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Q. I live in Atlanta, Georgia and I will be attending a lunch wedding on October 27 at 12:30 pm. The weather can be unpredictable at this time of the year. For example today it will by 86 degrees and Sunday, it will be 68 degrees. I am struggling as to what is acceptable attire for this wedding. It is formal, but given it is in the middle of the day I am guessing the dress will be much less formal. I am thinking a sheath dress with pumps will be appropriate, could you please give me some ideas?

A. If the wedding is formal, a cocktail dress is appropriate, even for a day wedding. A sheath dress might be a bit underdressed. I suggest opting for a sleeveless cocktail dress and bare legs which should be comfortable whether it’s 68 or 86 degrees. You can always bring a little wrap or a lightweight tuxedo jacket to layer over the dress if it’s extra chilly.

Here are a few dresses that would be great for a fall wedding.


Q. My little brother is getting married this August. I would like some ideas for a soft, romantic, and sophisticated dress that won’t break the bank. I’d prefer a shorter dress because it’ll probably be humid, but am not opposed to something longer and flowy. I’m thinking something in a soft blush, nude, peach, or even green color.

A. Since you didn’t specify whether the wedding is black tie or less formal, or exactly what your budget is, we have chosen a selection of soft, romantic dresses for $250 or less. Since your dress of choice will live on forever in family wedding photos, we selected timeless styles, rather than trendy. Congrats to your “little” brother!


Q. Help! I’m going to a wedding (2 weekends from now ) in NYC and am having trouble finding shoes. Seems like there are wedges everywhere, but I need dressy black heels. One place suggested a wedge, but for a wedding? Any suggestions would be great.

A. I love a good wedge, but it’s not my favorite choice for a dressy affair. I agree that a sexy black heel is your better option for a NYC wedding. Here are some dressy black heels for you to choose from:


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Q. I’m going to a beach wedding in June, and would like something gauzy, maybe off the shoulder, but something for the more mature person. Any ideas?


A. A drapey kimono dress or printed tunic dress offers just the right tropical breeze-catching beachy glamour perfect for a beach wedding — and just the right coverage and style for a woman over 40. Here are some of our favorites available now:

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