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Fall is the perfect season for weddings, with the cooler weather providing a beautiful backdrop for the celebration of love. As a woman over 50, finding the perfect dress for a fall wedding can be a bit of a challenge, but fear not! I’ve put together the ultimate guide to fall wedding dresses, with lots of tips and tricks to help you look and feel your best on the big day.
Consider Long-Sleeved Dresses
Fall is the perfect season to bring out long-sleeved dresses, especially to a wedding. Not only do they keep you warm, but they also add a touch of elegance and class to any outfit. Long-sleeved dresses can be dressed up or down, making them perfect for any wedding venue. Check out these affordable long-sleeved options I found below!
First up, we have this stunning long sleeve maxi dress in green. The satin material gives this dress an elegant look that makes it perfect for church, a funeral, or a wedding. The high neck makes it modest enough for a conservative setting or for those of you who don’t like low cut dresses. I love the fun twist feature in the front and the slide slit.
I paired it with this gorgeous pleated evening bag that is the ideal size for my cell phone, lipstick, and car key. This clutch is so affordable at under $30 and will be the perfect addition to any outfit for date night or a wedding. It does have a detachable chain strap if you prefer to carry it as a shoulder bag.
Up next, we have this ruched wrap dress dress. I thought the combination of the faux wrap top and the ruching was so unique and flattering. I grabbed it in the shade blue gray, but it comes in fourteen other colors. I think the wine red and army green would be gorgeous for autumn! I’m wearing my clear two strap wedges that have become a quick favorite of mine this year.
This dress is currently just above $25, making it an inexpensive option to add a long-sleeved dress to your closet this fall. I am wearing my regular size large. I paired it with the same clutch as above to dress this look up, but it would look just as cute with a leather tote or crossbody and a pair of booties.
Embrace Seasonal Fabrics For Fall Wedding Dresses For Women Over 50
I absolutely love wearing dresses made in seasonal fabrics like velvet for fall! There’s something about the plush and luxurious texture of the fabric that just screams cozy. Plus, the rich colors that velvet comes in are perfect for the autumn season. I especially love pairing my velvet dresses with knee-high boots and a statement necklace for a chic and stylish look throughout the fall and winter, but I tend to go with heels and a clutch for a wedding.
I styled this beautiful v-neck maxi dress with a pair of nude heels, which will look great for a fall wedding, date night, church, the office, and so much more. I also grabbed one of my favorite go-to clutches, which is this top handle straw clutch. The tan coloring goes with so many different outfits, and it always adds the perfect amount of texture and interest!
A dress that ties at the waist is an easy way to accentuate the smallest part of your figure. I also like that it doesn’t have tight sleeves, as I know many women dislike their arms. If you don’t love orange, you can also grab this corded velvet dress in navy and black.
Reds and Oranges Are Perfect For Fall Wedding Dresses
We’ve been talking about 2023 fall trends, and shades of red are absolutely everywhere for autumn. I even shared how you can incorporate them into your nail and makeup routines here. I wanted to be sure to include some red and orange fall wedding dresses for you gurls to check out!
Isn’t this pleated flowy maxi dress breathtaking? I was so excited when I pulled it out of the packaging because the vibrant red and gorgeous pleated fabric were sooo nice! I was pleasantly surprised with the fit when I put it on. I ordered my regular size large. This would be beautiful to wear to a fall or winter wedding or even a fancy Christmas dinner.
I wanted to go simple with accessories to let the red dress shine. I went with a neutral flap bag with a chain strap and a nude pointed heel. Both of these pieces are so versatile and could go with absolutely any of the dresses I’m sharing today.
If red isn’t in your color palette, you should try orange! This rich, warm tone looks great with so many different skin tones and is the perfect shade to try for autumn. I picked this boho maxi dress that has so many pretty feminine details. I’m obsessed with the texture, and I think the smocking does a great job of helping create an hourglass figure.
Shades of brown are always trending during the last half of the year, and I love the way they look with orange, so I went with this beautiful dark taupe crossbody from Quince and a coordinating slingback kitten heel. I think these heels would look amazing with everything from your fall dresses to your favorite denim.
Navy Is A Particularly Chic Choice For Fall Wedding Dresses
I don’t think you can ever go wrong with navy! It’s softer and less harsh than black, it goes well with so many different skin tones and hair colors, and it’s chic and classy. If you have a fall wedding on your calendar, consider choosing a navy dress like this one below.
This navy pleated swiss dot maxi dress is another one that is full of pretty details and fun textures. The combination of the swiss dot, pleated skirt, and smocked waistline make this dress anything but boring. I have this acrylic flower clutch from another wedding guest dress post, and it has matched so well with so many outfits and dresses in the last several months since I’ve owned it.
The dress is made with a tie at the neck. I chose to leave it undone to show off my necklace, but you could easily tie it as well. I am also wearing my leather wedge pumps which I find very comfortable, which is important for a long wedding day.
How To Wear Floral Fall Wedding Dresses
I absolutely love floral print dresses all year long. When it comes to wearing floral fall wedding dresses, it’s all about finding the right balance. You want to look elegant and stylish but not too flashy or over-the-top.
One great option is to pair your dress with neutral accessories, such as nude pumps or a simple clutch. This will help to keep the focus on the dress itself while also ensuring that you look polished and put-together.
I love the blue and orange/red of this floral maxi dress together. I would have never thought to design a floral print this way, but I’m glad someone did because it’s beautiful. The print isn’t too overwhelming, but it looks very chic and unique. I have it styled how I would wear it to a wedding, but you could absolutely switch out the heels for a cute pair of boots or mules and wear this casually to work or dinner.
Semi-Formal Fall Wedding Dresses
When selecting what to wear to a wedding, I always look at the invitation. If it mentions a dress code, you should follow the couple’s request. If it doesn’t, I always look at the venue and the time of day. If you are invited to a semi-formal wedding at a venue like a country club or garden, then this dress would be a fantastic option!
This satin cocktail midi dress would be great for an outdoor reception on a chilly autumn night. Satin is a great choice for a semi-formal event as it looks a little dressier than some other fabrics. I love the asymmetrical ruffle and slit as it has a very slimming effect on the lower half of your body.
I grabbed the dress in this beautiful blue, but it was a hard choice between that, and the rose red shade, which is a deep hot pink. I love the way this color blue looks with my eyes and hair color, so that helped make my decision easy.
Choosing The Right Handbag For A Fall Wedding
When it comes to choosing the right handbag for a fall wedding, you want to keep a few things in mind. First, consider the color and style of your dress. If you’re wearing a bold or patterned dress, you’ll want to choose a more understated handbag that won’t clash.
On the other hand, if you’re wearing a simple, solid-colored dress, you can have a bit more fun with your handbag and choose something with a bit more personality, like this acrylic flower clutch.
Second, think about the size and shape of the handbag. You don’t want to carry something too large or bulky that will detract from your outfit. A small clutch or crossbody bag like this chain strap flap bag is usually the best choice for a wedding. They still have plenty of room for your phone, lipstick, tissues, and key fob.
Finally, consider the material of the handbag. Leather or suede can be a great choice for fall, but make sure the color and style match the rest of your outfit. A fun material with a little sparkle like this pleated evening bag can dress up your outfit for a fancier event.
Overall, the key is to choose a handbag that complements your dress and adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to your overall look. If you’re buying a new bag, look for one that you can wear several times or with various outfits so you can get your money’s worth. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve carried this top handle straw clutch, and it still looks amazing!
This Quince quilted convertible crossbody is a little more of a splurge item, but it is so high quality that I will be carrying it for years to come. If you’re looking for more handbag recommendations, be sure to check out this post full of fall purse and handbags.
Shoes To Wear With Fall Wedding Dresses
If you’re trying to decide what shoes to wear with your fall wedding guest dress, I’ve got some tips for you. First, think about the color and style of your dress. Similar to choosing a handbag, if it’s a bold or patterned dress, you should go for neutral shoes to balance it out. You can never go wrong with nude pumps.
Comfort is also super important! You’ll be on your feet for hours, so make sure you choose shoes that you can wear all day and dance in. These pointed toe pumps have a tiny kitten heel, which makes them comfy and much easier to walk in!
If the wedding is outside in the grass, consider a wedge like these leather wedges. I hate when my stilettos go down into the grass and come up covered in mud. They do make little heel protectors if you have your heart set on wearing a stiletto style to an outdoor wedding which keeps your heels from sinking.
At the end of the day, the most important thing is to pick shoes that make you feel confident and comfortable. No matter if you choose a wedge, slingback, or even a flat, go out there and rock that dress with your fabulous shoes!
If you’re not a fan of heels, consider stylish flats or low heels instead. In the past, stylish shoes that are flat or have low heels have not been easy to find. I’m thrilled that shoe brands are starting to understand the need for classy and fashionable shoes that aren’t high heels. These Slingback Kitten Heels are a great neutral color and very stylish and fashionable while still being comfortable.
Tips For Attending A Fall Wedding When You’re Over 50
As a woman over 50, attending a wedding can be a fun and exciting event. Here are some tips to help you look and feel your best:
- Choose a dress that flatters your figure and makes you feel confident. Avoid anything too short or revealing, and opt for a classic style that is appropriate for the occasion.
- Consider wearing a wrap or shawl to cover your shoulders if you prefer more coverage. This can also be a stylish addition to your outfit that will keep you warm if the night air turns cool.
- Accessorize with simple jewelry and a clutch or small handbag to carry your essentials. Avoid anything too flashy or bulky that may detract from your overall look.
- Wear comfortable shoes that you can walk and dance in. If you prefer heels, opt for a lower heel height to avoid discomfort.
- Keep your makeup and hair simple and elegant. A natural makeup look and a classic hairstyle can help you look polished and put-together.
Remember, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the celebration with the happy couple!
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