What to Wear for Wedding Guests: Downtown Chic in NYC

Posted by Storyboard Wedding on May 17th, 2012

Special to OneWed by Jessica of Storyboard Wedding

Whether your wedding is a year from now, this weekend, or sometime in the far off future, no matter what, at one point or another we’re all wedding guests. While there is a huge wealth of what to wear (and what NOT to wear) for brides, there isn’t much love sent the way of the folks who actually make a wedding a wedding! Together with OneWed and your contributions, I aim to fix that sadly overlooked spot in the wedding world! We will be featuring styled ensembles & events, polyvore inspirations, and my personal favorite part, our gorgeous readers as they journey through their own wedding seasons!

Snap & share your best guest looks! We want to see what you wear to each upcoming wedding, and the best wedding guest looks you spot this season.  We’ll feature our favorites, and show you lots of love! Submit your guest look photos HERE.

To get the ball rolling, our feature today is me, Jessica of Storyboard Wedding, as I head off to a Gala event (the Manhattan Cocktail Classic) at The New York Public Library. Granted this wasn’t a wedding, but the look is easily applied to a chic city formal wedding.  Let’s get into the look shall we?!

The Gala was a fun, lighthearted fete with a roaring 20’s vibe, and while my electric blue sequin frock isn’t throw back, it definitely qualified for fun! The dress is from Sean Couture, who as it turns out is mostly a prom dress designer, who knew?! The shoes were easy for me, as I had a pair I adore from a secret (no joke!) amazing shoe boutique in Buenos Aires called Comme Il Faut. If you ever find yourself in BA, it’s an absolute must!  The whimsy of the shoe paired perfectly with the dress, and the electric blue match was a no brainer.

For my accessories, I decided to play the color wheel & go with complementary colors, pairing blue with orange. I have a great faux snakeskin fold over clutch (in a dirty orange hue, and I say that lovingly), so I used this piece as my jump off point. I then went on the hunt for a statement necklace & landed on a large multiple circle stunner from Barami. Tying in my orange theme, my toes were painted in OPI for Sephora’s Hi Def polish color, with a chunky sparkle top coat of Don’t be Eggnog-ious (also from the OPI for Sephora nail collection). I gave a last minute swipe of the chunky sparkle to my fingers on the way out the door

Last but not least, let’s discuss the hair & makeup! Taking inspiration from The Piecy Pony, (ok it wasn’t inspiration so much as a not exactly well executed attempt), I styled my hair in a half up twisted pinned Mohawk look that resulted in my hair tumbling in a narrow stream down my back. Makeup wise, I took a cue from the drama of a Gala, playing up my eyes with smoky shadows and a dark khole liner, plus a hint of orangey eye shadow for coordinating pop. I opted for a nude lip to compliment the drama of the eyes and not create a mixed bag of focus on my face.

The outfit works for a number of reasons, but the main one is the color scheme and how great of a pairing it is. I utilized texture, tying together metallics & light reflecting properties to put together a cohesive and complete look. Color selection is always important, but how you choose to style those colors (including hair & makeup) can really bring the look home!

So what do you guys think? Does my Gala look work for you? Is this something you might consider for a formal wedding, bright lights & filled with sparkle?

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