Fall weddings have a special charm all their own. Figuring out what to wear to an autumn wedding can present its own unique challenges, as well. This handy guide will help all guests to figure out what to wear to a fall wedding.
Dressing for fall can be a bit tougher than it is for a summer wedding. In the warmer months, pretty dresses and skirts abound in the stores. Although you have to deal with the usual considerations of what is flattering and what is appropriate for the particular wedding to which you have been invited, at least you will have a wide selection from which to choose.
This is not always the case in the fall, especially if you are a fan of wearing a dress to a wedding, as I am. I remember one October wedding to which I was invited in a year that turned out to be a veritable dress drought. The sheer and summery sundresses lingering on the clearance racks were not going to fit the bill, and yet there were no other daytime dresses coming in that seemed right for a festive event in the autumn, only business like shift dresses to wear under a suit jacket. Attractive, perhaps but not festive.
And it was not until closer to the holiday season that more festive pieces were scheduled to arrive (as I found out by grilling the sales associates about upcoming arrivals in a desperate hope to find anything to wear to this wedding). At the last minute, a pretty chocolate brown velvet knee length skirt with pink embroidery arrived in a local shop, along with a matching pink silk twinset. Not really what I had hoped to find (velvet in October is a bit early, in my opinion), however it was pretty and available, so I bought it.
Happily this year, there are at least a few dresses being shown in the shops that one could wear to a daytime wedding. The best of them are wrap dresses in soft materials in lovely fall colors like cranberry. This is a versatile style that is flattering to most figures, not summery or Christmasy, and easy to accessorize according the particular wedding. For instance, for a morning wedding, you could add a pair of low shoes in a patterned silk and some delicate gold jewelry. The same dress could be worn for a late afternoon wedding by pairing it with a pair of high heel patent leather shoes with a round toe and layers of crystal wedding jewelry in pretty fall colors.
Ruffles are big for fall this year, which means that there are plenty of feminine pieces available to wear to a wedding. If your prefer separates, try a ruffled cardigan over a dressy tank paired with a pretty skirt. Accessories are key to making this outfit dressy enough to wear to a wedding, so be sure that your shoes and bag scream “special occasion”, not “day at the office”. Metallic gold or bronze details will ensure that your ensemble is party worthy.
For an evening wedding in the fall, the choices get a bit easier. A long dress or fancy cocktail dress in warm or deep shades is perfect. Just be certain to select a heavy enough fabric; dupioni, faille, and satin are all wonderful for fall, but chiffon or organza are too light. Add a wrap to ward off the evening chill, and you will be a picture perfect fall wedding guest!