What to Wear to a Wedding: as a Guest

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I’ve been getting a ton of questions from family and friends lately, on what to wear to a wedding – actually, upcoming weddings, quinceañeras and other sorts of formal gatherings. I was excited to share some tips with them and now I’m excited to share them with you too!

So, what does one wear to a wedding, as a guest? Let’s start by listing the four main dress style options: short, floral, solid, long.

wedding guest dress code, wedding guest, formal party, wedding attire, guest, colorful dresses, short formal dressesWearing a short dress to any kind of formal gathering can be challenging. You want to dress the part without worrying about “judgy eyes” from family, right? I thought so. Which is why I’m excited to share this golden rule with you. It’s a rule I subconsciously lived by for so long until I noticed the pattern and purposely started living by it. Other than my sisters, I had never really shared it with anyone else because I didn’t think it was all that big of a deal. But hey, it’s helped them and just like that, I hope it helps you too!

You either reveal the top or you reveal the bottom. But always, only ever reveal one.

Find a balance. You’ve decided to go with a short dress for this formal gathering, now how do we make it judgy-free? Again, find a balance. Because the dress is short and your legs are revealed, you can’t go with a revealing top. Always, only ever reveal one. So… when wearing a short dress to a wedding or formal gathering, find a dress with sleeves, ruffles or a decorative neck like the first dress up at the top.

wedding guest dress code, wedding guest, formal party, wedding attire, guest, colorful dresses, formal floral dressesFloral print dresses are most dominant around spring and summer because they’re softer in tones and material, they’re perfect for outdoor weddings and make the weather a bit more bearable. However, if you’re considering wearing florals during fall or winter time, look for darker tone florals. There’s so many pretty ones out there and you guys, they look just as good in darker tones and they do in soft, creamy florals! The only challenge I see with this option is finding the perfect, age appropriate floral print. So to give you a better idea of what florals are flattering and which one are not so much, I’m giving you similar samples below.

Yes, ABSOLUTELY! vs. NO WAY, Jose!

Girl, YASSSS! vs. Girl, NO.

I NEED that dress! vs. NOT TODAY SATAN!

Pick a style based on the ceremony and venue, or location of event. Flowy, goddess-like dresses are most commonly worn to outdoor weddings, while ball gown and form fitting styles are worn indoors for a more elegant-feel.

wedding guest dress code, wedding guest, formal party, wedding attire, guest, colorful dresses, solid colored formal dressesWhen in doubt, opt for a solid color dress! Just… don’t be the guest that wears white to a wedding. Seriously, big no, no. Every other color though, makes for such great and easy go-to’s. When opting for solids, you don’t have to worry about finding the right print, only the right color and at the right length. One fun thing about this dress style is that you get to play with colors based on the season… and the mood you’re in. Lol. What’s your favorite go-to color?

wedding guest dress code, wedding guest, formal party, wedding attire, guest, colorful dresses, long formal dress, formal floor-length dressLong, floor-length dresses are instant winners at weddings. They’re sophisticated in any color (or print) you choose and downright perfect for the occasion. One thing I absolutely love about floor-length dresses is that, the second you slip on that dress, it’s like you’ve slipped on an extra boost of confidence along with it. Suddenly you’re no longer slouching, everything is on point and you’re having a blast.

wedding guest dress code, wedding guest, formal party, wedding attire, guest, colorful dresses, what shoes to wear to a wedding, shoes for a wedding, open toed shoes, sandal strap heelsOkay guys, I hope you don’t kill me for this, but I truly believe that the only shoe women should be wearing to weddings and other formal gatherings, are open-toed ankle strap heels. Here’s why:

  • They elongate your legs – they’re very minimal in design, and flatter your legs while complimenting your outfit, but most importantly: they don’t cut off your legs the way chunky heels and chunky straps do.
  • The focus remains on you, your dress and your long legs – always opt for nude or black. Not every part of you needs to stand out, be bright or bold. If the style of your dress is minimalistic, then you can explore different color-shoe options or heel style like the ones shown above.
  • Because chunky heels, wedges and platform heels are not for weddings – I’ve seen this many times: girls with beautiful dresses and chunky heels or platforms. The problem with these three is that they take away from your height and they’re so big and bulky, your entire look is thrown off – even when in nude or black. Leave the chunky heels and wedges for casual outings. As for platforms, exceptions can be made. They should be worn for height rather than looks, under long, floor-length dresses. I remember wearing my Steven Madden platforms under my big pageant dresses for height, but only because I knew they would’t show. They gave me just the right height, without the chunky look!

What’s your favorite go-to look when attending a wedding? I would love to hear what works for you and what look suggestions you agree with!

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