Today's Everyday Fashion: The Wedding Reception

The style question I hear the most is "what should I wear to a wedding?" My response is to think about the climate and the venue, because no two weddings are the same, and those can be your best clues as to what's appropriate! This Sunday I attended Ashley's wedding reception. They were married earlier this month up north, and held a casual outdoor BBQ for friends and family to celebrate. I would usually consider a sundress to be too casual for a wedding, but for this reception it was perfect. Above I'm showing you how I would wear it to church or another indoor event, below is how I was planning to wear it, and below that is how I actually wore it (I was exhausted, so I went for flats). I also wanted to show you how adorable Ashley looked in her lace dress and cowboy boots! How do you determine what's appropriate to wear to a wedding?

ps. I originally shared this dress in my shopping post here. I claimed that it reached my knees and I must've been out of my mind because it most definitely does not. It's certainly longer than most F21 dresses (esp. for being a size S) but it's nowhere near my knees. Sorry for being scatter-brained! ;-) 

Dress: Forever 21, $22
Belt: Banana Republic, $30 
Cardigan: H&M, $18 (similar)
Pumps above: Bandolino/TJ Maxx, $22 (similar)
Clutch above: c/o LOFT, $28 (similar)
Wedges below: Guess/DSW, $30 (similar)
Purse below: Calvin Klein/TJ Maxx, $120
Necklace: My Stella & Dot website, $79
Rings: LOFT pink ring $11, My Stella & Dot website $49
Watch: Michael Kors, family gift
Bracelets: My Stella & Dot website $49, Kohl's $9

1. Ralph Lauren belt, $42
2. Forever 21 belt, $8.80
3. Bloomingdale's belt, $42
With the bride and her adorable ensemble