Summer is fast approaching and with it, wedding season. If you're fretting about what to wear to an upcoming wedding, never fear. We've done the research for you, no matter the tricky dress code, location or theme of the nuptials, we've noted all the do's and don'ts of wedding guest attire (including whether you can wear black or not).
Below, what to - and what not to - wear to a wedding.
What are good choices when selecting a wedding outfit?
Dress codes can vary significantly depending on the kind of wedding reception you're attending - a white tie or black tie affair is likely for church or destination weddings, however, lounge suit, cocktail and even smart casual could appear if the bride and groom - and their event - is more laid-back, think a beach wedding or backyard BBQ. For a guide to dress codes and their meanings, head here.
Can you wear black, white or red to a wedding?
When it comes to black and red, absolutely! However, white to a wedding is still a bit of a no-go zone. If in doubt, don't be afraid to reach out to other guests to get a feel for the mood. Or just send a quick message to the man/maid of honour or bride/groom, such as Cara Delevingne did ahead of wearing a tuxedo suit to Princess Eugenie's wedding.
What not to wear?
We've compiled a list of do's and don'ts below, so you'll know exactly what you can - and can't - wear to an upcoming wedding.
1. Don't Wear White
Although most people would be fine with guests wearing any other colour (including black!), you don't want to run the risk of upstaging (or being accused of) the bride.
2. Do Wear Black
The times have changed when it comes to wedding etiquette and most couples wouldn't bat an eyelid - or think it was rude - if their guests chose to wear black to their nuptials, whether they fall in summer or winter. However, there are still a few things worth considering, head here for our official guide on wearing black to a wedding.
3. Do Experiment With Colour
No one wants to mistake a wedding guest for someone attending a funeral! Bright colours look great in wedding photos and makes it look like you've gone to an added effort with your outfit for the day. Bonus points if you're boarding a boat to George Clooney's wedding, a la Emily Blunt.
4. Don't Wear Anything Too Short
Modern as the bride and groom may be, a wedding is still a wedding and it pays to stay on the safe side. Or, if you'd prefer something a little different, a jumpsuit or a pantsuit are other options.
5. Do Colour Coordinate
Have a little fun with your plus one and coordinate outfits. It'll make for an easy conversation starter and look great in photographs, too.
6. Don't Show Too Much Skin
Remember that people's family members will be at the wedding and regardless of whether you want something that you can party in at the reception, it always pays to stay on the safe side regarding both hem lengths and dress styles.
7. Do Adhere To The Dress Code
It's your loved ones Big Day and what they say goes! Even if it means popping out to buy a headpiece or a wand (for any Harry Potter themed weddings).
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