A Black Tie Wedding in the Canary Islands
Issue 23: Styling Q&A, According to My Camera Role, Rat Snacks, & So Much to Watch
Pardon the double send - in my excitement to say hello to your inbox, I forgot to include the links to our dresses!
Question: This week’s styling question comes from Hayley. “I’m looking for a black tie dress for a wedding reception at the Ritz-Carlton, Abama in the Canary Islands. I’m curious if there’s anything out there that’s a bit more on-trend instead of purely a classic! My budget is ideally ~$300 and it may be hot when we’re there. I’m open to any color but it would be nice if it’s something I can wear again for future events. And I am woefully struggling with my search!
Answer: Oh golly, this sounds wonderful! Black Tie is not as clear of a dress code as it may seem at first glance. We want to consider the geographic location, time of year, venue, and time of the event. Black Tie in the Canary Islands is very different than Black Tie in D.C. or New York. Instead of a traditional gown with muted and dark colors (perfect for an evening wedding in New York at an art museum), I would opt for a bold color or pattern and embrace the fun of fashion and spirit of the location. Consider a linen blend and ankle length - especially if paired with a stunning pair of heels.
I’ve pulled together two different directions for you, and forgive me for a few of these being above budget - there were a few that you simply had to know about. The first round-up is bold and fun. I’d pair any of these with a strappy stiletto sandal, elevated hair (a slicked-back bun or updo would be lovely), and classic jewelry.
The second option is to do a more traditional cut (a-line’s fun cousin, the column cut, would be an excellent option given the location) with color! Since you mentioned wanting to wear it again in the future, this might be the way to go. Choose a signature color that you feel amazing in and don’t be afraid to try a new cut. If you love dark colors, I’d opt for navy. It’s more relaxed than black and can be worn in every season. For these, I’d pair with memorable jewelry and loose wave.
And lastly, consider a rental if you’d like a bold look but aren’t sure it’s something you would re-wear, or find a designer you like and see what is available by them on consignment sites like The Real Real or Vestiare!
If you have a question for next week's newsletter, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org! It helps to be specific (i.e. include details about your style, budget, etc!)
Reading this: The Language of Flowers - it’s beautiful and I cannot believe I’ve never read it before.
Watching this: There is so much to watch right now! A new Survivor season has started. Ted Lasso is back. The final episodes of Daisy Jones & the Six just dropped. Outerbanks has a new season. If fashion is more your speed, season two of Next in Fashion is out now. And there’s a new season of Formula 1: Drive to Survive too - if you’re not sure if international car racing is your thing, I get it. I was also dubious. But give it a try. It is riveting.
Listening to: Beth Moore’s memoir. I admire this woman deeply, and this book had me laughing, crying, and nodding along with quiet ‘amens’.
Cooking this: Egg Roll in a Bowl. Simple, balanced, and delicious - it’s currently in a weekly rotation!
The past few weeks according to my camera roll:
The Best Links of the Week
I recently wore these platform heels to a wedding and my feet felt amazing the entire night.
Everything we know about Wednesday Season Two. (This is not the news I was hoping for)
I can’t stop wearing this striped shirt (my normal size is perfectly oversized). And it is currently 25% off for insiders!
These vietamese meatballs are delicious (and easy to batch make and toss in the freezer). We love them on lettuce wraps & rice!
Kelly green trainers? Absolutely yes.
This kitcheno reno is as impressive as it is delightful to watch.
Long past my own wedding registry days, yet inspired by this one.
What a gorgeous floor lamp that looks farm more expensive than it is.
Have a wonderful weekend, my darlings!
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