Wedding Guest Style Guide

So you’re going to a wedding! But you aren’t 100% sure of the outfit you want to wear. We have a simple guide to help you figure out the best #ootd, without making any serious wedding guest fashion faux pas.

Credit: Weddbook

Credit: Weddbook

Don’t wear white
Even if the bride is wearing a nonwhite gown, we recommend avoiding the color completely. Even if it’s an outdoor summer wedding. Even if you can really rock that one cute white sundress. To be safe, find a light pastel color for a summer wedding instead.

Avoid bridesmaid colors
If there is anyway you can casually find out what the wedding party colors are, do it! And then avoid wearing the same color. If the bridesmaids are all wearing navy and you show up in the same color dress of your own, things may get a bit awkward.

Don’t under-dress
When in doubt check the venue/time of day, but overall, unless otherwise stated, avoid jeans and a tee-shirt, jeans and a blouse, pretty much avoid jeans. Don’t show up too casual, it’s still a dinner (or cocktails, or brunch, etc.) so you don’t want to look like you’re just stopping by on your way to the mall (even if you are). Respect the event and dress according to the invite, and if they don’t say and you aren’t sure, ask someone from the wedding party.

Credit: Huffington Post

Credit: Huffington Post

Dress for the occasion
So you’re not going to under-dress, but you also should avoid dressing like you’re headed out to do some club-hopping late into the night. If you’re related to the couple in anyway, remember that your family will be there. If not, remember that their family will be there, and try to make a good impression, even if you don’t plan on seeing them ever again. It’s also a nice gesture to dress appropriately, especially if the ceremony is a religious one. And, you certainly don’t want to out-do the bride in any way! Check out our special occasion section to see some great ideas!

Black is OK
Yep! There used to be a stigma behind wearing black to a wedding. Some say it was an act of rebellion if you didn’t agree with the marriage, or just too much like you were going to a funeral. Now, it’s totally acceptable! Especially if you’re attending a black tie wedding, a winter wedding, or any evening event. Not to mention, black is still super flattering, and you definitely want to feel good if there’s a chance of meeting new people, dancing all night, or just feeling confident! If you want to wear black, you go, girl!

 

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