Does anyone else freak out when you get invited to a wedding?! My first thought is, “What the heck am I going to wear?!”
You want to look good, but not overdressed. You want to be comfortable both physically and in your level of formality.
Don’t panic! I have narrowed down options for you, for any type of wedding you may have this season, and all under $300.00 🙂
- Look for directions and clues in the invitation for attire and dress appropriately for the venue/season.
- My go-to department store is Lord and Taylor as they usually have a promotion going on in the dress department.
Black Tie Weddings
You can go a bit dressier and wear a formal floor-length gown, or choose a short, dressy cocktail dress. (If you’re unsure about the appropriate dress length, the bride, wedding party, or friends should be able to answer your questions.)
FORMAL FLOOR-LENGTH GOWN OPTIONS:
DRESSY COCKTAIL DRESS OPTIONS:
A daytime wedding is semi-formal or casual. Whether you’re going to a morning or afternoon wedding, you’ll want to look your best without being over or under-dressed. Don’t go too short or too flashy. Light, fresh, and cheery, so wear a pretty dress in a trendy color of the season. A floral print dress is always a fan favorite and should be fairly easy to find!
SOLID SEMI-FORMAL COCKTAIL DRESS OPTIONS:
FLORAL SEMI-FORMAL COCKTAIL DRESS OPTIONS:
Depending on the time of the wedding, you’ll want to dress somewhere semi-formal to formal. Wear darker, more formal hues. When in doubt, dress up instead of down!
SEMI-FORMAL TO FORMAL GOWN OPTIONS:
SEMI-FORMAL TO FORMAL COCKTAIL DRESS OPTIONS:
These types of weddings are more difficult when it comes to the proper attire. Don’t wear anything too short or too low-cut. Many churches and synagogues also require that women’s shoulders be covered, so make sure to bring along a shawl so you can cover up for the ceremony. Just a couple of things to keep in mind while shopping!
CONSERVATIVE DAYTIME DRESS OPTIONS:
CONSERVATIVE NIGHTTIME DRESS OPTIONS:
Try to avoid wearing black for a beach wedding. Formal dress is not usual, unless the bride specifically requests it. Dress to impress, but also dress for the elements (sun, sand and water). Anything you’d wear to a nice restaurant on a summer night would be considered appropriate attire. I also think a maxi dress is the best option since you’ll be near the water with a bit of a breeze!
SEMI-FORMAL MAXI-DRESS OPTIONS:
These types of weddings range from low-key affairs at home in the backyard, to elaborate spreads in large parks surrounded by lush gardens and fountains. The easiest way to fit in with the botanical theme is to wear something feminine like pastels or florals!
FEMININE DRESS OPTIONS:
I hope you found this post useful! Now you can share your newfound wedding attire with your friends and be the second best dressed at this season’s weddings (can’t outshine the bride!). Until next time ❤