From white tie to black tie to formal to casual, how should you really dress for a wedding??? It’s ok to feel a bit clueless, because depending on where you’re going and what the invitation says, options are endless as far as what wedding attire to what to wear. Once you know what the invitation says, picking an outfit for a wedding isn’t as tricky as you think, here’s how to dress for some of the most popular weddings you’ll encounter.
Beach, Dressy Casual + Casual Attire
If the invitation says “beach casual” or “casual attire,” you can stick with a good sundress or flowy cocktail dress and be fine. In the event the invitation says “dressy casual”, it might not hurt to err more towards a cocktail dress, but if you have a flowy summer dress or casual winter cocktail dress that you want to wear, this should work too.
Semi-Formal + Cocktail Attire
For the “semi-formal” or “cocktail attire” wedding invitation, this dress pick is pretty simple too. Picking a boldly colored cocktail dress with a flattering cut will look gorgeous. If the wedding is at night, it doesn’t hurt to go longer on the skirt, though opting for a short skirt doesn’t hurt either. Don’t forget to spice things up with a printed shoe or clutch.
Formal (or Black Tie Optional)
Now “formal attire” can mean just formal or also black tie attire. When you get this kind of invitation, this means you’re going to want to bring out your best dresses. A short or long evening dress that has a more fitted cut than a cocktail dress and more of an evening look will work for this wedding. Embellishing with gold and silver accessories will go along way to glam up your outfit too.
Black Tie Attire
A true “black tie” wedding is when you want to pull the gown out. Instead of picking the best looking dress from your closet, you might need to go shopping for an evening gown. Short evening gowns exist, but to flow with the elegance of the event, a nice long gown with or without sleeves will be stunning and in line with what most guests are wearing. It never hurts to spice things up with a glamorous clutch or colorful heel too.
White Tie Attire
A “white tie” wedding might be more rare, but this is even more elegant than black tie. This is the most formal of all wedding attire codes (think politician and celebrity weddings), and you should take the invitation’s dress code seriously. The best, and perhaps only option for this kind of wedding is a ball gown. Which actually leaves a good deal of creative room to work with, so not to worry. Whatever dress you find, I’m sure will be a real kick in the pants and a fun one.