Today we have another fabulous post by Adria of the Emerald Closet. Enjoy!
There are a lot of terms that get thrown around when it comes to wedding attire; from the more common “Black Tie” or “Casual,” to the more mysterious instructions like “Frocks and Smocks.” Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what’s required. Look through this guide to put your fears to rest, and find the right dress to impress!
In Any Situation, You Should Avoid
· Anything that’s too revealing or too tight. Soft, flow-y styles are more appropriate for the occasion.
· Wearing white—although some brides are fine with this, it’s always best to play it safe.
· Being under dressed; it’s pretty rare to look too fancy for a wedding.
· Being too flashy—for example, if your gigantic feathery hat is obscuring someone else’s view, it’s best left at home.
Usually reserved for winter weddings, White Tie dress is decidedly the most formal option, and always corresponds with an evening occasion. Ladies should wear formal, floor-length gowns; long gloves or a stole are a nice added touch.
Choose glamorous jewelry, and feel free to add your most fashion-forward accessories, like a pair of killer heels or a striking fascinator or hair comb.
1. Blue Gown
2. Blue and Yellow Shoes
3. Bracelet – pro tip: a pearl bracelet is perfect, too!
5. Fur Stole
6. Gold Dress
7. Black and Gold Shoes – pro tip: make sure they are comfy for all-night dancing!
8. Feather Earrings
Formal or Black-Tie
Just a step down from White Tie, Black Tie is a far more common dress option for weddings. Wear an evening gown or fancier cocktail-length dress, but forego the more dramatic accessories and stick with elegant jewelry and a small handbag.
1. Black Lace Dress
2. Scarab Cuff
3. Peep-Toe Pumps
4. Spike Clutch
5. Forget-Me-Not Ring
6. One-Shoulder Dress – pro tip: don’t forget to exfoliate for stunning skin!
7. Silver Sandals
8. Red Dress
9. Red and White Pumps
Cocktail or Semi-formal
Wear something dressy, but not formal. This means shorter dresses and skirts with strappy heels and fun jewelry. If you’re more comfortable in flats, find ones that are fairly delicate and evening-appropriate, with sparkly embellishments or metallic details.
1. Light Blue Dress – pro tip: looks killer with a fuchsia lip!
2. Pearl Necklace
3. Satin Sandals
4. Green Dress
5. Leopard Sandals
6. Triangle Earrings
7. Black Wristlet
8. Chain Link Bracelet
9. Beaded Top
10. Brocade Skirt
11. Coral Wedges
You might assume that this means anything goes, but don’t do jeans or shorts unless specifically called for. Instead, opt for a daytime dress, skirt, or pants and a blouse. Within this general category, you’ll occasionally see a more specific type of dress request. The two most recognizable are:
Garden Party: Go for a summery dress or skirt, with sandals or wedges. Florals and soft pastels are a nice way to tie in with the vibe.
Beach Wedding Attire: This usually means flat sandals (not flip-flips) and light dresses; a casual straw hat would not be out of place here. Have some fun choosing accessories that have beach-y details like wood or rope.
1. Lace Cuff
2. Sleeveless Blouse – pro tip: don’t forget a cardigan for breezy weather!
3. Floral Skirt
4. White Sandals
5. Raffia Hat
6. Cross-Body Bag
7. Wood Necklace
8. Printed Dress
9. Rope Wedges
At any wedding, remember to make sure you’ve chosen an outfit that works both for sitting at the ceremony, and dancing at the reception. If necessary, bring along a more comfortable pair of shoes to change into. After all, while it’s crucial to be dressed correctly, it’s even more important to have a wonderful time at a special celebration.