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How to look great at a wedding this summer

It’s June, the season for a blizzard of weddings. All across the nation, brides have been been biting their nails over the details of their wedding gown, but what about the guests? What to wear so that you look good and yet don’t take away from the happy couple’s big day? To help us with the latest wedding-wear trends is “Today” style editor offers some solutions, taking time and locatio
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It’s June, the season for a blizzard of weddings. All across the nation, brides have been been biting their nails over the details of their wedding gown, but what about the guests? What to wear so that you look good and yet don’t take away from the happy couple’s big day? To help us with the latest wedding-wear trends is “Today” style editor offers some solutions, taking time and location into consideration.

What to think about when picking a wedding-guest outfit

  • Consider the location of the wedding and the person who is having it. Is it in a garden, at a country club, on the beach?
  • When trying to decide what's appropriate to wear to a wedding, thinking about fabrics can help you. Cotton or linen is less dressy (for casual or afternoon weddings); Silk (suit or dress) is appropriate for a more formal afternoon wedding; chiffon, silk or metallic touches (i.e: a top, cardigan sweater, shoes) are good choices for casually dressy weddings; satin, charmeuse, chiffon, silk are fabrics for formal weddings (also look for details like beading on gowns or shoes).
  • Only wear long gowns when the invitation says, Black-tie or Formal
  • Wearing black to an evening wedding is acceptable
  • When in doubt, it's better to be underdressed than overdressed



What’s hot this summer – and suitable for a wedding?

  • Color, especially pink, peach, lime green, blue
  • Ribbon details. as belts or on empire waists
  • Floaty, feminine chiffon fabrics; charmeuse dresses
  • Asymetrical hemlines
  • Metallics (clothes and accessories); especially gold and silver
  • Ruffles on dresses or skirts and ruching on dresses
  • Polka dots, floral designs
  • Knee-lengths and, for younger girls, shorter skirts, including tennis-inspired skirts with pleats
  • Pants are either cropped (just above the ankles) or longer and flowy
  • Cardigan sweaters worn with dresses
  • Hats for afternoon weddings



Here are details on the outfits seen on the “Today” show, which were picked to be appropriate for a variety of weddings:

Casual daytime wedding (teenage guest)

Tennis-inspired pleated mini skirt, gray with pink polka dots, pearl belt with pink ribbon tie, from Periscope, $29.99

Big pearl earrings (same size as belt) from Carolee, $45

Pink strappy sandals with flower decoration from Hollywould, $325

Trends: tennis-inspired skirts, polka dots, ribbon belts, pearls with ribbon ties, pink

Destination daytime wedding (probably at a resort)

Green cotton strapless dress with matching grosgrain ribbon around empire waist, Audrey Hepburn-ish, '50s inspired from Express, $64

Straw hat with flowers from Eric Javits

Pearls or gold jewelry from KEP Designs

Trends: green, '50s inspired dresses, strapless dresses, ribbon detailing

Formal daytime wedding

Aqua silk suit, retro ladylike style (a la Jackie 0), cropped jacket with matching aqua silk buttons,3/4 length sleeves, matching straight skirt, from M.A.G. Magashoni, jacket, $224 skirt, $148

Striped summer tweed suit in silk with woven raffia. Stripes are coral, pink, ivory, taupe. Jacket is fitted with a hidden zipper and a coral satin ribbon belt, straight skirt, from Carmen Marc Valvo collection; jacket $385, skirt $255

Evening wedding, not too formal(dress)

Peach colored chiffon cocktail dress with beaded straps; dress has ruching and flowy chiffon layers to the knee, from ABS, $20

Gold strappy sandals from Stuart Weitzman

Long earrings with colored stones from Fragments

Trends: peach, floral, chiffon, feminine dresses, ruching (ruching tip: helps disguise a bit of stomach), and ruffles

Evening wedding, not too formal (pants)

Wide-leg black pant with sheer overlay from Tadashi, $168, with silver poncho from BCBG Max Azria, $78 (black cami underneath)

Silver clutch bag from Lamberston Truex

Black strappy sandals

Silver and black dangling flower earrings from Fragments, $86

Trends: Anything silver, ponchos, pink, flowy feminine tops

Formal wedding

Long gold dress in silk charmeuse fabric (originally used in lingerie), v-neck front with twist in front and back, criss cross low back, sash tie, long back hemline, from Bloomingdales by Dina Bar-El, $506

Gold flats from Delman,  $215

Earrings from Fragments

Hats

For casual afternoon wedding: orange wide brim cotton hat with taupe detailing from Talbots, $44,

For formal afternoon wedding: Milan (pronounced me-lan) straw boater-style hat with pnk colored border on brim and pink silk flowers; hat has simple crown with a brim that goes out and down so eyes peak out a bit, by Anne Moore, $215. (Milan straw is a high-quality summer straw.)

For formal afternoon wedding: Lavender '20s style picture hat in parasisal straw; with vintage silk irises, by Louise Green, $215

For formal afternoon wedding:  Packable nylon lantern-styled brim hat in tones of tea; with silk chiffon sash around crown, by Eric Javits, $375

Judy Gordon is a New York-based style consultant and the “Today” show’s style editor. She has been covering the fashion and beauty beat for the past decade. To learn more, you can visit her Web site, TheTrendReport.com, which highlights style trends in America.