A friend I went to college with is getting married on November 22 at 2 pm with a 6 pm reception in New York. What’s an appropriate dress style and color since it will be late fall and colder. Is it too cold for a sleeveless or one shoulder dress?
It would be good to get a better sense of the formality of the reception. When the wedding invitation does not specify Black Tie or Formal Attire, you can assume the dress code is Suits & Dresses. That means a beautiful knee-length cocktail dress with great shoes and a small clutch bag.
To illustrate the styles and colors trending for women this season we recommend the website Rent the Runway, renttherunway.com. Continue to Weddings-Guest-Fall/Weddings or Dresses, where you’ll find the following dresses (The last one listed is shown here, because it is the kind of dress that looks wonderful on the dance floor.):
Rachel Roy: Eye Gazer Sheath
Carmen Marco Valvo: Red Alert Dress
Carmen Marco Valvo: Spin in Scuba Dress
Vera Wang: Skipping Rocks Sheath
Zac Zac Posen: Hibiscus Print Silk Dress
We like Rent the Runway, because you can rent, buy, or simply get ideas as to what dresses are available in your local department store. Furthermore, it shows you which accessories look best. Spend some time scrolling through the trending dresses to find one that suits your style, coloring and shape.
You need not worry about sleeve length, because you will be wearing a warm coat over your flirty sleeveless or one shoulder dress. A strapless dress might be chilly in the church, but you could always wear a pretty sweater under your coat to keep you warm during the church service and ceremony. Since most of the houses of worship in NYC are decently heated, you really don’t have to worry about being cold during the ceremony.
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