Le Vernis nail color in Emprise, Chanel ($26).Saks Fifth Avenue, Chevy Chase, 301-657-9000.
Silver embroidered goa clutch, Oscar de la Renta ($1,290). Saks Fifth Avenue, 5555 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-657-9000.
Gown, Oscar de la Renta ($13,990). Saks Fifth Avenue, 5555 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-657-9000.
To wow friends and family on your special day, turn to statement making gowns—think mermaid styles or similar—that flatter the feminine form. When cast in intricate lace, the daring silhouette feels decidedly romantic. For a modern take on vintage style, opt for a dress with an unexpected high neckline—an elegant departure from classic sweetheart cuts of seasons past—and wear just one exquisite piece of jewelry. We recommend sapphire and diamond drop earrings such as these stunners from Graff (Saks Fifth Avenue, Tysons Galleria, 703-761-0700), which can brilliantly double as your “something blue.” Soft makeup and nail colors can highlight features while showing off a natural glow, so select subdued hues such as a pretty ballerina beige for nails and a neutral taupe or blossom-y pink gloss for lips. Finally, gather your hair into a low chignon and slip into a pair of ladylike heels for the ultimate expression of enduring style.