Hot styles for warm-weather weddingsBy Jessica Koslow
Summertime is here, and you may be a guest at one or more weddings. And though you're probably excited about the occasion, you may be anxious about what to wear. You know any outfit needs to be "sweat-proof." But what you wear also needs to be chill-resistant, in case the venue is air-conditioned or the nuptials occur at night.
In addition, you don't want your dress or skirt to be too short or the ensemble too loud. What to wear? Here's an easy style guide for summer weddings and other hot-weather dress-up occasions.
CONSIDER THE BRIDE
Though fashion rules have eased when it comes to weddings, there still are a few guidelines to follow, says Heather Levine, fashion editor at wedding site, TheKnot.com. The first concern should be the bride. "This may sound like a cliché," she says, "but women should steer clear of white; that color is usually reserved for the bride."
Also, avoid wearing anything that would make the bride feel uncomfortable. Showing too much skin can be embarrassing, especially at a religious site.
"Avoid micro-minis," emphasizes Levine. "Dressing tastefully is key."
How formal will the wedding be? If it's a black- or white-tie affair, that fact will be indicated on the invitation. If not, the formality of the actual invitation is a cue to what the bride and groom want. Also, Saturday after 6 p.m. means formal, or at least semi-formal; cocktail dresses are appropriate. The Empire Taffeta Dress, pictured above, is a fabulous choice.