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!


A Pretty Pink Short Suit

pink short suitWearing suits, wearing shorts and wearing pink are three things I don’t do often or ever. Here I am wearing a pink short suit. I also need to mention I am showing a little more tummy than usually which is another thing I don’t usually do. I wore this outfit for the first night of Memphis Fashion Week which was the Fashion Night Out event at Crosstown Concourse where people had the chance to shop local designs from clothing to jewelry and more. This was also an opportunity for the public to be the first to shop the looks that were going to be going down the runway later that weekend. Fashion events are the perfect excuse to dress out of your comfort zone, be a little risky and have fun.

I love planning out my outfits except for when I feel like I have nothing to wear. Having a closet full and nothing to wear is not a good sign. I know I desperately need to purge my closet, I’ll be doing a closet sale and adding more to my Poshmark account soon! I was hoping to wear clothes I already had and restyle some pieces but nothing was feeling right so I ordered a couple things from my favorite online stores (Shopbop and Revolve) and patiently waited for the boxes to arrive. Luckily, most of what I ordered was perfect for the occasion and I was able to wear some things I already had in my closet. I didn’t know what I was wearing until the day of which isn’t like me. This pink short suit I had planned to wear to the Influencer Luncheon but the temperature was going to drop drastically and it was going to be raining. A pastel pink linen short suit didn’t feel like the right thing to wear on a cool rainy day.
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All photos by Christen Jones

The Breakdown:
Once I figured out I would wear this pink short suit to the Fashion Night Out event I knew I wanted to do pale pink makeup and have my whole look be soft and feminine. I used very light pink and light purple eye shadow with a little bit of shimmer and a lot of mascara. I curled my hair with a Micro T3 reverse tapered wand, parted it on the side and tucked part behind my ear. I was debating between these white heels I wore and a pair of snake skin tie up heels. I chose these white ones only because they were easier to put on and I was running out of time, haha! I love the shape of my bag, it comes with a strap to be crossbody I wanted to hold on to it since it felt more dressed up. Next time I wear this short suit I’ll wear a white or black bodysuit and make it a little less revealing.

How stunning are these ladies who I got to hang out with all weekend long!?

jacket | Joie ‘Kierra B Blazer
shorts | Joie ‘Kaylei Short
drop top | Zara (simile here)
shoes | Stella Luna ‘Cigarette 85 Sandal
cuff | Lele Sadoughi ‘Broadway Cuff
bag | Sancia ‘L’Echelle Mini Satchel
earrings | Ellen Hunter NYC ‘April Earrings

Live votre rêve!