Let's face it. A wedding is about the bride, and unless you want to be in her bad books, you should definitely not upstage her. So where does that leave the guests, you may ask? You are left to tread that fine line between being the-impeccably-dressed-I'm-so-glad-I-invited-her guest and the-oh-my-god-she-is-making-my-wedding-look-ugly guest. Deciding what to wear to a wedding can give even the trendiest woman out there the jitters. So if you need a little help, this Wedessence article should give exactly what you need.
What You Should Always Remember
Attending a wedding comes with its own list of dos and don'ts. And as a guest, it is essential that you strictly abide by these, especially when it comes to dressing.
- Don't wear white. That is and always will be the bride's prerogative, unless of course she is having a white wedding à la Kim Kardashian. Avoid shades like ivory, too. You could opt for a mix of black and white in floral prints or stripes.
- The wedding invite is the best way to understand what you are expected to wear. Most invitations specify the dress code. If your hosts have decided on a color theme, then ensure that you wear accents from the specified color palette.
- Always respect the sentiments of your host and dress appropriately. Skimpy clothing, club wear, hoodies, denims, etc., don't belong at a wedding. If you doubt what you've picked out for yourself, then you probably shouldn't wear it.
- The weather, the time of the day, and the formality of the event should all be taken into consideration when picking your outfit. If you think it will get chilly, then carry a throw or a bolero jacket.
- Always wear comfortable shoes. Weddings translate to dancing, and you definitely don't want to be sitting in a corner when everyone else is on the dance floor.
End Your Ensemble Woes
Scorching heat means you can experiment with lighter fabrics. For a formal, black tie event, wear an elegant chiffon gown that flows. For a cocktail wedding, go all out; a strapless, knee length dress with the right accessories will ensure that you make a statement. Dressing for a casual wedding can be tricky because you can't really stroll in wearing a sundress and flip-flops. Wear light fabrics in soft colors. Choose a clean silhouette and you will definitely hit it out of the ball park.
A fall wedding is all about looking elegant and chic. For a formal wedding, pick a gown in jewel tones. Experiment with fabrics and textures. Use lace and velvet for a richer feel. For a cocktail event, team a red dress and a no accessory look for impact. Opt for a dress that combines two fabrics; a heavier base with a lighter, flowing layer to stand out. For a casual wedding, wear a clean-cut, comfortable dress.
The season of cheer and chills; the season of celebration; and a wedding in this season means that you get to go all out. While the wedding will be indoors, it makes sense that the gown you wear to a formal do is made of a luxurious, rich fabric like velvet. Glitzy and warm; the perfect combination. For a cocktail wedding, wear a dress in a deep, rich tone and accessorize. You can't go wrong with that. A casual wedding in winter does not mean that you can throw on a sweater and be done with it.
Think beach resort chic. For a formal event, try a printed gown or tea-length dress with spring motifs. Add on statement accessories and high heels, and you will be making the perfect entrance. Attending a cocktail wedding? Wear a short, frilly dress in a bright color. Choose neon green, yellow, or any other shade that shrieks spring. A casual wedding at springtime is the perfect do. You can wear a dress in a pastel color, wear a pair of thongs, and opt for a cute, side-swept hair do.
A wedding is the perfect event to rediscover the fashionista in you. All you need to do is follow some basic tips and not break some cardinal rules. Instead of dreading the occasion, look forward to showing off your stylish self.