By Anne Waters
A wedding is exciting—so much love and care packed into a day filled with family and friends. The day is normally a series of events, from the ceremony, to cocktails, to the reception. One should be dressed for the occasion.
One of the newest trends in weddings is to hold them at a vineyard or winery, and in Essex County, there is no shortage of options for couples wanting a more rustic outdoor event. Vineyard weddings may be outdoors, but this does not make them casual. In fact, they can be very sophisticated affairs, even more formal than a garden party. You may not need to wear a floor-length gown, but you are going to need a dress that is elegant and charming for the event. Furthermore, you will need to consider your comfort level over a longer period given that you will probably attend both the ceremony and the reception at one venue.
It is a great time to inject romance into your style with lace or sheer netting, which are both a part of this year’s summer collection. J/S Collections uses embellished sheer netting over a satin sheath to create an elegant and sophisticated look. Its dresses with matching boleros are also a favorite, allowing covered shoulders for the ceremony and warmth on a cool summer day. The bolero is also great for women who do not like to show their upper arms. Both dresses, shown with jacket, have empire waists, which are a great way to hide a thicker mid-section.
A trip out in the country is a great time to show off bold and bright jewel-toned dresses. I love this off-the-shoulder pink dress by Joseph Ribkoff. It has a three-quarter-length sleeve to hide the upper arms while highlighting the décolletage and neckline. It is both sophisticated and bold.
For those of you who are daring, this is a great occasion to add a hat to your ensemble. Keep the sun out of your eyes during an outdoor ceremony—and it is just darn chic. Here are a few hats we have in the store to complement any outfit you might have.
Whatever you decide, don’t forget to wear a great pair of dancing shoes and pack a matching pashmina to avoid being chilly from the air conditioning or cool weather.
Remember, your best style is confidence.