When it is summer, it is wedding season. Since attending a wedding is likely on your agenda in the near future, it’s important to find the perfect outfit to be the perfect wedding guest this season.
In fashion, there aren’t really any rules anymore, but there are still taboos when it comes to wedding fashion. It is recommended to not wear white, off-white, black, or red. More specific or culturally-diverse weddings typically have attire that is either self-explanatory or have detailed information available directly from the wedding couple. The venue, season, weather, and time of day should also clear up any confusion regarding what to wear. But we have some suggestions for common dress codes in different settings.
Beach Wedding: This is the perfect occasion to wear that easy, billowy sundress. Long or short, it doesn’t matter as long as it’s paired with wonderful accessories. The best shoe for a beach themed wedding is a fashionable wedge. Men can wear a light-colored or lightweight suit without a tie; a less formal button-down shirt, a tropical print shirt or Guayabera shirt worn untucked with pants or Bermuda shorts in linen, cotton or twill would also be fine.
Garden Party Wedding: Most people attending a garden wedding aren’t trying to be groundbreaking; they just want to look pretty. Florals and bright-colored dresses are best. Dressing for a garden or outdoor wedding is very similar to dressing for the Kentucky Derby. etc. For men, khakis or seersucker pants paired with a blazer are perfect. Ties are not required but are a nice touch.
Cocktail Party Attire: For semi-formal events, wearing a knee-length cocktail dress, as well as evening separates, is suitable. If you are wearing a long dress, it should have little-to-no beading. If you are wearing a short cocktail dress, it can have a little sparkle. Use this to wear dramatic accessories, such as jewelry, handbag or clutch, and shoes. Men should wear a dark suit with a shirt and tie. If it’s a more fashionable event, he isn’t required to wear a tie.
Black Tie Affair: This means that formal attire is required. In most cases the wedding will start after 6 p.m. Ladies have two options: A full-length gown or a short cocktail dress. Think of dressing up for the Oscars red carpet. This is the time to bring out the bling. A fabulous piece of statement jewelry is encouraged. Men should be dressed in tuxedos with black tie and likely a cummerbund. He can wear a white dinner jacket with black dress pants in the summer or a dark suit.