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Oh the joy of figuring out what to wear to a wedding. Should you dress up or dress down? Should you wear a long dress or a short dress? Should your husband wear a tux or are khakis appropriate? What if you end up wearing the same colors as the bridesmaids?
To be honest, many times people worry more about their attire for attending a wedding than they should. It is important to focus on the bride and groom and not draw attention to yourself. And you’re in luck because there are five simple rules when it comes to dressing for a wedding that you can follow. These rules can apply to any season of wedding and are stress free.
1. Do NOT wear white.
This is probably the most important rule of all. But while most men would lean back and say this only applies to women, others would beg to differ. Wearing a white collared shirt, white pants, or even worse, a white tux, is just as awful as a woman guest wearing a white dress. Even if white is your color and you have that adorable summer dress you are dying to wear, save it for another occasion. The last thing you need is an angry bride throwing her bouquet at you because she thought you were being disrespectful. So in the end, stay away from white or any color close to it to avoid a headache (no pun intended).
2. Check to see if the invitation says anything about a specific dress code.
While many invitations don’t say anything at all about a dress code, some are very specific. Some may say it’s a black tie event while others say it’s a beach wedding. Also take note if it is a cultural wedding. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to dress like that culture, but you need to be careful not offend the culture. If the wedding does not specify, then use your best judgement. Has the bride talked about how fancy or not fancy the wedding is? Have any of your close friends that are attending discussed what they are wearing? In the end, if you are still indecisive, it’s always better to overdress than to underdress.
3. Keep it simple.
Unless it specifically says this on the invitation: “PLEASE WHERE AS MANY SEQUINS AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN AND SHOW AS MUCH SKIN AS YOU SEE FIT”, it is better to keep it simple. In the eyes of the bride, this day is about her and her lover. As a guest, your job is to be entertained and enjoy a beautiful day surrounding the idea of true love. Wearing flashy clothing is not what the wedding is about. So do everyone attending the wedding a favor and keep it low key with your outfit choice.
4. Nothing Revealing.
I’m sure your first question is “What is too revealing?”. While a good question, this is the part where your best judgement comes in. If you think your dress is going to attract the wrong kind of attention from others, don’t wear it, hands down. Once again, this day is not about you. I’m not saying to go crazy and cover every part of your body one way or the other. But remember, you need to respect the other guests around you. And revealing outfits will pull their eyes away from what they should be looking at in the first place.
5. The best thing you can wear is your smile.
Cheesy, I know (once again, no pun intended). But the most beautiful thing about a person is their smile. Smiling gives an aurora of confidence and happiness, both which are key for wearing to a wedding. Be happy for the bride and groom and for the adventure they are about to embark on. Be confident in knowing you’re beautiful and that no matter what you wear, you’re stunning. Same goes to men too, of course!
These five tips might not be helpful to some, but it does give some quick do’s and don’ts on what to wear. This was not meant to be complicated in any way, shape or form. But rather, give you a little insight on some dress ideas. Just remember: the simpler the better, the whiter the worst, and the more smile, the more beautiful.