Style Guide: What To Wear To A Wedding
April 22, 2020
What to Wear to a Wedding
What Not To Wear
White / Off White / Ivory
While this may seem obvious, the number one thing you should never wear to a wedding is white. This color is reserved for the bride only! Exceptions to this rule are if the invitation specifically states it to be an all-white wedding and wearing white is encouraged, or if culturally the bride wears something other than white.
While not a hard rule, avoiding a solid lace dress is a courtesy to the bride, as often the bride’s gown is lace. So, while small details of lace are okay, to eliminate any chance of competition, avoid wearing a solid lace gown.
Over the top outfits
There is a fine line between looking your best and upstaging someone. Remember the day is to celebrate the bride. While you want to look your best, avoid outfits that are over the top and draw too much attention to yourself. Unless of course the invitation states 'White Tie Affair', in which case: go big or go home!
While you might be dying to wear your go-to sexy number, keep in mind a wedding is often a family event with a good mix of children and grandparents who potentially are more traditional.
The Dress Codes :
Indicates you can wear whatever you feel most comfortable in: jeans, a stylish top, completely your choice - anything goes.
A little dressier then casual but not entirely formal. Dress pants, a stylish top, a skirt or a knee length sheath dress are considered appropriate.
There is a bit of wiggle room as semi-formal falls between business casual and fully formal. Pant suits, cocktail dresses, high-low skirts or jumpsuits are an appropriate choice.
A formal occasion where evening wear is appropriate. Most weddings fall into this dress code category. Cocktail or a full-length evening gown is suitable.
One of the least common dress codes is the white tie event. A white tie indicates wearing the utmost formal of attire. A full-length evening gown or ballgown is expected.