Look Great at Your Friends' Weddings (While Wearing What You Already Own)

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.

Anthropologie Elsa peplum dress, Kenneth Jay Lane gold cuff, Kate Spade Madison heels, Saint Laurent Belle de Jour clutch

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.

Zara pencil skirt, J. Crew silk henley top, Alice + Olivia Dina snakeskin pumps, Kotur Margo Surrealist clutch, J. Crew technicolor floral necklace

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.

Need more wedding guest attire inspiration? Check out this post and this post from the archives.

What are you wearing to summer weddings?


  1. now I wish I had gone to their wedding and look super duper hot cuz whats his name was there! lol not really. well. maybe. well. I don't know.


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