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What You Should Actually Wear To A Wedding

Your outfit drams = SORTED

Sure the promise of an open bar and watching boozy aunts and uncles get low to Bruno Mars is something to be eagerly anticipated…

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On the other hand, trying to figure out what to wear to a wedding can riddle many a lass with anxiety.

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The questions are endless; what does a ‘lounge attire’ dress code mean, is a dress with a white floral print inappropriate, can I wear flats!?

Then you realise you also need to sort out the god-damn gift and make sure your boyfriend stays on his leash throughout the evening (given last time he broke the musician’s guitar with his drunken antics, it’s a must). We’re taking all the questions out of wedding attire etiquette, just in time for wedding season, you’re welcome.

BLACK TIE

Ahhh the fancy AF wedding that some people have, spending a hefty Northern Beaches house deposit on. #nojudgement #okalittlebitofjudgement #itsonedaypeople

It’s great to attend one of these affairs at least once in your life, if not just to see the pure opulence and extravaganza the weddings generally are. Sometimes a less formal wedding might have this dress code but that shits just weird. Sitting on a hay bail in elaborate gown doesn’t seem right.

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If I had to pick one winner from Showpo, it would be this chic and polished number. It’s floor-length, has a demure neckline, a stunning train, slim silhouette, and the open back keeps the style on-trend.

As a general rule black tie stipulates a floor-length (or close enough) dress. Try to keep the prints at a minimum and it’s best to don a pair of heels. Keep the accessories clean and opt for either a chic chignon or soft curls. If the dress code is ‘formal’ or ‘lounge’ you can generally abide by the same rules.

COCKTAIL

Probably the most common of wedding dress codes, cocktail also rears up as ‘semi-formal’ or ‘dressy’ on some invitations. You can have a bit more fun with your style for cocktail attire, think more prints and textures, pantsuits, and even a skirt with a nice top is a great option! Just ensure you’re not showing too much skin and keep your hemline between a few inches above your knee to a midi length.

 

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This gorgeous style is perfect and suits the dress code perfectly. Hair can be worn in a slew of different ways and you can have a bit more fun with your accessories.

SMART CASUAL

Ok, the first thing to note is that ‘smart casual’ doesn’t mean ‘weekend casual’ i.e denim, t-shirts and thongs are NOT suitable. Second thing I need to say, is that smart casual weddings are generally the most fun! They’re more relaxed and have better vibes, there’s loads more dancing, drinking, and laughing which all equate to a damn good time.

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This dress is PERFECT! The cotton fabric makes is looser, comfortable and flowy. The colour is gorgeous against all skin tones and you can pair it with heels, wedges or even a pair of pretty sandals.

The main things to remember when choosing your outfit for a wedding are as follows:

  • If you’re unsure, check with the bride!
  • Don’t wear white or anything in the white family. Just don’t do it.
  • Unless the bride request everyone does. This happens sometimes, the pics are awesome.
  • Don’t wear anything too tight or something that shows too much skin. Weddings are (generally) classy, nice events. Keep it covered.
  • Check out our video with heaps more (hilarious) options.

Other notes:

  • Don’t be late to a wedding. Ever.
  • Don’t ask to bring a date. If they were invited they would be on the invitation.
  • Have fun! It’s a party celebrating love, enjoy ?
Words by Kelly McCarren. 

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