Here is What We Should and Should Not Wear to a Wedding01.12.2021
A dress has taken the internet by storm recently. The dress raised questions about decorum and morality and threatened friendships. It wasn’t that we couldn’t choose the colour, but rather because some thought it was contextually offensive to wear it.
What is the piece? Monot, Eli Mizrahi’s label. It was very small (with its cut-out design), and we knew that it would soon grace the runways of Nobu. It was not something we expected to see at a wedding.
Cue Kendall Jenner, a bridesmaid for Laura Perez’s nuptials. She wore the cut-out dress. Many were puzzled by the choice of outfit, which showed off Kendall Jenner’s lean body. The debate was not about whether the bride would mind, despite mixed reviews. Jenner, after all, would not check in with the other bridal party if Jenner was going to get her navel out. Or does she not have to?
Weddings can be a lot of fun, so dressing up for one is not always easy. While you may need to dress up a bit more than your usual dinner outfit, it is not necessary to distract from the happy couple. Add in an undefined dress code, unpredictable weather, and a noisy dancefloor and you’ll find that the options for outfits are getting further and farther away. Even more bizarre rules are hidden from celebrities.
We thought it would be helpful to clarify what we need to know about how to dress as guests at weddings, especially since we are rapidly approaching wedding season. Here’s our guide on how to dress as a wedding guest.
Are you allowed to wear white or black at a wedding?
Although LBDs are a common staple in every wardrobe, they can be a bit of a problem for weddings. Although it is chic and stylish, this colour is often associated with mourning so not everyone will enjoy wearing it at their nuptials. The symbolism will be a bit more grey in 2021. It’s generally acceptable. This is when the tone gets a little… sour.
White is generally considered to be a no-no. It’s best to leave your outfit alone if you can’t see the difference between a ‘bone and an eggshell.
What should you wear to a marriage?
There aren’t any hard and fast rules. It all comes down to each couple. There is no such thing as too many statements. Think practical when shopping as a guest. Avoid voluminous trains and silhouettes that can encroach on the seats of others.
Even though it is difficult to shop for taller people or those with larger chests, plunging necklines, and micro hemlines are often interpreted as showing too much skin. It’s not the right time or place for you to make a statement about how you dress. How short can you go? It’s worth doing a sit-down test. It might be worth switching to more coverage if you can see your knickers while sitting down or bent over slightly.
If you truly believe that the couple and their families won’t care about your clothes, then you can strut in that micro.
What are the wedding dress codes?
The location is often the key to understanding the dress code. It is being held in church? Is it being held on a beach? Their backyard? In general, there will be.
- White tie
This is the highest level of formal dress. Imagine what you would wear to dinner with the Queen. This is a very uncommon wedding dress code. However, it’s better to know what it means.
- Black tie
This event is usually for evening events and includes the type of outfits that you might see on the Golden Globes red carpet. It’s formal but you can still dance in it. You can wear a floor-length gown or a suit.
This is when there is some formality, but not necessarily a James Bond look. Jumpsuits and midi dresses work well here. Avoid more casual fabrics such as linen.
- Smart casual
Ah, smart casual. This dress code is something you’ve probably seen before. Although many people may have different versions of this dress code, we prefer to think of it like something you would wear to dinner or brunch if someone you care about was there. You can wear a casual top or pants with a dressy shirt here.
Stick to your theme if it’s there. No questions asked.
The less traditional bride can wear anything, but it’s worth checking in. Cara Delevigne wore a three-piece royal protocol-breaking suit to Princess Eugenie’s wedding.