Ah, wedding season! A celebration of love and all things beautiful. But wait, what do I wear? Ladies, this isn’t a superficial question. Putting together THE winning outfit to attend a wedding seems like a near impossible task. A million unspoken rules reduced to a one-liner dress code on the invite. But can I wear white? Is this print too loud/ too casual? I don’t want to outshine the bride. What are YOU wearing?
Don’t get us started on how many times we’ve sent these panicked texts to our girlfriends the night before. Countless weddings later, we’ve put together a definitive guide on what to wear to your next invite: the dos, the don’ts and other style tips we’ve picked up. Go ahead and RSVP yesbecause we’ve got your next wedding guest outfit covered 😉
#1: Opt for pastel hues instead of white
There are divided opinions on this, but we personally think it’s best to avoid wearing white – it’s your friend’s special day, and really, it’s not a difficult compromise. At least, avoid a FULL white outfit. Opt for light, pastel hues like soft lilac, baby blue or dusty, mauve pink instead.
If you still want to work some white into your outfit, we’d suggest keeping it only on the bottom half. Pair your pastel tops with white pants or a white skirt like we’ve done below:
#2: The longer the better
When it comes to the appropriate length of dresses, here’s a good guideline: maxis > midis > minis (in that order of preference). Weddings are a classy affair; longer hemlines are no doubt a safer choice for formal occasions.
PRO-TIP: Pick out something with an asymmetrical hemline to show a peekaboo hint of leg to keep things conservative, but still alluring – also a good trick for petite ladies who feel full-length maxis might overwhelm your frame!
#3: Always consider the venue
Traditional settings like church matrimonies or formal, dinner banquets may call for higher necklines. Mandarin collars are especially fetching if the venue is at a traditional Chinese restaurant.
Something with sleeves will also help you feel polished and put together – but they don’t have to be boring or frumpy; cap sleeves can add a delicate touch and have serious oriental vibes à la traditional cheongsams.
#4: Choose ruffles over lace
Save the delicate lace and intricate embroidery for the bride’s wedding gown. You can still keep your outfit flirty and feminine by choosing ruffles and fluttery details instead. Think flutter sleeves, peplum details, and ruffle hem skirts.
#5: Accessorize with purpose
Just when you thought you were done…
Our general rule of thumb for choosing what shoes to wear is to go for functionality (wedding or otherwise). Comfortable yet elevated shoes, like a pair of block heels, over that sexy pair of stilettos – you don’t want to be limping across the dance floor.
Finish the look with a small bag that fits just your essentials (wallet, phone, keys, and a lippie for touch-ups 💄). A large tote is too cumbersome and doesn’t quite say “special occasion”.
Try these outfits out for your next wedding! Remember to snap a photo and tag us at @iwearlovebonito!