It's time once again to navigate the exciting (and often terrifying) waters of wedding season. If you need specifics about the formal, cocktail, black-tie, blue-tie madness, then check out the rundown here (and just to clarify and stop your rising panic, no, blue-tie is not a category). But, if what you really need is to use the time you'd spend shopping for all those dresses to take a nap or just breathe, then you're in the right place.
Here's our biggest and best tip for the the inundation of summer weddings: fear not. Really, truly. Read the invitation, translate to your wardrobe, find a dress you love, but fear not.
Weddings are occasions to celebrate loved ones. They are occasions to mark and celebrate the beginning of a union - not to cause you endless outfit anxiety. So, here are two "fear not" wedding tips that have saved us time and time again.
1. Forget Facebook. Re-wear if you want to!
There is an unhealthy stigma around re-wearing clothing. Especially to weddings. But let's face it, few of the weddings we attend even have the same guest list. So, what's caused this anxiety? Facebook. Did you know that Mark Zuckerberg of all people is actually causing your wedding guest anxiety? All those tagged photos are dictating our shopping and lifestyle choices. And that's just absurd. Somewhere along the road, we got obsessed with this idea of “outfit repeating” and we forgot that clothing isn't suppose to own us but aid us in our participation in daily life and celebrations.
So, here's the key: if you find a dress that you love, and you'd like to wear this favorite item again and again through the myriad of summer weddings, then be my guest. It's that simple. Especially if you want to invest in one quality dress that you love rather than 3 mediocre dresses. Remember, fear not.
Here's an example of a Little Black Dress from Kit and Ace that our very own content marketer Alexa has worn to countless weddings. Here are just three of the ways she wore her LBD. Grab out those shoes, statement necklaces, and Pinterest hair inspiration pages and get styling those favorite dresses instead of shopping for more.
Try styling your dress with sandals (heeled or not!) and some loose, wavy locks for weddings of the more casual outdoor variety.
If you're looking for a more formal, indoor, evening look, then pull out your black heels and that statement necklace. Don't have Pinterest level hair-styling technique? Yeh, em no. Try a low ponytail at the nape of the neck for the same effect/little effort.
To shake things up, try out a pop of color. Do it. Pair your LBD with some colored shoes and lipstick. When your shoes are the focus, the dress that you've worn before no longer is! Finish off this bold styling with a simple bun and voila.
2. You don't have to own the dress.
To be clear, we're not talking about theft here. We're talking about sites like Rent the Runway if you need a super formal dress but aren't quite interested in investing. Or, our favorite option, is to shop your friends' closets. Find your friends/co-workers/stylish acquaintances who are in the same seasons of wedding attendance with similar body types. And ask away - but be sure to read the signs of whether they are the clothing lending type or not. Obviously, the key to this tip is to be sure to treat their clothing with care and always return items dry-cleaned (and maybe with a gift card to boot?).
This "fear not" wedding tip came from our very own developer Robin who invested in a beautiful Reformation dress that she loaned for a night to Jess, who works at the development shop next door.