What to Wear if You’re a Wedding Guest

by R. Carnavale | May 12th, 2016 | Current Trends, Women's Fashion
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woman dress (400x400)You’ve been invited to a wedding and now you may be at a loss as to what to wear. It’s a tricky situation: You’ll want to blend in with the other guests, not upstage the bride and yet look your very best. Read the invitation to discern the dress code (informal, semi-formal, formal) and wear something that’s feminine and modest (avoid short skirts, low-cut blouses, jeans and a t-shirt, and tight clothing). Also, remember, you won’t want to wear anything in white, lest you upstage the bride. Here’s a guide to dressing for a wedding:

Informal Daytime Wedding

    • knee-length or longer dress in pink, blue and yellow or a floral print. Here’s a beautiful pleated knit dress

(This J. Crew a-line dress comes in French mauve and navy and retails for $118.)

  • skirt with a nice top
  • pastel suit, but business suits are also appropriate for morning weddings
  • Don’t wear black or sequins because you’ll be overdressed.

Semi-Formal Daytime Wedding

Think “Sunday clothes”:

    • knee-length or longer dress in pink, blue and yellow or a floral print
    • dressy pantsuit
    • skirt with a nice top
    • pastel suit

(Here’s a pretty pink ruffle-collar skirt suit that retails for $120.

  • Don’t wear black or sequins because you’ll be overdressed.

Formal Daytime Wedding

    • knee-length or longer dress in pink, blue and yellow or a floral print

(Here’s a pretty ruched surplice-bodice dress in celestial blue. The dress features a V-neckline, elbow sleeves and retails for $119.)

  • pastel suit

Informal Evening Wedding

  • knee-length or longer cocktail dress
  • Don’t wear black or sequins because you’ll be overdressed.

Semi-Formal Evening Wedding

  • knee-length or longer cocktail dress
  • little black dress

Formal Evening Wedding

    • You’ll want to look elegant and traditional.
    • floor-length gown (for an after six, “White Tie” or “Ultra formal” event)

(Here’s an elegant strapless ruched-bodice gown with an ombre skirt. It’s designed by Erin Fetherston and retails for $275.

  • dressy knee-length or longer cocktail dress
  • furs
  • high heels
  • elegant jewelry with diamonds, pearls and other gems
  • shawl—-Consider wearing a pashmina shawl, in case the air-conditioning’s a bit too much or the furnace setting is too low.
  • For a formal evening wedding in the winter: Wear jewel-toned dresses (ruby red, sapphire blue, royal purple or emerald green).
  • Don’t wear a tiara–only the bride gets to wear one.
  • Don’t wear a prom dress–no matter how much you paid for it, you can’t reuse it at a wedding.
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