This navy blue and blush wedding style was inspired by a sweetly lettered invitation

Dark navy blue and pink make for some ‘Inspired by the Invite’ wedding style inspiration.

Navy blue and blush wedding style

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Invitation: ‘Wonderful Union’ Wedding Invitations from Wedding Paper Divas // Dress: Amsale Lace and Tulle One Shoulder Gown from Nordstrom // Earrings: kate spade new york ‘make me blush’ earrings // Bracelet: Givenchy Crystal Bracelet // Clutch: B Metal Clutch by Steve Madden // Shoes: Michael Antonio ‘Jaxine’ Rep Sandal 

I have a new look from our ‘Inspired by the Invite‘ series! As a reminder, this is a new inspiration board where we pick some style ideas for your wedding party based on color scheme and style inspiration from the invitation suite. See the first post Metallic and Neutral wedding style for more details on the way this series started! For this look , I thought a sweet navy tulle bridesmaid dress with a bit of lace was the perfect match to this navy blue and blush invitation from Wedding Paper Divas, because it as a bit of rustic sophistication to it. Blush reads as a neutral and is an easy color to pair with navy for a classic but contemporary style! One could add blush florals and some deeper pink or gold as an accent to this pairing. It works for nearly any wedding style, but is especially great for nautical and rustic looks. I hope you love it!

Navy and blush wedding invitation from Wedding Paper Divas

Invitation: Wonderful Union’ Wedding Invitations from Wedding Paper Divas

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What to wear to this year’s holiday parties!

Gold sequin shift dress | Dress from Anthropologie

For New Year’s or a bachelorette party – or anywhere you want to be the center of attention try the Haute Rock Sequin Mini Dress from Anthropologie

It’s that time of year again, time to turn our attention to ideas for what to wear to upcoming holiday parties. If you’re stuck for a Thanksgiving look  for next week, I’ve created a collage for that, and the rest of these picks will take you through until New Year’s Eve. As you might have guessed, there are loads of sequins, and lots of red, green, blue, silver and gold! I’ll also be keeping the Holiday Dress Shop section updated with picks throughout the season! So here are the dresses that have caught my eye so far this time of year. Some of the more flashy picks are best left for parties, but many are ready to go to winter weddings as well, after all — a wedding is the best kind of party there is!

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Burgundy embellished ball gown | Adrianna Papell from NordstromBeaded Mikado Ballgown by Adrianna Papell from Nordstrom  for formal balls, gala events, and black tie winter weddings!

Navy blue skater dress with embellishment |ASOS

Scuba Skater dress from ASOS, a cute sparkly navy dress for winter semi-formal events and weddings.

Cute holiday dress with sleeves | 'Nailhead dress' by Thea from Rent the RunwayNailhead dress by Theia at Rent the Runway, the long sleeves make it perfect for the work holiday party, and the skirt makes it festive. Also great for family holiday parties or to wear to a wedding. Did you notice the pockets? Love this!

Burgundy sequin dress | Found at Rent the Runway

This tasteful silhouette combined with wine-colored sequins makes this dress the perfect and very special choice for holiday party of semi-formal evening wedding. From Merlot Sequin Sheath from Rent the Runway

Gold sequin short dress | ASOS

Another short and sweet dress that is ready for NYE or a night out with friends! ASOS Embellished Cowl Neck Short Sequin Dress

Sequin wrap dress

Cute style again in a classic navy for any holiday party! Maison Scotch Navy and Black Sequin Party Dress from Shopbop

Cute red fit and flare dress | From Rent the RunwayCute

 A red dress for the holidays is always a great choice, and I can’t resist the lace work, fit and flare style, and cross back look of this one:  Red Mark Dress by Monique Lhuillier from Rent the Runway

Emerald green cocktail dress | Anthropologie

 A classic emerald green satin dress – ready for semi-formal winter weddings or a refined holiday party. Holly Halter Dress from Anthropologie

Gray embellished evening gown | From Rent the Runway

Have a black tie event? This charcoal gray gown will stand a part from the sea of black dresses, and has that beauitful embellished look. Charcoal Gown by Badgley Mischka from Rent the Runway

Gold sequin gown with long sleeves

Looking forward to a holiday party that is a sparkling event? This ASOS Red Carpet Sequin Embellished Maxi Dress is the one to wear!

Red lace dress for the holidays | Adrianna Papell dress from Nordstrom

Adrianna Papell Embroidered Lace Midi Dress an elegant  midi length and the pretty red lace!

Black sequin short dress with long sleeves | ASOS

Black Sequin Dress from ASOS – for those who love a little black dress with a bit of sparkle!

Green velvet dress | Found at NordstromA  conservative but party-ready emerald velvet style for work holiday parties or winter weddings! Vince Camuto Velvet Cowl Neck dress from Nordstrom

Gold lace dress |Found at ModCloth

‘Fun One Like You’ Dress from ModCloth -gold beading atop lace – beautiful for holiday bridesmaids or for any wedding party!

White and gold sequin dressWhite and Gold Sequin Dress from Nordstrom  a beautiful winter white style gets ready for the holidays with an infusion of gold!

Black lace crop top ball gownJoanna Chen Mock Two Piece Ball Gown from Nordstrom looking for a formal gown with modern styling? This crop top actually has cold-temp coverage, and the stylish look of two pieces.

Silver dress | Found at Anthropopologie

Shimmered Neve Dress from Anthropologie  Wrap yourself up like a package in this silver number with a bow!

Short navy blue sequin dress | Nordstrom

Adelyn Rae Sequin Slip Dress ring in the New Year in Navy ( and for under $100!) 

For more looks check out the Holiday Dress Shop,  or find a dress by color, or search by semi-formal dresses and formal black tie dresses.  Also check out these short sequin dresses – perfect for New Year’s Eve!  Also check out these holiday heels!

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The burgundy dress makes for the perfect Thanksgiving holiday style or a “meet the parents” dress!

I’m in the midst of compiling some holiday dresses to share with you next week for all sorts of festive winter events, but first I think we need a style that will take you through fall holidays, specifically, Thanksgiving!

Burgundy Dress with Taupe Accessories

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Dress: ‘Be the Boss’ Dress by Lela Rose from Rent the Runway // Earrings: Cushion Drop Earrings by Carolee from Bloomingdale’s // Necklace: Kraals’ Necklace by House of Harlow at Zappos  // Bracelet: Pave Pyramid Bracelet by Lulu Frost from Lane Crawford, also for rent at Rent the Runway as the Apex Bracelet // Clutch: Flat Clutch by Clare Vivier from Revolve // Makeup: Jane Iredale (Non-Toxic) Bronzer from My Habit // Shoes:  Emma Suede T-Strap Pumps from Saks off 5th 

I  have been looking for a burgundy dress like this to wear to my own Thanksgiving celebration, and I think a classic dress like this is the perfect style to rent or buy for events like family dinners, fall or winter office parties, or other late fall and winter gatherings where a nice demure dress like this is appropriate. I call dresses like these “meet the parents” dresses because they are stylish but conservative enough for nearly any setting; just the sort of look you want when meeting your potential in-laws for the first time or for family photos that will last for years.

I’d also wear this to an office party or any other event where tasteful but festive look is called for. One could also choose this dress to wear to an informal engagement party or for your engagement photo session, for a fall or winter wedding shower, as your rehearsal dinner dress, or as a wedding guest dress for an informal fall wedding.  This dress is from Rent the Runway and right now they are offering  3 rentals (choose from dresses, accessories or other pieces) for the price of one with code 3FOR12015 for November 23-25 delivery dates.  Such a deal!

Look for more holiday looks to come in the next few weeks, until then check out Fall Wedding Guest picks or my Holiday Dress picks which was made last year but I have been updating as I go!

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Sales | November 13, 2015

ASOS’ own label brand dresses 20% off

Ann Taylor Friends + Family Event 40% off

Minted’s foil wedding invitation sale! 20% off of foil pressed invitations through 11/16 with code FOIL!

ModCloth 20% off  purchases of $100 with code HAVEITALL

Rent the Runway rent 3 items for the price of  one with code 3FOR12015 for November 23-25 delivery dates ( Valid through 11.25)

Nordstrom up to 40% off Clearance Sale

White House | Black Market 25% off with code 47302

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Gold, Silver, and Neutral Colors for Wedding Attire and Details | Inspired by the Invitation

This mix of gold, silver, warm gray, and an almost blush champagne make for a great point of inspiration for neutral and metallic wedding color scheme and attire!

Metallic and neutral wedding attire inspired by the wedding invitation

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Invitation:Gilt Agate’ Invitation from Minted // Dress: Halston Heritage Open Back Sequin Gown from Nordstrom // Earrings: ‘ Temptation Drops” from BaubleBar // Bracelet: Veratrum Bracelet by Lulu Frost from Rent the Runway // Clutch:’Kyle’ Clutch by Badgley Mischka ‘  from Macy’s  // Shoes: ‘Rylee’ Heels by Badgley Mischka from Nordstrom  

It’s a little-known fact that when I first started Dress for the Wedding, the original intent was to match a wedding attire idea to a wedding invitation in the collage. At first, I wasn’t sure where to get images of some invitations, so I started focusing on mainly on the attire, and as time went on, I was able to include wedding invitations as a part of the collages. I still include invitations on the bridal and bridesmaid posts, but sometimes I feel like the pretty details I’m drawn to in the invitations don’t stand out in the small thumbnail size version you see in the  collages. For instance – and to perhaps prove the point —  the invitation I’m focusing on today was featured in yesterday’s wedding dress style inspiration. Did you happen to notice it?

I’ve also been feeling lately like I’d like to dabble in a new format for inspiration boards (but the classic DFTW collage format for dresses and accessories will remain!) so I’m happy to now bring you a little series, that I hope will turn into a standard feature here on Dress for the Wedding –  I’m calling it ‘Inspired by the Invitation’!  In these collages, the invitations will be front-and-center, so you can see all the pretty details – and I’ll be marrying them with a dress that I feel is their perfect match! I’ll plan to also include accessories or other decor details too, but sometimes it’s fun for me to find the exact dress soulmate of the invitation!

Why do I think invitations are so important? When I was planning my wedding, buying the Save the Dates and creating the invitations was one of the first unchangeable decisions I made that was clear indicator of the style of our wedding, so I feel they are such an key element to design. The invitation is one of  the first hints your guests will of your color scheme and formality! While it’s not essential that your invitation exactly match the color of everything you have in your wedding (a worry I had at the time),  it’s still nice to have the paper goods you choose reflect elements of the style of your wedding, and carry through from the Save the Date to the thank you cards.  I also just have a life-long love of the artistry of paper products, and I think today’s couples are so lucky to have so many creative choices beyond the standard heavy ecru paper and black ink of yesteryear!

Silver and gold gem wedding invitation | from Minted

Today’s feature invitation:Gilt Agate’ Invitation from Minted  don’t miss Minted’s FOIL event! 20% off of foil pressed invitations!

Neutral gold and gray wedding invitation from Minted

Gilt Agate’ Invitation from Minted

Long sleeve gold gown | By Halston Heritage from NordstromFeatured dress: Halston Heritage Open Back Sequin Gown from Nordstrom

I hope it’s clear why I chose this gown to pair with this invitation . The beautifully varied natural patterning of the golden flecks in this gown perfectly mirror the irregular, beautiful natural shape of the agate rings of the geode-inspired invitation. It’s the perfect mix of organic, natural inspiration and a completely luxe and elegant look. This gown would make a terrific second gown to change into at the reception, or a dazzling mother of the bride gown, or a beautiful formal gown for upcoming holiday formal events.

More posts you might love:

Sequined Bridesmaid Dresses

Sequined and Beaded Mother of the Bride Dresses

 Neutral Bridesmaid Dresses

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Another new feature: I’ve been terrible about updating my sale notification page regularly, so I’ve decided instead to try to include some of the sales I’ve noticed while doing my rounds while creating daily posts. I hope this will help you find attire for less! Affiliate sponsored links are used.

  Today’s sales  for 11/12/15:

Minted’s foil event! 20% off of foil pressed invitations through 11/16 with code FOIL!

ModCloth 25% off dresses  with code SOPRETTY

Rent the Runway – for Thanksgiving – rent 3 dresses for the price of  one with code 3FOR12015

Nordstrom 40% off Clearance

White House | Black Market 25% off with code 47302

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Golden details and a cape accent this beautiful wedding gown by Badgley Mischka
Wedding dress with gold embellishment

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Gown: Pebble Crepe Gown with Cape by Badgley Mischka from

 Earrings: ‘Portico’ Glass Pave Geometric Earrings by Lulu Frost at Lane Crawford

Bracelet:  Bound Link Cuff Bracelet by Alexis Bittar at

Invitation: ‘Gilt Agate’ Foil Pressed Invitation from Minted

Headband: Orion Crystal Circlet Headband by Jennifer Behr from Neiman Marcus 

Sandals: Linda Metallic Leather Sandal in Light Gold by Aquazzura from Neiman Marcus

Clutch: Beaded Nappa Fold Over Clutch from Ralph Lauren

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It has been quite a while since I’ve done a fully-styled bridal look here, and I decided it was finally time to start up again! I often like the wedding gowns I show to stand by themselves because I think accessories are such a personal choice, but this beautiful gown with a golden embroidered cape is easy to be inspired by! The accessories here pick up beautifully on the golden embroidery and silvery crystal details of the cape. If you’ve ever had a doubt that mixed metals can work, I think this combination dispels any worry.

I love a cape or cover-up as a bridal accessory, especially in the winter months, but even in spring or fall they can add dimension and the option of a second style to your overall wedding look.  I also love how  the ‘Gilt Agate’ Foil Pressed Invitation from Minted has this same mix of silver and gold.

The invitation is a part of Dress for the Wedding’s sponsor, Minted’s free foil event going on this week! Their gorgeous foil invitations are now 20% off through Monday, November 16 using code FOIL, so if you’re considering a metallic look for your wedding, check out these styles. We also featured a beautiful rose gold and copper invite in this Rose Gold Sequin look and we’ll have some invitation posts later this week that you’ll love!

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This dark blue evening gown features just the right amount of embellishment.

Navy evening gown with long sleevesAffiliate links from sponsors are used in this post, and are noted by the links in italics.

Dress: David Meister Embellished Jersey Gown from Nordstrom // Earrings: Pearl Floral Earrings by Slate + Willow from Rent the Runway // Bracelet: Carolee Stretch Bracelet at Bloomingdale’s  // Ring: Arrayed Marquis Crystal Pearly Cocktail Ring by Alexis Bittar from Neiman Marcus // Clutch: ‘Faison’ Clutch by Nina  from Zappos //  Shoes: ‘Rhonae’ Embellished Pumps by Nina from Lord & Taylor // Jeweled Bobby Pin: ‘Dorothy’ Pin by Ben-Amun at Charm & Chain 

This time of year, I get lots of readers seeking long-sleeve gowns, and the refined sophistication of navy blue is always makes it a popular color. Not only does a long sleeve gown make for an elegant silhouette, but it also provides some welcome warmth and coverage during the fall and winter months.

This David Meister gown features sleek lines with a beautiful gown neckline that reveals beautiful embellished detail. I also love this navy blue Ralph Lauren gown that features a similar look but with embellishment at the collar and this navy blue Vince Camuto gown which has the embellishment at the sleeve, and this Badgley Mischka gown with 3/4 embellished sleeves.

This look would make a beautiful mother-of-the-bride or mother-of-the-groom gown, or a wedding guest outfit for a formal black tie wedding.

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More posts you might love:

Dark Blue Wedding Guest Dresses

Fall Mother of the Bride Dresses

Navy Blue Bridesmaid Dresses

Navy Blue Style Ideas

Holiday Dresses

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The Corrine Dress from BHLDN on sale now for $160 ( previously $310!)


Hi! I was busy today creating some new collages for next week, and I found some great sales in my searches! Here are some deals on wedding attire that are going through the weekend! It’s such a great time to save on dresses!

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