When Comfort Reigns Supreme
My first post, Colorful Wedding Dreaming, was well, all about embracing color. You wouldn’t be wrong in saying I have a one track mind after viewing what’s to come. Color is front and center for this Comfy Wedding Chic board, too. Yep, the red in this one is so richly saturated that it almost glows against darker skin. But that’s not the twist. The real peach in all this – ya’ll I managed to find a sweatshirt that can work for a wedding, A SWEATSHIRT! Don’t believe me? All you gotta do is scroll down to see it all come together.
Comfy Wedding Chic Inspiration on Point
Run right now to follow @mackthetailer on Instagram. Every shot she posts makes me wish I had an ounce of her innate style. She has a vibe all her own, and manages to look effortlessly put together no matter what. I’ve spent a fair amount of time perusing her images, but this one stuck with me. If I had to pinpoint why, I’d say it’s because she looks so comfortable in her skin here. On top of that she could without a doubt kick-it damn near anywhere in the outfit she’s wearing, yet she also looks so comfy and cozy. She’s fly without effort – she knows she looks good, but she didn’t have to squeeze herself into a restricting cocoon of fabric to do so. And that should be a mantra all women embrace, not only on their wedding day, but every day. Shoutout to @Devarcia for the fit in this pic – there are some real special pieces to check out in that account, too if you haven’t already.
The Mood Board
All The Things You Need to Know…
The Bride and Groom Fit
It’s a sweatshirt. I’m saying this one more time because it bears repeating. It’s a sweatshirt!!! When I started thinking about the comfy wedding chic mood board, I had some abstract ideas on what might work. Then I found this on the Sukeina website, (another amazing designer you have to check out), and it shinned out like gold at the end of the rainbow. The color is stunning. The top is baggy in just the right way. Perched atop the abstract artistry of the baguette skirt, you can’t tell me this couldn’t work for a wedding. But here’s the best part. This beautiful piece, which is made-to-only cost $355. Show me another wedding dress at that price point with this impact. Go ‘head…I’ll wait…
I searched for a long time to find the right suit pairing for this look. It had to not take itself too seriously, while managing to convey the right level of grown and sexy. Put together, without putting forth the most effort is the name of the game for this one. When I found this Ikire Jones Crosses sport coat, I fell in love. The print feels Ankara inspired, while still modern enough to compliment the baguette styling of the bridal skirt. At $575, I understand the coat could be an investment. I love it styled with the matching shirt and pants. But it could just as easily be the finishing touch over a black shirt and trousers.
Comfy Wedding Chic Details to Bring it All Together
First off, yes I know the gold-tipped LFLS red loafers aren’t on the mood board. I put the boards together to be esthetically pleasing – so sometimes I don’t have room for everything. That’s why this breaking-out-of-the-details part of the post can be so useful. Here, I can make sure you have some options. Especially when it’s too hard to narrow a choice down to just one. Plus, it’s even more fun when a shoe can serve unisex duties. These loafers would be such a crisp accent to both the bridal outfit, and the sport coat. Their saturated hue would also help dial in the fact that red is a color for both love and celebration.
The Keexs Classic Ah-Free-Can Fula Kuti Limited Edition Sneakers, would equally be just as fly on the bride or groom. Wanna walk down the aisle wearing a high heel? (And I don’t blame you – nothing pops out a calf and lifts a booty like a nice high heel). Then a simple red one, like the one in the pic, would do the trick. Then, after you’ve said your I Do’s, you could have these sneaks to slip on for the reception.
Like the idea of being matchy-matchy with your husband/wife to be? Both of you sporting these Keexs would be way more fly than matching t-shirts.
Nothing Shines Like Gold
I don’t always give jewelry its own little section, but I couldn’t help myself. These pieces make me want to come up off my personal-spending-freeze and get myself one of everything!
I gotta talk about my favorite find first. It feels like I’ve been missing out in not knowing about Aziza Handcrafted Jewelry until researching for this post. I’m in love with everything on the site, but this thumb ring would be such a treat as part of this look. Besides, when you’re getting married, your hands are photographed like crazy, and wearing a sweatshirt as your top means you can do it up on the jewelry, without feeling like it’s doing the most. The thumb ring comes in at $215, which I think is beyond reasonable for this level of artistry. But if you’re on a budget, you did save a fair amount on your wedding dress. So, go on girl, let yourself splurge a little.
A hoop earring is a classic for a reason. I’ve bought way too many giant gold hoops from the beauty supply store, wrapped in thin plastic, and destined to break after a handful of wearing’s. But these EBJ Gold Python Hoops will be with you forever, and stand out against your ear the way a hoop should. The detail on them is exacting (they’re covered in genuine python skin), and the thickness means they’ll continue to elevate your bridal look to the next level.
Amerie 1936 makes the substantial jewelry of my dreams, and this Bee Bracelet will pop like no other against the red of the bridal sweatshirt, (I love being able to write the words ‘bridal sweatshirt’). When I think about this bracelet kissing the skin right above a slightly pushed up sweatshirt cuff, it feels like perfection. Plus coming in at only $65, you could layer these up like this for real impact:
The Parts That Make Your Comfy Wedding Whole
Location, Location, Location
- I love the idea of this comfy wedding taking place outside, with everyone sitting at one long communal table under a canopy of twinkle lights. This keeps everything no fuss – no bows on the chairs, no crazy centerpieces on the table. Here, you’re letting the sunset and the view be the main decoration you need. This would even work without the canopy of lights, and the pampass grass anchoring the middle. Get you a table, set it outside, fill it with a bunch of candles, some red napkins to tie it all together, and you’d be just as good to go.
Keep Your Bridesmaid’s Comfy, Too
- The bridesmaid’s fit for this one may be my favorite one so far! This sequin stretch Alexandra top from Net-a-porter, keeps things festive. While the loose fit, tucked inside these amazing leather pants from The Kemist for $175 will make sure your girls stay comfy, too. You guys know I’ll always keep it real with you – the top is $650, which made me clutch my pearls, too. But I’m back to my old tips for this one, find you a local seamstress to knock these out for your girls, or easily find something comparable, (like this one from Asos), to rock the look for less:
Not Flowers This Time
- I just couldn’t see this woman carrying a bouquet as she walked down the aisle. Of course lovely, you should do what feels right for you. But when I was putting this together, this chick seemed like someone who would keep bucking the norm. I see her carrying something like these beautiful ankara print hand fans from Etsy seller Affrodive, or a custom vow-holder book by Etsy seller Arcoalbum. If you need to have a flower, I think a single full bloom, like a Gardenia or Dahlia, would look beautiful peeking out from the vow-book’s spine.
Hair & Make-up On Point
- Seeing a woman sporting her natural hair with pride makes me feel a special sort of happy inside. That, paired with the glowing make-up also on display in this pic I found on @lisaalamode‘s Instagram would be perfect for this wedding. Plus those EBJ gold python hoops would be on full display with the edges of the hair so perfectly laid.
A Girl’s Always Gotta Eat
- If you’ve read The Anit-Bride’s Guide to Wedding Plan, (which is basically my ‘About’ page ya’ll), you know I wanted tacos when I was planning my own wedding. Given that, it isn’t too far a stretch that I love the idea of a fancy hamburger to tie this wedding together. Comfort food for a comfy wedding makes all the sense in the world. And if you’re caterer is worth their salt, they should be able to give you tons of options for making a burger wedding appropriate.
- For this one, the cake should be equally un-fussy. The bright yellow on this limoncello & coconut cake is striking contrast to the red-dominate color scheme. Plus, the brightness of lemon would be a welcome jolt to the palate after scarfing down a wedding burger.