What to Wear: Napa Valley or vineyard wedding guest

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Continuing the what to wear series, today I'm answering the popular question of what to wear to a vineyard wedding or event. Napa must be quite the spot, and no wonder, it's so scenic there! Since vineyard events are usually at least partially outdoors against lush greenery or gardens, I would start by choosing something flowy and romantic vs structured or tight. A maxi or knee-length dress in soft printed fabric, silk or chiffon should work perfectly. As temps may drop quite a bit in the evenings there, bring a cropped jacket or a wrap to drape around your shoulders. Also, if any part of the event will be on grass, I'd recommend wedges instead of heels unless you enjoy aerating the lawn! I was just visiting for the weekend so had my large tote bag with me, and would definitely suggest a clutch bag instead for a special event.
napa valley vineward wedding wear
This Hei Hei faux leather jacket was recommended by a petite friend of mine, and seems to be rather popular based on the customer reviews. The fit is slightly cropped and narrow, a snug fit on me in my usual size. I wore it for the Anthropologie event in San Francisco where I had an amazing time meeting and getting to know some of you! I only wish there was more time to chat with everyone who kindly took the time to come.
anthropologie byron lars carissima sheath dress
Speaking of Anthro, I just saw they are having a rare 25% off all dresses and free shipping over $150 for a limited time w/ code HURRAH. The Byron Lars Carissima dress I picked out for the event is very petite-friendly and romantic in design. It comes in 3 colors and is of beautiful quality (scroll down for detailed photos). For dressier occasions, ,y other pick is this stunning embellished long dress by Moulinette Soeurs which starts in size 00p. I have a frock by this brand that is also great quality which I wear repeatedly...would've gotten this if I didn't already have a too similar blue & white maxi.
Anthropologie Byron Lars carrissima white dress petite
The Carissima dress is one of Anthro's perennial favorites which they have in stock year after year. I liked reading through the online reviews and seeing how it fits on different body types / sizes. I'm wearing a 00p with no alterations needed! It's hard to tell just looking at it, but there is a tan camisole dress slip lining the entire dress except at the neckline and sleeves. The base material is stretchy, sturdy and of a thicker weight. There's lots of mixed textures in the design including lace, crochet, ribbon, and a twill-like fabric. Everything was finished with care, such as with reinforcements at the hem and zipper.
anthropologie byron lars carissima sheath review
Tip: I did have an issue with the front hook-and-eye closures coming undone (quite a surprise the first time I wore it!), but it was an easy fix. Simply use jewelry pliers or tweezers to compress the hooks tighter (after hooking into the eye) for the ones that you want to be securely closed. There is a back zipper entry so you don't actually need the hooks for functionality! I did this for the hooks from the chest down to about mid thigh, since I liked a little leg slit opening.
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Photos credit my friend Ping : )sonoma maxi dress moto jacket
And here's a few other flowy options that'd be beautiful for attending a vineyard wedding! (tho I would do neutral sandals instead of stark black booties with the third dress...what odd styling!)


  1. Love the maxi dress and the detailing on that carissima dress! It's so dreamy.


  2. Jean, is that maxi dress a blue or a grey? Those colors truly complement you and looks fabulous with the burgundy jacket. I never would have thought to pair those colors. Thank you!

  3. I love the white lace dress its so pretty! I adore the maxi dress as well very pretty and so perfect for vineyard wedding!!


  4. Love this option for a vineyard wedding. Or just to go to a vineyard, lol. Flowy, carefree, and romantic :3


  5. Beautiful pictures! You looks so gorgeous!
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  6. I have never been to a vineyard wedding but would definitely pick out something romantic and flowy as recommended if given the chance! Thanks for sharing!


  7. Both dresses look amazing on you but I like the white one better! It's so sexy without being over the top!


  8. That white dress is gorgeous!! Love it :)


  9. Gorgeous, Jean! Thanks again for answering my question re: fringe top at working. Will take your advice and perhaps not wear there as I am a bit apprehensive about appropriateness

    Can I ask what other colours of BR Sloan pants you have? I got the navy and black. Looking for suggestions as I want more but can't afford to buy all.

  10. I love this look! It really fits into the atmosphere of a Vineyard. Plus, that white dress is adorable!

    Caitlin | Your Typical Prep

  11. I love that anthro dress on you! The details are fabulous. I wish their prices were just a bit more reasonable though--I generally steer clear of anything but their sale section.

    Lifestyle by Joules

  12. your dress looks awesome !


  13. Love the romantic look of the maxi and completely adore the details on the white dress. Gorgeous as always.


  14. Hi,

    Did you alter this dress? It appears as if your top has been tailor fitted around your waist other than the loose flowey crop of the original dress that you linked.

    1. Hi! No, not altered, but I am wearing a skinny belt and have tucked the edge of the flowy part under the belt.

  15. Hi! I love those bronze shoes you have with the anthro dress. Where from!?!?


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