Hello, my dear friends! When summer starts, wedding season arrives. Summer weddings that are held outdoor (or have an outdoor component), which make dress up for them a bit more demanding, we want both style and comfort. Silk dresses are perfect for outdoor formal occasions, but they are hard to care for especially after a long day of activities. A good solution I have, friendlier on our budget somewhat, is pairing up cotton separates to make a statement silhouette.
The key to these styles, is not print, but shape. Big sleeves, big skirts, V shape, A shape, S shape or even a round shape, whichever shape that compliments your body the best, combine pieces to create that shape in a statement scale. With today's look, I've picked a bandeau-style crop top with origami detailing and extra-wide, maxi-length pants, together, they form the shape of an A-line strapless gown. I have the best of both worlds: glamorous silhouette and the comfort of cotton.
Staying with the same pattern/print, preferably the same color, will also help making the set a bigger statement. My favorite patterns to pair like this, besides stripes, are polka dots, gingham and grid. If you like floral, delicate, vintage floral prints can be more refreshing and unexpected, they are great choice for a garden-themed celebration.
Accessories also can dress a look like this up or down. My big straw hat and bag are fun, but they are also more casual than formal. If I were to dress up to go to a wedding, I probably will switch to a smaller clutch and a crystal hairband instead.