Saturday, July 13, 2013

What to wear to a... Summer Wedding

Hello Babies!

Yes, it has been a while, I know....

Since my last post, my husband and I have moved to Chicago from the suburbs (with all of the craziness that comes with it...), and have been slowly but surely fashioning our new home the way we want it. It hasn't been easy, and now that the dust has mostly settled, and I can get back to blogging regularly.

With summer in full-swing, I hope that everyone in my neck of the woods is finally enjoying some of this gorgeous weather. It was a long time coming for us, so we have the duty to get as much out of it as humanly possible.

We all know that with summer, comes invites. Lots and lots of invites. Cocktail parties, showers, graduation parties, the list goes on. And while all of these occasions are worthy of looking one's best, none seem more daunting to me than summer weddings.

Now, don't misunderstand, summer wedding fetes are fabulous, what with the strong likelihood of perfect weather and ample sunshine to make for happy guests and flawless photographs. However, I sometimes find myself in a bit of a bind as to what is appropriate to wear and what is not (summer whites are obviously out of the question). Can I wear just a sundress with bold accessories? How about a maxi dress? Patterned or solid? Will I be too hot, too cold... etc.

I took a trip to my not-so-local Anthropolgie in search of the one, and things strangely did not go as I thought they would.

I made the trip to the location in the Gold Coast (!!) in search of this dress:

Anthropologie Tarana Maxi Dress $168
The Gold Coast location was the only Anthropolgie in the city that had my size, so I figured I would take the drive (and annoyance of downtown Chicago on a Saturday in the summer) to try it on. The results were as follows:


The print looked beautiful, but it was obviously too long, and had some fit issues in the bust. I was a little bit disappointed that I had gone all of the way there to have this dress not work, but at least I didn't have to buy it to figure it out. I'm also on the fence about even wearing a maxi dress to a wedding, even if it is in the summer. This dress is beautifully made, but I still can't help but feel very casual in any summer maxi, regardless of the material.

I also tried on some other selections while I was there.

Anthropologie Empress Dress $78


 

I love the colors in this one (and I actually own and love another dress from this same line that can be found here), but the dress was completely unlined which can not only border on revealing, but wears  very casual. Very cute, but not wedding appropriate, in my opinion. 

Anthropologie Sikuli Diamond Dress $168

I wasn't sure about the color of this one (I don't normally wear green or any variation), but I did like the fit. That being said, I was very disappointed in the quality for the price. This dress is made from a variation of Rayon, but feels like a slightly silkier cotton jersey. It has no embellishments, no zipper. and is only partially lined, as can be clearly seen in my photo just above my knees. Yes, the dress was cute and I liked the cut, but I was shocked at the price tag for a dress that, from a visual standpoint, could have been purchased at Target for $30. Hard pass.

In the end, I left the store without purchasing anything. I have another dress on hold at the Anthro near my work, so I will give it a whirl on Monday and post a follow up. 

I welcome any and all suggestions as to what women should and most definitely should not wear to weddings in the summer, and although I have my own opinions about this subject, the bottom line is that gals should wear things that make them feel both beautiful and comfortable, regardless of the occasion.

The very best,

Jess