What do I wear to a wedding as a guest? After the past two years of mainly dressing casually, it may be challenging to dress appropriately for a special event. So today, I am sharing a few dress ideas and tips for those times you need something more elevated than the casual summer dresses I shared here.
Sometimes you can use a dress you already have and get creative with your accessories. For example, pearls, a dressier belt, and a silver clutch elevate a relatively casual self-belted dress in the photo above.
For a wedding at a casual venue such as an event barn or on a terrace, I will wear a similar look to the photo above from the archives. The dress was from Talbots last year. Look for fabrics such as viscose, crepe, or rayon for smooth flow and movement.
If the wedding were on the beach, in a garden, or another casual daytime venue, a lightweight dress with flat or wedge sandals and a small handbag would be appropriate. You may be walking on sand or grass, so when choosing your footwear, keep that in mind. Look for the color and dress style that complements your shape and your coloring so that you may wear it again for other such events. Colors like plum, lavender, gray, taupe, and navy are always appropriate. Avoid wearing red, black, or white to a wedding.
If the ceremony is in a chapel, a more conservative dress might be more appropriate. Look for styles such as the dresses above and below. Adding accessories such as a prettier belt and earrings can elevate the dresses and personalize your look. Nude or metallic shoes are usually the best choice with navy. Remember to carry a small clutch instead of a sometimes bulky everyday bag.
The petite woman with a small frame will look best in small prints or solid colors and less voluminous or knee-length dresses. (Petite means less than 5’4″ in the fashion industry.)
If you are more comfortable and confident in pants, options like the one above can be lovely and appropriate.
An evening wedding calls for more formal attire, such as the dresses above and below. The invitation may give you guidelines for the dress code. If possible, also consult with the bride or members of the bridal party since they can provide tips for what will be appropriate for the ceremony.
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