My partner’s dad got married, and all he told me was, “Wear something you’d wear to church.”
If you read last week’s column about being 21st century church ladies, then you know his advice left me with a wide range of possibilities.
The wedding began at 5 p.m., which would technically call for after-5 o’clock wear or evening wear. But knowing a little about my partner’s family, I was pretty sure this wouldn’t be an overly formal event.
And therein lies the dilemma: How dressy is too dressy? How casual is too casual?
If I’d chosen an outfit too far in either direction it could have been a disaster. Instead I chose a happy medium with this last-minute outfit that I think came together pretty well.
The wedding was held in New Jersey and the weather called for cold and snow, so I opted for a wool skirt and sweater tights.
I didn’t want to be too drab in my color choices, so I paired the skirt with a light blue ruffly top because I love ruffles and I love a pop of color. I topped that all off with a brown jacket, which has a velvet-esque texture.
When I finished dressing, I felt something was missing. I ran back up the stairs to my closet and pulled out a black cummerbund.
But then I looked at my shoes. Nope, not going to work. I was wearing a pair of vintage Seychelles yellow and tan pumps that I found during a thrifting trip in Atlanta. Though I love these shoes, they just weren’t going to work with this outfit.
I switched to the best black Nine West patent leather booties ever, and I loved the final product because it turned out to be classy but fun.
When you’re unsure about what to wear, don’t fret. Go to your closet and find pieces that make you feel comfortable and well put together. At the end of the day, even if you’re “too dressy” or “not dressy enough,” as long as you look and feel confident in your clothes, no one will care.