Fashion Friday: What To Wear For Wedding Season

Spring and summer mean wedding season for a lot of you, and that means it’s time to perform the panic-stricken “I have a wedding this weekend what do I wear?!?!” shopping trips! To help you out I pulled some dress/shoe pairings from for a variety of types of weddings from Nordstrom to give you a head start! CLICK IMAGES FOR LINKS!

FORMAL: Statement earrings complete this look

CITY: Keep it simple with some gold bangles and a funky gold clutch.

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SEASHORE: Pearl studs top it off.

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FORMAL GARDEN: Keep jewelry very simple and subtle to let the bold dress do the talking.

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CASUAL GARDEN: Delicate gold earrings and a raffia woven clutch would look great.


CLASSIC FORMAL/BLACK TIE: Be sure to check out the back of this one!


BLACK TIE: Diamond studs or modern drop earrings are a must.

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HOT SUMMER DAYTIME: A statement necklace or big, fun earrings help add interest.


INFORMAL BEACH: Gold hoops or dangley earrings and some gold bangles keep it dressy but laid back.


TAKE YOU ANYWHERE 1: Add a bold earring.


FUN & FUNKY FORMAL: Simple, clean gold jewels here since the dress is so interesting!


TRADITIONAL FORMAL: This also needs just a simple stud earring.


TAKE YOU ANYWHERE 2: Cool gold cuffs add a modern touch.



This post was sponsored by Nordstrom. All selections and opinions are my own.



21 Responses to “Fashion Friday: What To Wear For Wedding Season”

  1. Deanna says:

    I have a wedding in January. I hope you’ll do this again!

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  3. Julie says:

    the first dress is absolutely stunning! really fantastic round up, Erin! have a wonderful weekend!

  4. I have a wedding to go to tonight and been agonizing over what to wear all week…thank you!!!

  5. Lisa says:

    Thank you for this post! Are nude heels appropriate to wear with a black sheath dress?

  6. Karen says:

    This isn’t meant as a passive aggressive question at all, but I’m just curious because I don’t have that many weddings in my social circle (plus I’m in Utah, where most weddings involve “child” brides and a bowl of fruit punch)–but: Is it appropriate to wear black to a wedding? Has that old etiquette gone out the window?

  7. Erin says:

    Lisa- yes you totally can! A good nude scrappy heel should look great with just about any dress made!!!
    And Karen- I have worn black to formal weddings (evening only). I think that rule goes the way of a lot of more old school dress code rules that people don’t follow much anymore!

  8. Stephanie says:

    Great picks! SO could have used this last week when I was looking for a dress for a wedding tomorrow.

  9. Lily says:

    My faves are the formal garden and the city — but they’re all great! I hope you’ll do more for winter weddings!

    x Lily

  10. Sheila Gustafson says:

    You have beautiful taste, Erin. Every dress and shoe combination is to die for!

  11. Charone says:

    I’m attending a formal evening wedding in July and am wearing a navy cocktail dress… silver or navy shoes/bag? What type of accessories? No necklaces it has a dramatic neckline. Any advice would be appreciated!

  12. deb says:

    your selection is awesome,…..thnx! could’ve used this last sister got married at gooserocksbeach and had the reception at “Earth”– a special spot! happy weekend! do you manage to crank out post after post after post? i’m in admiration!

  13. Erin Gates says:

    Charone- with navy I’d do nude or gold shoes!

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  17. Meredith says:

    I wore the Tadashi Shoji dress featured in your first photo in cream for my rehearsal dinner and can honestly say it’s my favorite dress (other than my wedding dress) I’ve ever worn! It’s so comfortable and flattering. I may just hae to get it in a different color :)
    you’ve pulled together some great looks!

  18. Kelly says:

    i am loving all the metallic shoes this season. Hope this trend sticks around!

  19. Mags says:

    I wore the sole society Ceci for a recent wedding- similar to many of the shoes you featured (and available at nordstrom) but a lower price point. They’re metallic, strappy but substantial, and gorgeous!


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