Our own Trend Expert Sara Rogers recently joined “The Jason Show” on FOX 9 to share her fashion expertise for this year’s summer weddings. She highlighted trends for three wedding types: formal evening weddings, semi-formal daytime weddings, and destination weddings. Here are her recommendations for each.
Formal Evening Weddings
“You want to make sure you rise to the occasion,” Rogers said of these dressier weddings. “You can never go wrong with black and white.”
The Bar III suit from Macy’s (SW Court) that Rogers selected is a classic look that works for black-tie optional weddings. And if you’re looking to accessorize your look with a tie bar, Rogers had some advice, “If you’re going to wear a tie bar, it goes between the third and the fourth button—and make sure the tie bar is not wider than the tie.”
Suit jacket // Macy’s // $425
Suit pants // Macy’s // $175
Shoes // DSW // $149.95
White button-down shirt // Macy’s // $69.50
Tie // Banana Republic // $59.50
Tie bar // Macy’s // $56
Pocket square // Macy’s // $12
Belt // DSW // $29.95
Formal weddings are an opportunity to “bring it” and “step up your game” to honor the bride and groom and their wishes for a formal affair. A long gown is perfect for a black-tie wedding, while short, cocktail dresses work well for black-tie optional events. Rogers selected a gorgeous gown from Macy’s that showcases a formal look, so you can be dressy and festive while remaining on budget.
Semi-Formal Day Weddings
“After 6 o’clock, go with a darker suit,” Rogers advised. On “The Jason Show,” she showed off a navy suit from A|X Armani Exchange (Level 1, South). She paired the suit with dark blue dress shoes found at DSW. Remember, comfort (in addition to looking great) is key when you’re going to be dancing all night.
Navy jacket // A|X Armani Exchange // $200
Navy pants // A|X Armani Exchange // $120
Blue checked button-down shirt // Hammer Made // $98.50
Paisley tie // Hammer Made // $69.50
Belt // Macy’s // $39.50
Oxford shoes // DSW // $139.95
For semi-formal weddings, Rogers said the trends to keep in mind are midi-length and lace. To highlight a great look for semi-formal wedding, Rogers found a beautiful dress exclusively at Mona Williams (Level 1, West). The versatile dress can be worn for multiple occasions. Rogers even suggested that the liner can be separated and worn as a dress on its own, making it a truly multi-purpose piece for any wardrobe.
Bordeaux lace dress // Mona Williams // $250
Dangle fringe earrings // Banana Republic // $48
Clutch // DSW // $29.95
Gold rhinestone ring // Macy’s // $19.50
Nude heels with bow // Aldo // $100
Bracelet // Banana Republic // $28
“Here’s an opportunity to go with colors that bring energy,” Rogers said of the light suit she picked out and paired with a neon yellow (short sleeve) shirt. Rogers also recommended shoes you can slip out of easily in case you get sand in them—or if a margarita has you feeling like dancing on the beach.
Just because you are off to a destination wedding doesn’t mean you can’t dress to impress, Rogers said. However, she reminded us that a light and flowing fabric, such as chiffon, fits these settings best. Additionally, Rogers mentioned that shoe selection is very important. Wedges are more appropriate for beach weddings and won’t sink into the sand like heels.
Watch the full clip of “The Jason Show” below: