Not all fancy events require a black dress, so give your go-to LBD a well deserved rest this season. These five fresh outfit ideas will see you through any autumn nuptials, whether formal or farmstead—or any event, for that matter.
Think of a jumpsuit as the trendy counterpart to the quintessential black dress. It works with all of your favorite accessories, but the cool, modern silhouette packs a surprising punch. A stunning necklace makes a serious statement against the simple neckline. To let it shine, keep your bag and shoes simple. Use a pretty wrap to add a pop of color.
To buy: Jumpsuit, $100; mango.com. Necklace, $58; baublebar.com. Shoes, $80; stevemadden.com. Wrap, $99; nordstrom.com. Clutch, $30; renttherunway.com.
The Midi Skirt
Welcome the trendy update to the classic midi: layers and layers of tulle. The ladylike length and an unexpected color, like deep navy, keep it from looking too ballerina. Add an embellished blouse to keep it feeling dressed up, and— best of all—already accessorized.
To buy: Skirt, $75; dorothyperkins.com. Top, $50; zara.com. Shoes, $69; zappos.com. Clutch, $40; solesociety.com.
You may think trousers belong organized into the “office” side of your closet, but this pair can bridge both worlds. With a flattering, streamlined cut and pretty, eye-catching sheen, these pants look right at home among even the most decked-out cocktail dresses. (Talk about “fancy pants”!)
To buy: Pants, $62; oasis.com. Top, $55; topshop.com. Earrings, $68; bananarepublic.com. Shoes, $99; nordstrom.com.
The LJD (Little Jewel-Tone Dress)
Make this your new fall wardrobe staple. Deep, rich shades of almost any color are universally flattering, plus they feel much more festive than basic black. Look for pretty embellishments (like this frock’s intricate lace pattern) or try the tones in a classic sheath shape that you can also recycle for the office. Barely-there heels keep the look from being too heavy, while oversized tassel earrings dress it up enough for any occasion.
To buy: Dress, $165; missselfridge.com. Earrings, $35; chicos.com. Shoes, $70; riverisland.com. Bag, $99; nordstrom.com.