Did you know that wedding season is no longer May to September? It’s now been extended to begin in April and end in October, which means that wedding season has already started. This year I’ve been invited to quite a few weddings, and I couldn’t be more excited. Partly because as I am in the midst of planning my own wedding, seeing what others are doing is incredibly exciting. But also, because I love dressing up in a new outfit, drinking free champagne and dancing all night.
The only problem with weddings is choosing the perfect outfit. At least, that’s what I always struggle with, anyway. You want to look good – after all, there are photographers everywhere at weddings. But you don’t want to look so good that you upstage the bride. What you wear is all about the type of wedding, your relationship to the bride and groom, and whether you’re in the wedding.
To help you avoid any fashion faux pas at the next wedding you attend, I thought I would share a few dos and don’ts for picking an outfit.
Don’t wear white (or cream)
It might be the cardinal sin of wedding fashion, but there’s always someone who thinks wearing white is a good idea. Just to clarify, unless you’re the bride, white is a big no-no. Regardless of whether white is your colour, steer clear of it. Cream is also worth avoiding as it’s just that little bit too close to white. There are hundreds of colours to choose from, so there’s sure to be a dress design in another shade that looks good on you. It’s the bride’s special day, so doing anything to take the attention away from her is not acceptable. Like dressing in a white outfit, for example.
Do find out what the bridesmaids are wearing
What’s the most embarrassing thing that can happen at a wedding? Turning up in the same style or colour dress as the bridesmaids is, of course. Because it makes you look like you’re desperate to be one of them. That’s why it’s always a good idea to find out what the bridesmaids will be wearing so that you don’t buy a similar outfit.
Don’t opt for a floor-length gown
Whatever you do, don’t opt for a floor-length gown. This should go without saying, but as it’s an important one I thought it was worth a mention. The best options for a wedding are dresses that are between knee length and shin length. A personal favourite of mine when it comes to weddings are sheath dress designs, as I love the length they are. I’m also a fan of the design and how they sit on my figure, but the length for me is what wins me over every time. A skater dress design can also be a great option for weddings, as long as it’s got enough length to it, that is. As well as ensuring the length is right, be wary of low-cut tops as they don’t tend to be wedding-appropriate.
Do pick an outfit you love
If you want to have a fantastic time, it’s important to pick an outfit that you love. Take your time choosing a dress design, visit a range of stores and try on various designs. It might take time, but eventually, you’ll find a dress that you love. If you can’t find a dress that’s suitable, a pantsuit, smart skirt and top or tailored playsuit can also work well. I personally love dresses for weddings, but each to their own.
There you have it, the most important dos and don’ts of wedding guest fashion. Heed this advice and you’ll wow at your next wedding, and all without upsetting or upstaging the bride or her bridesmaids.