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What To Wear To Any Wedding

What To Wear To Any Wedding

With summer comes wedding season, and with wedding season comes the inevitable question of what to wear. Luckily, that question is easier to answer than you might think, especially with the wealth of feminine looks seen on the spring runways and in stores this season. First, a few simple rules to follow:

1. No wearing white. Even if the bride is wearing red, you can’t wear white. The last thing you want is some well-wisher on the street to congratulate you and wish you and whatever male you might be standing next to a lifetime of happiness.

2. Pay attention to the venue and tone of the wedding. Is the ceremony in a church or other place of worship? Maybe a cleavage-baring bodycon number isn’t the best bet. Same goes for if either the bride or groom comes from a conservative background – you don’t want Grandma giving you the evil eye all evening. This doesn’t mean you can’t look stylish, but if you’re going with a strapless or low-cut dress it’s a good idea to bring a wrap or cardigan, at least for the ceremony.

3. Dress for the occasion. I know what you’re thinking, “Duh, it’s a wedding. I’m dressing for a wedding”. But there are different kinds of weddings, from black tie to flip-flops on the beach to everything in between.

4. This one is easily overlooked on accident, especially if you’re not close with the bride. Do not dress like a bridesmaid. If the bridesmaids are wearing navy blue A-line dresses, don’t wear a navy blue A-line dress. Better yet, avoid completely the color the bridesmaids will be wearing, since you don’t want to look like you feel slighted for not being included, even – and perhaps especially – if you do.

Well, that’s it for the rules. And they’re not completely strict rules, you can get away with bending them a bit, for instance, a dress with a white background and bright floral print would likely be ok, as would a magenta dress if the bridesmaids are in pale pink – go with your judgment. Now for the fun part – shopping! Here are some outfit choices for three kinds of wedding: traditional, beach/destination, and black tie. Many of these items are on sale!

Traditional Wedding

Traditional Wedding Guest Dresses

1. Woodford & Co Butterfly dress  / 2. Tibi silk v-neck dres s / 3. ASOS Oasis dress  / 4. ASOS Midi Tea dress  / 5. Zara printed dress

Pastels and florals are all the rage this spring, and what better occasion to show off a feminine confection of a dress than at a wedding? This season’s more reserved, ladylike styles are perfect for a more conservative event and look great on a range of body types. A trendy look like this can be had at an affordable price, especially since you never know how long a trend will last… For accessories, big earrings and a cocktail ring complete your Alice in Wonderland-inspired look.

Beach/Destination Wedding

Wedding Guest Fashion Beach Destination

1. DVF Lynette Midi dress / 2. ONE by Ramy Brook Marcie dress / 3. Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent Mini Caftan dress / 4. KAIN Label Sanford dress / 5. Tibi Silk Easy dress

If the bride and groom are barefoot you can get away with a more casual style. Stick to bright solids or fun prints in simple shapes that can be dressed up for the occasion and also worn casually over and over again. For accessories, a fun, bright bag and a chunky statement necklace add to the lighthearted mood of your look.

Black-Tie Wedding

Wedding Guest Fashion Formal

1. Rachel Zoe Kassie Gown / 2. Raoul Katoucha Silk Gown / 3. Thakoon Gathered Waist Gown / 4. Winter Kate Kamala dress / Zimmermann Silk One Shoulder dress

You want formal, not stuffy. Dressing for a black tie event can be pricey, but if you invest in a classic dress – think unembellished, with one striking detail like a low back or cool draping – you will be able to style it several ways and wear it again, plus it won’t go out of style. Pair it with a classic clutch and heeled sandals that you’ll be sure to get a lot of use out of.

What do you think of our wedding ceremony fashion choices? Will you be attending any weddings this Summer? Leave us a comment!

Written by Kate Schneider 
Follow her personal fashion blog, No Pants Tuesday!