What to Wear to a Summer Wedding: Mad Men Style

Sometimes dressing for a wedding in the middle of the summer can be tricky. For one, there are obvious codes of dress (modesty, formality, etc.) that need to be recognized. So not only do you have to meet those guidelines, but you also have to come up with something suitable for the hot and humid weather and that you haven't already worn to two other weddings this season. It can be easy to get into a rut, throwing on the same style you always go for or just wearing your most wedding-appropriate work dress. And I get that. But sometimes a little push into a different style direction can make a great celebration all the more memorable.

This year I've found some perfect wedding inspiration in the fabulously-styled ladies of Mad Men (seriously, what will I do when the show ends this season?!). There's a reason we all love the costumes on this show so much: they're timeless. They're also incredibly varied. So whether you're a traditionalist like Betty or a vixen like Joan, there's a look here for your own personal style.

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dress | eyeliner | necklace | bag | shoes

Megan has been the obvious style star for the past couple of seasons and her recent move to L.A. has only amplified it. Every bit the trendsetter, her look is chic and ahead of its time. She shows lots of legs and sports some major winged-out liner. This look is perfect for the wedding-goer who wants to look flirty and catch some attention!

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earrings | dress | lip balm | shoes | bag

For as flawed as she is, anyone who's been invested since Season 1 has to love Betty. Her style is feminine and classic, never straying very far from the 50s-era silhouettes. It's rare that Betty isn't seen in a pastel or a floral, or both, and she's always polished from head to toe. This is the perfect look for a classic girl who wants to impress her date just as much as her grandmother.

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Though she's not generally considered the show's fashion icon, Peggy's style is both modern and daring. She defies the fashion rules of the times, opting for menswear-inspired prints and colors in mod silhouettes. This graphic drop-waist dress with t-shirt sleeves is perfect for the girl who wants to look cute and standout while remaining comfortable and casual.

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earrings | dress | lip polish | shoes | bag

If there's one thing Joan knows for sure, it's how to dress to catch a man's eye. She knows that the best way to show off her assets are in figure-hugging silhouettes and vivid jewel tones, and she rarely strays from that combination. A classic fitted dress with sexy accessories are perfect for the girl who is always on the prowl.

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dress | earrings | illuminator | bag | shoes

Though far from the obvious choice, another standout for me this season is Margaret, aka Marigold. Her move to the hippie commune (while much dirtier than I would recommend) has brought out the most beautiful glowing quality to a girl I barely noticed in prior seasons. Embrace your inner hippie glow in a easy summer maxi made wedding-ready with glitzy gold accessories and some bronze shimmer.
So which Mad Men lady's style would you steal? I'm always a sucker for the bohemian look, but I'm surprised to say I have to go with Peggy on this one. Tell me whose look you love and whose you don't  in the comments section!
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Top 10 Tuesday...Art Movement Dresses Under $100

So I wish I was getting this Top 10 in before almost midnight, but sometimes (especially on Tuesdays) that's how it goes around here. Plus I didn't want to miss a chance to connect with Miche from Buttons and Birdcages for Link up the Love. But more on the that later. For now let's talk art. One of my very first style posts, about a year ago, was about the art movement in fashion. And twelves months have come and gone and we're all still interested in how art is inspiring fashion and how fashion is integrating art. It's not a new or groundbreaking idea but it is an almost perfect one.

Art as a part of fashion (see Chanel, Prada, Celine, etc.) lends a touch of highbrow intellect and gravitas to what can be seen as a frivolous industry. Fashion, meanwhile, returns the favor by injecting a dose a of excitement and easy marketability into the art world.

I get really excited for designer/artist collaborations. Prada's spring collection, for example, featuring women's faces created by contemporary street artists, in my opinion, was one of the most memorable and inspiring shows from fashion week. But unfortunately, as a "starving artist" myself, I'm not picking up a Prada face dress anytime soon.

And that's where the retail food chain comes in. With stores like Topshop and Zara all over the fashion industry and art world merger, it's a better time than ever to jump on the painterly band wagon. Need a push start? Here are my Top 10 picks of art-inspired dresses- all under $100!

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

And now onto this week's love!...

(To join just share something nice about someone else on any form of social media and then add your link here.)

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My family, especially my sisters and my almost mother-in-law, have been really supportive and helpful with my new stylist role with Stella & Dot and it really means the world to me.

And speaking of those three, I have to love on them a little more...

Every time I see my older sister and her family, I'm totally blown away by what a great job she's doing as a mom. Plus, she made my two favorite people in the world, so that's pretty impressive. :)

My younger sister is doing such a great job on her health/fitness kick that she's completely inspiring me to get my butt in gear! I love that when she goes for it, she gives it 100%.

My future mom-in-law (my fiance's mother) is one of the nicest, most easy-going people I've ever met. And I'm so glad that she has a such a close relationship with her son. I'm pretty sure I owe her big time for how kind, patient, and loving he is to me.

And that's it for this week's double feature! I'd love to hear what you think about any and all aspects of this post in the comments section!

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Top 10 Tuesday... Dresses and Sneakers

Something miraculous has happened in the fashion world the past few seasons: sneakers are topping designer heels as the shoes of choice. And feet everywhere are reaping the rewards. From classic Keds to neon Nikes, sneakers are the absolute coolest excuse to give your precious extremities a break from the heels. And I'm not talking about wearing them with jeans and a tee. No, in fact, the chicest way to rock athletic shoes is with a less expected option, such as a suit, a full skirt, or my favorite: an equally cute and comfy dress. Not sure about the dress and sneaker combo? Well check out some of my favorite pairings below for some ideas on how you can try the trend no matter what your style.

 

1  |  dress  |  sunglasses  |  clutch  |  sneakers

2  |  headscarf  |  sneakers  |  dress  |  shirt

3  |  bag  |  dress  |  watch  |  sneakers

 |  bracelet  |  bag  |  sneakers  |  dress

5  |  dress  |  necklace  |  bag  |  sneakers

6  |  vest  |  sneakers  |  dress  |  bag

 |  dress  |  necklace  |  bag  |  sneakers

8  |  earrings  |  bag  |  sneakers  |  dress

 |  bag  |  dress  |  sunglasses  |  sneakers

10  |  cuffs  |  bag  |  sneakers  |  dress

I'm dying to buy/wear some version of  #1 and #8.

Would you wear the dress with sneaker combo?

Tell me how you'd sport this look (pun unintended, but enjoyed) in the comments section! And feel free to add picture links!

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