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Wedding Guest Fashion: Black Tie

My life has completely been taken over by weddings!  By the end of September I will pretty much be able to add professional wedding guest/bridal party member to my resume.  Weddings are the ultimate party and the most special of celebrations.  Everyone is happy, ready to have a good time and you can feel the love in the air.  Weddings are also so wonderful because they provide the perfect opportunity to dress up, which if you are a follower of the blog you know I love to do.  Dressing fabulously and flawlessly for weddings can be tricky  at times and because of this I decided to put together a weeklong Spring/Summer Wedding Guest Dress for Success Guide.

To put this post together I turned to some of D.C.’s glamour staples.  Carine’s Bridal Atelier provided the gorgeous dresses.  I also sat down with Carine and chatted with her about wedding trends, bridal market, her beautiful boutique and so much more.  For the video of this interview head over to Carine’s blog & Facebook page.  For the baubles I, of course, turned to Charm Georgetown & Fornash.  As you know accessories provide the perfect finishing touch to each look and must be given as much attention as the clothes themselves.  Special thank you to Jackie from Charm for graciously opening up her store to me and helping me complete each ensemble.  Also, in case you missed it check out my exclusive (vintage) interview with Jackie here.  For the hair I turned to none other than Drybar.  This was my first Drybar experience and it was absolutely amazing!  The staff was super friendly and knowledgable, the atmosphere was absolute perfection and of course the blow out was impeccable.  My stylist even instructed me on how to secure an easy and fabulous up do.  I could not recommend Drybar more highly!

And now for today’s wedding look feature….the black tie wedding.  Black tie is less common, but with that said it is virtually impossible to make it through wedding season without being invited to one black tie wedding.  I love long dresses so I jump at the opportunity to wear a long gown.  Floor length gowns are also the most appropriate for a black tie wedding or function, but a shorter dress can work, but really go long, when else will you be able to!  Long gowns are also flattering for all body types and just truly stunning.

Gown: Nicole Miller, Jewelry: Charm Georgetown, Blowout & Up do tips: Dry Bar

Gown: Nicole Miller c/o Carine’s Bridal, Jewelry: Charm Georgetown, Blowout & Up do tips: Drybar

The draping of the dress is incredible, but also calls for an up do.  Always make sure your hair complements the gown.

The draping of the dress is incredible, but also calls for an up do. Always make sure your hair complements the gown.

black tie fashion

The back is just EVERYTHING!

If you choose a more subdued color, vamp up your look with a bright lip or dramatic eye.

If you choose a more subdued color, vamp up your look with a bright lip or dramatic eye.

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One of the most magical things about this gown is that the bottom is sequins with a chiffon overlay, which gives the gown a subdued sparkle.

Black tie fashion

When going long remember the hemmed length is crucial.

Seeking shade and showing off the gorgeous jewels.

Seeking shade and showing off the gorgeous jewels.

Black tie fashion

Whatever you wear, make sure you have fun in it!

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Black and White

Black and White was all over the Spring 2013 runways and I am beyond obsessed!  I already shared my spring uniform with you, and I have a sneaking suspicion that a lot of my spring looks will consist of this unbeatable duo.  I think one of the reasons I am so in love with black and white is because it is unexpected for spring.  It is a welcome departure from pastels and bright colors and instead introduces a visually mesmerizing contrast of opposites.  This trend is also wonderful because all the ingredients for a successful ensemble are in your closet already!

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Obsessed with this elegant mixture of prints!

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black and white

Leather is another huge (and slightly unexpected) trend for spring and I could not be more obsessed.

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Victoria Beckham black and white

Victoria Beckham in a beautifully classic black and white ensemble

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black and white

Another fun way to spice up this trend is to introduce a bold print

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black and white

Love every component of this outfit and absolutely need that jacket!

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black and white stripes

I am also all about stripes this spring and have a serious weakness for anything backless.

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ICB by Prabal Gurung Spring 2013

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Louis Vuitton Spring 2013

Louis Vuitton Spring 2013

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black and white Christy Turlington Linda Evangelista

Vintage Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista for Vogue

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Resort Wear (part II)

Sadly, I am no longer in Hawaii, waking up to freshly cut mango and papaya, listening to the waves gently crash into the beach.  Instead, I am in the muggy East Coast and back to the daily grind.  So in my last attempt to hold onto the islands, I’m sharing a few more pictures from my vacation.  Similar to my previous resort wear post, this post features clothes that easily translate from resort wear to ready to wear, giving the clothes more currency.

Special thank you to Marissa for modeling and for being fabulous and to Kyle for lending his incredible photography skills.  To see more of Kyle’s work go to kyleboynton.com.

This outfit is perfect for chilly Hawaii nights and also early fall evenings. I love the strong shoulders in this blouse and peek-a-boo back.  I also aggressively ignore the no white after Labor Day rule.

Blouse: Gracia (found here), Pants: Seven for all Mankind (last season), Shoes: DVF (old), Clutch: Gigee Marie (similar found here), Necklace: Eastern Market, Sunglasses: Ray Ban (found here), Bracelets: Random Assortment, Rings: Annie Cream Cheese (shop here) & Charm Georgetown (shop here)

Details make an outfit

I love love love this dress! Resort wear at it’s finest, it is also perfect for a summer wedding, and would look super cute with a cropped leather jacket.

Dress: Alice + Olivia (found here), Shoes: Christian Louboutin (last season), Earrings: Kendra Scott (found here), Bracelets: J. Crew (found here) & David Yurman (found here), Watch: Rolex, Sunglasses: Tom Ford (found here), Clutch: Nanette Lepore (last season)

tropical perfection

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Studs are the perfect way to add a little edge to your look.  An accessory that once belonged exclusively to bikers and punks can now easily be integrated into any outfit!  From hardcore leather jackets to subtle bangles to flashy flats, studs are for EVERYONE!

I LOVE the intensity of this jacket, yet it still seems so accesible.

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I love anything backless and the studs just take the dress to a new level

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MK Olsen with Alexander Wang's Coco Mini Studded Bag. This bag is my current obsession! Mr. Wang, you are a genius! MK, you're pretty fab too!

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I love the exaggerated stud bracelet--perfect in every way

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Fur + studs = fabulous! I love the quick peak of studs that only layered perfection can offer

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Simply fab!

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Wonderfully edgy! I love it all--the tan leather, studs, sharp black heel combination. This look is fearless!

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Sam Edelman Adena Flats--I die for these

I love the juxtaposition of a classic trench and studded sleeves. What an unexpected and flawless combination

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I LOVE the accessory combination here! Also, any of these pieces would be lovely if worn alone.

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Perfect spring pant!

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