By Karli Poliziani

Wedding Bells: 5 Essential Tips for Nailing the Perfect Guest Look

Wedding season got you stressed about what to wear? We've got you covered! Learn the five essential rules for wedding guest attire and snag bonus tips for a flawless look to celebrate the couple in style.
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Wedding season is upon us, bringing with it a flurry of invitations and the age-old question: what to wear? That’s where we come in to help!

With a few key rules in mind, you can navigate any dress code with elegance and ease. From formal black tie, to garden party chic, we’re helping you be the best-dressed guest at every wedding this season.

Rule 1: Respect the Dress Code

The dress code is your guest attire bible. It’s typically printed on the invitation or wedding website and serves as a roadmap for formality. Here’s a quick breakdown:

  • Black-Tie: The most formal. Think floor-length gowns for women and tuxedos for men.
  • Formal: Still dressy, but allows for more flexibility. Women can choose elegant cocktail dresses or dressy separates, while men can opt for a dark suit and tie.
  • Black-Tie Optional/Formal Attire: Similar to formal, but allows for slightly less formal options. A shorter cocktail dress or a dressy jumpsuit is acceptable for women, while men can choose a suit and tie or a dressy sports coat.
  • Cocktail Attire: Semi-formal. Women can wear dressy cocktail dresses, jumpsuits, or a skirt and blouse combination. Men can opt for a suit and tie or a dressy sports coat with slacks.
  • Semi-Formal/Dressy Casual: A blend of formal and casual. Think knee-length or midi dresses for women or a dressy pantsuit. Men can choose a suit without a tie or a sports coat with dress pants.
  • Casual: The most relaxed option. Think sundresses, nice blouses with pants, or dressy jumpsuits for women. Men can wear khakis with a collared shirt or a blazer.

Rule 2: Consider the Location and Time of the Day

A beach wedding calls for lighter fabrics and breezy silhouettes, while a ballroom wedding might require something more formal. Similarly, a daytime wedding allows for lighter colours and patterns, while an evening wedding is better suited for darker hues and more opulent fabrics.

Rule 3: Shine Without Outshining the Bride

This is a cardinal rule. Avoid wearing white or anything that resembles a bridal gown. Let the bride have her moment in the spotlight.

Rule 4: Dress for Comfort and Confidence

Looking your best starts with feeling your best. Choose an outfit that flatters your figure and allows you to move freely. You want to be comfortable enough to dance the night away and celebrate the happy couple!

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Rule 5: Accessorize Wisely

The right accessories can elevate your look and add a touch of personality. Opt for statement jewellery with simpler outfits, and keep it more subtle with busier dresses. Don’t forget a clutch or purse that will make your outfit pop, to complete your ensemble.

Bonus Tip: Embrace Seasonal Style

Spring and summer weddings allow for lighter colours and floral prints. Fall weddings can incorporate richer jewel tones and textured fabrics, while winter weddings are perfect for showcasing elegant velvet or shimmering sequins.

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By following these simple rules, you can confidently approach wedding season, knowing you’ll be both a stylish and considerate guest. And remember, the most important thing is to celebrate the love and joy of the occasion.

This story originally appeared on GRAZIA International.