May 22, 2013
'Tis the season for weddings, backyard bashes and all kinds of parties in between. If you're worried about the proper clothing etiquette for such occasions, there are a few easy rules that can help you look sharp wherever you go. According to Real Simple magazine, the trick is to check out the invitation first and also to learn to break a few rules.
If you've been invited to a wedding, you likely once learned that it's never OK to wear red, black or white as a guest. Though white is still a major no-no unless asked by the bride herself, wearing black and red is now totally acceptable. Now that you know you can rock most colors and be fine, it's time to figure out how fancy to go.
According to the experts, day weddings tend to be a bit more laid back and fun than night weddings. Because of this, it might be smart to opt for a simple, A-line frame dress over a more formal beaded or floor-length frock. On the same note, if the ceremony is in the afternoon with the reception at night, it's best to assume the attire is semi-formal.
A cocktail soiree
Cocktail parties are perfect for the warmer weather - especially if the host has a fabulous roof deck or other great outdoor space. While the term cocktail party used to refer to a swanky high-end affair, nowadays it can mean that or a low-key meet up with friends. The best way to look perfect no matter what is to go with a traditional dress with modest shoes and beauty products or a fun pant and blouse combo.
"Cocktail parties are dressy-casual, so you can't go wrong if you wear a top with some special details and a skirt or tailored pants, plus heels or fancy flats," Joseph Williamson, a stylist based in New York City told the news outlet. "Avoid fabrics that are too casual, like chino, jersey, and denim."
Though you might have an idea of what ensemble to wear for either occasion, figuring out how to style your hair and do your makeup is a whole new beast. According to Cosmopolitan magazine, there are a few go-to styles that work well for most occasions. Opting for a smokey eye and soft lip combo is always a win.
For this trend the experts suggest lining your top lids with black eyeliner, smudging the product a bit with a cotton swab, then adding a coat of navy eyeshadow for major drama. Add a soft powder like the Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Powder Sun Protection SPF 50 on your cheeks and sass up your lips with a rosy pink lipstick from the vast collection of Bliss products. Bliss Fabulips Instant Lip Plumper is one perfect option to complete the style.