Deciding on what to wear to a wedding can be extremely daunting, especially if the invitation dress code is vague. If you’ve run out of ideas of what to wear to a wedding, never fear. No matter the location, theme or dress code of the nuptials we’ve done the research and got you covered.
What are good choices to wear?
We know what it’s like to watch that pile of clothes grow on your floor as you second guess every outfit. Save yourself some time and take a look at our list of the five most common examples of wedding guest attire – we’ve solved the ‘Lounge Suit’ mystery. For a guide to dress codes and their meaning, head here.
Can you wear black, red or white?
Let’s get this age-old question out of the way. Once, it was considered a passive-aggressive protest against the marriage taking place if black was worn. Obviously, things have changed and black has evolved to what many of us consider a versatile and chic staple. Black and red are totally fine so long as the cut, fit and material of the dress is appropriate – head here for our official guide on wearing black to a wedding. White, however, is a no go. You don’t want to steal the lime light and upstage the bride as Jane Fonda did in Monster in Law.
Location, location, location!
Sometimes an invite won’t have any dress code details on it. In any case don’t be afraid to reach out to other guests to get a feel for the mood. Otherwise, the location is always a good place to start - If you’re heading to the beach, you’re not going to need that floor length ball gown. Try a colourful cocktail dress that will flow in the sea breeze.
Nothing too short
Cocktail dress code for a wedding doesn’t mean the same as cocktail night out with the girls. Remember that the bride and groom's family members will be at the wedding and it’s respectable to choose a safe hem length and dress style.
Experiment with colour
Show how excited you are to party with the newlyweds through your outfit by popping in a splash of colour. Colours always look great in photos and if you’re bringing your partner along a cute co-ord will bonus as some new pics to post (and help you find them later on in the evening after one too many wines).
How about daytime weddings?
For her, semi-formal daytime or morning weddings showcase a time to bring out that sundress. Think sophisticated staples, pastels or flowy florals. Finish the look with a comfortable pair of heels and a set of staple earrings to help elevate the look.
For men, dressing in a suit and tie will always look appropriate. Lighter colours for summer and spring while autumn and winter provide a chance to bring out the darker greys or charcoal.
With the candles, moonlight and stars illuminating the sky, an evening wedding is more formal than a daytime wedding which means you’ll need something you can party in while still looking classy. Think knee length cocktail dresses in chiffon, silk or taffeta. Add your own personal flair by incorporating a staple piece of jewellery or pop of unexpected colour.
Most importantly of all, dress comfortably and in your own style. A wedding might be the perfect occasion to play around, but remember that at the end of the day you don't want to be hobbling out in your heels.