Your RSVP is already sent, and the date ticks closer with every passing minute. But the question remains: What are you going to wear? Here’s your guide to the best fall wedding wardrobe for any event. The key to a fantastic wedding look is versatility. Sure, you want to look great in those Instagram snaps, but you also want pieces you can wear more than once.
The Warmth Layer
It doesn’t matter how hot your dress is; it won’t literally keep you warm. But you also need a layering piece that won’t totally overwhelm your outfit. Look for a shrug, bolero, or cropped jacket that complements your outfit without being too matchy-matchy. Leather is always a chic choice, but a chunky knit wrap is a great option for a more casual wedding.
Tights or Bare Leg?
If you’re going to wear a skirt, opaque tights are a classic accessory that’ll keep your legs warm during an outdoor ceremony. If most of the festivities are indoors, you can get away with bare legs. Look for tights in a solid non-black color to liven things up—think eggplant or teal. And if you do choose to wear stockings, skip the open-toed shoes.
Chunky Heels, Please!
Speaking of shoes, “fall” should not be taken as a command. Opt for low heels, flats, or—if you’re feeling bold—a sky-high chunky heel. Wear shoes you’ll want to dance in. Velvets, brocades, and metallics add a richness to your look. If it’s a daytime outdoor wedding, you could also wear some fabulous boots.
The vogue for velvet is still going strong, and we are here for it. Just as a velvet or brocade shoe can become the focal point of an otherwise simple outfit, a touch of luxe fabric raises your fashion game. Sequins and all-over beading can add just the right amount of sparkle when used sparingly. But if you’re doing a velvet dress, don’t pair it with velvet shoes. That’s too much of a good thing.
Have You Considered a Suit?
Did you know that you don’t have to wear a dress? It’s true! A well-cut suit—with a skirt or pants—makes a bold statement. We love a suit for a daytime wedding, but it can work even at a black-tie evening event. Just ask actress Evan Rachel Wood, who has been rocking suits for the last year on the red carpet.
Autumnal Color Story
Fall is a lovely season for rich, jewel-like colors and natural hues. Burgundy, navy, hunter green, and russet are all on-trend. Instead of going with stark white or black for neutrals, lean toward chocolate brown, champagne, or charcoal gray. And metallics are always in.
Now is not the time to be coquettish about your inner fashionista. Break out the big jewels—especially statement earrings and chunky cocktail rings. A clutch that draws in an unexpected color or texture is a fabulous way to make a statement. Think bright satin or vintage rhinestones. You’ll look like a million bucks without drawing focus from the bride, and you can wear the individual pieces again.