Fashion

Petite Fashion Challenge #16

Dressing for a Summer Wedding
This month’s challenge is hosted by Petite on a Penny.
The challenge:

Create an outfit for a summer wedding (the dress code is up to you). For bonus points (and this is what I’ll be doing!) try to make your whole outfit, head to toe, come in under $100!

Although my blog is focused on fashion law and career attire, I excuse myself from professional dress with these challenges. So, I am sharing a few looks!

This is the first year I have had more than a handful of friends ask me for advice on what to wear as guests to upcoming weddings. I shutter to think that it is because I am approaching “that age” when you are supposed to be married. Being a career focused woman, and trained in the law nonetheless, marriage and popping out babies just is not something on my mind. Still, I am sure most of my friends are a decade older than me 😉

The weddings I have attended were very formal so I am taking this challenge as a chance to play around with less formal looks… Dress code a la resort formal or cocktail attire.

Wedding Look #1:

My default is usually a long halter top black dress; however, I intend on changing this because I have heard from different sources that some cultures see all black as bad luck. To not seem as if you are hoping ill will on the happy couple, go for a dress with pattern.

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Need help on what shoes to wear for a wedding? Do a dance test. Below I am attempting to see whether this dress lends itself to a night of dancing. No, I am not salsa dancing. Instead I am twitching about a la Eileen in Seinfeld on the dance floor…

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 A dress like this one here gives off a romantic vibe because of the watercolor floral theme. The dress is silky and reminiscent of rose petals.
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As when dressing normally for work, do not be afraid to accessorize your dress. Cinching in your waist is always a good thing! Even with this leather sash belt that does not necessarily ‘match’ my dress, the cinching fixes up the baggy fit of the top. Although the dress is already designed with a cinched waist, I am petite so having not altered the dress, it still has a cut made for someone taller.

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As for my handbag option, I like to go for a clutch or small purse with an interesting chain. This go-to purse rule works for weddings and night outings alike. This Bottega Veneta clutch holds my iPhone, lipgloss, car keys, small compact, and card case with room to spare.

Wedding Outfit details:
Robert Rodriguez dress, Christian Louboutin knot wedges,
Bottega Veneta knot clutch, Rolex watch
Wedding Look #2:
Just like you should aim not to be offensive in a color that may be deemed as causing bad luck, you should try
not to wear a dress in the color that the bride will don unless the bride invites guests to wear a traditional dress color. If you are the date of a guest stick to a more conservative approach on dress choice in cut, color, and style.
Petite fashion blogger in wedding guest attire Bottega Veneta knot clutch and Women's Date Just Rolex with diamonds
Petite Latina blogger in red dress and LouboutinsPetite Latina blogger in red dress and LouboutinsPetite Latina blogger in red dress and Louboutins

In most American or European weddings the bride will wears white. So be free to be the lady in red. Do take note that a Chinese or Indian bride may wear red when following traditional customs.

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The color red for a Chinese wedding represents good luck, good fortune, and happiness. That being said it might sound like a good idea to wear red to a wedding but it is most likely that the bride will be in this color, so, opt for a different color. I think it is best to play it safe rather than being seen as trying to steal or share the spotlight with the bride.
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The red color and crumb catcher are fun and girly. The crossed back design further gives the dress a young girly feel. For petites this look is dangerous, because it can make us look young! To combat the extremely youthful appearance I opt for Louboutins and a Parisian-esque cat eye.

Wedding Outfit details:
Kirribilla dress (here, similar here), Bottega Veneta knot clutch,
Christian Louboutin no prive slingback heels, Rolex watch

Wedding Look #3:
Attending the wedding of a beloved frenemy? Want to steal the show? Then dress in all white and twirl around during the ceremony! Just kidding.
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I had a friend who only wore white to weddings (as a guest!). I had to defriend her just in case I ever have a wedding. J/k, -kinda. Anyway, I do not see why people go for off-white or white gowns when they know the bride will likely wear white. Even a traditional Chinese bride may opt for one of her dress changes to be into a white one.
Brunette blogger in white plunging neckline dress and red heels
This dress is actually an example of what is inappropriate wedding attire (unless you are a Vegas bride). A dress with this plunging neckline would draw negative attention in any color. The material is right but this dress is just too revealing for a wedding. Do not be that girl who tries to find a man at a wedding. It is weird and desperate. If you are happy to be that girl, at least be a wedding guest in appropriate attire.

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Outfit details:
Silk jersey dress from a French boutique
Steve Madden heels, Buxom “cherry flip” lip cream
Would you be okay with someone wearing the same colored dress as you on your wedding?

General Tips:

  • If you are unsure of the dress code, ASK!
    • Sticking out and being yourself is always good but try not to stand out for the wrong reasons.
  • Opt for comfortable shoes.
    • Dancing the night away is fun and encouraged. Help make that wedding video capture fun memories by busting a move on the dance floor.
  • When in doubt a wrap dress with classic jewelry can save you!
  • It is a wedding, not a nightclub. Your makeup should reflect this difference.
Petite woman in junior sized dressPetite brunette Latina in a brown gown

Also, particularly if you are petite and on a budget, try shopping junior sized formal dresses. Just choose a classic cut and stay away from glittery options.

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