There are two seasons in my life, football season and wedding season. Engagement parties, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, and weddings fill my spring weekends! 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.
Cape Blazer: Gentle Fawn via Goodwill; Tank: Topshop; Pants: Express; Clutch: Koret via Goodwill (Similar Splurge // Save); Shoes: Dolce Vita, old (Similar Here); Necklace: Shop Goodwill Online (Similar Splurge // Save); Bracelet: CC Skye
Though less strict than Black Tie (which I covered on the series last week), the rules for Black Tie Optional are a little murky. While women may wear long dresses, most of the women I see at Black Tie Optional events opt for a classic cocktail dress in a neutral color. Guys have it easy (le sigh) with the choice of a tux or classic suit in a dark color.
While the LBD is a safe bet, I chose to elevate a classic Black Tie Option look by adding this trendy cape blazer (purchased at Goodwill for under $10) with a couple of wardrobe staples, black wide-leg pants and camisole. Layering a trendy piece transforms a few basic pieces into a chic, modern look. Wearing an all-black ensemble allows you to let your personality shine through with funky accessories and glamorous hair and makeup.
Do you have an upcoming Black Tie Optional wedding? Leave me a comment below telling me what you plan on wearing!