If you have chosen a simple style of dress with an open neckline, then the necklace becomes
the fashion statement. The color of your dress will determine the colors in your necklace. If your dress is beaded or has sequins, you might not need anything more than earrings.
If wearing a suit or jacket, consider one noteworthy broach accented with simple earrings. If a dramatic neckline makes a statement on its own, all you will need is a pair of stunning earrings. Rather than wearing a lot of jewelry, many women prefer to carry a small, beaded or glittery clutch to tuck in a hanky and lipstick. A more contemporary look for the purse is to choose a fun color to match your dress rather than trying to match your shoes.
If you are wearing a sleeveless or strapless dress or sheer fabric, do consider a coverup for later on when temperatures drop or when you depart from the reception facility. If your dress is custom-made, a jacket can be made to match it, or bring a swatch of the fabric when shopping for a jacket. We suggest a jacket rather than a wrap as you will be moving around a lot.
Today, many lovely shoe designs are available in comfort styles. You are likely to be wearing the shoes for a long stretch and be on your feet much of the day, perhaps walking a lot and dancing. It is really important to choose shoes with hidden comfort features such as extra padding and heels placed on the shoe in such a way that your foot is cradled. Today, there are many designers who offer comfortable sandals and pumps for dressy occasions, available with either low or high heels. Fabric or leather pumps or high-heeled sandals are more worn and can be found in a wide range of formal colors such as silver or gold. Know beforehand, if possible, what kinds of surfaces you will be walking on, whether on lawn, carpet, ground or concrete. Some women say they will wear a two to three inch heel at the wedding then change to flats for the reception. Keep in mind that if you do that, with a floor length dress, it will be two inches too long at the reception.
Mom and bridesmaid wear street length. Mom has Great Legs
If you want a "second opinion" on jewelry, purse, or shoes, you may stop by the shop where you purchased your dress and ask the associate who helped you. They often enjoy seeing how all the elements of the outfit come together.
Joanie Char Boutique
537 Sutter Street
San Francisco CA 94102
Tel (415) 271-0620
Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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