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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Guest Post: What to Wear to Your Next Wedding

Today's guest post comes courtesy of Kristi Charter, I'd like to thank Kristi so much for reaching out and creating this fabulous post!  I think a lot of women go back and forth with what is appropriate wedding attire, and seeing that I have some friends who have been chatting about upcoming weddings they need outfits for, this post could not have come at a better time!

Kristi Charter is a passionate freelance writer, inspired by all that is beautiful, fresh and creative. With a keen interest in the wedding industry and a wide array of knowledge, Kristi is a regular blogger for Wedding Invitations Sydney.

With the peak wedding season just around the corner, you have probably received a ton of wedding invites which means it’s time to start thinking about and planning your outfits.  To help you figure out what you should be wearing, we’re taking a look at the biggest fashion trends for spring/ summer in 2014. Stand out from the crowd without upstaging the bride with our favourite styles below.

Pretty in Pink
Colour wise it’s all about pastels with soft pink the clear standout. A spring time favourite pastel tones are a lovely way to welcome the warmer weather with a fresh style. Ultra-feminine and romantic pastels, especially pink are perfect for weddings. From flowing maxi dresses to flirty above the knee skirts, pastels are a super chic way to take you from day to night with one look. Pair your pastels with soft waves and you’re set. Floral crowns and diamante head pieces are also a great way to complement the look.  

Crop Tops
Big in 2013 this trend is getting even bigger in 2014. While you may think crop tops are a tad risqué for a wedding, they can easily be styled to suit a wedding and still remain fashion forward. The key to making this trend appropriate for a wedding is to reveal only a hint of skin. This can be done by pairing your crop top with a high waisted skirt and opting for a crop that has a high neckline. You don’t want your entire bare stomach on show, so aim to only reveal the skin below your ribs and above your belly button.  The key here is to leave something to the imagination.

Fancy Pleats 
In 2014, pleats are making a comeback. This classic style paired commonly with A-line silhouettes has been gracing some of the most well-known designer runways including Michael Kors, Givenchy and Dior. Airy fabrics are the ideal way to wear this delicate and feminine look for a wedding. The cut of a pleated skirt is all about movement and is perfect for guests ready to dance the night away. 

Sheer Skirts
Sheer skirts, panels and overlays are continuing to feature in many spring/summer 2014 collections as well as all over the red carpet. They’re sexy in a subtle way which can work for a wedding. Providing modest glimpses of skin, transparent fabrics can add a provocative twist to an otherwise sleek and feminine gown.  The trick to wearing a sheer dress or skirt to a wedding is to make sure you still spark intrigue.  There’s no mystery in a completely sheer skirt or dress with dominant translucent panels, keeping the transparent hints to a minimum will ensure you don’t look out of place at a wedding.

All about Lace
Lace need not be left just to the bride guests too can wear this on trend fabric. Sophisticated lace tops, skirts and gowns in an array of colours provide a timeless elegance perfectly fitting for a wedding.  Following on from the sheer trend designers have worked to heighten the transparency normally associated with lace.  Lace manages to neatly tread the line between ultra-chic and tastefulness, creating an enviable spring style.

Stylish Patterns
Prints in spring are nothing new, especially floral ones. However again this year you cannot go wrong with a floral print. Perfect for weddings floral prints are a staple for any wardrobe. If you want to mix things up other popular prints this season include tropical, tribal, polka dots, art inspired and the gingham picnic style pattern.  You can be bold and wear a completely printed dress or opt to subtly incorporate the trend by wearing a printed skirt paired neatly with a simple top.