For the Guests: three things you should never wear to a wedding

by jaime on September 9, 2013


Finding an outfit for a wedding is a fun process… for most of us. It’s a blast to go to a dressy event and have an excuse to wear that dress you adore (or buy a brand new one!), but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some limitations to what you should wear versus what you can wear.

Here are three pretty simple tips to make sure that you look great without turning heads for the wrong reasons.

Black/White/Red as a solid color. I might be a bit old-fashioned, but when it comes to what you wear at someone else’s wedding, you don’t want to stand out. White is obvious, and I think any bride has the right to kick out a guest waltzing into the ceremony in white. Black is a color for funerals, and weddings are supposed to be a celebration! And red? Well, that’s a bit sultry (depending on the color tone, of course!) and is best saved for an evening out. How do you get around this rule? Patterns, ladies. Patterns. Wearing a dress like this one will be cute, stylish and you’ll feel attractive without stealing the spotlight.

Oh, and if your bride is more nontraditional and is going with a colored dress? Find out what shade it is (if you can, of course!), and avoid that too. It’s only polite.

Provocative minidresses. This isn’t a night club (unless it is, in which case, you can ignore this advice, too!), so don’t wear what you’d wear out clubbing. The standard rule of thumb for outfits when you’re a wedding guest is this: if you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see you wearing it, you probably don’t want the bride and groom’s grandparents seeing it either. I’ve seen girls rocking a skin-tight red dress (a no-no in two categories!!!) at a wedding, and the attention they received was not what you’d hope for on someone else’s wedding day. Be classy, not trashy.

Jeans. Don’t get me wrong, I love jeans as much as the next girl. Maybe even more… I mean, I do have a whole blog devoted to them! But wearing them at a wedding is a faux-pas that few can come back from. Unless it is an ultra-casual event where the expectation is that no one is dressing up, don’t bust out your blues. Most invitations state how formal or informal a wedding is, so follow that guideline if you’re unsure.

Have you seen any major fashion faux-pas when it comes to wedding guests? Leave a comment and tell us about it!


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