They say that nowadays people get married in their mid-thirties which explains why I’ve been invited to many-a-friend’s weddings in the last few years.
Let me begin by saying I’m not a “Bride magazines cutouts” kind of girl. I’m not saying that I don’t want to get married (…we’ll just say it’s not on top of my list!); still that’s not what this is about: I’m talking about going to weddings as a guest- which is really a full-time job, especially in Southern Italy! …Presents, trips, days off work and of course – the choice of the perfect outfit!
So over the last few years I created a very personal list of things to remember when I get to that question: “What shall I wear for the wedding?”
Rule #1: Avoid black! If you go to a wedding in Southern Italy (especially in winter) it often looks like a funeral. I know that black is considered the elegant color and that it makes us look thinner but really – a wedding is a moment of joy for someone else who’s probably your friend so… let’s celebrate it with joy!
Rule #2: Don’t get overdressed! It happens too often that I confuse the bride with other guests dressed with cocktail dresses perfect for an Oscars’ party! C’mon; it’s just a party. You won’t be awarded anything except maybe the bride’s bouquet, if you’re “lucky” enough!
Rule #3: Have fun! Don’t take yourself too seriously and don’t think about what other people may think of your outfit! Use a statement piece that can make you stand out of the crowd!
Rule #4: Don’t buy a new dress only for the wedding! Re-use your dresses, even if they’re not that elegant you can make them look fabulous with the right accessories! (Yes, I’m very recession-friendly!)
Rule #5: Wear vintage! Mix a vintage piece with the other pieces, because it’s something that only you will wear and you won’t find anyone else with the same piece!
Rule #6: Pay attention to hair and make-up! The importance of details: perfectly manicured hands, clean and nicely styled hair, nice make up!
Rule #7: Wear red lipstick! Period.
Last week was one of my BFFs weddings in the beautiful Basilicata (an awesome Italian region sadly not well known), so I decided that for her I needed to make a special effort and respect ALL the rules!
Here’s my outfit for the day:
I chose a silk light blue playsuit with a bow on the neck from Twenty8Twelve, a black short jacket from Anymoore, a vintage fur cape to keep me warm in the freezing weather, a pair of heeled platforms from Mark Ellis NY and big chained clutch from Vic Matié.
I got myself a retro braid and added a retro headband with stones and feathers to give a retro touch to the whole outfit. I pushed a bit on makeup and I wore my favorite Chanel red lipstick!
Here’s my friend Carmen’s look for the wedding:
A color-block dress from Topshop, a vintage statement belt, and heels from Minelli. Love the lateral plait (yes, that’s my creation!) and her red-orange Mac lipstick!
Not to leave out the most honored attendant of the wedding: here’s the beautiful bride with her retro white fur cape:
PS: I also have some ideas and tips concerning my wedding; but as I don’t think it will happen soon, I’ll share those tips in another post… maybe just before Christ returns! LOL