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We Try Before You Buy: 9 Perfect Wedding-Guest Outfits

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Our We Try Before You Buy series aims to take the stress out of shopping and eliminate the number of post office visits you make each month to return failed online orders. We test new-season buys and styling ideas so you don’t have to. Here, we’re letting you know what is actually worth investing in.

I can’t think of many occasions where you carefully scout out and plan an outfit six months in advance—apart from weddings. And I’m not just talking about your own wedding dress. To help you find the prettiest wedding-guest outfits out there this year, we had more than 50 dresses from Rixo, Rejina Pyo, Ghost, Topshop, ASOS and many more sent to the Who What Wear offices for our team and trusted stylist friends to try on. The dress everyone fawned over the most was a pink linen floral midi dress with puffy sleeves by Gül Hürgel (the team is even considering buying one together). However, Olivia Rubin’s button-front lavender-printed midi dress was a close second.

“Forget attending the weddings I’ve been invited to—I’m eloping with this dress! I’ve never felt quite so princessy or special in my entire life (and that’s including wearing my very own wedding dress a couple of years ago). The magical pink-and-yellow daisy print is my new fave color duo. With its sweetheart neckline, cinched waist, full skirt, and balloon sleeves, it’s flattering on literally every figure, but for an hourglass shape like me, it’s the ideal silhouette. Not to mention it’s really comfortable too—something that definitely helps you have a good time at any party. Shame my budget probably cannot stretch to it. Fashion fairy godmother, where are you when I need you?” says Who What Wear UK’s editor in chief, Hannah Almassi.
“I love the power suit for a wedding for a bit of something unexpected! As much as I love a floaty dress, I just love being the woman in the suit for a formal occasion. This one in particular is joyous in its citrusy color, and the bag with its basketweave texture is a great accessory for a spring wedding,” says fashion influencer Nicole Ocran.
“I love this dress for weddings because not only is it beautiful, but it’s also very comfortable. I feel very free. When you go to a wedding, you want to look great, but you also don’t want to look like you are trying too hard. And I love that with this dress is simple yet very elegant,” says stylist Eni Ilori.
It’s a bit of a running joke in our office with this franchise that it’s actually more like We Try Before We Buy, as someone always ends up buying what they’ve tried on. And that is about to be me with this dress. I have a real weakness for pretty dresses, but this is a whole other level of beautiful. The fabric is quite heavy, so I was worried it might make me look like I was wearing curtains, however, it actually hangs perfectly and is light enough to wear for a summer wedding in the English countryside. Plus, Olivia Rubin is a new London-based dress designer, so it’s very unlikely someone else will wear this dress.
“When it comes to dressing for work, I’m all over suits, yet for some reason or another, they’ve never really appealed to me for weddings. For this reason, I decided to challenge myself and try on a two-piece—and boy is it a good’un. In this season’s hottest hue, this ’70s-style suit is just too awesome for words (but I’ll give it a go). The high-waisted flared trousers help make legs look a mile long, while the jacket packs plenty of throwback vibes with its retro collar. All you need is a statement necklace and neutral tote to make this suit sing. I’m in love,” says Who What Wear UK’s acting assistant editor, Joy Montgomery. 
“I get so excited at the sight of a wedding invitation, as it means I have an excuse to dress up seriously fancy and spend the day feeling great. Nothing gives that feeling quite like a slinky silky midi dress, so that’s always my first go-to. They’re appropriate for the formality of the event and are genuinely super flattering. This Rejina Pyo dress has the perfect amount of ‘extra’ about it with the asymmetric hemline and one shoulder detailing, giving a fashion edge but on a low-key scale. Obviously wearing white is a no-go (unless it’s an all-white wedding, which I recently experienced!), so the polka dots and black detailing mean it’s acceptable,” says stylist Hannah Lewis.
“As a self-confessed tomboy who rarely wears dresses, this bright-pink satin Ghost dress was definitely a bold choice for me! This whole ensemble makes me feel like the well-traveled rich aunt I one day aspire to be. With a super-flattering V-neck cut and timeless button detailing, this dress gives all the luxury feels without the hefty luxury price tag. Last season’s snake-print trend isn’t going anywhere, so these sandals were the perfect choice to complement my bold wedding-guest look. Add a couple of Missoma necklaces and a gorgeous Staud bag and Bob’s your uncle (or should I say, Seun’s your aunt?),” says stylist Seun Ogunsola.
“I’m not normally one for glittery dresses, but this Rodarte one caught my eye as soon as I saw it on the rack. It’s the perfect evening guest outfit, and while it may look slinky, it’s incredibly comfortable to wear, so I know I could dance all night in it!” says Who What Wear social media editor Alyss Bowen.

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10 Items Jennifer Lopez, Amal Clooney, and Hailey Bieber Would Buy at Zara

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Here at Who What Wear, Zara is our editors’ not-so-secret obsession. As our regular readers are well aware, we turn to the fast-fashion retail giant for everything from wardrobe staples to evening wear. (ICYMI, our fashion editor Lauren Eggertsen even has an entire Instagram account dedicated to culling through the brand’s overzealous amount of products.) All this to say we scroll through Zara’s new-arrivals section on the regular.

So naturally, we were bound to stumble across items that look as though they were taken straight out of some of our favorite celebrities’ closets. Ahead, we’re shopping out some of Jennifer Lopez’s, Amal Clooney’s, and Hailey Bieber’s best looks by linking only to—you guessed it—Zara products. Keep scrolling to shop some of their most recent outfits and find out how to steal their style for yourself. Hang on to your wallet—prices start at just $20.

Lopez was recently spotted wearing the summer shoe trend French girls will never tire of: wedge-heel espadrilles. With these animal-embossed ones from Zara, you’re basically getting two trends for the price of one.
Wide-leg pants with extra-long hemlines are on the rise in 2019. If you’re still contemplating how to wear them, take a page from Lopez’s book and pair them with platform heels to really elongate your legs.
Leave it to Lopez to make a compelling case for adding a plaid pencil skirt to your wardrobe. A waist-accentuating detail like an oversize belt keeps the timeless basic from feeling, well, basic.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from style-stalking Amal Clooney, it’s that a black midi dress deserves a spot in every work wardrobe. We’re partial to this button-front take on the classic LBD.
Clooney recently stepped out in clear vinyl heels, which we’re taking as confirmation that the naked shoe trend is still going strong.
A true basic, a high-collar knit top looks polished and professional even when paired with an edgy leather skirt, as Clooney demonstrates here.
Hailey Bieber is no stranger to highlighter hues. Take a cue from the model, and dial the wattage all the way up with a monochrome neon ensemble, starting with an oversize shirt in glow-stick green.
PSA: Cuffed denim is one of the biggest jean trends of 2019. Make like Bieber and opt for a pair of ripped jeans for an even more laid-back look.
We’re calling it: Cat-eye frames are the sunglass trend that’s coming for your Instagram this summer. This square take on the silhouette is a favorite of Bieber’s, and it feels fresh for 2019.
Bieber was spotted sporting one of fall 2019’s hottest shoe trends—slouchy boots—sans pants, aka the perfect outfit to wear during that awkward period between spring and summer.  

Next up, Carrie Bradshaw’s favorite fashion trends are sitting at Zara.



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7 Summer Wardrobe Staples NY Girls Never Forget to Buy

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Summer in New York City is one of a kind. Alfresco dining, park picnics, and long evening strolls are all common, and the sidewalks are filled with tourists and locals alike dressed in their favorite warm-weather pieces. The not-so-glamorous side of Manhattan summers, however, is the extreme heat and humidity. Sure, we’ll take it over a snowstorm any day, but if you’re braving an 85-degree day, your wardrobe should reflect it. You probably know all the basics by now: Choose breathable fabrics like cotton and linen, avoid black unless you want to get heat stroke, and always wear sunscreen. However, if you’re curious to know which items specifically bode especially well in the city then continue ahead to see seven standout pieces NYC girls never forget to buy once summer rolls around.

Up Next: 5 sunglasses trends that are in for summer 2019.

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How Much You Should Really Be Spending on Clothing Every Month

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We can confidently say that we spend a substantial amount of our hard-earned paycheck on clothes, but what exactly should our clothing budget be? To be quite frank, we had no idea, which is why we were excited to research this story. And just in case you’re in the dark about your spending habits as well, we thought we’d bring the matter to light with a super-simple equation.

To get to the bottom of it, we looked to award-winning financial planner Pete Dunn. Based on his expertise, we calculated what your clothing budget should be per month based on your salary. And because we still fully condone adding a few pieces to your wardrobe each month, we included a few on-budget pieces that we recommend for each of the salaries listed below. Keep scrolling to get ready for your reality check.

According to Dunn, you should spend 5% of your monthly income on clothing. To find the exact dollar amount you should be spending per month, multiply your take-home pay by 0.05. For example, if your monthly take-home pay is $3000, you should spend around $150 per month on clothing. While everyone has a unique financial position and you likely know your own situation best, we find that the 5% guide is helpful for reeling in those oh-so-tempting shopping sprees. Read on to see the types of purchases that are appropriate for different income brackets.

Hopefully, this guide has helped you figure out how much you should be spending on clothes per month. But like we’ve said before, you know your financial situation best.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Anna LaPlaca.

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