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When you open the mailbox and find a crisp wedding invitation inside, a variety of emotions course through you. Happiness for the joyous couple of course, mixed with an extreme fear of wearing the wrong outfit to such a special event.
Wedding events are tricky. They can be anywhere from casual to black tie affairs. If you’re inattentive, you could spend a very awkward day feeling under dressed, or accidentally show up the bride by wearing formal to a more casual wedding. Fortunately, by paying attention to a few clues you can attend the wedding with confidence, knowing you’ve dressed right for the occasion.
Pay Attention to the Wedding Invitation
If the wedding is a black or white tie affair, it should say so on the invitation. If not, call the RSVP number and ask about attire. Your bride to be won’t feel bad about you asking if you’re not certain. The wedding invitation may have other requests related to what to wear besides the formality, including color choice and style. Follow any guidelines printed on the invitation, unless specifically told otherwise by the bride.
Never Wear White
Unless this color is specifically requested for you to wear at the wedding, never wear white. White is reserved for the bride on her wedding day, even if she has chosen a different color. When you wear white, even if it is a relatively simple dress, you run the risk of being mistaken for the bride—an embarrassment for you both. Avoid this color no matter how good it looks on you.
Instead, choose colors and prints in the summer, and focus on texture and embellishments during the winter. Neutrals such as gray, navy and brown can be very striking, and help you stand out without being too flashy. Classic colors like these not only look good on a wide variety of skin tones, but they pose no risk of showing up the bride or drawing attention away from her on her special day.
Location, Location, Location
Where the wedding will be held also plays apart on what outfit you should wear. Most weddings are held at fairly standard, indoor venues. If the bride has changed things up however, your outfit will need to change too. For the beach, consider flats, a maxi dress, and a playful color to help achieve the right mood. If it’s an outdoor event, a short and flirty dress is appropriate as long as it is also a casual wedding.
If it’s a black tie affair, you’ll need a full length formal dress, and may even need a train. Pay attention to cut and embellishments as much as color and style for the best possible look.
Choosing a wedding day outfit when you’re the guest can be difficult, but with a little know-how, you can attend this special event knowing you’re outfit is appropriate and beautiful in its own way. No matter where it is or what time of year it is, there is an outfit waiting for you. You simply have to find it.
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