Black Tie Wedding. I hope to have one of these myself someday!! If you're lucky enough to get an invite to such a glamorous affair, go all out! This is why it's good to always keep a floor length gown (or two!) in your closet. It's very fun to do a dramatic updo or half-updo with your hair for a black tie style as well. (Similar dress linked here)

     Do you have a lot of weddings to attend this year? I have just one on the calendar for this summer, but I feel like a lot of my close friends are *just about* to be engaged.... like wedding-mania will be COMING for me in 2020 and 2021, haha! 

      God Bless,

      xoxo Annaliese



  1. Oh my goodness, I love all of these dresses! They are all gorgeous, but if I HAD to pick my favorite the teal, ombre' pleated dress would be it.

    xx, Elise

  2. All of these are such gorgeous options for a wedding! I agree with you that I like to dress up more- they are such special occasions and deserve that attention to details!

  3. Ahhh needed this in my life - I have so many weddings coming up this spring!

  4. These dresses are all so pretty on you, Annaliese! I love that blush midi dress!


  5. Oh my goodness these dresses are stunning! Makes me want to go to a wedding soon.

  6. These are all cute picks! Even though you would think it's common sense (and number one rule) to not wear white to a wedding, you wouldn't believe how many weddings I've been to where the guest wore a white dress... even a flowy white dress. Insane.

  7. You have the best collection of dresses! I love all of these and they'd be perfect for weddings this season!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  8. such great options with wedding season coming upon us!

  9. Amazing dresses! They are all pretty :) It's super fashionable and thank you for the tips!!!


  10. your dress collection is seriously STUNNING!!! in love with the green ombre dress on you <3

  11. I love recycling old looks for weddings. That purple one is amazing. So flowy and fun! I also love the blue one. I've never been to a black tie wedding, and thank goodness because I'm not sure that I'd have anything that glamorous yo wear.

  12. Omg! These are all great looks, I’m so excited to go to weddings this summer!

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