I am invited to a Rustic wedding in North Carolina in November with the reception being held at a southern country restaurant at 4:00pm. When I asked what I should wear, I was told something for a Rustic wedding, but no further details were forthcoming. Can you, please, suggest something for a sixty-five-year old woman to wear to a Rustic wedding.
–Ann, Wilmington, NC
As this isn’t a costume party, wear what you would wear to a cocktail party, birthday party or shower in the early evening in November. The quality of the clothing is more important that the dressiness of the outfit. The wedding couple are having a relaxed rustic, country wedding; the kind that often takes place in a renovated barn, but this one is being held in a southern country restaurant. It is not a Black Tie wedding with men in tuxedos.
The men probably won’t be donning jackets or ties and the women will be wearing their chicest rustic clothing: think bohemian, retro hippie, hipster, country, mountain.
There will be crochet dresses, shags, lots of fringe on jackets, skirts, and boots, as well as modern hippie style — long skirt with a pretty blouse belted and dangling earrings or cool necklace.
Here are photos of rustic weddings taken recently in North Carolina to help you get a feel for what the festivities will be like:
If that’s not your style — and since we don’t know anything about your tastes or body type — go with a fresh and modern look like an outfit from Eileen Fisher that focuses on form and texture, such as this easy long velvet tunic from eileenfisher.com:
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