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What Not To Wear To An Outdoor Wedding

Sometimes the excitement of receiving a wedding invitation can quickly fade when you are perplexed about what to wear. Trying not to be overly dressed or too casual, the hunt for just the right outfit begins. But when you realize that it will be an outdoor wedding, many other factors must be considered—not just what goes well with those pumps! Here are some tips on how to handle the dress-code dilemma.

The Nuptial No-Nos

  • Avoid short, flowing skirts and dresses that can easily blow upwards and wear something long (such as a pencil skirt) and tailored instead. Windy beach weddings are notorious for untimely exposures.

  • Nix the high-heeled shoes that will sink into sand, mud or grass. Flats or stacked heels will be easier to maneuver on nature’s carpet.

  • If the wedding will take place at midday when the sun is at its peak, refrain from wearing dark suits and jackets that will attract and absorb heat. Lighter-weight clothing is a much cooler option. A jacket that can be easily removed will come in handy if the celebration lasts into the evening or the day turns warmer or cooler than expected.

  • Don’t wear hosiery, heavy makeup or chunky jewelry in hot, humid climates or you’ll melt.

Attire That Says “I Do”

  • A dressy linen pantsuit would be nice and cool for an outdoor wedding. Pair it with a chic, floral-print top, and your ready for a garden wedding, or with sassy flats for the beach.

  • Keep your summery yet sophisticated look by wearing sleeveless dresses, strappy sandals and glowing skin.

  • Just as important as WHAT to wear is HOW to wear your hair.  Keep hairdos under control in hot weather with upswept styles that will remain neatly in place, no matter what Mother Nature dishes out.

  • For outdoor weddings, don’t forget the accessories. No, I’m not talking about jewelry and purses but umbrellas, sunglasses, makeup blotting papers (or powder) and an extra pair of flat shoes just in case.

Extra Tip: For destination weddings, selecting a knit dress that resists wrinkles will keep you looking your best when you arrive or after unpacking.

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  1. Joyce says

    What do you suggest I wear for a Rocky Mountain wedding in
    Lyons, Colorado? It will be outdoors at 7 pm in July.



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