What to Wear to a Spring Wedding

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The requests for wedding guest dresses keep pouring in, so I’m teaming up with Nordstrom to style two head-to-toe looks that are perfect for dressy-casual weddings and other spring events with a similar dress code.

Maggy London dress (size 6) // Sam Edelman heels (size 8) // Coach handbag // similar Kendra Scott earrings // Kendra Scott necklace

One of the best things about shopping at Nordstrom is you can find everything you need for your entire outfit. In addition to a great selection of dresses, they have all the shoes, bags, and accessories you need to complete your look. And if you need alterations, they’ve got that covered too! You simply can’t beat the convenience of one-stop shopping and alterations.

This dress is by Maggy London, a designer I’ve come to rely on for quality dresses with modern styles and timeless silhouettes that don’t break the bank. It’s a bit of a departure from my typical sheath, but I really like it.

The color palette is fresh and pretty, and the abstract print isn’t too precious, the way florals can be. The fixed ties at the shoulders and the waist add a nice detail, and it has a great drape. It isn’t lined, but I didn’t feel the need to wear a slip. I did wear some lightweight shaping shorts, though.

I accessorized with delicate gold jewelry that complements the feminine style of the dress. I didn’t want anything that would overwhelm it. These Kendra Scott chain link hoops sold out, but the her Maggie hoops are similar, and I wore this multi-strand Clove necklace that I like in the neckline of dressier tops.

These gold sandals tie in with the gold jewelry and keep the focus on the dress, and I carried my Coach Tabby shoulder bag with the shorter strap. The reviews are mixed, but I carried this bag a ton when I was in Florida, and I didn’t have any issues with the strap coming off.

This dress runs true to size or you may want to size down if in between. I tried both the 6 and the 8 and ended up keeping the 6. I also pinned the front to keep it from being too revealing, but I plan to take it back to Nordstrom and have them tailor it. It should be an easy alteration.

For my second look, I wore another Maggy London dress, and this one is a little more my usual style with the sheath silhouette.

Maggy London dress (size 8; option) // Sam Eldeman heels (size 8) // Coach handbag // similar Kendra Scott earrings // Kendra Scott necklace

I really like the shape of the v-neck and the ruching detail on the side. The sleeves are short, but they still offer some coverage for those who like that.

I’m a little conflicted on the below-the-knee length skirt, though. I might have it hemmed up about an inch, but it’s nice that it gives you some extra length to play with. I’m only 5’5″, but I’m sure I’d appreciate that if I were taller. This dress is low inventory, so here’s a similar style.

I wore the same gold earrings and necklace with this dress, and here’s a better shot of those Sam Edelman sandals.

I’ve had my eye on these for months, ever since I noticed them in the black suede, but this gold leather is perfect for pairing with summer pants and dresses. The cylindrical heel is a modern touch, and they’re quite comfortable on the foot. The ankle strap keeps them secure.

I love how the sandals pick up the gold from the hardware on my bag.

Style Tip: Having a go-to shoe and bag combination like this one makes putting outfits together so much easier. I know these work together, and being neutrals, they will complement so many of my spring/summer outfits.

While this dress would be nice for a spring/summer wedding, it will also work for lots of other events. I like how it offers structure without being clingy, and this shade of red is stunning. I would say this dress runs true to size, or size up if in between. I’m wearing the size 8.

As always, when you shop at Nordstrom, you get their free shipping and free returns. And don’t forget about their BOPUS (Buy Online Pick Up in Store) and contactless curbside pickup options.

And if you aren’t already a Nordy Club member, be sure to sign up so you can start earning points toward Nordstrom Notes when you shop. You also get to enjoy exclusive perks like members-only access to sales, offers, and events — like the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which is just around the corner!

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17 thoughts on “What to Wear to a Spring Wedding

  1. I would wear both of these dresses….except I am only 5’1”, so they wouldn’t work for me. But they both look great on you, and I have the exact body type in a petite version.

  2. Growing up, I always heard there were three colors you never wear to a wedding: white, black, and red.
    White for obvious reasons, black because of the association with mourning ( which clearly is no longer the case…see black at weddings all the time), and red because it is too attention-grabbing and it isn’t your day.

    Just funny how our fashion “rules” change. I love red and it’s one of my best colors but I’m not sure if I would feel comfortable wearing it to a wedding! Haha…those voices must still be in my head.

    1. Yeah, you know, I was thinking that too when I picked this dress. I do usually steer clear of recommending red for weddings, but I did wear a similar dress to this (it was more of a pink) to a wedding a few years ago, and I felt it was appropriate. https://jolynneshane.com/what-i-wore-late-summer-wedding.html

      The only color rule that is really still a thing these days is white. I would never wear white or ivory to a wedding, unless it was requested. I have definitely worn black, and that is no longer taboo. Not sure about red, but I feel like this one would be okay because it’s modest and a classic style. Maybe I’m off-base, though. 🙂

  3. I love both of these dresses and they look so pretty on you. I wish I had an occasion coming up to wear one to! Thank you for the tips regarding the shoe and purse combination. It was very helpful.

  4. I love the red dress but I do shy away from wearing red at a wedding!
    I’m wondering if you have any suggestions. I have a friend who is step mother of the groom and we are having a difficult time finding her a dress. I think the style of this red one would be nice, maybe something a tad bit fancier. She does not want to wear a long dress but wants to look nice and yet not impose on the mother of the groom. Any suggestions? The wedding is in August, not black tie but at a nice venue

    1. I’m in the same position, step mother of the bride in a summer wedding. . My goals are the same, I don’t want to outshine the mother and I do want something a little fancy. But probably not long because it is an outdoor wedding. I’m thinking lace or a dress with beading would be appropriate. Just started looking so I would appreciate any thoughts

  5. Love both looks but the red is just stunning. Works so well with the gold. The hem is fine, but I would probably raise it an inch or so(and I love those earrings).

  6. I love the blue dress and could see it at an indoor or outdoor wedding– though I’d change up the shoes for something lower/more stable for an outdoor wedding. I think the red dress is gorgeous and just fine for a wedding. It would also make a great cocktail party dress. I personally prefer dresses like this to fall above the knee but I think we should all wear what we feel the greatest in.

  7. I have never heard of no red to a wedding! I have worn a black and white print dress to a wedding…with red shoes. I loved that look and got lots of compliments.

    I like both dresses shown. I think the hemline of the red is fine, but I can also see that hemming it up an inch or 2 would be pretty too.

  8. Glad I don’t have an technology issues on my side. I know how frustrating that can be for others.
    You look so pretty in both dresses and I love the backgrounds. I was just thinking how I liked the longer length of the red dress. I can see how you might want to hem some, but I really don’t think you need to as long as you wear the heel height you are wearing. At my age it would be nice to hide the saggy knees LOL.

  9. I love the red dress. Sheaths are definitely your style. I’ve never heard of not wearing red to a wedding. 🤔 It’s an elegant dress and would take you anywhere, except a funeral. Those shoes are stunning! I wish I could still wear a heel that high.
    It’s only your posts I can’t open so must be coming from your end. It’s working today though.

  10. I like both looks but prefer the second. I also think below the knee is universally more flattering.

  11. Do you have any suggestions for a dressy top to wear with black pants to a semi-formal May wedding? I don’t wear dresses or jumpsuits. When I Googled semi-formal, I got a range from business casual to cocktail attire. Thanks!

  12. I love both of these dresses on you! You have impeccable taste. I do love shopping at Nordstrom as you can find everything you need to complete any outfit.

  13. Both dresses are lovely and look great on you. I loved the accessories, too. Unfortunately, the red one has already sold out of most sizes with only sz 2 and 4 left.

  14. Love the outfits! Spring wedding outfits are somewhat easier than a Spring funeral; especially if you don’t wear black. To me a funeral is not Just to bury a person, it should be to support the remaining family and friends. I prefer to wear navy, gray, or brown. In Spring I can manage a navy outfit or 2, but, if it’s not specified by family or obit what are some other outfit colors? Help please! Sorry if I sound morbid, I didn’t mean too.

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