While technically wedding season takes place smack-dab in the middle of summer (June is often the most popular month), we find that another super-popular time for couples to say "I do" is October. The weather is just getting nice and crisp, the leaves are turning, and romance is definitely in the air.
All that is fine and swell, but dressing for such an affair as a guest can be quite the challenge. It's often too cold for your go-to slip dresses, and strappy sandals are pretty much out of season. What's a stylish girl to do?
Let the professionals help you with this daunting task. Keep scrolling to see, once and for all, the best tactics for dressing for an October wedding.
Think in jewel tones: deep reds, purples, and oranges.
Rich jewel tones are never a bad idea, and with shades like bold red dominating seasonal trends, they're also quite timely. All ranges of jewel colors are particularly appropriate for formal occasions like weddings, where a more elevated look is called for.
Don't wear open-toe shoes.
Wearing open-toe shoes of any sort to a fall wedding might earn you a few sideways glances. The style tends to be less dressy, in general, and the season calls for a closed-toe iteration, like classic pumps or statement shoes.
Do bring a sleek scarf of wrap.
This one is crucial: If you are attending a wedding in October, don't let your outerwear be an afterthought. Having a sleek yet functional shawl or throw will come in handy if the party moves outside.
No matter your personal style preference, if there's one universal go-to for fall wedding dressing, it's luxe fabrics. This season is all about velvet, satin, silk, and lace. Get in on the trend and turn heads with eye-catching materials that are plenty dressy for the occasion.
Looking for some bridal inspiration? Take a look at the prettiest wedding-day designs, straight from New York Bridal Fashion Week.
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This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated.