How To Wear Black To A Wedding

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Wedding season is in full gear and the save the dates and invitations are stacking up high. I love going to weddings. I enjoy dressing up and getting to celebrate the newly wed couple with family and friends. Figuring out what to wear to a wedding can be stressful just like getting dressed for any occasion but weddings seem more difficult because there are rules. There are many exceptions to the rules so bare with me. Do not wear white to a wedding, do not wear black to a wedding, don’t upstage the bride, try not to look like a bridesmaid, don’t show too much skin, make sure you can sit and dance in your dress, if it’s outside don’t wear a stiletto heel and on and on. I broke down a guide for him and her on what to wear to certain style of wedding, read that dress to a weddingblack dress to a wedding
Do not wear black to wedding. Is this an acutal rule? Has anyone told you not to wear black to a wedding? About four years ago I was painting my grandma-in-laws nails talking about what I was going to wear to a wedding I had coming up and I mentioned one particular outfit and then mentioned a safe choice of wearing a black dress I already had. She immideiately was like noooooo, you can’t wear black to a wedding. It took me a minute to realize she was very serious. Her comment stuck with me, so although I try not to wear blac,k sometimes black is just your color and what you want to wear.

Now let me tell you the key to wearing black to a wedding is to keep it light and fresh. This can be easily done with accessories. I don’t attend a wedding without a jacket. Weddings that take place outdoors during the mid summer heat usually end up with a reception indoors with chilling air conditioning. This pastel pink blazer is the perfect touch to my simple black dress making it summer wedding appropriate. There are plenty of options for colored jackets that can be dressed down or dressed up. If you are a hot box and don’t plant on bringing a jacket then opt for colorful shoes and/or jewelry.
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The Breakdown:
All black can be a bit dark to wear to such a happy celebration. I am also one to feel self-conscious in a fitted dress to a wedding. Adding this pink blazer solved all my problems. It added some color and covered up the tightness of my dress. All of my accessories are from a boutique in Columbus called Rowe that I love. Weddings are fun and exciting and this bold necklace added the right about 0f fun and excitment to my outfit!

blazer | Joie ‘Kierra B Blazer
dress | purchased in Venice
shoes | Giueseppe Zanottie
bag | Valas ‘Clara Tote Bag
jewelry | Rowe Boutique

Live votre rêve!


What Does It Mean To Look Like A “Blogger”

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When I got out of my car to meet my photographer to shoot this outfit she kept complimenting me on how cute I looked and how much she loved my outfit. It was a totally confidence booster and I was ready to strut and smile and show off my outfit. Then she made a comment “you look like a blogger!”. Was it my Gucci bag, the high waisted jeans, the tied top, the statement earrings, I’ll never know. It was in a positive way and I said thank you but it got me thinking. What does a “blogger” look like. There are definitely certain things I think bloggers and influencers wear that most other do not, as well as a certain look they have. Bloggers in Memphis look one way, bloggers in Columbus and LA and New York all look a certain way too.

What I really want to know is if you think bloggers and influencers have a specific look. A few things that come to mind that I personally feel are very “blogger-ish” are… Gucci belts, Cult Gaia bags (or the knock off version), tiered tassel earrings (last year that is, those seem to have died down a bit and this style has picked up), some type of braided pigtail, bandanas tied around like a headband with the ties out (I love using bandanas to hold back my baby hairs, I choose to tuck in the ends so it looks more like a turban headband). I’m sure by the time I end this post I will think of a handful of others. Oh, another is heart shaped sunglasses, which can run over $400 for the Saint Laurent version or under $10…for a trend like this, I’d stick to the $10 but then again if you love hearts you’ll be able to see out of the more expensive version much better.

I love my job, I love the community I am a part of and I love everyones unique style and sense of fashion. Lately I have been wondering if bloggers have a certain look or not and I’d love to know what you think!
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The Breakdown:
Shopping at American Eagle is a hit or miss for me. I think they have really cute things but are aimed for a younger age group than I fall into which is why it is sometimes a miss for me, except for this top. I love how it’s slightly cropped but with the right high waisted jeans you won’t have to bare any skin. I chose not to wear a bra but bralette would look cute also. Luckily I had a pair of jeans with the perfect high waist for this top. I do really love this outfit and look forward to wearing it again!

top | American Eagle ’Smocked Tie Front Top
jeans | Abercrombie ‘High Rise Mom Jeans
shoes | Giuseppe Zanotti
bag | Gucci ‘Marmont Min Quilted Bag
earrings | LambFish Designs
bracelets | J.Crew
choker | Gorjana ‘Chloe Choker Necklace

Live votre rêve!