Like most twentysomething women I know, my summer weekends inevitably involve attending other people's weddings, and with these nuptial celebrations comes the question of what to wear. I know some women use summer weddings as excuses to buy new dresses, which is all fine and well. But because I'd rather save my dollars for the wedding gift and for splurge-y fall fashion, I usually opt to work with what I already have—which, as it always turns out, is plenty.
So the next time you have a special occasion to dress up for, why not shop your closet? Here I've given two staples many women have—a little black dress and a little black skirt—a fresh lease on life with some playful accoutrements. Chances are you can replicate the looks below with similar items from your own wardrobe.
A sculptural gold cuff and patent envelope clutch lend shine and contrast to this lacy peplum frock. Meanwhile, cobalt satin heels add a splash of playful colour. To replicate this look yourself, look for cuff or stacked bracelets, colourful heels, and a clutch with a contrasting colour or texture in your own closet.
Give a basic black skirt a festive spin by adding colour (in this case, a jewel-toned sleeveless silk blouse) and pattern (snakeskin pumps and a surrealist minaudière). The technicolour statement necklace finishes the look with a certain aplomb. When shopping your closet to replicate this look, keep your eyes peeled for colourful silky tops, patterned clutches and shoes, and bold baubles.
What are you wearing to summer weddings?