Decoding The Dress Code: Weddings

I’m just going to come right out and say it – weddings are annoying.

Sure they are wonderful for the happy couple, but for the rest of us it means spending money (gifts, travel, etc.) and nine times out of ten, you end up purchasing an outfit that you didn’t feel like buying.

Suddenly you are stressed and it’s not even your “special day.”

While it is true that all eyes will be on the big white dress, if you screw up your look – side eye will be given.

So let’s decode the various dress codes that may pop up on your invitation come wedding season.

1.) White Tie

This is the most formal of the wedding dress codes. I highly suggest a full-on floor length gown for this occasion. Think of it as the perfect excuse to wear a ball gown. Your date needs to wear a tuxedo.

2.) Black Tie

This dress code is dressy, but it doesn’t require a gown. You can wear a longer dress, dressy separates, or a formal cocktail dress. The only one who has to pay attention to strict rules is your man – he has to wear a tuxedo and not a suit.

3.) Semi-Formal

We are entering a more relaxed dress code with this one, a cocktail dress or dressy separates will do the trick. Your date can wear a suit.

4.) Festive

Festive means you can have a bit more fun with your wardrobe choices. A cocktail or party dress that is glitzy and playful is appropriate.

5.) Casual

Casual does NOT mean shorts and flip-flops. For casual wedding attire, think sundress or something flowy and floral.

While we’re here, let’s also debunk and confirm some common style rumors tied to wedding season.

First, yes you can wear black. That “rule” is hella old school, and you can most definitely wear black to a wedding. In fact, I wore black at the last wedding I attended.

Second, no you cannot wear white unless it’s Puff Daddy’s White Party: Wedding Edition. White is for the bride, pick another color.

Finally, don’t be a jerk when it comes to dressing for someone’s wedding. Show respect for the day and follow that dress code that they set out.




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