Go Ask Gab: Wedding Wear Made Simple

May 12, 2010 at 1:49 pm , by

I have 5 weddings to attend this year. I don’t want to have to buy 5 dresses! Any ideas on how to make one or two dresses work for all?  — Whitneygag-wedding fab

Last year I had 3 weddings. I bought one dress (a navy strapless from J. Crew) and styled it differently for each. For wedding number one, I paired it with nude sandals similar to these Boutique 9 heels, a nude patent skinny belt and turquoise and gold earrings similar to these from Banana Republic. For wedding number two, I wore the same nude shoes with a statement necklace. For wedding number three, I kept the statement necklace but wore purple shoes like these bow heels.

It’s really all about buying a simple, classic dress and pairing it with fun, modern and inexpensive accessories. Change your look up based on the season, the dress code and the crowd you’re with. Here are some ideas:

The Dress: Go for classic, timeless black, whether it’s a halter dress, a long asymmetrical dress or a sleeveless sheath.

The Jewelry: If your dress is plain, then you need some statement jewelry. When wearing a halter or asymmetrical dress choose bold earrings. With a strapless or v-neck, rock a bold necklace. Feel free to add some gold bangles, a crystal bracelet or a cocktail ring depending on what you want your look to be.

The Bag: This is a good area to add some color. I love this ribbon clutch from Boden. You don’t need to carry much for a wedding so a little sequin purse always works too!

The Shoes: Of course you can always choose a black or metallic sandal, but in my opinion your shoes are the area for you to have fun and express yourself! I love this bow sandal: Black patent with a pop of neon for only $27! Or you can pick a neutral colored shoe with a little bit of an edge like this ruffled sandal.

At the end of the day, just make sure you’re appropriately dressed: Unless you are the bride, no one is really going to be paying attention to you anyway!

Got any more wedding-related or other fashion questions? Email me at gabrielle.porcaro@meredith.com.

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