In today's casual world, we don't get much of a chance to dress up. There's no better opportunity than a wedding to put on your finery, try something different and shine.
"Our customers are always looking for special occasions to wear their beautiful dresses," said CeCe Telesco, a sales associate at Crimson Mim, a boutique on Main Street in Los Altos.
For an early spring wedding, why not wear a pair of 2-inch pumps with a pretty dress? This way, your feet will be comfortable from day into night and from dinner onto the dance floor. The heel is high enough to be dressy but low enough to perform.
"Wearing an elegant, distinctive shoe is a great way to stand out at a wedding without taking attention from the bride. It's a tasteful way to show your personal style without outshining anyone on her special day," said Bettye Muller of Bettye Muller Designs in New York City.
Dresses are a key fashion item now, and you'll be able to find a gorgeous gown to work with your pumps. A fuller skirt, just below the knee, would create the perfect proportion and balance for the Bettye Muller Cottage shoe.
A new way to dress as a wedding guest is to wear a red shoe with a black or printed dress. Shoes no longer need to "match" an outfit. As long as there is a common tone or texture, many different items can be worn together. This is also true of handbags. Your clutch does not need to be the same color as your shoe or your dress. If the beads or embroidery on the clutch pick up a color or texture in your outfit, you'll have a sophisticated look.
Why not take a cue from bridal tradition and wear something old - a ring inherited from your grandmother or a vintage wrap? Or, put a vintage pin in your hair either as sparkle in your up-do or on a headband. Part of making a statement when you dress is wearing items that have personal meaning.
Try something different, cute and fancy, and you'll be sure to honor the event with your personal presentation.
Christine Campbell is a Silicon Valley businesswoman turned fashionista, and proprietor of Los Altos' Crimson Mim, a boutique showcasing emerging and hard-to-find designers.