How to dress for destination weddings in London, Paris and Tuscany
Ah, the countryside of central Italy! It makes me think of golden sunsets, scenic vineyards and homemade tomato sauce! (So maaaybe I've seen too many cliché TV movies...) This outfit reminds me of those things (okay, minus the sauce part—but hey, if pasta's on the dinner menu, the print will camouflage spills) and glamorous Dolce and Gabbana campaign-y Italian women in general. So, if you get to squeeze in some sightseeing on the side, mix the pieces with whatever else you packed—people will think you're a local!
Bing:NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil, $25, Nordstrom.com; Dalema Leather Crisscross Cork Heel Sandals, $514.50, Manolo Blahnik, Saksfifthavenue.com; Frances Dress in Watercolor Floral, $295, JCrew.com; Machu Picchu 18-karat gold-plated clip earrings, $903, Aurélie Bidermann, Net-a-porter.com; Louise Pleated Cork Clutch Bag, $200, Lauren Merkin, Neimanmarcus.com
French ladies are famous for their understated sense of style, so don't go overboard on wild patterns or statement makeup. It's better to stick with a simple, solid sheath dress (black is always good, but navy is much more Parisian, non?) and have your fun with accessories.
Bing:Essie Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers, $8, Beauty.com; Eiffel Tower Minaudiere Bag, $1,985, Lanvin.com; Knot Back Dress, $79.90, Zara.com; Perforated two-tone patent-leather pumps, $675, Oscar de la Renta, Net-a-porter.com; Crystal Compilation Bracelet, $125, JCrew.com
You may never get another opportunity to wear a crazy hat at a wedding and completely fit in (over-the-top headwear is the norm at formal British events), so go for it! The bigger, the better! To keep your whole ensemble from looking too conspicuous, however, do like the Middleton sisters and balance things out with a simple lace dress and nude pumps.
Bing:Dahlia Beautiful Silk Cocktail Hat, $359, Jill Courtemanche Millinery, lovehats.com; Marano Clutch, $750, Anya Hindmarch; Lace Dress with Semisheer-Yoke, $260, Diane von Furstenberg, Cusp.com; Black Patent Leather Strappy Sandals, $775, Jimmychoo.com; Mauritius Gold and Rhodium Lace Cuff, $225, Alexisbittar.com