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Your Fall Wedding Wardrobe Cheat Sheet

From the dress to the shoes to the handbag because you can't ever be too prepared.

Design by Morgan McMullen

It doesn't take an American Express survey to reveal you're hemorrhaging money on wedding season—your bank account probably already knows and doesn't want to talk about it. But the cool thing about preparing for a wedding is that if you find a dress you look stellar in (for amazing Instas, of course) and a pair of comfy heels to dance all night in, you can rock your wedding wear long after the reception's ended.

Hence, our dressing for the fall wedding guide. Even though you probably have a few summer marriage ceremonies still left on the calendar, it's not too early to think about what you'll wear to all those nuptials next season. Below, colorful dresses, shoes, and jewelry options that you will want to all your cool-weather events this season—all suited for whatever your dancing, styling, and budgeting needs require.

The Dress

Design by Morgan McMullen

Once breezy summer styles like pastel-colored maxis are off the racks, in come the silky or velvety gowns in autumnal hues, like gold and burgundy. Look for dresses in rich, dark colors or moody floral prints that show you know the season's hottest trends. For a sexy silhouette, slip into a waist-hugging off-the-shoulder number. If you're into a more demure look, wear a figure-flattering cap-sleeve wrap dress. As long as you feel beautiful and comfortable in your gown, it's a winner.

Shop the pieces: 1. Gal Meets Glam Collection off-the-shoulder dress, $101; 2. Alice & Olivia wrap dress, $440; 3. Maggie Marilyn red ruffle dress, $272; 4. Topshop slip dress, $75

The Shoes

Design by Morgan McMullen

Once you have the dress, it's time to turn your attention to the shoes. A plain black strappy heel would theoretically match almost any dress, but you're not about to settle for a shoe that's just "meh." Look for the season's latest styles, like a slingback pump or kitten heel (perfect for dancing in all night). Should you want a pop of color, go with a bold and fiery red, like the pair from Alexandre Birman (pictured above). The laces fasten itself into a dainty little bow—much more eye-catching than a regular buckle.

Shop the pieces: 1. Alexandre Birman ankle tie sandal, $595; 2. Bella Belle lace pump, $255; 3. Diane von Furstenberg slingback pumps, $248; 4. Schutz block heel sandals, $170

The Jewelry

Design by Morgan McMullen

Draw accessory inspiration from the runway (statement earrings are in). If your dress is simple and plain—nothing wrong with that—jazz up your look with colorful gemstone drop earrings. For more conservative dressers, consider swapping out your go-to gold hoops for crystal studs in the shape of mini icebergs. Finally, properly show off your jewels with a pulled-back hairstyle.

Shop the pieces: 1. Tory Burch chandelier earrings, $198; 2. Shashi solar earrings, $55; 3. BaubleBar drop gem earrings, $48; 4. Deepa Gurnani leandra earrings, $98

The Bag


If you're not Kate Middleton, a clutch only comes out to play for fancy occasions (ahem, weddings). Luckily, there is no shortage of fashionable and affordable clutches—sequined pearl pouches, satin knotted bow clutches, the options are endless. When selecting the dainty accessory, double check to make sure it'll hold the necessities: your phone and a tube of lipstick for touch ups. The less items you have to carry, the more glasses of champagne you can hold.

Shop the pieces: 1. Santi inimtation pearl clutch, $218; 2. Ted Baker knotted bow clutch, $109; 3. Zara beaded crossbody box bag, $70; 4. Asos marble clutch, $45

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