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Wendy Reuer, Published June 09 2012

SPECIAL WEDDING EDITION: Attire tips for guests

FARGO - In a world of lightning fast rule changes for fluid fashion, one rule for wedding guests has always remained: Unless you are the bride, don’t wear white.

Although etiquette guru Emily Post’s daughter, Peggy Post recently said one could wear white as long as “it doesn’t look bridal,” most fashion and bridal experts nationally have put the brakes on that train of thought.

Nancy Taralson, owner of Fargo’s Little Black Dress boutique agrees.

“As far as colors go, (shoppers) are pretty open to any color other than white or cream,” she said.

For instance, black was once not considered an agreeable color for a wedding at any time of day. This summer, Taralson said black has been a sought-after choice and an elegant one for evening weddings.

“There just aren’t as many rules as there used to be,” Taralson said.

Taralson said while colors are a wide-open window for wedding guests, the dress length and details may make the difference in looking good or inappropriate.

This year’s runways proclaimed maxi (think ankle-length) dresses and skirts were the must-have style this summer. While some flowing frocks may be too casual for wedding attire, long dresses with too many sequins or embellishments should be chosen with careful consideration.

“A little bit (of embellishment) is fine, more than that and you tend to look too prom-dress or pageant,” Taralson said.

Still, most women are opting for shorter dresses, especially for summer weddings in this area, where temperatures can soar.

Retro styles, particularly those inspired by the 1940s through 1960s have continued to grow in popularity. Taralson said she believes looks with longer hemlines and full skirts with a fitted waist are a reflection of the popularity of the television series “Mad Men.”

While shorter women will want to avoid lengths beyond the knee, the nipped waist skirts and dresses are a good fit for all shapes.

“That look is really flattering on almost everybody,” Taralson said. “It just works. It’s fun and it looks really good.”