What to Wear: Weddings

After wedding season officially kicked off for us last week, I started thinking about the various types of weddings we’ll go to this season, as well as those we’ve been to in years past. Weddings can really run the gamut from super casual to black tie, making it a little tricky to put outfits together, so without further ado, here’s my take on what to wear to weddings.

Zara printed box clutch, Jenni Kayne suede ankle strap sandals, ONE by Contrarian bibb maxi dress

For a classic black-tie affair, I think it’s safest to go with a full-length gown, though more formal short dresses are ok too, depending on the wedding. I’ve been loving this season’s minaudiere trend, and I think this one spices up a formal look a bit. As for the sandals, I’d wear them just as soon with cropped pants for a night out as with a gown – love them!

ASOS skater dress, ASOS envelope clutch, Sigerson Morrison Dali wedge sandals

Being from the South, I end up attending a fair amount of church weddings/country club receptions. It can feel inappropriate to have bare shoulders in a church, but sometimes I hate carrying a wrap since, a. it’s usually so hot I don’t need it, and b. it’s just another thing for me to lose. Enter a dress with sleeves. This one avoids being too stiff with a lace top, but still maintains a somewhat conservative vibe.

Paper Crown Bora Bora gown, Loeffler Randall Dita heels, Zara plaited clutch

 For the mountain retreat wedding of your hippie-chic friend, I think it’s safe to say that wedding-guest attire will vary widely, so why not go with something that feels fun and casual while still formal enough for a wedding ceremony? I’m particularly obsessed with this dress, and think it’s versatile enough to work for a mountain wedding as well as a casual weekend night out. Plus, a maxi dress will serve you particularly well with some added warmth when you’re gathered around the late-night bonfire by the lake. Platforms with a wide heel are a comfortable high-heel option – totally necessary (if you’re not going with flats instead) since you’re likely to be clomping around on various terrains.

Kenneth Cole Reaction heels, Rebecca Minkoff minaudiere, Zara dress 

More and more weddings are outdoor affairs these days, and while they don’t feel casual, the atmosphere can leave guests feeling a bit confused as to how formal to take their attire. For these types of soirees I like to wear something a little more daytime, but still with a decidedly dressed-up feel. The fun details of this dress make it perfect for this sort of party, and as an added bonus, you could throw a cardigan over it and make it office-appropriate down the road. Plus this minaudiere (I think we’re seeing a pattern here) jazzes up the ladylike vibe.

Elizabeth and James Clair colorblock sandals, Riller & Fount halter maxi dress, Bop Basics rattan clutch

As someone who got married on the beach, I can attest to the fact that nothing confuses a wedding guest more than getting dressed for such a party. By the same token, I have to say that there’s nothing better than a seaside celebration, so let’s hope you’ve got one on your agenda this year. I think beach-wedding guests in particular should run with the theme of the affair and go for an island-chic look that’s not too dressy, and flowy maxi dresses are particularly conducive to that. I’m also a big fan of adding pops of colors with these sorts of looks, and these shoes fit the bill nicely – just don’t forget to take them off for the ceremony if it’s actually on the beach, since no one likes to see a wedding guest eating sand.


31 thoughts on “What to Wear: Weddings

  1. I’m gonig to need to purchase the bright orange dress, so if you are going to do the same, please let me know. k thanks love ya 🙂

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  11. Great suggestions! I’ve actually only been to one wedding, and there don’t seem to be any more on the horizon in my social circle, but when one does finally happen I’ll be prepared!

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