Let it Fall!

The first conversation I overheard this morning was between my cube neighbors at work.  Both have been to numerous weddings this summer which will continue into the fall. I couldn’t help but hear one ask the other, “What do I wear to a fall wedding?!” 

Changing of seasons when summer temperatures still linger can be tricky.  If you attend a wedding right after Labor Day, but it’s still 85 degrees outside, can you still wear bright colors and a short frock?  Below are a few FAQs, and hopefully, helpful hints!

Can I wear bright colors after Labor Day?
Yes. Bright colors are acceptable year round.  Bright colors or jewel tones can be worn in the winter, but look best when pairsed with black tights or stockings.  NOTE:  No one wears nude pantyhose, please don’t. Even in winter. Sh. Stop.

What dress length is acceptable for fall?
If you are not wearing stockings or tights, a fall dress should hit right below, at, or above the knee (less than an inch or 2 either way). 

What if I wear black tights?
A short dress with black tights is fine. However, if it’s not cold enough to cover your legs, leave them out. You don’t want to jump the weather wagon too soon.

Is a strapless dress still appropriate?
Leave the strapless behind for fall if you plan on wearing a short or bright colored dress.  They can appear more summer-like.  However, darker colors and a longer length make strapless dresses appropriate.  Pair with a mini sweater or pashmina (thank you JCrew).

What about black?!
When is a little black dress ever bad?  There's a reason why the LBD has been coveted as a wardrobe must-have.  I have to give a shout out to my friend Adrienne for her impeccable taste at a wedding we attended earlier this summer.  Adrienne wore a DVF black wrap dress that was perfection. She paired her LBD with a pair of nude, patent leather pumps, clutch, and neutral jewelry.  It was the ideal wedding guest outfit.

PERSONAL FAVORITE:  Diane Von Furstenberg, Piperlime, JCrew

When does floor length become acceptable?
Floor length is always acceptable, but it depends on the “attire” for the affair. If the invitation says anything less than formal or black-tie, leave the lengthy duds at home.

Consider wearing a dress with ¾ length sleeves.  I love this idea for fall because it counter-balances a shorter skirt. For my sisters rehearsal dinner I wanted a colorful, shorter dress, that was still autumnal. Guess which one is me!

What are the best colors for fall?
Wine/Burgundy, Neutrals, Black, NAVY!  Navy can be worn year round and doesn’t discriminate- EVERYONE looks good in Navy.

Email any questions to charlottelucey.info@gmail.com Have a great fall season everyone! 

Photo Sources: DVF Genevieve Wrap Dress, JCrew Ashley Dress