Fall happens to be a popular time of year for weddings. Not sure what to wear? Here are my tips on what to wear to a fall wedding.
What to Wear to a Fall Wedding
Now that fall wedding season is officially in full swing, I wanted to share some of my favorite and practical tips for what to wear to a fall wedding. I love such special events during this time of the year because you can always repurpose a dress like the one I wore here for the holiday festivities that are soon to follow!
1. Pay Attention to Your Fabric & Silhouette
Lace and ruffles are usually features associated with the warmer months, but today’s selections are versatile enough to wear year-round. The lace of this dress is heavier and gives more structure and weight to the outfit, making it a great choice for fall. Another fabric that I love is velvet. Velvet is luxurious, on trend, warm and great for a fall wedding.
I have a natural tendency to pick out more feminine and romantic pieces so anything that flatters a woman’s figure (think a nipped waist and shorter hemline) makes perfect sense. For me, that meant wearing a dainty piece like this ruffle dress from Self Portrait. Simple adjustments like the higher neckline and longer sleeves really helped to keep this look classy and cold weather appropriate.
2. Pick a Color
One of the things I was most drawn to in this dress was the multi-colored layers. Although pastel hues can quickly feel out of season, the addition of navy adds enough depth to make it wearable in the fall. You don’t have to limit yourself to the typical jewel tones than can leave you looking like every other guest. We all know you can’t go wrong with red since it’s the official color of the season, but think outside the box and experiment with darker jacquard prints and metallics.
*TIP: What color NOT to wear*
We all know that it’s not appropriate to wear white to a Western wedding for fear of looking like a bride or taking the attention away from the bride. Some others suggest black is not a great color because it’s too dark and not festive. And for some Asian weddings, red is frowned upon because the bride may likely wear a red Qipao (cheongsam). However, at the end of the day, it’s up to the bride and groom to decide whether certain colors are okay or not since it’s their big day. If ever in doubt, reach out and check ahead of time. Or, simply avoid the above mentioned three colors for a peace of mind.
3. Accessorize with Personality
You probably also know by now that I am one to indulge in accessories. So, I didn’t shy away from accents that would make this outfit pop. That explains the heavily embellished white bag, studded bright pink pumps, and cat-eyed sunglasses. But with this extra dose of heftiness, I was sure to steer away from piling up the jewelry. Instead, I picked out simple pearl studs. However, I think it’s always best to accessorize according to your personality – even if that means layering up your necklaces or stacking on bracelets.
4. Don’t Underestimate Outerwear
There’s no need to overthink your coverup for a fall wedding. If you’re wearing a shorter dress, create balance with a longer coat – or opt for a cropped jacket with maxi dresses. Classic outerwear styles are always obvious choices – for instance, trench coats and leather jackets. I recently wrote about the 15 Fashion Staples to Build a Classic Wardrobe and trench coats and leather jackets are both in this list. You can never go wrong with investing in outerwear because they’ll get plenty of wear time throughout the season.
At the end of the day, if there are pieces you just can’t get away from or that you feel more comfortable in, there are always ways you can make them relevant for fall. How are you dressing for this season’s weddings?
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| Photography by Austin Donohue |
When I think of romantic outfits, I think of feminine tops, elegant skirts and classic heels.
I’m here to banish your fears, give you some tips and tell you exactly how you can wear a lace bodysuit out without looking inappropriate or overexposed!