Love may be in the air, but so, too, is anxiety over what to wear to those joyous wedding celebrations. As it turns out, finding the perfect summer wedding ensemble is a bit like the search for the perfect mate: There are a lot of options on the market, but it can be frustratingly difficult to find the one that suits your particular wants and needs. If you’re likely to spend the night on the dance floor, comfortable shoes are a priority; if you’re headed to an outdoor ceremony, a cool, breathable outfit is a must. There’s the dress code, the weather — not to mention the pack of people one hopes to make envious (without upstaging the bride, of course). Here, some ideas to make the search a little easier. As for finding the perfect date, you’re on your own.
Wear the Pants
Despite the diet of Disney princess dresses and prom makeover movies many of us were raised on, not everyone relishes the idea of stepping into a frock. Jumpsuits offer the glamour and panache of a gown with the comfort and danceability of a great pair of pants. In luxe fabrics, like silky gold, or in form-fitting black, they’re fancy enough for any black-tie occasion.
From left: Carolina Ritzler silk-poly jumpsuit, $1,130 at fwrd.com; Solace London jumpsuit in bonded cloth with a sculptural ruffle, $531 at solacelondon.com; Galvan satin and crepe jumpsuit with a wrap-effect bodice, $1,295 at modaoperandi.com; Brandon Maxwell silk jumpsuit, $2,495 at fwrd.com.
How dispiriting to cut short a major dance-floor performance because of cruel footwear. Flat sandals, embellished with pearls or gilded in gold, are fancy enough for black tie without endangering the well-being of your soles.
Clockwise from left: Loeffler Randall ankle-wrap sandals, $195 at Nordstrom, nordstrom.com; Tory Burch ankle-strap sandals, $325 at Tory Burch; Alumnae knotted ankle-wrap sandals, $674 at Creatures of Comfort, creaturesofcomfort.com.
Red Carpet Glamour
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