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July 10, 2014 at 4:42 PM

best-dressed guest: Keep wowing at weddings with fresh pieces


By Caitlin King / Special to Sunday Market

We’re well into summer wedding season, which means you may be running out of semi-formal looks — and fast!

If you have more save-the-dates on your fridge than dresses in your closet, fear not. Here are some ideas to help you fete the bride and groom at all types of occasions, from beach affairs to black-tie soirees.

Light and easy 

For a casual urban setting, try on the summer trend of matching separates. Coordinating pieces such as the pale-pink 1.STATE Chiffon Step Hem Shell ($58) and Pleated Organza Skirt ($88, both at Nordstrom) are dreamy and modern. As a bonus, they can be worn separately to other occasions.

The bright Yoana Baraschi Meadowlight Dress ($168 at Anthropologie) is a great option for an outdoor wedding. The floral print and subtle ombré on the knee-length frock keeps it fun and flirty. Add some trendiness to the look with a pair of mules, such as French Connection’s Randy Mules (on sale for $98 at Macy’s).

Stand out on the waterfront in a silky maxi in an offbeat floral print. The Geisha Designs Kolkata Maxi Dress ($278 at is bold but easy, requiring only earrings and a pair of sandals to finish the look.

Sleek and sophisticated 

Headed to an evening wedding? Before you reach for your little black dress, consider some color instead. The J.Crew Pamela Dress in Leavers Lace ($275) comes in Poppy, a bright orange-red, and features a fitted silhouette and keyhole back that’s both sexy and sophisticated.

For cool nights, carry a classic black pashmina, such as the Jones New York Satin Pashmina Wrap ($36 at Macy’s). This wardrobe staple is sure to come in handy at future formal events.

If you’ll be sipping reception champagne at a swanky bar, go for an edgy, cool look with the Topshop Tailored Strapless Jumpsuit ($120 at Nordstrom). A pair of black ankle-strap sandals and a statement necklace pull it all together.

A simple dress is the ideal backdrop if you love to pile on the accessories. A flattering fit-and-flare style, such as the H&M Sleeveless Dress ($35), can be dressed up in a variety of ways.

Little extras

A pair of nude pumps that go with just about anything will carry you through the rest of the busy season. Zara’s Zip Court Shoe ($60) features zipper detailing at the toe to add a little edginess to an otherwise classic heel.

For outdoor events, keep a pair of stylish specs on hand to protect you from sunbursts — and to hide teary eyes. The Illesteva Lily Sunglasses ($220 at Totokaelo, Capitol Hill) have clear fronts and tortoise arms, making them versatile and chic.

Try a bright-pink lip with Clinique’s Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm ($17 at department stores) in Plushest Punch. The moisturizing stick provides full, glossy color that’s easy to touch up between courses.

Add a bronze glow with the Trish McEvoy Face Shaper 1 ($75 at Blue Mercury, U District). The convenient compact contains bronzer, blush, highlighter and finishing powder to give you natural-looking color and ensure you’re picture-ready.

 Men’s looks

Suit and tie not required? Go lightweight with the H&M Linen Blazer ($70), a summer sport coat that’s perfect for outdoor weddings and more casual affairs.

A pair of Aldo Rawdon Longwings ($100 at Nordstrom) will get you through all but the most formal weddings this season. The burnished brown shoes have a classic, polished look that pairs well with the bold-blue suit trend.

If an invitation specifies black tie, consider buying a tux rather than renting. The Topman Skinny Fit Jacquard Tuxedo Jacket ($250) and Trousers ($120, both at Nordstrom) are priced in the same range as a regular suit and will serve you well into the future.

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