Aside from beachside picnics, garden barbeques, drive-in cinemas and campfire parties, weddings are one of the most common activities you’ll come across during summer. I’ve been invited to a summer wedding in scenic Umbria, Italy in late June. But finding a summer-worthy outfit that ticks all the boxes for such a special wedding destination can be tricky.
Italy will already be amidst summer towards the end of June, when the temperatures can vary from 16°C in the evening to 31°C in the day. So I’m prompted to look for more of a maxi length dress, with a sleek silhouette that is sophisticated enough for the ceremony in church, but also still summery enough for the outdoor after-party.
One of the most wonderful discoveries I’ve come across at YesStyle is Sincethen, a China-based brand that’s perfect when scouting for holiday clothing. Founded in 2009, Sincethen continuously delivers romantic and expressive apparel inspired by exotic holiday destinations. From alluring prints and sensuous details to flattering fits, each piece is designed to make the wearer feel confident and glamorous.
The brand also owns celebrity styling consultancies in Seoul and Shanghai, dressing the members of BLACKPINK, Mamamoo, AOA, (G)I-DLE, and TWICE in their signature boho aesthetics. Sincethen was also featured on an episode of Get It Beauty, as a recommended brand for holiday wear by TV personality Irene Kim.
Below are some of the brand’s dresses that I tried for my summer wedding outfit, following the same sizing standards that I wrote about it in when I shop at YesStyle.
Expectations: The striking contrast between the black base and vibrant floral pattern of this dress is stunning, which kind of reminds me of Spanish Flamenco dancers. The button-up front adds a nice touch and ends at knee-length for ease of movement, while the cutout at the back adds a sensual touch that allows your back to breathe.
My thoughts: Unfortunately the sleeveless and V-neck design don’t complement my face shape. The overall fit is true to size, and is even a little loose around my waist. In my opinion, this dress would suit curvier girls with a more dramatic contrast between their waists, hips and bust, and it also comes with a tonal sash that helps to add definition.
Expectations: The flowy skirt base is constructed with a shorter front, while its curtain-like back adds an elegant touch, making this dress both sweet and elegant. The allover dandelion print and semi-sweetheart neckline add a free-spirit feminine touch. Adjustable shoulder straps allow a slightly customized fit, and the excess straps can be worn in different ways to suit your preference.
My thoughts: The dress turned out to be more suitable for poolside parties and beaches, as it’s designed to be worn over swimwear. The fit is just right, but the front is a little too short, while the back slit goes all the way up to my hips. I guess I should avoid wearing white to a wedding after all!
Expectations: Asymmetric cuts really appeal to me – they’re just so much more interesting than a plain, full-length look. This dress is high-low from side to side, constructed with silky and lightweight polyester. Despite having long-sleeves, it’s still breezy enough for warmer temperatures. The cold shoulder feature and self-tie shoulder straps go well with the gentle V-neck to balance the innovative silhouette.
My thoughts: The dress fits true to its measurements and is successful at hiding the side of my arms and hips. On side profile, I love it, but it looks a little odd from the front because of the sharp, angular edge of the skirt. The bodice part of the dress is really flattering and the material feels nice on the skin too, but I didn’t go with this dress because I just couldn’t quite get used to its unusual shape.
Expectations: The material looks lightweight and comfortable. The dress is designed with a tiered skirt base that is short at the front, and train-like at the back. The center of the neckline is gathered for added stretch, and the sleeves are smocked and lettuce hemmed for added girliness.
My thoughts: As the dress is fully composed of cotton, the feel of the material reminds me more of duvet (which is nice, but not what I’m looking for). The high-low shape doesn’t really fit my body shape (balanced body and leg, hourglass). The off-shoulder feature is sweet but because my shoulders are more on the broad side for my frame (39cm shoulder width and 156cm/ 5’2 tall), the dress doesn’t really balance out my proportions the way I envisioned. However, this dress would suit those who are less top heavy and with narrower shoulders.
Expectations: Adorned in diagonal stripes, this halter-neck piece features a scoop back that offers an alluring contrast to its self-tie spaghetti straps. The wide skirt base is cut at floor-length and flowy with enough weight for an elegant drape, adding class and boasting evening wear appeal without losing summery aesthetics.
My thoughts: While halter necks are great for showcasing collarbones and shoulders, this dress has one that demands a wearer with a smaller and longer neck. Sadly, my neck shape and size aren’t really suitable, and it also felt a little uncomfortable when I tried it on.
Expectations: I love the asymmetric design aspect of this dress as well as the choice of colors used for the color-blocking. The snug-fit bodice contrasts its soft, A-line skirt with added volume thanks to the fitted darts promoting its 50’s silhouette. Complete with adjustable straps and a concealed center back zipper fastening for ease of wear.
My thoughts: As it’s made of 55% linen and 45% cotton, this non-stretch midi was a little too fitted in my opinion. Although I love the color combo, it didn’t really complement my complexion (I’m sand beige with warm yellow undertones). I also love the unusual neckline, but again it didn’t really enhance the look nor flatter my body shape. Maybe it’s because there’s an air of youthfulness in this piece, while its A-line shape would work better for those with less curves.
What I went with…
Expectations: The blend of horizontal and diagonal stripes brings a classy and fun dynamic to this dress. The neat wrap-like bodice seems to flatter a range of sizes and shapes, as it gently highlights the feminine silhouette with pleat-like details, strung together with a thin spaghetti strap that also links to a low, square back. The floor length skirt base swivels nicely with abundant material and a wide A-line cut.
My thoughts: Much to my surprise, the material and fit both turned out better than I expected! While its bodice is a little tight, the skirt is loose and flowy (perfect for covering tums and hips after a big meal). I prefer wearing the straps in a halter neck so that it gives me more support at the front without changing the position of the back zipper. I also like how this piece utilizes a seemingly stoic color palette without taking away its summery quality, making this piece versatile enough for both the wedding ceremony and after-party!
How should I accessorize? Comment below with your suggestions, and let me know if you want to see a photo of my full outfit when I attend the wedding!