I’m at that age, or maybe it’s just that time of year, where wedding invites just keep on coming. I’ve got one as soon as next weekend which got me thinking, what do you wear to a wedding? Really, it all depends on the bride, location, time of day and how formal or not formal the couple tends to be. Here’s a few tips for navigating your way through all those “maybe” attire questions.
Daytime Spring/Summer Wedding
Daytime weddings that take place in the spring or summer are far more casual than an evening affair. They’re also highly likely to take place outdoors. A light summer dress or floaty skirt is your best bet here. If you are going to be outside, stray away from stilettos. You don’t want them sinking into the grass and anything over 4″ and that skinny will look too aggressive for the middle of the afternoon.
I’m loving the bright yellow on this Shoshanna dress from Neiman Marcus. Perfect for a sunny outdoor affair.
This Marc Bouwer dress has a casual feel to it too. Dresses in light, swingy materials are another thing to look for.
Evening Informal Wedding
If the invite doesn’t say “black-tie” you’re likely going to an informal evening wedding. Bust out the cocktail dress and heels for this one. A skirt and nice top would be nice as well. Note: If the wedding is in a church (and this is totally up to your discretion) consider bringing some sort of cardigan to cover up the shoulders.
This Tadashi bandage dress is a good evening choice. The cut and color are flattering while the silhouette is dressier than the light and loose looks above.
If you’re not into sleeveless, this Redux Charles Chang Lima is still a dressy cocktail number that covers the shoulders. And although the silhouette is flowy, the fabric still makes it a cocktail number.
For an evening affair, it’s also O.K. to sport a one-shouldered look like this Rachel Roy number.
Evening Formal or Black-Tie Wedding
Oh these are fun! Maybe it’s just cause I adore dressing up. Bust out a full-length dress for this one. You can wear a short cocktail dress as well as long as it’s super glitzy and glamorous. Think sequins and fun beading. Also, for an evening wedding it’s O.K. to wear black.
If you aren’t sure how fancy to go, something classic and basic like this Nicole Miller dress is always a safe bet.
For a spring/summer wedding, prints are a fun way to go too.
This Carmen Marc Valvo dress is another chic summer evening look too.
Rules of Thumb
Never wear all-white to a wedding. White skirt=O.K. Big white dress=quick way to make the bride your next enemy
Don’t wear black during the day
If you’re wearing gloves, don’t eat with them on. It’s just downright ridiculous. Not to mention totally hard to do.
It’s O.K. to wear black for an evening wedding
For beach wedding tips, check out my previous post here.