With wedding season just around the corner, chances are you already have some save-the-dates marked on your calendar. That being said, the big question on your mind is probably what you are going to wear! It’s important to be prepared with multiple outfits ready in case you plan to attend more than one wedding. Even if you just have one wedding invite, it’s a good idea to have a few outfit options handy in advance.
We’ve gathered a simple list of styling rules to help you find the perfect outfit that will make you the most stylish guest in attendance. Of course, keep in mind the venue and weather of the wedding so you can be dressed for success. Whether you plan to attend a fall wedding or one during the summertime, these tips will make it easy for you to choose an outfit, no matter the season.
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1. It’s not all black & white
The oldest rule in the books is one that we all (hopefully) have in the back of our minds when we’re picking out wedding outfits: Don’t wear white. This color is reserved for the bride on her special day so it’s a good idea to keep it out of your outfit completely. Black is also a color that shouldn’t be worn to a wedding, as it’s very dark and drab, and not appropriate for a day that is supposed to represent so much joy and cheer. If, for some reason, you can’t avoid either color, try and mix them with other bright colors.
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2. Bring a jacket
No matter what time of year the wedding you plan to attend is during, a key component to your outfit is a good jacket. It’s a smart idea to invest in a jacket that is versatile and dependable to accompany your outfit to many weddings. Colors like blush, tan, or black are great options that go well with many colors. You can switch it up and wear dresses or skirts and tops paired with the jacket for a look that will be a winner everytime. If the wedding is held outdoors, it’s a no-brainer that you should bring a jacket to prepare for unexpected weather.
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3. Eyes on the bride
When selecting your outfit for the wedding, of course you want to look great, but make sure you don’t attract too much attention by what you’re wearing… or not wearing. You don’t want to risk outshining the bride by showing too much skin. It’s okay to opt for a low-cut blouse or snug-fitting dress, but focus on the “or” and don’t choose an outfit that has too many revealing aspects.
Along the same line, stay away from any clothing or accessories that are too showy. There’s a time and a place for large statement hats or neon blouses, but a wedding is not one of them. It’s important to look nice, but this day is about having all eyes on the bride, so make sure your outfit doesn’t catch too much attention.
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4. Check the invitation
If you’re wondering what to wear to the wedding, read over the invitation for any hints or a dress code that can help you pick the right outfit. Paying close attention to details like the venue description can be useful. For example, if the ceremony is in a church, you should bring something modest so you can cover up. If you’re attending an outdoor wedding celebration, make sure you wear the appropriate accessories like flat shoes or a sunhat.
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5. Be unique
This tip can be the most helpful when picking out your outfit for the wedding. If you’re going to wear a dress that is a solid color, try to choose one that is not a very popular color like blue, purple, or coral. This will eliminate the risk of you matching your dress with the same color that the bridesmaids are wearing. If you’re nervous you may match the wedding party, pick a dress with a floral design or print.
At the same time, it’s not impossible to show up wearing a dress that is identical or very similar to another guest. To avoid this, think unique when you’re out shopping and try to peruse boutiques that are not mainstream. If you’re feeling extra adventurous and crafty, explore local vintage or thrift shops to find the perfect look for you that you won’t end up sharing with someone else.
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Remember, your outfit will not only be seen at the wedding, but also in the wedding album as the photographer takes pictures throughout the evening. That being said, it’s important to look good and dress appropriately in an outfit that flatters you. When attending a wedding celebration, you should be focused on having a good time and celebrating the happy couple, not on avoiding a wardrobe malfunction. Wear something that is comfortable for you and that you can be confident in and feel ready to celebrate all night long.