A GUIDE TO WEDDING GUEST DRESS ATTIRE
In today’s article, I will be sharing with you the list of a Guide to Wedding Guest Dress Attire.
Getting dressed for a wedding is no easy feat.
If you haven’t been to many, you might not know much about acceptable attire.
If you’ve been to a lot, the formality has likely varied at each, and even if it hasn’t, you probably don’t want to wear the exact same thing to every party.
Before you start stressing, rummaging through your closet, or committing to a shopping spree, read through this handy guide.
Whether you need the common dress codes decoded or just want some ideas for diversifying your look, you’ve come to the right place.
For a rundown of the basics and some outfit recommendations, we spoke with etiquette expert Suzanne Pollak.
We also consulted Alexis Corry, who owns menswear, womenswear, and bridal boutiques.
Together, they shed light on appropriate wedding ensembles, and define the terms that you’ll likely need to know.
Ahead, find out what white tie, black tie, casual, and more meaningful in the context of weddings and guest clothing.
Keep in mind that not everything’s covered, though.
While these rules are a great starting point, the expected attire at every celebration varies based on certain circumstances, including but not limited to the season, time of day, and venue.
While you can always consult a professional (like a clothier) for guidance, when possible, we recommend going directly to the source.
Some couples provide detailed descriptions in their invitations or on their wedding websites.
If your couple hasn’t, it’s always best to ask them directly for clarification.
We’ve compiled the ultimate guide to Wedding Guest Fashion so you can confidently be the best-dressed guest in 2022.
Get excited because, in 2022, outgoing evening wear is all the rage.
A cocktail wedding reception means no full-length dress is required but you must be sure to keep the hemline of your dress around or below the knee.
If it’s a Winter wedding, play with texture and to make a statement in style, consider wearing long sleeves by Pasduchas or a demure high neckline by Shoshanna for a chic evening look.
A pair of palazzo pants and a matching jacket are also allowed for a cocktail event.
With this feminine and classy look, everything looks better with minimal, no-fuss accessories, keep your purse small too, no oversized bags allowed!
White Tie Required
Shopping for a white-tie dress is possibly the most exciting.
This invite requires a full evening dress and is, without doubt, the most formal of all dress codes; it requires that you make a real effort.
Call to mind all your favorite dresses from The Oscars and The Met Gala and you’ve got a white-tie ball; they really are the fanciest of affairs!
That means a tailcoat and white bow-tie for the gentlemen and a full-length ball gown for the ladies.
Whilst the rules for women are a little vaguer, the main criteria is a full-length gown, think old Hollywood glamour!
Be inspired by dreamy tulle and dazzling crystals, princess-style gowns by Tinaholy, fitted bodices with decadent ruffles by C/MEO Collective, and full skirts and long trains by Elle Zeitoune.
If you hate boring dresses, this dress code is for you but keep in mind, you don’t want to upstage the bride!