Wedding season is here, how nice! Do you already have an invitation? Are you thinking about what to wear for such an important occasion? Well, there are a lot of dresses and pieces you can choose and there are also some rules, that you have to respect, even if today we have a lot more freedom than you may have had 10 years or so ago. Anyway there are a few things to remember while getting dressed to be respectful of the ceremony and the people getting married.
First of all never wear white
Of course you know it, but just in case…White is the color of the bride and she is the only one who can wear it.
Don’t be casual
This is the shabby chic season, with a lot of marriages going on in the woods or on the beach. The bride can be also barefoot, free and with a messy hair, but you have to be elegant anyway. So leave the sweaters at home, no denim, no shorts and if you want to wear pants, never be casual; it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed.
Respect the dress code
It is very nice if you respect the length of the dress: to the knees or below, but not mini, not transparent, not too sexy, without rips and holes, even if you are 20 or something like that. It’s a wedding! Remember that prom dresses are a no-go for weddings. While it may be a shame that you have two beautiful prom dresses hanging in your closet that will likely never see the light of day again, it’s better to keep them there than break them out to wear to a wedding.
What to wear
You really have a lot of options you can try. The floral dress is elegant and perfect, lace is amazing, pastel colours are really welcome, the jumpsuit is delicious, the matchy matchy pieces are fine, buy you have to stay elegant and play for example with a pear necklace. If you know where the wedding is taking place, you can get a lot of cues from what may or may not be appropriate to wear. If you’re outside sitting in the sun for a wedding in the middle of the summer, you can and should dress a lot different than a wedding inside of a church. A good idea is to follow the guidelines outlined on the RSVP; always consider the setting and time of the wedding to decide how to dress.
Black, yes or no?
It is common to hear that every woman needs to have their go to LBD, or little black dress, hanging in their closet for a variety of occasions like cocktail parties, happy hours, and date night, but is the LBD acceptable in a wedding scenario? As it turns out, it is! But, my ladies, personally I don’t like it and I still believe that black is not a good colour for a wedding! There are so many bright shades that make you feel younger, so try something else!
Opt for comfortable shoes
You can also change them for the party! There are so many nice and fashion ballerinas, that you will find something appropriate for sure. It’s just not good form to be barefoot and carry shoes, or create a pile of discarded shoes in the corner of the reception space.
Don’t wear too much sequins
Being a walking disco ball is great for a club, but not so great for a family gathering. Instead try lace, which is much more elegant and sophisticated. Please consider that sequins reflect a lot of light and can be hard to photograph.
Don’t be too sexy
Even if you have amazing legs and a stunning body, don’t do it. Remember that you are just a guest, the real diva has to be the bride and just her! Wearing an overly revealing or excessively tight dress is not an acceptable outfit choice as it will take the attention away from the happy couple and divert it elsewhere.
Be careful with accessorises
Don’t wear huge pieces, rings, earrings, necklaces. Try to opt for something more clean and simple. Accessories should be a subtle embellishment. Overly large, bright, or colorful accessories can be a distraction from the ceremony.
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