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Wedding Fashion, the Do’s and Don’ts

By Rose Marie Oliverio When asked to write something for the special Wedding Guide for Dan’s, the options that I could explore were endless. I spent several years as an event planner for fun, so needless to say the attire at some of the dream weddings that I have done flooded through my mind. Marriage is a union of two people as tradition would state, but a wedding on the other hand involves two families that consist of many women racking their brain with the age-old question “What am I going to wear?” And for those already in some state of bliss, marital or not that also involves dressing your significant other. I’m not quite sure which is more difficult. The first thing you should always find out is what color the bridal party is wearing. The last thing you ever want to do other than wear white to a wedding is to wear the same color as the bridal party.

The new spring/summer trend walking the runways and aisles for 2009 is the one-shoulder dress. This look looks great on literally everyone so maybe that’s why it has carried on into the fall and winter fashion season. Believe it or not, a one shoulder dress makes your appearance more symmetrical and the baring of one shoulder makes it undeniably, just plain sexy. If you’ll be attending a religious ceremony, don’t forget a great wrap so as not to offend anyone. Peep-toe shoes that made their debut in 2007 are still a favorite whether they are heels or flats and the season doesn’t apply. Handbags should always be small, just big enough to carry your lipstick and necessities. If you choose the one shoulder look, then anything with a strap, even the most delicate chain is a big no. Get yourself a mini clutch for just that reason since you can pair it with everything. No matter what time year, day of the week, or time of day the wedding is, you can always resort to the infamous standby “basic blacks”. If black is what you choose to do you should always liven it up with a bright pair of shoes. Try red, silver, gold, teal, and of course my all time favorite fuchsia. Your handbag should either be a matched solid version or a pat-

tern dominated with the lighter version of your shoes. All your significant other has to do now is wear a black suit and either a shirt or tie that matches your shoes. Think a pale version of your color choice for the shirt and a pattern that involves it for the tie. I’m not a big fan of solid ties, it shows no imagination whatsoever. If it’s a “Black Tie Affair” then of course the men know what to wear and it is a no-brainer, but for the women it’s a different story. Black tie is often the theme for nighttime weddings. Make it a full-length gown, preferably with a slit as long as you can tolerate it. This will stand to elongate your appearance, which looks fabulous in photos. Jewelry should be elegant but obviously in attendance. Think long, hanging earrings and yards of shiny bracelets to spark up the black. Men are lucky enough to have to do nothing other than rent a tuxedo. If you don’t already own one, try choosing a bright cummerbund to make it fun. Shirt, shoes, bowtie, and even cufflinks are always available to rent too so they’ll have more time to sit while the women try on every black gown they can find. Morning and afternoon weddings are the easiest (continued on page 36)

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Dan's Papers Sept. 25, 2009  

Dan's Papers, the 51-year-old bible of the Hamptons, is owned by Manhattan Media, a multi-media publishing company based in New York City,...

Dan's Papers Sept. 25, 2009  

Dan's Papers, the 51-year-old bible of the Hamptons, is owned by Manhattan Media, a multi-media publishing company based in New York City,...