Our intern Cara is guest blogging for us with her tips and tricks for dressing appropriately for weddings. Enjoy!
Each and every wedding should have its own style, its own flow, and its own personality! But a few tips and guidelines never hurt when it comes to dressing to impress. Weddings and other social events are always a fun time to get dressed up. No matter what, you should always portray your own style and individuality but here are a few tips when preparing an outfit for a wedding.
DO dress accordingly to the invitation and location – You always want to double check the attire that is posted on the invitation! There are many different types of attire, such as semi-casual, cocktail, black tie, beach, etc. The bride and groom specify their desired attire so their guests can dress appropriately and feel comfortable on their big day! Also, the location can make a difference on what one may choose to wear. Outdoor ceremonies versus indoor can change your choice of footwear or whether or not to bring a light jacket.
DON’T wear a new pair of shoes – One should never break in a new pair of shoes at such an event! New heels or flats can become painful and uncomfortable after a few short hours and we all know we want to be content and focused on the couple – not how much our feet hurt!
DO bring flats/sandals just incase! – Bringing an extra pair of comfortable shoes is always a good idea. Weddings can be an all day event and by the dinner and dancing, throwing on a pair of sandals or flats can save your feet for the night.
DON’T wear white – This celebration is for the bride and groom! They should always be the center of attention. This is one day for the bride to be the main focus and her dress to be outstanding. The color white is saved for the bride on her big day, so steer clear of any shades of white when planning your outfit.
DO accessorize! – Adding fun jewelry, bags, or shoes can always pull an outfit together. When attending a wedding you want to feel feminine and confident so why not add some great accessories to complete your look! Bold necklaces, cuff bracelets, and a simple clutch are just a few items that can add to a great dress.
DON’T dress in any lavish colors, patterns – Again, we want the bride and groom to be the main focus on their amazing day of celebration. There is no need to pull any attention away from them with extravagant patterns or colors (such as animal prints, neon colors, or excessive sequins). Try to choose a subtler, fun look for the evening.
DO come clean-shaven – You always want to look in tip-top shape, so a clean shave or well-groomed facial hair will always pull off the perfect look. A clean cut and style will help one feel groomed and ready for a great night. Remember we are celebrating and want to look our best.
DON’T rent your clothing – This can lead to issues of style, comfort, and fit. Having a tailored suit is one of the most important aspects to a suit. Style can go a long way but when it comes to a loosely fitting suit, you may look a little out of place. Renting your clothing can cause conflict with size, color, and so much more.
DO keep ties/bow ties simple and subtle – Accessorizing is important but you never want to draw too much attention when it comes to your tie/bow tie decision because this day is all about the couple. Keep in mind that your outfit should be sleek and representative of you, yet nothing too extravagant. Try to minimize the attention and stick to simple patterns and colors.
DON’T wear jeans, EVER – Underdressing is the sworn enemy. You should rather show up to an event or wedding overdressed than underdressed. Jeans and a jacket may seem comfortable and “your style” but it is a celebration of those you care for, so why not add a little and go with nice slacks and a blazer or even a full suit? Its better to be safe than sorry and attend well dressed.
DO add a pocket square – A pocket square is the perfect opportunity to add a touch of color or personality to an outfit! You want to include a pocket square at a wedding because not only is it a nice fashion statement but also you never know if someone may need to borrow it at such an amazing celebration and ceremony!
DON’T forget to match your socks with pants – Cohesiveness is key! It is very important for your socks and pant color to look consistent. The awkward gap in between can look unprofessional and sometimes sloppy, so making sure they are at least somewhat similar can go a long way for the outfit.