What to Wear to a Spring Wedding
What Not to Wear
We may not still live in a strictly regimented world of fashion, but that doesn't mean there aren't still a few rules to follow for your own peace of mind. In general, you're going to want to avoid anything that's going to be too uncomfortable. Take the weather and the venue into account before you consider your perfect wedding outfit.
Depending on how early in the spring the wedding is scheduled, you may want to steer clear of short-sleeved or sleeveless dresses. Long sleeves add glamor and a touch of old-world charm to any ensemble, while mid- or quarter-length sleeves can lengthen the frame while still keeping your arms warm.
If your wedding invitation says anything about beaches, gardens, or other outdoors settings, you may have to take a rain check on your favorite pair of heels. Avoid anything that could make you lose your footing on treacherous terrain and go with shoes that will be able to travel.
Speaking of shoes, you may want to opt for a closed-toe look. As pretty as open sandals are, spring weather is notoriously fickle, and there's nothing worse than sitting through a beautiful ceremony with freezing feet.
Finally, some of the old wedding rules still apply. Avoid white unless specifically instructed otherwise by the wedding party. Red and black are becoming more acceptable, but you still may want to check with your friends first!
The Times, They Are A'Changin'
Some rules, however, are not as set in stone as they used to be. Floral dresses, patterned dresses, and bright, springtime-y colors are no longer the only acceptable options for a springtime wedding!
If you want to push the envelope, try a rich jewel tone in a sundress silhouette. The color and vibrancy will still provide plenty of springtime flair, but you'll be able to indulge your more dramatic side with a bold, eye-catching look.
Of course, there's absolutely nothing wrong with wearing traditionally "spring-y" looks. Light pastel colors and floral designs are associated with spring for a reason, and they still lend a soft, pretty, almost ethereal glow to any wedding party.
Again, keep the venue and the wedding party in mind. Depending on how well you know the happy couple, you may feel comfortable with a more edgy, less traditional look. On the other hand, it's never a bad call to lean into the fun, flirty, feminine look of a floral dress decked out in softest pastels.
Dress for yourself first and for the rest of the wedding party second. If you've found a dress you feel comfortable in and that doesn't outright clash with the idea of a spring wedding, wear it! Modern fashion seasons tend to blur around the edges, and the end result is that you can wear what makes you feel good.
Scaling It Up (Or Down)
As with any event, check the dress code before you go shopping for your look. More than any other season, spring weddings tend to focus on outdoor venues and natural beauty, which means that the dress code tends to skew a little more towards the casual side.
If you're headed for a daytime wedding, sometimes a simple sundress is all you need to shine. If the wedding is in a church, you may want to add a jacket or a shrug, but you can still wear a lighter, more casual dress beneath it.
For formal weddings, you'll need to increase the length—think knee-length, with finer fabrics and fancier accessories. For black tie or black tie optional weddings, feel free to pull out all the stops. Go for dazzling, floor-length dresses that make you feel like you're part of the couple's magical moment.
No matter what the dress code may be, it never hurts to have a few pieces on hand to dress up or dress down. As mentioned previously, a coat can be a quick and easy way to dress up an ensemble, and the right pair of shoes can elevate any outfit.
Finally, when it comes to jewelry, picking out the right pieces can take any dress from casual to formal in the blink of an eye, which is part of what makes finding those perfect pieces so crucial.
Adding a Little Somethin' on the Side
As a general rule, when it comes to spring weddings, you'll want to wear spring jewelry as well. This can go either one of two ways: sweet and soft or bold and dramatic.
If you want to accentuate those sweet springtime vibes, go for pastel-colored pieces or clear statement pieces. Choose earrings that will catch the light and soften it—think of classic diamonds and simple drop earrings. Necklaces, too, should be bright and elegant, with clean lines and classic profiles.
If you go the bold and dramatic route, on the other hand, you can have a little bit more fun with it. The right pair of earrings can add a pop of dazzling color to a soft and feminine dress, and a fun, asymmetrical necklace can bring just a little bit of edge to any ensemble.
Try matching your manicure to your jewelry for a themed look that ties your outfit together. If you're not a fan of traditional jewelry, go for a hairpiece or even a jeweled pin that sticks to the springtime theme—try a floral design, a bird, or even a cute little bug!
No matter what you choose—bold and bright or simple and sweet—look for jewelry that matches your tastes as well as it matches your dress. Tie some of that breathless optimism of spring into your look, and you'll be sure to impress.
The rules regarding seasons and trends are a lot less rigid than they used to be. Spring is a time for change, growth, and rebirth, so a spring wedding is as good a time as any to shake things up a little! Look for the clothes that you feel confident wearing and that fit your personality, and it'll be hard to go wrong. With the right accessories, you'll be ready to tackle any spring event head-on without breaking a sweat! Keep things sweet, simple, and, well, spring-y, and enjoy the early days of spring when the whole world is new!
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