Deciding what to wear to a wedding can be much more difficult than you may think when the invitation first lands on your doormat. You need to think about the season, the theme of the wedding and whether a dress code is specified. You also need to find the right balance between looking stylish and fashionable, and overdoing it completely with hats, headpieces and matching accessories. Above all, you are never to upstage the bride—she will never forgive you. To help you prepare for an upcoming wedding, bear these tips and ideas in mind:
Avoid Hats if You’re Under 30
Traditionally, all female guests wore hats to a wedding, but this tradition has faded away in recent years. Nowadays, you’ll only really see the mother of the bride (and the mother of the groom) and older female guests wearing hats. On those under 30, they can look too formal and a bit ageing. Stick to a discreet hair band or even better, a fascinator. If you do want to wear a hat, keep it cute, stylish and discreet.
Someone Else’s Special Day is not the Place to Make a Fashion Statement
This means that you leave all your most adventurous necklines and hemlines at home, along with any garish colors. In the wedding photos, the happy couple will want to be the focus of each shot, not you in your outrageous, ‘hot off the catwalk’ outfit.
Don’t Wear White, Unless it’s Offset with Another Color
A dress in black and white or any other color and white will be fine. Just don’t wear top to toe white as you may raise a few eyebrows, or get angry looks from the bride.
Use Black Sparingly
A wedding guest clad in top-to-toe black may look more like they are going to a funeral, which doesn’t quite suit the joyful occasion of two people getting married. You can wear some black, but team it with another color.
Stick to the Dress Code
If a dress code is specified on the invitation, make sure you stick to it. Don’t be tempted to deviate, as it’s quite disrespectful to the bride and groom and you’ll stick out like a sore thumb on the day.
Ask Friends What They’re Wearing and Match Your Outfit to the Type of Wedding
If you know anyone else going to the same wedding, why not ask them what they plan to wear? This should give you a few ideas. If it’s a daytime wedding, choose a shorter dress in pretty pastels. For a glamorous evening event, break out a sophisticated cocktail dress or a full-length gown.
If in Doubt, Keep it Simple
Sometimes, the simplest option is the best, especially for weddings. Take a look at shift and skater dress options with a simple print or pattern or in a plain, pretty color. Pair with neutral heels and a matching clutch, and maybe throw on your favorite necklace and earrings.