As we thought about occasions to address for Fashion Friday in June, the concept of weddings arose, of course. When you’re invited as a guest, what is appropriate yet fashionable attire? In a lecture last week, Iris Apfel mentioned how difficult it is to find dresses with sleeves when you’re shopping for such events. So we have made it our mission to find some suggestions. Our frequent contributor Debbi O’Shea explains her selections for the fun Polyvore set she created for daytime nuptials.—Ed.

June remains one of the most popular months for brides and grooms to tie the knot. If you will be a lucky guest attending a daytime wedding, figuring out what to wear always requires some thought. And if you are at the point where a sleeveless dress will be highlighting a lesser asset, you may require strategic planning. Designers, it seems, will always have a special affinity for bare arms. Finding a dress that is not overly embellished for day, with a sleeve, can be particularly daunting.

In Iris Apfel’s talk, the 90-year-old style icon and maverick commented that if she had more time, she would open a store called, “Sleeves!” The audience roared with appreciation; probably no one would be surprised if it was a great success.

When a trip to your favorite store becomes an exercise in frustration, looking online may be your easiest solution. While Polyvore is often thought of as the creative equivalent of X-Box for a fashionista like me who enjoys styling fantasy sets of clothing, it is also a terrific source;  all the clothing items actually have live links for purchase. Suits are always an option, but dresses just seem more festive, particularly if there will be dancing. The beauty of these is that they are timeless, and, with dressier accessories, could easily be notched up for evening occasions. A bit of work to find, but well worth it. Who said only the bride and groom deserve congratulations?

These dresses are meant to be a guide, but if you find yourself particularly enchanted, they can be found: the versatile cream silk crepe  Valentino (on sale), the colorful yet classic Pucci, and the on-trend, affordable lace Diane von Furstenberg.

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  • quintessence June 9, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Leave it to you, Debbi, to find such an elegant fashionable dress that is even on sale!! Love it!

  • DivaDebbi June 8, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Oh I am so glad Chris! Actually, this dress is from DVF’s current spring collection. Here is a link to purchase it:,default,pd.html
    and best of all, it’s on sale!

    I hope it works for you :).


  • Chris Lombardi June 8, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I LOVE that von Furstenberg. How many seasons will it take for THAT trend to trickle down?

  • DivaDebbi June 8, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Thanks Q. Even finding these was a challenge! Iris is on to something…

  • quintessence June 8, 2012 at 11:12 am

    GREAT picks – something for everyone!! From classic, to colorful to following the trend of lace for the season!!