No gold glitters like that which is our own. - Eliza Cook
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As a jewelry designer, I have the privilege of working with many wonderful brides, helping them to create unique earrings and necklaces for their bridesmaids, mothers and of course, themselves. I'm always honored when I receive an invitation to their extra special day but due to my schedule, I'm often unable to attend. I hope to change that in 2020. I currently have 3 invitations and more may come but my super ambitious commitment is to attend every wedding. Once I made that decision, the heart-pounding panic set in. What am I going to wear? And since I'm not a "one dress for every event" type and I'm all in on any excuse to shop, I decided that the easiest solution would be to invest in a monochromatic capsule wardrobe that I could systematically create new looks from by starting with a few amazing dresses as a base and interchange accessories for each occasion. But color. What color would be right for almost every wedding whether it's during the day or at night, semi-formal or formal? I chose Metallic Gold for its ease and versatility. Shimmery colors the "glam neutrals" of the color spectrum. Gone is the time when shimmer was relegated for after dark affairs. Metallics, including Bronze, Silver and the ever-popular Rose Gold are easy to wear, can be found in almost every clothing store for every budget and in all sizes.
Here is my capsule wardrobe, starting with 3 amazing dresses, all from Nordstrom:
dresses from left to right:
GLITZY: FRENCH CONNECTION Emille Sparkle Long Sleeve Sequin Sheath Dress
SEXY: LULUS Love & Luxury Metallic Plissé Cocktail Dress
GLAMOROUS: ELIZA J Ruched Evening Gown
A great handbag with exquisite detailing is a must for me but it must be functional as well. These 3 clutches from Bloomingdale's get my sparkly thumbs up!:
clutch handbags from left to right:
ROMANTIC: Marc Jacobs Metallic Leather Clutch
SOPHISTICATED: MICHAEL Michael Kors LouLou Envelope Clutch
CHIC: From St Xavier Chevy Beaded Clutch
Finally, a comfortable pair of shoes complete the looks - HEAVY emphasis on COMFORT. Since lots of mingling and dancing are the 2nd best parts of any wedding (the nuptials are the 1st!), selecting the right footwear is so important. I don't normally associate comfort with a high heel. Frankly, I rarely find any that I can honestly say are a pleasure to wear but all 3 of the shoes I found at Macy's are well made and after considerable testing, I can say will get you through several hours of socializing without killing your feet. And they're gorgeous too!:
shoes from left to right:
STYLISH: Vince Camuto Reesera Dress Sandals
CLASSIC: kate spade new york Sterling Dress Shoes
POSH: Katy Perry Rayann Ballet Flats
Don't be afraid to mix different shades and textures of whatever Metallic Gold or whatever metallic you choose. There are no rules! Gold on gold just works for almost any formal-leaning event!
Until next time, here's to living a color-filled life!
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