Dress to Impress: What to Wear to a Wedding

by Sarah Macdougall on May 7, 2013

great tips on what to wear to any wedding -- read this before wedding season starts!

Let’s talk about fashion. Assuming you have your best mates next to you on the Big Day, wouldn’t it be nice if they didn’t hate you after the affair was over and done with? If you force them into a bandage dress with puffy sleeves, they might. And while the bride should be the prettiest in the room and no one should outshine her and it should be a miracle the Earth isn’t thrown off balance because her personal gravity is just so great, or whatever, that doesn’t mean the bridesmaids should look like crap. They’re your friends! Plus, if any of them are single, it’s possible that they’ll hit it off with that one groomsman, and no one wants to be wearing a circus tent when they develop a crush. The same can be said for guests. Here are a few general guidelines to follow when getting dolled up to go to a wedding.

Men: Pants (unless it’s a Scottish wedding, then by all means, KILT IT UP), nice shirt with a collar, a suit jacket works for an evening wedding, and a tux works if it’s a A-list event. And of course, everything you attend is an A-list event, because you’re just awesome.

Ladies: DO NOT EVER WEAR WHITE. Etiquette is getting a little more lax these days, but let’s try and keep it classy, shall we? The bride wears white. You don’t. Black is passable, but more for a formal wedding, and try to avoid anything that looks like mourning attire. In general, it’s usually better to be slightly over-dressed. SLIGHTLY. Don’t wear an evening gown to a morning beach wedding. Just be logical… Wear an outfit that looks nice for the occasion, makes you feel attractive, and is appropriate for the weather. Skin tight miniskirts are probably not the route to go.

SO! Here are my (few) go to places to find a nice dress for any occasion.

eShakti is an amazing site. Not only do they have adorable dresses, but they have designs that can flatter any figure, and in a plethora of colors. Most of them are cute enough that you can ACTUALLY wear them again, which is better than lying to yourself and searching high and low for a good excuse to repeat the outfit. BUT. It gets even better. THEY TAILOR. Not only can you order a dress in a standard size, you can choose to lengthen the skirt or increase/decrease any other measurement. Which is awesome. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the body of a mannequin.

ModCloth tends to lean toward the funkier end of the rainbow, but there’s something for everyone here.

Anthropologie is geared toward the high-end creative spirit. You might have to splurge to get what you really want, but the quality is unparalleled and the looks are pretty timeless, so you’ll eventually get your money’s worth.

It’s also important to remember your local boutiques. Most cities have wonderful little nooks with unique items in them, and it’s very likely you’ll find just what you were looking for. Even if you didn’t know you were looking for it.

–  Sarah

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