There are two seasons in my life, football season and wedding season. Engagement parties, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, and weddings, oh my! My spring and summer calendar is full of wedding celebrations. Though I enjoy reuniting with old friends, sharing memories, and celebrating the unity of marriage, my bank account takes a hit from my wedding season wardrobe. This inspired me to create looks for popular wedding dress codes, with the help of Goodwill of course. Without further ado, here’s the Part 5 of Decoding Wedding Dress Codes: Festive (Check out earlier posts on  Black TieBlack Tie OptionalSemiformal, and Festive!)

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Shirt: Nordstrom (Halogen) via Goodwill (Similar Splurge // Save) ; Culottes: Violet Flower Boutique (Similar Splurge // Save); Shoes: Claire Flowers; Bag: Vintage via Goodwill (Similar on Etsy); Earrings: C. Wonder, old (Similar Here); Ring: Kendra Scott

Casual, schmasual. Anything goes for a casual wedding?! With that said, absolutely no jorts and tanks unless it’s for an episode of My Big Redneck Wedding. Steer clear of denim unless specifically noted on the invitation, think more business casual than “casual.” Casual attire can be all over the map. For the guys, dress pants and a button-up or polo are appropriate for the occasion. My ladies have it a little harder because there is a lot of room for interpretation with this dress code. Depending on time of the year and venue, a floral midi dress paired with wedges  or a culotte jumpsuit with a swoon worthy mule would be perfect for the occasion.. You probably have whatever you need in your closet.

There aren’t many events where I can wear my beloved fuchsia culottes, but why not casual wedding? Though a bold color, the texture paired with a wine-hued blouse and neutral shoes gives off the “I tried, but not too hard” vibe. As for the birdcage purse, I snagged it at Goodwill a couple of months ago. I think I was drawn to it because it’s quirky, yet functional…like me. After researching online, I have found similar styles from the 50’s an 60’s which led me to conjure an image of its former owner(s) vacationing on a tropical island while carrying around her beach essentials, cigarettes, and a flask inside. For now, it will only carry memories of past owners, my essentials, and maybe a mini Bota Box! 🙂

With the fifth and final post of Decoding Wedding Dress Codes, which dress code is the easiest to dress for? Which is the hardest? Have you ever been invited to a wedding with a unique dress code, i.e. mountain chic or redneck riviera? Leave me a comment on Facebook, Instagram, or below, and tell me about it!

There are two seasons in my life, football season and wedding season. Engagement parties, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, and weddings, oh my! My spring and summer calendar is full of wedding celebrations. Though I enjoy reuniting with old friends, sharing memories, and celebrating the unity of marriage, my bank account takes a hit from my wedding season wardrobe. This inspired me to create looks for popular wedding dress codes, with the help of Goodwill of course. Without further ado, here’s Part 4 of Decoding Wedding Dress Codes: Festive (Check out earlier posts on  Black TieBlack Tie Optional, and Semiformal!)

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Jumpsuit: Zara via Goodwill (Similar Splurge // Save); Shoes: Aldo, old (Similar Here); Necklace: Goodwill Online (Similar Splurge // Save)

The “Festive” dress code appears to be a new phenomena in the wedding world. So what exactly does it mean? Anything goes? Not quite ANYTHING, but think cocktail with a bold and funky twist. The stuffy rules of a more formal affair are relaxed for both men and women. Men can opt for a trendy suit with a fun tie or bow tie. Women should not shy away from patterns or bold colors. This dress code often pops up around the holidays. Have fun with it!

If you haven’t jumped on the jumpsuit bandwagon, I’ll scoot over and save you a seat. My mom hit the Goodwill gold mine when she snagged this Zara jumpsuit at Goodwill for me. It’s a steal for $7.99!! I pity the fool that let this slip away, but my closet is eternally grateful. The backless look isn’t a look I would wear to a conservative wedding, but it’s the perfect bold statement for a “festive” wedding!

P.S. Thanks to Homestead Manor for allowing us to use their beautiful venue! (Their brunch is delicious too!)

Wedding season is finally winding down for me so you will see much more activity on the blog. I can’t wait to share some of the great posts I’m working on! Is there anything you would like to see on Goldwill Digger? leave me a comment below or shoot me an e-mail!

 

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  1. Lumee Case: I wouldn’t say I’m obsessed with the Kardashian/Jenners, but rather it’s more of a fascination. It’s the kind of fascination where you witness a bad car wreck but you can’t look away. I have envied their ability to take the perfect selfie until I got my hands on this bad boy. The LuMee case provides the perfect lighting for your Kim K worthy selfies. It’s also a great conversation piece when you whip it out in public and let the whole world know you travel with your own selfie lighting.
  2. Katy Perry x Covergirl in Kitty Purry: I’m Team Taylor all the way, but Katy Perry killed it in her collab with Covergirl. The Kitty Purry shade has a subtle, purple-pink hue appropriate for day or night. I also purchased the classic red shade, Crimson Cat,  but haven’t had the opportunity to try it out. Buzzfeed claims it looks good on literally EVERYONE!
  3. Viceland: I’m a devout VICE viewer so when I scrolled through the guide one day and stumbled upon Viceland, *insert praise hands emoji*, I traded in Watch What Happens Live for Noisey. The stories, people, locations, and food give a glimpse into real lives, perfectly capturing the human condition.
  4. Cravings by Chrissy Teigen: If you don’t have a crush on Chrissy Teigen, I’m not sure we can ever be friends. Her cookbook combines her witty tweets and drool-worthy Instagram meals into one beautiful masterpiece. Even for those that would rather use their stove for shoe storage, there are recipes for you! Bravo, 40 Nugz, bravo!
  5. House of Harlow Earjackets: These earjackets came in my Rocksbox last month, and I instantly fell in looooove! (Featured in this post)I’m slightly regretting not keeping them, but now they’re on sale! You can try Rocksbox free for the first month with the promo code betsyappletonxoxo.

What are you loving this month? Leave your recommendations in the comments below!