Weddings these days have fewer and fewer rules because couples are just more progressive than they used to be. That’s great! Still, while you have a lot more freedom than you may have had 10 years or so ago, there are a few things to remember while getting dressed to be respectful of the ceremony and the people getting married. Let’s get into it, shall we?
1. Don’t wear white…
…or off-white, or really, really pale blue. This should be a no-brainer, but it still bears saying. White dresses are cute! I feel you! But just try not to in this instance. This is the one thing the bride cares about — she’s most likely wearing white, and her white thing def cost more than yours. That wins in this case because she/her family is throwing a party and you are her/their guest.
Want to wear something close to white? Try a neutral!
2. Leave the sweats at home.
Even if the wedding is a more casual event, I promise you: It is not that casual. Like your mom always says, “It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed.”
If you are concerned about your comfort level for the day, try an outfit in a soft, natural fabric like cotton.
3. Denim = no.
Jeans are too casual as well. Plus, why wear denim when you can wear it literally any other day?
Try a blue jumpsuit in a different material.
4. Say bye to shorts, guys.
This applies mainly to the men out there, but stick with pants. Yes, even if it’s a hot day in the summer. Women deal with uncomfortable fashion conditions all the time — you can handle it for one day.
5. Cover your shoulders when applicable.
Is the ceremony taking place in a church or in an institution with a more modest dress code? Be respectful of that, and bring a shawl or sweater to cover yourself.This shawl is a cute one!
If you choose to wear pants, do not wear pants with cargo pockets. I refuse to have to explain myself on this one. You know it is wrong.
7. Don’t go against the dress code.
OK, OK, I know I said it’s better to overdress than to underdress, and I stand by that in general. But read the room: Don’t wear a tux or a ballgown to a backyard wedding — in that case, it’s better to keep it casual.
8. Rips and holes, even intentional ones, do not belong.
Don’t wear Yeezy to a wedding. If you like the idea of showing a little unexpected skin, consider a stylish cutout instead.