Friday, February 20, 2009

What to Wear: Napa Wedding

Amy is going to "take a Napa" later this year. She's got a big wedding weekend looming in the distance:
I was hoping you could give me some advice on what to wear to this wedding. I am an east coast gal who has no idea what is fashionable on the west coast. I heard people are a little more casual and do not want to mess this up.

The wedding is August 21-23. It is a three day event. Friday is a welcome dinner for all guests, Saturday is the wedding. It is outdoors at 4:00 PM followed by the reception. Sunday morning is a brunch.

It is going to be held at Beaulieu Gardens {ed: here's a real wedding held there] Rutherford, CA. 4:00 reception to follow.
Most California weddings run the complete fashion gamut. You'll have people in casual sundresses and skirts all the way up to fancy party dresses. It's a little awkward because there's not much of dress code to follow. Your best bet is to find a simple, timeless dress and wear it with confidence:

Dress - Beautiful blue silk dress from Anthropologie. On sale for $99.
Belt - In "port" (how appropriate) suede from Urban Outfitters. On sale for $20.
Shoes - I don't usually like to be this "matchy" but I think it works for this outfit. Plus, they're just very cute shoes in general. The thick heel will stop you from sinking into the lawn.
Bracelets - These egyptian gold tube bracelets are always my favorite choice for balancing out a bolder outfit.

You'll also want to bring some sort of light wrap or coat, it can get chilly at night up here in Northern California. Have a great time at the wedding!


Sara said...

wow, love the dress! any clue on how the sizing runs? (i like it that much :)

amber {daisy chain} said...

LOVE that dress! Please tell Amy, it's going to be HOT in August, like sticky hot (I'm in Sonoma, about 20 minutes away).

Chris said...

Perfect dress! Color is so good at summer weddings. I agree with Amber on the weather in Napa too.
Hot in daytime, chills off and can be foggy at night.
For the brunch I would go dressy casual - a cute top and skirt. But you will see denim at all events in NoCal so don't let it bug you!