Q. I am performing a civil ceremony for my friends and their 50 guests on the beach in North Seattle. The ceremony will be outside and the reception inside. I have many dresses but none of them seem appropriate. I own a strapless embossed J.Crew beach dress in sundried tomato, a pink 3-ply J.Crew silk empire waist dress (very classy) and a brown embossed J.Crew beach halter dress that may be too revealing in the cleavage.
I feel like one of my dresses should work but I seem to find reasons why none of them will. I worry about looking too fancy for a beach wedding. I like the idea of wearing either the strapless or the pink J.Crew dress, but I don’t know what shoes to wear. One idea I have is to find some dressy flip-flops to wear for the ceremony and then change into heels for the reception.
A. There is no reason to buy a new dress when you clearly have several good options. Instead, buy new sandals and pull together great accessories to give a dress you’ve worn already a boost. For an outdoor ceremony with sand, grass and water involved, wear pretty flat sandals and switch to heels when you head to the party inside. Skip the word "flip-flop" whenever mentioning "wedding" in them same sentence, instead think thong sandal.
left to right:
1. Nine West Zapit, $82.95 at zappos.com
2. Dolce Vita Aegean-17, $87.95 at zappos.com
3. Stuart Weitzman Chaingang, $174 at zappos.com
4. Matisse 'Escape' O-Ring Sandal, $74.95 at nordstrom.com
5. Matisse 'Naive' Thong, $99.95 at nordstrom.com