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Wedding Attire: Grey Goddess

Lately I’ve had an unprecedented number of wedding events to attend. My sister just got married last weekend and my best friend is getting married in a few weeks, so I’ve had plenty of showers and rehearsal dinners to attend. Weddings can be tricky occasions to dress for and no two weddings are the same. A lot of people struggle with what to wear to weddings so I thought I would do a series of posts of my favorite wedding outfits right now.

As a rule of thumb…

1. NEVER WEAR WHITE. Or cream. It’s impolite to the bride and it’s just one of those things that you don’t do.

2. Find out what the attire is. Some weddings are more formal and some are more casual… typically a long dress is not necessary unless the wedding is very formal.

3. Don’t wear something outrageous. Remember it’s not your night, it’s the bride’s! You can be glamorous without stealing her thunder.

4. Find a happy medium between comfortable and stylish. Find shoes that are cute but that you could also dance in (if you like to dance). You don’t want to be so miserable that you can’t enjoy the reception!

5. Mix statement with understated. If you’re going with a bolder looking dress, pair it with more subtle accessories. If you’re going with a solid colored dress that is more plain, find some fun jewelry or a colorful clutch or shoes to play up your outfit.

For the first outfit I was inspired by Eva Longoria at the 2008 Grammy Awards in Marchesa. Her dress is definitely pushing white, so I wouldn’t recommend this particular color for a wedding, however a lighter shade of grey is perfect for a winter wedding. I’m in love with this silk Rebecca Taylor dress – the full skirt paired with the embellished top give it a polished but fun look. It’s a very girly dress so I chose YSL pumps that are little more edgy to balance the outfit. These pumps are AMAZING and they’re currently on sale at Nordstrom. The Topshop cuff pairs perfectly with the beading on the dress and is just enough jewelry but won’t take away from the rest of the outfit. Since our outfit is already pretty matchy-matchy, grab this black beaded clutch to finish the look. Stay tuned for more looks!

  1. Rebecca Taylor strapless silk bustier dress, $495
  2. Topshop wire and bead cuff, $28
  3. Yves Saint Laurent Palais suede platform pumps, $524.90 (on sale)
  4. Moyna beaded folded over clutch, $90

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  • Reply Bex

    Hello! I came upon your site when googling my wedding dress, which is this Edimburgo! Do you know if the bride is wearing Optic White or Natural White? It only comes in two colors and I am having such a hard time deciding between them, but I love the shade of her dress in the pic! If you can find out, that would be fab ~ thanks so much! :)

    November 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply Linda

    Love your site. I have a question. We are invited to a nephew’s wedding which is being held at a winery for 6pm on that day. The invitation states at the bottom “Attire: Grey Tie” What do they mean. Thanks so much.

    June 26, 2011 at 11:26 pm
    • Reply cpetric

      Hi Linda! Thanks for the comment :) … just from the sound of it, my best guess is that it’s more of a “black tie optional” wedding. Grey tie can mean that they want it to be still be dressy, but men don’t need to wear tuxedos and women can wear cocktail or shorter length dresses. If it’s at a winery that sounds like it would be about right to me. If it’s your nephew I would double check with his mother and make sure that’s what they meant by “grey tie” before the wedding. Sounds like fun, have a great time! :)

      June 27, 2011 at 7:32 pm
  • Reply Linda

    Love your site. I have a question. We are invited to a nephew’s wedding which is being held at a winery for 6pm on that day. The invitation states at the bottom “grey attire” What do they mean. Thanks so much.

    June 26, 2011 at 10:21 pm
  • Reply rebecca taylor dress

    Hey you have posted great advice ya, coz normally one remains hooked up when it comes weddings, for what to wear and what not to wear…thanx

    February 17, 2011 at 3:43 am
  • Reply Anglea

    Where is that wedding dress from and by whom? I absolutely love it.

    December 26, 2010 at 10:24 am
    • Reply cpetric

      I know isn’t it gorgeous? It’s by San Patrick.. the Edimburgo gown but she had some custom modifications done to it. Hope that helps! :)

      December 28, 2010 at 11:37 am
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  • Reply cpetric

    I know, isn’t it fabulous? :) Thank you Kristin and congrats to you too! I love your site!

    December 24, 2010 at 5:33 pm
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  • Reply Kristin

    Fabulous advice. I’ve been most obsessed with grey for a couple seasons now and that obsession isn’t going away! Congrats on links a la mode btw!

    December 23, 2010 at 8:30 pm
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