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Wedding Attire

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

For the past two years, and counting, I feel like my life has been nothing but weddings (and no, none of them mine). Engagement parties, bridal showers, bachelorette parties and then finally, the wedding day comes. I need a closet specifically dedicated to the weddings and wedding events I attend. With so many weddings, and all different dress code criteria, what do you wear? I mean, you know I can’t be photographed in the same look twice 😉

Attending a wedding and have no idea what to wear? It’s all about the dress, yes for you too. You can never go wrong with a great dress, for any kind of wedding. From backyard to black tie-a dress is always a good idea. There are really only three types of wedding attire; casual, cocktail and black tie. Knowing this will help you narrow down what to wear. By-the-way casual doesn’t mean show up in jeans a “nice” top-wear a dress. Speaking of what not to wear, lets go there. This is about the bride and groom. ALWAYS keep that in mind about any wedding you’re attending. It’s their big day not yours. Keep your attire respectful; not too casual, not to sexy, and maybe leave the all white at home.

When attending a casual wedding think of the fabric of the dress. Cotten, linen and silk are great choices. The fabric will dictate the vibe of the dress, so will the shoes you pair with the dress. Espadrilles, wedges, blocked heels, or flats are great for a casual day wedding. You will want to avoid spiked heels as you will surely sink into the grass.

Casual Day Wedding

 

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Cocktail Attire vs. Evening/Black Tie (Optional)

This can confuse people. There really is very little difference between Cocktail Attire and Black Tie Optional, but there is a big difference if it’s Black Tie and Cocktail Attire.

Cocktail Attire doesn’t necessarily mean a cocktail dress, but it can. I would avoid anything short and tight. Short is ok and tight it ok but if you wear a tight dress make sure it’s to the knee and short dress is fine if it has a fuller skirt. Really, this just means look nice. A pretty dress and a pair of heels is perfect. If you want to be a bit daring try a jumpsuit, just make sure it’s dressy. Ok, so you can basically wear a “cocktail attire” dress if the invitation says Black Tie Optional.

Cocktail Attire/Back Tie Optional

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Black Tie

Black Tie means wear a gown. It’s as simple as that. Most of us living on the West Coast don’t attend Black Tie Weddings often. We’re a bit too casual here. That being said, you’ll know if you’re attending a black tie wedding as it will be stated on the invitation.

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What’s your go-to wedding attending look? Let us know in the comments.

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