Wedding season is right around the corner. That’s exciting news except…you have nothing to wear! We get it. With the fashion trends constantly changing, your current wardrobe doesn’t do much for you. The good news is that there are countless options out there for wedding guests. Dressing for the type of wedding you’re attending can bring up some question marks. Whether you’re attending a black tie or garden wedding, you have many stylish choices. To take the guesswork out of being a well-dressed guest, here are a few ways to rock wedding season dresses:
Black Tie Weddings
If the invitation says “black tie,” then you better get fancy. This means the event is going to be formal, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear something unique and stylish. Black tie weddings are held in the evening, and sweeping gowns are perfectly suitable for the dress code. You can always wear a knee-length dress, but make sure it isn’t a cocktail or party dress. Don’t be afraid to accessorize. Black tie affairs are the perfect occasion to add some bling to your look. To get inspiration, look to the best dressed on the red carpet during award show season.
When you’re cordially invited to a cocktail reception, semiformal is the way to go. This doesn’t rule out maxi dresses, but you should avoid evening gowns with embellishments or long trains. Although you can wear mini and knee-length cocktail dresses, pass on casual party dresses. You still want to dress up for the event, so don’t get too comfortable. Play it safe and sophisticated with a little black dress.
Weddings on the Sand
It’s like music to your ears: a beach wedding right on the sand. Does it get better than that? Although beach weddings are fun to attend, the dress code can get tricky, especially when there’s a reception to follow. A great rule-of-thumb is to keep the fabric light and airy. Stay away from thick, textured fabrics. Opt for materials like chiffon in a floral print or pastel colors. You could wear a romantic maxi or a shorter dress. The choice is yours. You might want to choose wedge sandals or something with a thicker heel instead of flats or casual sandals to make it a little more dressed up. Don’t forget the sunscreen.
Gardens are romantic settings for “I do,” but what do you wear? Well, take inspiration from your surroundings. This is the perfect occasion for a floral frock. Summer dresses are ideal for garden weddings. Go for something sweet and A-line in soft tones. As far as accessories, you could pull-off a cute hat and of course, sunnies.
Whether the event is in a barn or the backyard, the couple is going for a laidback look. This one is a no brainer. This is your chance to get cute but comfortable. Jersey dresses, wide-leg trousers, rompers, and playful skirts are all perfect choices. This is when your flats or booties would be perfectly appropriate. Although the dress code is casual, that doesn’t mean you can get too comfortable. Leave the sweatshirts and sneakers at home.