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Fashion: Sarah Stright-Hartley

July 11, 2012

Fashion with Sarah Stright: Some perfect dress options to wear at weddings

NEW CASTLE — It's wedding season!

The time of year when all of the sweet couples are getting married and beginning their lives together. Before you're able to properly celebrate with the couple, women often go through one of the toughest decisions — what to wear.

How do we stay cool in this hot weather for an outdoor wedding? How formal is a formal wedding? Is it appropriate to wear black — or white?

I'd like to make this a little easier on you so that you can focus more on celebrating rather than worrying. All of the dresses in the picture to the right are perfect for weddings, all year 'round. And as a future bride myself (Nov. 10, 2012!) these are all also bride approved.

Read on to find out what to wear with each dress.

Dress 1— A simple navy dress. This dress is great for all body types because of the banded waist. It will make your waist look extra small.This dress would be great with a fun floral shoe for summer and simple jewelry so as not to detract from the neckline. (To buy the dress, CLICK HERE.)

Dress 2 — A fun dress that has a vintage quality. The jeweled neckline makes accessorizing even easier. Add a sparkle bracelet and drop earrings. Nude shoes will complete the look and make your legs look really long. (To buy the dress, CLICK HERE.)

(See my past post for where to buy nude shoes.)

Dress 3 — This is another dress that would flatter all body types. The pleating on it makes it fun and flowy for dancing into the night. Add a simple black shoe and jeweled clutch to finish your very chic look. (To buy the dress, CLICK HERE.)

(See my past post for where to buy black shoes.)

Dress 4 — Yes, you can wear a black dress to a wedding, especially when it has a beautiful jeweled neckline. The high-low hemline makes it on trend for spring. Add a pop of color by pairing this dress with bright red or pewter shoes. For extra formal weddings, just add simple black shoes. Drop earrings and a simple bracelet are the perfect complements. (To buy the dress, CLICK HERE.)

Dress 5 — A floral print is a great pattern for a summer wedding and this dress is still very chic and wedding-perfect. Pair this dress with simple nude or black heels to allow the pattern to stand out. Simple earrings and a great bracelet finish the look. (To buy the dress, CLICK HERE.)

Dress 6 — The color of this blue dress is gorgeous on most skin tones. The ruffle detail adds a fun, flirty edge and the wrap-dress like quality flatters most body types. Use beautiful jewel tone shoes or a simple pattern to complement the dress. Chandelier earrings will frame your face. (To buy the dress, CLICK HERE.)

Dress 7 — This is a personal favorite of mine. The print on this dress is not only perfect for summer, but can transition easily into the fall. It's a beautiful, fun dress and the style of it will keep you cool in these hot summer months. Let the dress stand out by wearing nude shoes and minimal jewelry. A simple clutch is also a great way to complete your style. (To buy the dress, CLICK HERE.)

Dress 8 — This lace dress is perfect for a formal wedding. The color is beautiful and the simple style lets you pair any type of jewelry that you would like. Wear a great long necklace (like in the picture), or stick to simple earrings. Also feel free to pair this dress with a patterned or solid shoe. Let your personality show through in your accessories. (To buy the dress, CLICK HERE.)

All of these dresses will have you dancing and toasting for the happy couple, while keeping you cool, stylish and comfortable. The worry is over — it's time to enjoy. And please, leave the white dresses to the bride.

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