Editor's note: Austin-based stylist Raquel Greer Gordian of Greer Image Consultants shares tips on contemporary wedding guest attire.
Wedding season works a bit differently in Texas than other parts of the country. Our summers are excruciatingly hot, so an outdoor shindig in June is less than appealing to couples and guests alike. Fall and its moderate temperatures make it a popular season for Austin nuptials.
The bride and groom can choose a number of out-of-the-box descriptors to signify their party dress code, but the average guest is still at square one with the big question: “What do I wear?”
Luckily, no matter the type of wedding, there are many ways to match a few simple items (from your closet or the store) and put together a no-fail look that you’ll love to wear for their big day.
1. There’s nothing worse than a casual jacket ruining a gorgeous dress. Always match the style of your outerwear to the mood of the occasion. Wear a moto jacket in camel or black for a downtown wedding, or add a burgundy or metallic shawl for an elegant evening outdoors.
2. Pull a Katherine Hepburn and try pants instead. While dresses have the romantic vibe of a wedding, silky trousers are an edgy alternative that will keep you warmer during a cool night. Finish the look with current trends: a satin spaghetti-strap top, a choker, and strappy heels.
3. Jumpsuits are just as easy as dresses, so give one a try. Choose navy or black to keep it simple, clean, and fresh. Add ornate, statement earrings and velvet pointed-toe pumps to make this piece appropriate for everything from black tie to a semi-formal wedding.
4. If options are limited, just reach for your little black dress. This piece works for all levels of formality. It’s crucial to use accessories to incorporate your unique style. This will polish the look. Try a neon geometric clutch for an edgy element or feathered mules for a fun and flirty touch.
5. Shoes will make or break your fun. Always consider your environment when choosing them. Block heels and wedges will get you by in grass, and stilettos or kitten heels are ideal for a hotel wedding. If you’ve only got one pair of heels you love in your closet, make them outdoor-proof with high-heel protectors.
6. Red is trending this fall, but be cautious with how you wear it to a wedding. It’s a sexy color and too much can take the focus off the bride and put it on you. Stay away from the body con dress. Instead, choose a flowy, maxi dress for a boho, earthy vibe or a simple shift dress for a tailored look.
7. Embrace the time of year. While I’m always an advocate of wearing your favorite colors year round, autumnal colors will get you in the mood for the event. Choose rust, pumpkin, crimson, and peachy hues to mimic the colors of the season.