Everyone knows the deal. As soon as you think you know exactly what to wear to your friend’s wedding, you look at your calendar, and boom! You have another 4-6 to attend by end of summer. But no one wants to spend a fortune to look amazing at each wedding they’re invited to, especially when you’ll also have to shed out funds for a gift.
So here’s the solution…
If you buy the right neutral color suit (for him) and (for her) a dress or two with versatile shades you can mix n match to dress up or dress down for each type of wedding. With the right apparel pieces, you can add a variety of accessories to create an entirely new look. Whether you’re going to a posh wedding or an outdoor country-themed wedding, you can repurpose your wardrobe many times over.
Navy Suit & Navy Satin Wrap Dress
A tailored navy suit can easily transition from a more casual daytime wedding to an evening cocktail reception (or even to work). And a strappy high/low wrap dress is wearable from summer into fall—just add a cropped jacket or wrap.
Dress Them Up
On Him: For a chic, modern wedding in the city, start with classic pieces like a French cuff dress shirt and sleek cap-toe oxfords, then layer on formal-yet-cool accessories: mixed metal cuff links, a champagne tie and paisley pocket square.
On Her: This chiffon wrap dress with a high/low skirt exudes glamour and romance, especially when coupled with accessories like bejeweled heels, a metallic clutch and crystal earrings, which really bring the bling.
Get the look: Lulus Here’s to Us high/low wrap evening dress, Nordstrom.com; Jewel Badgley Mischka Hayden embellished sandals, Macys.com; Nordstrom metallic box clutch, Nordstrom.com; Adriana Orsini scalloped crystal earrings, SaksFifthAvenue.com
Dress Them Down
On Him: For a beachfront celebration or an easygoing affair at the local yacht club, pair the same navy suit with a striped shirt, plaid bow tie and boat shoes for a preppy-meets-nautical vibe. If the occasion allows, play it cool and skip the tie.
On Her: Chiffon usually comes off as formal, but when paired with fun accessories, the evening vibes come down a notch. Bold floral print heels, beaded earrings and a raffia clutch give the ensemble a more casual feel.
Get the look: Lulus Here’s to Us high/low wrap evening dress, Nordstrom.com; Sam Edelman Yaro block heel sandals, SamEdelman.com; J. Crew bead-and-embroidery earrings, JCrew.com; Knotty woven straw clutch, Nordstrom.com
Gray Suit & Black Pleated Midi Dress
Suiting up in gray is a surefire way to nail just about any dress code (except black tie, of course). This go-anywhere black dress is its ideal companion—and the silhouette is so flattering.
Dress Them Up
On Him: For a wedding at a historic estate, pair the suit with a black tie and monk-strap kicks to up the formality, then add a patterned pocket silk and gold-accented cuff links to show some style savvy.
On Her: Details like the deep neckline and criss-crossed back make this midi slip dress sophisticated enough for any formal affair. Rose gold accessories including strappy sandals, beaded earrings and a bow-front clutch keep the look elegant and fashion forward.
Get the look: Topshop plain satin slip dress, Nordstrom.com; BaubleBar Riva Drop Earrings, Shopbop.com; Sam Edelman Ariella high heel ankle strap sandal in blush gold metallic, Zappos.com; Tory Burch Eleanor satin bow clutch bag, NeimanMarcus.com
Dress Them Down
On Him: Woodland weddings, fetes on the farm and backyard bashes call for a breezy yet refined look. Take style cues from the rustic setting with a plaid tie, a printed shirt—and, yes!—suspenders.
On Her: Thanks to playful hot pink accessories like chunky-heeled suede sandals, a straw clutch and floral statement earrings, a black slip dress becomes casual enough for a beach-side wedding.
Get the look: Topshop plain satin slip dress, Nordstrom.com; All Things Mochi sunny earrings, Shopbop.com; Botkier Valentina straw and leather envelope clutch, Nordstrom.com; INC International Concepts Kivah sandals, Macys.com
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