Wedding Tips: Dress Code Guide


Before we get started, here's a quick lesson on wedding dress code etiquette: 1) Never wear white at a wedding. It's reserved for the bride and the bride only, and you're no exception to the rule unless there are specific instructions to arrive in pale-coloured frocks. Everyone's attention should be on the bride, so don't dress to steal the limelight away from her. 2) If the wedding's held on religious grounds, be sure to cover up appropriately. Avoid showing too much skin as all eyes should be on the bride, and not on your teeny, tiny number. 3) Read the wedding invitation before you speed off to buy an outfit for the occasion. Pay attention to the dress code and if it's not stated in the invite, take note of the wedding location before double checking with the newlyweds to clear your doubts. 

What to wear to casual weddings

Don't be misled into thinking that a casual dress code's equivalent to sporting flipflops and denim shorts. Try envisioning an outfit that's more business casual and you've got the right ensemble for the wedding, so settle for something you'd feel comfortable wearing at work. You can't ever go wrong with cute jumpsuits, floral prints, knee-length dresses and peep-toe pumps.

From left to right: Off-the-shoulder dress by Zara, $89.90, Floral Short Jumpsuit by Mango, $99.90.

From left to right: Bellini Dress vy Lovers + Friends, $273.75, Asymmetric Gingham Print Ruffle Edge Cami Dress by Boohoo, $53.88

What to wear to formal weddings

A formal dress code isn't as daunting as it sounds. Scour your wardrobe for an elegant dress/jumpsuit and pair the outfit with gold-toned accessories or a clutch for a classy, put-together look. Avoid dresses that skim above your knees you're at a wedding, not a club! Consider renting a gown if buying one will burn a hole in your pocket. 

From left to right: T by Alexander Wang, $461, That Jazz Midi Dress by Yuki Kim, $356.70.

From left to right: Keepsake Laika Maxi Dress with Neck Detail, $366.35, Deep V Jumpsuit by Diane Von Furstenburg, $688.52.

Beach/Boho Weddings

Beach/bohemian weddings are all the rage these days, and if you're not sure about the dress code, please don't show up in a bikini and denim shorts. Short skirts aren't a good idea either as the beach can get very windy, and pulling a Marilyn Monroe at the wedding isn't on your agenda. Opt for crop tops, long skirts and flowy dresses that you can pair with flat sandals and a sun hat.

From left to right: Jolene Dress by Tularosa, $136.87, Montaigne Fringe Mini Dress by Boemo, $160.38.



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