• Abigail Houillon

Popular Apparel For Each Season




When it comes to picking formal wear for your wedding, one of the first things to keep in mind is the color scheme. Picking a color scheme can be influenced by multiple factors, but almost always the season that the wedding is taking place in is of highest priority. With each season comes different popular colors, patterns, and styles. While individuality should be applied to any popular seasonal apparel, there are common colors, patterns, and styles that are generally incorporated within each season.


Spring


Spring is full of life and renewal which signals the coming summer months. Colors are bright, the air is cool, and spirits are light. Many aspects of Spring seasonal apparel mirror these qualities.



-Fabrics; As Winter is ending, lighter fabrics could be utilized, but keep in mind that for many climates, it won't be warm enough for fabrics such as linen or cotton. A light jacket of any fabric would be appropriate for the weather, however, wool is commonly suggested since the weather will cool as the sun goes down. This way, you'll be sure to maintain an airy style that matches the Spring mood while still being able to stay warm as the night goes on.


-Colors; Since Spring is about renewal, colors should be light and playful. Common spring colors include; light gray, slate blue, blush pink, khaki, lavender, and muted yellow. Pastel colors could also be considered as it holds an airy quality to it while still being versatile enough to pair with many jacket, shoe, and accessory combination. The Spring season is also a perfect time to play around with patterns; especially floral patterns, often seen represented in ties or pocket squares.


-Shoes; Black shoes are typically frowned upon during the Spring season since it can be seen as a heavy color; more representative of the winter season. That being said, it's best to stick with shades of brown ranging from light brown to a deep tobacco color. These brown shades pair well with the lighter color scheme associated with Spring.


Summer


Summer is a jovial time associated with warmth and vibrant colors. While some climates are overcome with strong heat, where outdoor weddings may be discouraged, other climates offer a perfect outlet to be comfortable and bold in style with ample opportunity to soak up the sun.



-Fabrics; Summer is an invitation to enjoy the warmth with fabrics that are light enough to catch the breeze and comfortable enough to move around in the heat. Common Summer fabrics include; cotton, linen, seersucker, or chambray. Seersucker is a thin, all-cotton fabric that is striped and light weight. Chambray is a linen-finished gingham cloth with a white weft and a colored warp, producing a mottled appearance.


-Colors; There are two types of color schemes usually associated with Summer weddings; bold/vibrant or neutral. Bold colors include; burnt orange, yellow, pink, and peach. Neutral colors include; tan, khaki, light gray, or white.


-Shoes; Brown leather or suede shoes go great with the bold color scheme and even the neutral color scheme. However, black shoes could still be paired with neutral colors if preferred. Also, it's popular in the Summer months to find shoes that don't require you to wear socks; this allows for comfort and style.


Fall


Autumn is the most popular wedding season with September being the most popular month. The reason is largely due to the beautiful weather that is still filled with the warmth of Summer while tinted with the coolness of Fall. Depending on the climate, the changing colors in the leaves also influence the color schemes chosen for weddings.



-Fabrics; Wool is most typically associated with Fall, however, a poly blend would also be a good choice. Other fabrics such as cotton and linen could be used if there's an individual preference, however the lighter fabrics might be too thin for the cool season. That's why it's also a good idea to include layering in your look


-Colors; The Fall season is a fun time to include darker tone colors that may even match the falling leaves. Examples of these sultry colors include; olive, burgundy, burnt orange, and gold. Other common colors that are seen during the Fall season are; medium gray, dark blue, and brown.


-Shoes; There seems to a bit more flexibility when it comes to shoe styles and colors for the Fall season. Since Fall is still holding on to the warmth of summer, brown leather or suede shoes can still be an option. On the other hand, depending on which darker colors are chosen for the apparel, black patent leather could also be a great option to finish off your Fall look.


Winter


The Winter season may be cold, but it offers beautiful landscapes for pictures, and chilled weather that emanates a sense of cleansing; a fresh start. For many climates, heavy clothing is a necessity as there will be snow and frigid winds. While winter weddings are scarce, they bring a great opportunity to experiment with different styles, colors, and patterns that wouldn't work well in other seasons.


-Fabrics; With brisk weather, choosing heavier fabrics is a fundamental part to your choice in apparel. However, you could still choose fashionable patterns and colors to match your wedding and individual style. Fabrics commonly seen in Winter weddings include; wool, velvet, or corduroy. Velvet and corduroy are a bold option that are unique to the Winter season but showcase an element of warmth in your style.


-Colors; For most climates, snow provides the perfect backdrop to display dark colors. Fashionable Winter colors include; navy blue, dark charcoal, taupe, black, and burgundy. Utilizing burgundy as a velvet or corduroy jacket would give you the adventurous stylish look while navy blue and dark charcoal colors provide a sleek timeless style.


-Shoes; Black leather shoes are a classic Winter wedding choice since the common color palette includes darker colors. That being said, depending on the color choice of your apparel, darker browns and burgundy would also work nicely.


Conclusion


No matter the season you choose for your wedding, there are a multitude of fabrics, colors, and shoe styles that will compliment your apparel. One of the most important factors to keep in mind when choosing your seasonal apparel is the color of your wedding, but it's just as important to keep the weather in mind. Some seasons are warmer during the day and cooler as the night goes on, while others are warm or cold throughout the entire day. Overall, it's important to have fun putting together your look and maintain your individuality on a day that's all your own.

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