Sometimes planning an outfit for a wedding can be confusing. There are four basic kinds of weddings: black tie, black tie optional, cocktail attire, and casual. Remember that the wedding is about the bride and the groom. You should be dressed in a way that shows respect to them but also let’s them be the center of attention. This is their day and you should be supporting them not stealing the show. Here are a few guidelines for each type of wedding.
Black Tie-This is a formal event where ladies must wear floor length gowns and darker colors, especially if the event is at night. You should not be showing a lot of skin or wear anything that makes you stand out. If you are going to a black tie event where you don’t know anyone and are nervous about what to wear it if better to err on the side of caution. This dress is one color with no patterns and simple lines. It covers the chest and shoulders yet is classic, elegant, and understated. The stud earrings, one bracelet, and elegant heels complete the look. I would suggest getting you hair professionally done in a simple up do. You will look sophisticated and sexy all at the same time.
|Tadshi Grecian Gown
|Nadri Lace Stud Earrings-$35|
|Nadri Crystal Bangle Bracelet-$65|
Black Tie Optional-This is somewhere between black tie and cocktail attire. This means guests can dress formally but that it is not required. Even though it is not required that does not mean you should dress casually. You can wear a floor length gown in a brighter color and simple patterns or a cocktail dress. You should not go anymore informal than a colorful cocktail dress. I would still recommend heels but dressy flats would also be appropriate. If you aren’t sure stick with the black tie options above. It’s better to show your hosts too much respect rather than not enough. A great rule of thumb is if you want color then keep your dress floor length and if you want a shorter dress than keep the color darker. Here are two options:
|JS Collections Illusion Bodice Satin-$148|
|Jessica Howard Dress-$61.99 SALE!|
Cocktail Attire-Cocktail attire is less formal but still means that the guests should be stylish and elegant. A woman should wear an elegant cocktail dress with heels and an evening bag. The dress can be as short as slightly above the knee and can be a variety of colors, especially if it’s a day wedding. The options in this category are wide but here are a few choices:
|Yellow A Line Chiffon Dress-$117|
|Emerald Green Cocktail Dress-$59.99|
|Tea Length ConvertibleDress-$298|
|Dasha by Ralph Lauren-$179.99 SALE!|
Casual-Casual does not mean casual as in jeans and a T-shirt. You are still going to a wedding. A woman can wear a cotton dress, skirt with a nice top or slacks. There are a lot of choices but you must still remember you are there to celebrate someone’s most important day and no one should have their attention called to you or be offended by what you are wearing.
|Ralph Lauren Sweater Dress-$345|
|Silk Wrap Dress-$159.99 SALE!|
|Tessi Sateen Skirt-$69.99 SALE!|
|Dara Lace Skirt-$179|
|Alexine Houndstooth Pant-$755|
|Chrissy Bi-Stretch Pants-$598|
Some of these models look pretty intense so I would just copy their clothes and resist copying their expressions! Just show up with a big smile!