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Personal Stylist: The Wedding Guest

We style sure-hit looks for 4 different nuptial themes.
Personal Stylist: The Wedding Guest We style sure-hit looks for 4 different nuptial themes.

It’s June once again and we can all hear the wedding bells ringing. While it’s fun seeing two people in love finally tying the knot, dressing for a wedding is another story. Often we ask ourselves, how exactly does one look fab without outshining the bride? This then leaves us finding ourselves in a last minute what-to-wear dilemma.

We definitely don’t want to be underdressed but at the same time we want to look our best; weddings are big occasions after all right? Just keep in mind these few rules and you’ll be fine:

  1. Stay away from anything poofy to avoid the risk of looking like a bridesmaid, or worse, a flower girl.
  2. Leave the white dress to the bride; it’s her day after all.
  3. Nothing too "out there," because you don’t want that kind of attention. The statement should stay classy, never trashy. 
  4. Keep the wedding theme in mind so you won’t end up looking like the odd one out.
  5. Take note of important details,  like if the reception is in an air-conditioned ball room, or a garden (to avoid either sweating or freezing). 

Yes, dressing for a wedding is notoriously tricky but there’s always a solution to every quandary. Read on as we help you look your best from the ceremony to the reception. 

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A beach wedding is usually more laid-back as you can get away with wearing flats and a printed dress. Opt for a chiffon knee-length frock so you won’t feel hot under the sun and not get sand all over. You can then match it with bejeweled flats that are still apt for a wedding, and a pair of dangling earrings. >

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Keep rule number five in mind when attending a garden wedding: No matter how much ventilation is available, Manila weather is always hot! Stay away from maxidresses. Knee-length ones are fine as long as they are still wedding-appropriate, which means you can't wear your Friday-night party dress. Those with intricate details like lace or beads in a pastel or jewel tone color would be great to use. Heels should also not be too high so you won’t sink when you walk in the soil. >



Civil weddings are more intimate. Close friends and family members attend the actual ceremony and just a few more guests wait at a chosen restaurant. You can use a jumpsuit in a bold color so you can be fab without looking overdressed. Simply pair it with a statement clutch, cuff, or earring and you’re good to go. >

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