Deciphering a Wedding's Dress Code

Have you been invited to a wedding this summer, but aren't quite sure what to wear? Deciphering an invitation for the dress code can be intimidating. Fashion Stylist Dani Juhala joined us today to share guidelines for dressing for a wedding.

 The "rules" are different for different times of day, as well as different formalities (informal, formal, etc.)  In general, you'll want to wear a dress (doesn't need to be full-length unless it's a very formal wedding) and just about any color goes except for white.
• Informal Daytime: Short dress or suit (business attire OK for morning weddings)
• Informal Evening: Cocktail dress (which is any dressier dress -- for example, a little black dress -- that's not full-length.)
• Semi-Formal Daytime: Short dress or suit
• Semi-formal Evening: Cocktail dress
• Formal Daytime: Short dress or suit.
Formal Evening or Black-Tie: Long or dressy short cocktail (beading, glam accessories, wrap)
• Ultra-formal or White Tie: Long gown, extra glitz (furs, diamonds, etcŠ.need to say faux or costume jewelry as most will not have.
Dos and Don'ts:
• If you have to ask if it's appropriate, it probably isn't. Do use good judgment if the invitation doesn't specify the formality of the event.
• Don't wear white because it competes with the bride. There are plenty of other colors available. This rule may seem outdated, but it's actually just good etiquette to not compete with the bride on her special day.

• Anything too sparkly will make you look overdressed.  Don't wear black or sequins during the daytime.
• Don't worry about wearing the same colors as the bridesmaids or mothers. You can't possibly coordinate with everyone in the wedding party.
• Clubwear, overtly sexy clothing (strapless, see-through, etc) doesn't belong at a wedding. A pastel suit or soft floral dress for daytime or a little black dress for evening (after 6 p.m.) will take you almost anywhere.
• Casual can mean a pretty sundress (like for a coastal or beach wedding) but rarely means something as sloppy as jeans or shorts.
 

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